I cannot find any reference to it, but it had to be between 1980 and 1984.  For some reason, and my memory tells me it was because Halloween fell on a weeknight, Bob Holcomb had Halloween rescheduled.  I could find no reference to it online.  I found no reference to it in the City’s online records.  I did find an article from the Los Angeles Times dated April 29, 1985, and another from May 8, 1985 detailing some of Mayor Holcomb’s, Version 1.0, greatest hits:

    1972: Shoving City Attorney Ralph H. Prince at a party.

    June 9, 1983: Holcomb bangs an ashtray in lieu of a gavel 119 times to silence Ralph Hernandez.

    1983: Screaming at Councilman Steve Marks at a budget hearing: “I’m beginning to believe you are a gorilla in heat!”

    Regarding the Halloween story, I am trying to find out on what authority, and by what method (resolution, general spouting), Halloween was moved to the weekend.  I remember that it was actually accomplished, at least in my neighborhood.  It only lasted one year.   I’m pretty sure it wasn’t 1980, nor was it as late as 1984.  Does anyone have any more information?

    In any event, I think we can say with authority that the Mayor of San Bernardino does not actually have the authority to move Halloween.


    UPDATE:  I found it.  San Bernardino Sun, October 28, 1982, B-5:

    S.B. to celebrate Halloween Saturday

    SAN BERNARDINO – The switch of Halloween from Sunday to Saturday here is still on, a city official said. But a few residents have not been so sure, calling City hall for an explanation of the change.

    Lorraine Velarde, administrative assistant to Mayor W.R. Holcomb, said here office has received about 15 calls in the past two days by people wondering why Halloween will be observed on Oct. 30 rather than the traditional Oct. 31.

    Holcomb issued a proclamation last week changing the day for trick or treats [sic] because it falls on a Sunday — a school eve — this year.

    The date change will hopefully reduce student absenteeism Monday, Velarde said.

    A check with the Police Department also revealed that more officers are on duty Saturday than Sunday, Velarde said. Also many city schools have scheduled Halloween carnivals Saturday so changing the day trick or treaters haunt city streets would work well with those events, she said.

    Another factor reviewed by the mayor’s office is the beginning time change from daylight savings to the standard time Sunday, said Velarde.

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