Why, you may have grumbled to yourself on Sunday morning while setting your microwave and oven clocks back an hour, do I still have to do this? Didn’t we vote to eradicate daylight saving time and standard time and just keep one system in place for the whole year? Yes — and no. In 2018, California voters approved a ballot measure that would allow the state Legislature to make daylight saving time permanent — meaning residents would no longer have to change their clocks in March and November. But this plan had two massive caveats: First, it would have to be approved by two-thirds of lawmakers in both the Assembly and the Senate — a feat it has not yet achieved. Secondly, even if a supermajority of state lawmakers did greenlight the plan, it wouldn’t actually go into effect until the federal government gave the OK (although Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, a San Diego Democrat, said Sunday that state lawmakers could vote to make standard time permanent without needing federal approval). Like their state counterparts, congressional legislators haven’t reached agreement on the issue — and so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly between standard and daylight saving time.