There's No Mount Reagan Here

Board of supes just says no to name change

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010  |  Updated 8:46 AM PDT
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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday just said no to a request to change the name of Mount Diablo to Mount Reagan in honor of the country's 40th president.

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The Gipper has an honorary peak along the Appalacian Trail but his name won't be slapped on a Bay Area landmark anytime soon.

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday just said no to a request to change the name of Mount Diablo to Mount Reagan in honor of the country's 40th president. The folks over at Claycord have been on top of this name change issue and tell us the board also opposed a last-minute request to call the elevation Mt. John Muir.

It would have been a bigger surprise if the board had voted in favor of the request. Earlier this month, they formally recommended the county oppose the issue, citing strong opinions in the community against it.

Oakley resident Arthur Mijares wanted to change the name of Mount Diabo because he believes the word "Diablo," Spanish for "devil," is "derogatory and profane." Instead, the devout Christian says, the 3,864-foot high landmark should be called "Mount Reagan" in honor of the late president.

But the U.S. Board of Geographic Names has the final say. The supes will now send a letter to the group saying they don't support the name change.

Even though it looks like the issue will be buried, commenters are still having a ball with it anyway. Some of them even suggest their own names for the East Bay landmark. Feel free to join in on the discussion and leave your comment below.

 

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