Thanks to these people and groups for their support!
Comments by candidates for office in 2016 elections are located here.
Members of Congress
“The radar tower atop Mt. Umunhum is a place of living history, providing a teachable moment connecting past and future generations, and that’s why it deserves to be preserved.” Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, California’s 18th Congressional District
“With the demolition of the Blue Cube at Onizuka Air Force Station, the radar tower atop Mt. Umunhum is the oldest surviving Cold War era building in Silicon Valley. As a Senior Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I secured $3.2 million in funding for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District to clean up and restore the former Almaden Air Force Station. I continue to work to increase the amount of open space in Santa Clara and Alameda Counties and improve the quality of those spaces, and I support efforts like that of the Umunhum Conservancy to save one of the South Bay’s most visible historic landmarks.” Congressman Mike Honda, California’s 17th Congressional District
California State Assembly
“Mt. Umunhum’s historic Radar Tower represents Silicon Valley’s contribution to the protection of Americans during the Cold War. It is one of the few remaining physical reminders of how the defense industry put Silicon Valley on its path to worldwide technological leadership. The Radar Tower should be restored and preserved so that Californians can learn about our proud local history.” Assemblymember Mark Stone, California Assembly District 29 (Monterey Bay)
Santa Clara County Supervisors
“Preserving this historic tower will leverage the federal funds secured by Congressman Mike Honda to open this peak to public access.” Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County, District 2
“The Tower is an important Santa Clara County landmark that reminds us of our region’s history and the service provided by the Almaden Air Force Station atop Mount Umunhum for more than two decades. We should protect and preserve these historical markers that tell the stories of our past.“ Supervisor Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County, District 3
“Mt. Umunhum and its Radar Tower remain among the few visible testaments of an era that critically shaped the course of the Santa Clara Valley. We should do all that we can to preserve these important local landmarks.” Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose
“It is critical to preserve and protect important monuments of our past. Not only will the preservation of the Mount Umunhum Radar Tower help us remember our past, but it will leverage Federal funds secured by Congressman Mike Honda so that our children can learn and enjoy our Valley’s history. It just makes sense.” Councilmember Donald Rocha, City of San Jose
“The historic Radar Tower that sits atop Mt. Umunhum is part of our community, history and City. Like many families, when my family and I are coming back from a trip, we know we are close to home when we see the iconic tower atop Mt. Umunhum. I fully support the Mt. Umunhum Conservancy’s efforts to raise funds to restore the tower and open it for public use.” Councilmember Johnny Khamis, City of San Jose, District 10
“As the fourth-highest peak in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mt. Umunhum serves as a powerful historical landmark in Santa Clara County, as it once housed the Almaden Air Force Station during the Cold War. With structures being demolished at the old station, it is crucial that we fight to keep the remaining Radar Tower at Mt. Umunhum as the last standing reminder of its historic contribution to maintaining the peace and safety of the citizens of Santa Clara County.” Councilmember Ash Kalra, City of San Jose
“The Mt. Umunhum Radar Tower is an iconic landmark and an important piece of Santa Clara Valley history. It should be preserved as an historical landmark.” Jerry Marsalli, Council Member, City of Santa Clara
“Growing up in San Jose, the Mount Umunhum Radar Tower has always served as a landmark to welcome me back home and remind me of our region’s dynamic history. It should be preserved so that it can serve the same purpose for my children.” Peter Allen, Chair, City of San Jose Arts Commission
Historical Societies and Community Groups
“The California Pioneers of Santa Clara County consider the preservation of the Radar Tower at Mt. Umunhum to be of the utmost importance from a historical perspective and a symbol of our valley’s contribution in the effort to defend our liberties in a time of cold war conflict.“ Ken Machado, President, California Pioneers of Santa Clara County
“We endorse the efforts of the Umunhum Conservancy in saving and restoring the Cold War Radar Tower on top of Mt. Umunhum. The Radar Tower has been scheduled for demolition unless the Umunhum Conservancy can raise $1.2m to protect it. NAQCPA will support these efforts.” -Board of Directors, New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association
Almaden Air Force Station Veterans and Veterans Associations
“The radar tower standing atop Mt. Umunhum is a lasting reminder of the importance of watchtowers in this nation’s military history.” –Commander Charles Skinner, Almaden Air Force Station 1978-1980
“Millions of Americans enjoyed peace and security while Air Force, Army, Navy and Coast Guard units served as sentinels against a nuclear nightmare. The fact that we successfully avoided a nuclear showdown should not be taken for granted. To honor those that lost their lives in service and the legacy of everyone that stood watch, the landmark radar tower atop Mt. Umunhum should be preserved as a tribute to all the Cold War veterans that made sure your peace was preserved.” – J. D. Whitaker, Stationed at Almaden Air Force Station 1976-1979
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