The Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) Board met tonight to determine the fate of the Cube on Mt. Umunhum.
The bottom line is that the Board chose Option A … to preserve the Cube for 5 years, and to use that time to seek partnerships in the local community to help pay for the preservation of the Cube. MROSD will spend more than $400,000 to stabilize the Cube and make it safe for people to approach from outside, and for potential funding partners to visit.
This truly is a Beginning for Mt. Umunhum. We now have the opportunity to “put up or shut up” … to find funding sources and partnerships to make the Cube something that MROSD can afford to live with.
There’s plenty of work to do in the weeks and months to come. One or more groups need to take the lead in putting together “Friends of Mt. Umunhum” or “Umunhum Conservancy” non-profit organizations, which could then raise funds and figure out a larger plan for the Cube, working with MROSD. There was a lot of good discussion in the audience after the meeting, with ideas being swapped and contact info being exchanged. I’m sure we will see at least one such organization founded in short order.
Several of the MROSD Board members made it clear tonight that this is NOT the decision they expected they would make. They struggled with this decision for years … and some of them only recently came to accept that the Cube should remain. I’m grateful to the Board for their earnest attempt to balance their fiduciary responsibility to MROSD with the goals of the broader community.
And the MROSD Staff has been efficient and professional through the entire 2 year process that led to tonight’s decision. I’m sure they will be just as great in the 5 years to come.
Did we get everything I had hoped? No. I could list some things that I wish were different. But there’s really no point. As I noted to someone recently, “some times you have to just admit that you won and stop fighting”.
We won tonight. Now the work begins.