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Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00am Sunday, November 3, 2018

by Vega Pao 11/03/2018

This mid-term election Daylight Saving Time is on the ballot as Prop 7--CONFORMS CALIFORNIA DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME TO FEDERAL LAW. ALLOWS LEGISLATURE TO CHANGE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME PERIOD. LEGISLATIVE STATUTE.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

YES vote on this measure means: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government. Absent any legislative change, California would maintain its current daylight saving time period (early March to early November).

NO vote on this measure means: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period.

The theory behind setting the clocks forward 1 hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, is to make better use of natural daylight. This has led to the seemingly endless, ever-ending Daylight Saving Time Debate: Saving or Not? According to a 2014 Rasmussen Report, only 33% of Americans see the purpose of DST. So why do more than 70 countries in the world still use DST today? The article below is courtesy of TimeandDate.com; I’d appreciate your thought and feedback regarding Prop 7 and pros/cons of daylight saving.

Pro: Longer Evenings

Changing the clocks does not create extra daylight, but by the clock, the sunrise and sunset are an hour later.

  • Proponents of DST argue that longer evenings motivate people to get out of the house to use the extra hour for outdoor recreation like sporting events. DST may counteract the sedentary lifestyle of modern living.
  • The tourism industry profits from brighter evenings. Longer nights give people more time to go out shopping, to go to restaurants and other events, all of which help boost the local economy.

Pro: Less Artificial Light

One of the aims of DST is to make sure that people's active hours coincide with daylight hours so that less artificial light is needed. This makes less sense close to the equator where the amount of daylight does not vary much in a year, or near the poles where the difference between winter and summer daylight hours is very large. However, at latitudes between these extremes, adjusting daily routines to the shifting day length during summer may indeed help to save energy. A German analysis of 44 studies on energy use and DST found a positive relationship between latitude and energy savings.

Pro: Lighter = Safer

Safety is a good argument for keeping longer, lighter evenings of DST.

  • Studies have found that DST contributes to improved road safetyby reducing pedestrian fatalities by 13% during dawn and dusk.
  • Another study found an 7% decrease in robberies following the spring shift to DST.

Con: Doesn't Save Energy

A century ago, when DST was introduced, more daylight was a good thing because it meant less use of artificial light, helping to save energy. Modern society, with its computers, TV-screens, and air conditioning units uses more energy, no matter if the Sun is up or not. Today, the amount of energy saved from DST is negligible. For example, when Indiana decided to introduce DST in 2006, a study found that the measure actually increased energy use in the state.

Con: Can Make People Sick

Changing the time, even if it is only by 1 hour, disrupts our body clocks or circadian rhythm. For most people, the resulting tiredness is simply an inconvenience. For some, however, the time change can have more serious consequences.

  • Studies link the lack of sleep at the start of DST to car accidents, workplace injuries, suicide & miscarriages.
  • The early evening darkness after the end of the DST period is linked to depression.
  • The risk of suffering a heart attackis also increased when DST begins. However, the extra hour of sleep we get at the end of DST has in turn been linked to fewer heart attacks.

Con: Costs Money

It is hard to determine the economic cost of the collective tiredness caused by DST, but studies have found that there is a decrease in productivity after the spring transition.

  • The City of New York invested 1.5 million US dollars in a dusk and darkness safety campaign for the DST change for the fall of 2016.
  • There is an extra cost in building DST support into computer systems and keeping them maintained, as well as manually changing clocks.

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My life and work experiences taught me the skills of effective communication with others, unique problem solving abilities, astute attention to detail, and the art of thinking resourcefully.

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