Still upset over the devilish connotations of Mount Diablo, an Oakley man has yet again petitioned a federal agency to rename Contra Costa's signature peak. This time he wants to rename the 3,849-foot-high mountain after the 40th president of the United States — Ronald Wilson Reagan.
He'll lose again, I'm not worried, but I find this guy really irritating. Last time he tried this was about 5 years ago and I blogged about it. Below is a quote from the previous news story:
Art Mijares, who shudders just saying the word "diablo" and thinks the devil is a living person.
"Words have power, and when you start mentioning words that come from the dark side, evil thrives," Mijares told the Contra Costa Times. "When I take boys camping on the mountain, I don't even like to say its name. I have to explain what the name means. Why should we have a main feature of our community that celebrates the devil?"
I don't know how long they keep these stories archived, but here's Channel 7's story in which they interview Art in his driveway LINK