The historic 84-year-old beacon atop 3,849-foot Mount Diablo—first lit remotely by Charles Lindbergh in 1928—has been in need of repair for awhile. And yesterday Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill to speed its restoration, waiving certain contracting requirements (since it’s in a state park) to allow a non-profit group to spearhead the work with help from volunteers.
The aim of the group, Save Mount Diablo: to finish restoration in time for the annual Dec. 7 lighting marking the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The light was turned off in 1941 out of fear Japanese war planes would use it to zero in on Bay Area targets. Contra Costa Times