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With clocks turning back Sunday, most Californians aren't thrilled about the change

With clocks turning back Sunday, many Californians aren't thrilled about the change
Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-01 23:08:12-04

The end of Daylight Saving Time is upon us, even though Californians voted to take the first step toward ending the dreaded time change.

In 2018, voters in California voted in favor of year-round Daylight Saving Time, giving the legistature the power to keep the clocks from changing.

For most, an extra hour of shut-eye isn't worth the hassle.

"I'm not a big fan of the clocks changing back," said Blake Von Steeg, Cal Poly student.

"I'm not looking forward to this switch," said Maureen Lannan, Santa Margarita resident.

Assembly Bill 7 was a way for those in the Golden State to voice their opinions about the twice a year time change.

Sixty percent of voters were in support of it.

But that was in 2018, leaving some people wondering what happened.

"I was thinking that it was going to happen this year, but it's not," said Kelly Flathers Nye, Laguna Beach resident.

"I was one of the voters who voted for it to be not something that switches," Von Steeg added.

"I was looking forward to it staying the way it was, since we did vote it in," Lannan said.

Assemblymember Kansen Chu says he understands voters' confusion.

He introduced a bill to keep Daylight Saving Time permanent but says there are steps California must take before such a change can go into effect.

"I share voters' frustration that we will be shifting back to standard time on Sunday. Unfortunately, California and other states cannot move forward with permanent Daylight Saving Time without authorization from the federal government," Chu explained.

Sue Winans, a Nipomo resident, is excited for the clocks to turn Sunday but admits consistency is more important.

"My vote was to make it year-round, whatever it's going to be. As long as we don't have to go back and forth, I'm happiest," Winans said.

Whether you're foror against it, the time in California will change this Sunday, but for how much longer is the question voters are hoping Congress can answer.

Assemblymember Chu plans on bringing a resolution to Congress in January, hoping it will allow California to practice Daylight Saving Time for good.

California is joined by 13 other states that introduced legislation in 2019 to shift to permanent Daylight Saving Time.