variations on GMT-8:00

Curtis Doty Curtis at
Thu Jan 18 22:18:38 UTC 2007

Hi, this is just historical curiosity. I notice that "Rule CA" is applied 
to Zone America/Los_Angeles (and therefore US/Pacific and US/Pacific-New). 
But Zone PST8PDT does not have these same (California?) rules. Is there a 
political precedence for this?

I see the bulk of the differences are the period from 1948 until the 
Uniform Time Act. But it's also curious that America/Los_Angeles 
references the US rule that defines PST from 1983 to 1918; whereas PST8PDT 
does not.

Why this discrepancy between PST8PDT and the equivalent geographically 
named zones that use PST?

If there is an online explanation for this kind of thing, I'd happily go 


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