By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: City of Needles (Information and Agenda Item Packet)
Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council will be discussing and providing staff direction to look into the City of Needles’ ability to adopt a different time zone during their regular meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, June 28th, 2022 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located at 1111 Bailey Avenue near J Street.
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, on June 14, 2022, City Council requested City Staff look into the City of Needle’s ability to adopt a different time zone.
Local resident and owner of Route 66 Broadband Timothy Terral suggested to members of the Needles City Council during public appearance at their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022 for the City of Needles put on the agenda to discuss rather or not as a city to do an ordinance to abolish going back to Standard Time.
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According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, due to the substantial effect that time zones have on interstate commerce and travel within the United States, federal law controls the regulation of time zones.
In order to change to Mountain Standard Time (MST) zone from Pacific Standard Time (PST), the City would have to work collaboratively with the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors to submit a formal request to the U.S. Department of Transportation to change the time zone for Needles.
In the case a request for a change in time zone is approved by the Department of Transportation, their General Counsel’s Office will make the recommendation to the Secretary of Transportation. The process could take up to one year.
Existing state law, Proposition 7, an initiative measure approved by the voters at the November 6, 2018, general election in California, sets the standard time for California and sets daylight savings time to begin each March and end each November.
Existing federal law does not currently allow a state to set its standard time to year-round daylight-saving time, Proposition 7 allows the state to set the standard time to year-round daylight-saving time if federal law authorizes the states to do so.
On March 15, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed Marco Rubio’s bill the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021 (S.623).
The bill would make Daylight Saving Time (DST) permanent across the country starting in 2023.
The bill is currently being held at the desk of the U.S. House of Representatives.
As for any fiscal impact to note, the City of Needles states City staff time and attorney fees to develop and process necessary documents and travel expenses to request for a time change.
According to information from the Needles City Clerk’s Office, the recommendation for members of the Needles City Council is to provide staff direction.
The agenda item was submitted by Patrick Martinez, Needles Assistant City Manager and Needles Development Services City Management.
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The mayor and City council members may be attending this meeting via Microsoft Teams.
The public may attend the meeting but masks are encourage or can attend via Microsoft Teams.
The public may submit any comments in writing prior to noon on the day of the meeting by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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If asked, enter the following: Meeting ID: 234 923 699# or listen in and participate by calling Microsoft Teams: 1-323-488-2227 – Meeting ID: 234 923 699#.
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For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.