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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Clean-up Promised at SF Bay's Mt. Umunhum

Congress to Fund South SF Bay Mountain Clean-up

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7/24/2009--In a breakthrough toward creating a new mountaintop park overlooking Silicon Valley, a key committee in Congress has approved spending $4 million to remove old buildings and toxic materials atop Mount Umunhum, a former Cold War radar station in the hills south of San Jose.

"I'm pretty elated," said U.S. Rep. Mike Honda, D-Campbell, who pushed for the money. "This is a prime spot where you can see 360-degree views of the valley, Monterey Bay, almost the entire Bay Area."

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee OK'd the funding as part of the 2010 defense budget. A vote in the full House is expected next week, with the Senate slated to take up the bill in September.

Despite previous efforts by Honda, this week's vote represents the first time Congress has approved cleanup money for the aging military site since it closed nearly 30 years ago. "I have all the expectations that it will come through now," Honda said. "This was the big hurdle."

The 3,486-foot mountain, whose name comes from the Ohlone Indian word for hummingbird, towers above South San Jose and Los Gatos on the chaparral ridges between Lexington Reservoir and Almaden Quicksilver County Park


Given the complicated situation surrounding Mount Umunhum, this site is purely for the sole purpose of showing the public simply what this place is all about. I do not condone trespassing in any way, and do not give descriptive explanations on how to get to the summit of Mount Umunhum. I share my personal experiences on this peak so that the good people of the South Bay Area who look up to this mountain wondering about it may have a better understanding of the place. If you post here, please do so discretely.

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