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Columbus Day is treated differently by state, cities

Posted: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Monday is Columbus Day, that very ambiguous of holidays that means some things are open that you thought would be closed, and some things are closed that you thought would be open.

The always-on-a-Monday celebration of the man who discovered America — or who sullied it forever, depending on your outlook — is a federal holiday, which means federal employees including postal workers have the day off.

So do nonessential Los Angeles County employees.

But the city of Santa Clarita is up and running as usual, city officials said.

Some California cities have seized on the day to make a statement.

Berkeley replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous People’s Day in 1992. Sebastopol and Santa Cruz followed suit.

In Coronado, on the other hand, Columbus Day is decidedly a holiday, with nonessential city services shut down and the schools closed.

Santa Clarita Valley schools are in session — most likely more of a reflection of the state’s regard for the day than of any political statements.

Columbus Day is not a holiday, according to the state of California. But the state court system takes the day off, anyway.

As for banks, it’s best to check with your branch. Columbus Day is an official bank holiday, according to most sources, but some banks — including Wells Fargo — do not observe the day.



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