Letter: Ernie Schmidt Saves Summit's Baseball Season

The Athletic Director at Summit Prep thanks Planning Commissioner Ernie Schmidt for finding a solution.

My name is Roger Zamora and I am the Athletic Director at in Redwood City. I wanted to share with you our recent experience with San Mateo County Supervisor Candidate, Ernie Schmidt.

As a community leader, one of my greatest joys is helping support youth sports and activity programs.  However, in the last few years, our county finances have prevented us from building needed parks, sports field and other public activity venues.

Summit Prep had a problem finding space for their baseball team when Flood Park closed for infrastructure repairs.  The team had to play on the road at other schools leaving little opportunity for parents and friends of Summit to attend their games. 

However, in 2012, the problem got worse and the team faced the possible cancellation of the season when space at was also lost.  With the season in jeopardy and disappointment looming for a whole group of great kids, we needed to take action.

We turned to Ernie Schmidt and he went to work right away trying to find us space.  Again, with San Mateo County having limited space to begin with, we knew it was going to be a daunting, if not impossible, task

But Ernie Schmidt didn’t give up!  He reached to local organizations across the county, working to solve this problem and save our baseball season.  When all seemed lost, Ernie Schmidt came through. He suggested reaching out to and after working with the school, secured a spot for our team. 

The fact is – we are all cynical about how much “government leaders” can really help us. But Ernie Schmidt’s dedication and commitment to solving this problem showed me that community leaders can help solve the problem and make government work for us.  But we need to put in the effort to make it happen and find the right leaders to guide us along the way.

Summit can’t thank Ernie Schmidt enough for his help and we are proud to have worked with a leader so very dedicated to his community and the people of San Mateo County.

--Roger Zamora


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