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Set clocks ahead 1 hour tonight

It's about time, it's about space...

Posted: March 8, 2008 12:30 a.m.
Updated: May 10, 2008 5:01 a.m.
 
It'll be a sunny Easter, a sunny St. Patrick's Day and even a brighter end to winter this year as Daylight Saving Time arrives early.

We're expected to set our clocks ahead by one hour early Sunday morning, a couple of weeks earlier than most of us are accustomed to do.

Some love it, others hate it. Either way, we'll be doing it all in the sunshine for the rest of this month.

"I love it," said Santa Clarita Mayor Bob Kellar. "We get to enjoy more hours of sunlight.

"I've been a Southern California boy, growing up here, and I love the seasons we have here," he said. "It's great wrapping up winter with more sun and moving into spring."

On Aug. 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, moving the time change up by more than three weeks before the usual change.

Annual observances including Easter, St. Patrick's Day and the first day of spring will be observed in sunlight, as opposed to witnessing the spring dates in the usual darker winter schedule.

Under the Act, Congress was to have received a report about the time change from the Secretary of Energy by Dec. 1, 2007.

And, while that report to Congress has to happen and the jury is still out over mandated sunlight, The Signal asked some prominent public figures in Santa Clarita what they thought.

"I hate it," said city spokeswoman Gail Ortiz. "Gail stands to lose an hour of sleep - and Gail needs her sleep.

"Wasn't it just Christmas?"

Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, said he loves the longer days.

"I think it's great. I, personally, love the longer days," he said.

"And, now that I'll be coaching T-ball this year, the parents will be able to come out and be with their kids. Moms and dads at work can now come out to the game."

Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete.

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