I know I was initially annoyed by this whole issue raised by an Oakley man who thought that the name “Diablo” was “derogatory and profane.” And I talked about how we needed to stop giving Art Mijares his 15 minutes of fame.
But, you know, over time, his wacky idea of renaming Mt. Diablo after our 33rd California governor and 40th U.S. president started to grow on me. This is especially after a couple I know began contemplating all the streets, schools, creeks, businesses, organizations, and regions that would have to undergo a total identity shift.
And, I thought, that’s right: We’d have to say good by to Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Diablo Valley College, and Diablo Country Club. Hello, Save Mt. Reagan, Mt. Reagan Unified School District, and the small but affluent unincorporated community of Reagan.
Sure, it would cost some money for the name changes: signs, stationery, uniforms, marketing materials, web sites, statues.
But sometimes, change can be exciting. It can shake things up, make you re-evaluate yourself and your place in the world. Similarly, if our region’s geographic centerpiece were to undergo a name change, think of how we would all get a whole new perspective on life.
So, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors’ vote against the name change is not a final decision on the matter. The supervisors can only forward their suggestion to the U.S. Board of Geographic Names.
The Mayor of Claycord says, who first reported on this highly volatile controversy a few weeks ago, proclaimed today: “Ladies and Gentleman, the name’s not changing!”
Well, we’ll see …