Assemblymember Kansen Chu Issues Statement Ahead of Upcoming End of Daylight Saving Time

Friday, November 3, 2017

(SACRAMENTO – CA) Assemblymember Kansen Chu (D- Fremont) issued the following statement as Californians gear up to “fall back” as daylight saving time comes to an end.

“On Sunday, November 5, for the second time this year, we will have to switch our clocks and move back one hour until next spring. It is a practice I aim to eliminate with AB 807, my bill that will implement critical first steps to move California to enjoy year round daylight saving time,” said Chu. “The practice of switching our clocks originated from World War I as a means to save energy. Studies today illustrate that there is little to no energy savings. In reality, switching our clocks twice a year directly impacts our health, as well as leads to increased crime and traffic. It is an outdated practice and I hope to work with the community at-large and my legislative colleagues to move to permanent daylight saving time all year.”

Chu’s bill has the support of several influential community groups and non-profit organizations, including City of Costa Mesa in Orange County.

Andrea Feathers, a resident of southern California and spokesperson for the Facebook group Save the Light, supports Chu’s effort and issued the following statement:

“Those few hours in the evening between leaving work and getting ready for bed are incredibly precious.  I've talked to so many people who say that these few hours are the only time they really have to play with their kids outside, or go for a bike ride, or grab a coffee with friends.  By making Daylight Saving Time year round, we would empower people to make even better use of that time with outdoor activities that they couldn't easily or safely do in the dark."

California’s robust business community has rallied behind Chu. The Silicon Valley Organization, formally the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the local Berryessa Business Association, are both in full support of AB 807, citing the negative impacts to commerce from the transition from standard time to daylight saving time.

AB 807 awaits a vote in the State Senate when the Legislature reconvenes in January 2018.

Website for Assemblymember Chu: assembly.ca.gov/chu

 

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