CALIFORNIA – Next week, the Golden Staters will receive another hour in 2021 – whether they like it or not.
Californians will turn their watches back to standard time despite the 2018 approval of Proposition 7, which would have held summer time year-round.
The proposal was approved by nearly 60 percent of voters in California to end the bi-annual time shift, according to several reports. But the ambitious legislation required a two-thirds vote from the state Senate, which fell by the wayside after the federal government failed to approve the effort amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
AB 7 was denied a hearing in the state Senate and was eventually stopped due to the pandemic, according to Assemblyman Kansen Chu (D-San Jose), who co-authored the legislation.
Before Chu left office last year, Chu tweeted: “I share the frustration many feel that we need to change our watches again in November. Although we have made progress towards dropping the practice of changing our watches twice a year, my efforts stalled because of the pandemic and a shortened legislative session. “
Chu also cited the following studies and reasons why the proposal was important:
- A decrease in robbery during the summer: The robberies for the day fall by 7 percent for an extra evening hour, and the number of robberies fell by 27 percent.
- DST has significant electricity and environmental costs.
- A significant increase in the risk of heart attack occurs on the Monday after the time change.
- The number of fatal traffic accidents increases both on the Monday after the change to summer time and on the Sunday after the change to normal time.
- The number of work injuries and lost work days increases due to sleep loss when they “jump forward”.
- A survey of Los Angeles showed a 3.5 percent drop in daily card consumption per capita. per capita during normal hours, especially in grocery stores.
“Over the years, countless studies have shown the many negative effects of changing our watches twice a year and the benefits of daylight saving time,” Chu wrote in the 2018 statement.
Nevertheless, Californians and most other states will “fall back” one hour on Sunday, November 7th.