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About Jack

Jack grew up near the Fremont-Sunol border and attended Sunol Glen Elementary School, Mission San Jose High School, and then Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Administration. 

 While in grade school, Jack joined the local Sunol 4-H club, where he raised pigs. Jack’s efforts and enthusiasm garnered him the Novice Swine Showmanship award in the 1992 Alameda County Fair! It was during these formative years that Jack learned to love all things outdoors, and his Pleasanton summers were filled with going to the County Fair and the water slides at Shadow Cliffs, and where eating ice cream downtown on warm summer nights became a tradition that he continues to enjoy with his own family.

 Twenty years ago, shortly after college, Jack moved to Pleasanton and never left. Selecting Pleasanton as the location of life milestones, in 2003, he and his wife celebrated their wedding reception at the Club at Ruby Hill and the birth of their son at Valley Care Hospital in 2008.

Wishing to give back to the community that gave him so much, Jack began civic volunteering and has served for 11 years. First as a City of Pleasanton Parks & Recreation Commissioner (July 2009-April 2014), and now as a current member of the City’s Planning Commission (May 2014-present). During this time, he has been involved in several special projects: the Kottinger Place Task Force, the Parks & Recreation Master Plan Steering Committee, and the East Side Specific Plan Task Force (as an alternate then full member).

Jack is a licensed Certified Public Account (CPA), accredited Chartered Global Management Account (CGMA), and licensed Real Estate Broker. He is the Chief Financial Officer at his family’s commercial real estate & property management firm located in Hayward.

From the safe, hometown feel of Main Street, the downtown Farmers’ Market, the amazing parks and open space, the schools and the wholesome quality of Pleasanton life, Jack knows Pleasanton requires a solid, balanced and passionate leader to serve on our City Council and asks for your support.

 

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Hobbies: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Gardening (results known to vary), Camping, Traveling, Fishing (all types, but dry fly the most), and Golf (again, results known to vary).

Park closest to home: Kottinger Community Park.

Most visited parks: Kottinger Community Park, Augustin Bernal Park / Pleasanton Ridge, & Sunol Regional Wilderness. Unless its youth sports season when I visit the Ken Mercer Sports Park very often!

Favorite meal: This is a 3-way-tie between my wife's Italian wedding soup, my mother-in-law's ricotta gnocchi, or my father's pork ribs cooked on his Treager BBQ! 

City project most proud to be involved with: Either the Parks & Recreation Master Plan (which identified unmet needs for recreation within our community and led to many being fulfilled, such as the additional Tennis Courts at the Tennis complex and Cubby's Dog Park Park at the Bernal property) or the Kottinger Gardens Senior Community (which is designed to house income-eligible seniors in our community).

Favorite frozen treat: ANY! Too many good choices in town to pick just one!


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Jack Balch for City Council 2020
P.O. Box 612
Pleasanton, CA 94566
FPPC #1424493
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