Category Archives: Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time, Part VI, Conclusion

(Photo: Arthur Samish). Three years later, Arthur Samish’s power and influence began to crumble. He was under investigation by state, national and local officials and was linked to an illegal bookie operation in Colma. When California experienced a severe drought … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time, Part V

Most of the special interests lined up against Daylight Saving Time (DST) were Arthur Samish’s clients–and they were not disappointed with his results. As the aftermath of the 1930 election, the hands on the clocks remained unchanged. Samish was able … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time, Part IV

There was also resistance to Daylight Saving Time (DST) from labor unions, the transportation industry and dairy farmers. One clever strategy Artie Samish employed was to insert anti-DST editorials in sightseeing pamphlets and tour schedules. One such piece appeared in … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time, Part III

By 1930 Arthur Samish exerted more influence than did any member of the state legislature. As the self-annointed “Governor of the Legislature,” he was the man to see in Sacramento about legislation regarding liquor, horse racing, banking, cigarettes, trucking and—-daylight … Continue reading

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Daylight Saving Time, Part II

(Photo: at left, Arthur Samish in a satiric pose as a ventriloquist.) Beginning his colorful career as a young history clerk in the State Assembly at Sacramento, the ambitious, politically saavy Arthur Samish set himself up as a “public relations … Continue reading

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The Story Of Daylight-Saving Time In San Mateo County (Part I)

On this coming Sunday, everyone on the Coastside will do what no one in San Mateo County did 77 years ago: turn their clocks back. A crusading–and, as it turns out, crooked–lobbyist had convinced voters in 1930 to reject daylight-saving … Continue reading

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