Daylight saving time in Mexico City, Durango, etc.: the plot thickens
eggert at twinsun.com
Sun Mar 4 23:07:06 UTC 2001
The following article in yesterday's Los Angeles Times has several bits
of information about the new daylight saving rules in Mexico:
James F. Smith
Confusion Is the Watchword as Mexico Tinkers With Time
Among other things, the article says:
* Sonora will not adopt DST, to keep in sync with Arizona. This is as before.
* Other border states, including Baja California, Chihuahua, and Nuevo
Leon, will go on DST on the first Sunday in April, to keep in sync
with the US. Presumably they will also use US rules in the fall.
* Last weekend, Mexico City conducted an unusual telephone referendum
and callers (about 5% of registered voters) voted 3:1 against DST.
The mayor, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, then decreed last week that
the Federal District will not adopt DST.
* The federal government says that federal facilities in the Federal
District (is that enough "federals" for you?) will use DST despite
Lopez Obrador's decree. This includes banks, hospitals, and the
airport. Also, schools fall under federal rules and will use DST.
* 4 (out of 16) district leaders in Mexico City have announced that
they will ignore the mayor's decree.
* Lopez Obrador has said he'll file a Supreme Court challenge to the
federal DST rules, arguing that the president does not have the
constitutional authority to impose DST by decree.
The Mexico City confusion stems from a political dispute between Lopez
Obrador and Mexican president Vicente Fox. Here's the last two
sentences of the article, which pretty well sums up the situation:
Carlos Marin, a columnist in the daily Milenio, wrote that the
dispute "descends into the arena of the absurd. One merely has to
imagine what it will be like to cross one of the hundreds of streets
that pass through different districts of the capital and find
oneself with one hour more, or less, to eat, work, go to a movie or
Smith doesn't list the other border states that will use the US rules,
but my guess is that Coahuila, Tamaulipas, and Durango (the last a
non-border state) will also observe US DST rules, as those states have
all agreed with Nuevo Leon since 1970. I'd certainly welcome any
This reminds me of a similar dispute in Rio de Janeiro some time ago,
in which the mayor backed down after the city endured a day of
balkanized time zones. It's one thing to run a small town like
Pangnirtung like that; it's quite another thing to do it with a major
metropolis like Mexico City.
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