For Californians who curse the practice of “Springing Forward” as they schlep to their car an hour earlier each year, good news may be on its way.
Assemblymember Kansen Chu, D-San Jose, has initiated a bill allowing us to stay in Standard Time year-round.
Originally devised by Benjamin Franklin, Daylight Saving Time was created to save expensive candle wax. It was adopted in California in 1949, offering benefits which included car accident prevention and increased worker safety. But DST may produce the exact opposite effects and, like Chu, many Californians think the practice is antiquated.
But DST has long been touted as a way to save energy. It’s also known to benefit retailers, leaving more daylight for people to shop. And, of course, there are countless advantages to longer summer days, such as more outside playtime for kids and the benefit of not having to leave work in the dark.
What do you think of the bill to abolish DST? Do you look forward to longer summer days or would you rather keep the same time year-round?
Kansen Chu, Democratic Assembly member representing California’s 25th Assembly District, which includes San Jose and its surrounding areas. He initiated the Daylight Saving Time bill, AB 2496.
David Prerau, Author of "Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Savings Time" (Basic Books, 2006)