By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, September 8th, 2006 at 6:07 pm in David vs. Goliath news.
The letterhead of dozens of East Bay organizations may not be safe, after all.
The Oakley man of faith, Art Mijares, who failed to persuade federal officials to change the name of Mount Diablo has not given up on his quest.
He wants to appeal the federal Board on Geographic Names’ rejection of his name-change request last year. This time, he’s gone all the way to the White House.
Mijares believes evoking Satan’s name feeds the devil. He originally selected what he thought was local Native American name but it turned out to be unconnected to East Bay native tribes.
Here’s the text of his letter:
“Dear White House Staff,
I have had to climb the ladder of government in order to get some justice regarding the right to appeal a decision by a federal government board. Please refer to the attached letter to the Dept. of Interior that has gone unanswered. To this day, there has not been an investigation regarding the GNIS Boards decision regarding a name change to our mountain here in CA.
“Under the First Amendment of the Constitution, there is the right that states,
‘The right to petition the government for a redress of grievances guarantees people the right to ask the government to provide relief for a wrong through the courts (litigation) or other governmental action. It works with the right of assembly by allowing people to join together and seek change from the government.’
“I have attempted to request a review of the board’s decision making, fact finding and their own policies to no avail. I am asking The White House’s help in seeking a review from a body above the GNIS (Geographic Names Information System) that will take an honest look at what happened regarding our proposal.
I have so far been brushed off or stonewalled as though I am some sort of nut case. Please help me as I believe there is still justice in USA. I chose not to take legal action as I believe in using the chain of command is the right way to do things and is within the First Amendment.
“Please help me with a review and if you need further information, please contact me. Thank you and may God have mercy on America and our friends in Israel during this time of war with terrorism. I plan to continue praying for the USA, President Bush, Cabinet and keep working…
Til He comes,
cc: Fay S. Iudicello-Director, Dept. of Interior, file”