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Profile: Nick Pilch, Candidate for Albany City Council

Albany Parks & Recreation Commissioner Nick Pilch will make a second run at the City Council in November. Profiles will be posted in the order they are received. See more elections coverage at http://patch.com/bvdEL.

General Information

Name: Nick Pilch
Age: 51
Place of residence: Albany, CA

Education

Attended college: Yes
College: Bowdoin College
Degree: B. A. Chemistry
Year of graduation: 1983

Employment Information

Job titles held: Manager, Software Development
Employers: Salesforce.com

Political Information

Party affiliation: Democrat
Running for: Local office
Running for position: Albany City Council
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices: Sierra Club Executive Committees
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: Albany City Council, 2008

Party HQ

Address: 634 San Carlos Ave., Albany, CA 94706

URLs

Website: http://www.nickpilch4albany.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/nickpilch4albany 

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Trevor Grayling August 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
As I recall (correct me if I'm wrong), at the last "visioning" for the waterfront, you proposed almost 100% of the waterfront as parkland. (Not surprising, since you are on one or more Sierra Club committees.) When I asked how you would replace the revenues lost from the racetrack under this scenario, you stated that "We'll find money somewhere else." Exactly where else would that be?
doris August 21, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I have a novel idea: how about raising taxes on the good people of Albany? How's that for an idea?
Alan Eckert August 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
doris, there is a half cent sales tax increase on the ballot this Nov, and there seems to be property tax increases fairly often. Raising taxes has never been out of the question in Albany, but it shouldn't be the only answer.
Nick Pilch August 21, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Trevor, that wasn't me. That's not my position.
Andy Day August 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I don't know Nick, but I've followed his comments on Patch articles, and have found them to be thoughtful and considered. That said, reading through his campaign website, I'm struck by his narrow focus on one issue - the environment. I also note that his positions seem exceptionally unrealistic, given the current state of the economy. Nick doesn't tell us what exactly he would do, to change the Whole Foods project, reshape the waterfront, or force "swift and decisive" action on the town climate plan. But he says he would do these things. And I can't imagine any of this stuff would come cheap. It strains the imagination to think that a tax increase, shoulld voters okay one, would be enough to cover the bill. So I'd like him to tell us what services - fire? police? - he'd cut to pay for his plans. Moreover, he should spell out his positions on other issues of importance to Albany, including public safety, economic development, and the maintenance of at least the current level of city services. Once he's done those things, we voters can better judge if Nick is a good person to fill one of the open slots on the Council.
Nick Pilch August 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Thanks. You're right. I need to tell you more. My website is incomplete, unfortunately, but I just completed my Green Party questionnaire, which will answer some of your questions. Also, unfortunately, I'm out of town and only able to answer this because of weather delays on my vacation trip. Sorry to leave you hanging. More as I can provide it.
Andy Day August 21, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Thanks, Nick - I look forward to learning more about your positions and plans for Albany.
Trevor Grayling August 22, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Nick! A thousand apologies! Sorry about the mistake, but glad to have it straightened out well before the temperature rises on the upcoming elections. The issue does beg a more general question, which I'll put on the questions-for-candidates page, the more suitable venue.
Al Streit August 22, 2012 at 04:46 AM
My question is a simple one. I'm a one issue voter in this election. Do AT&T cell phone users get the towers built, or don't we? No weasel words. Yes or no?
Make It Right September 02, 2012 at 02:06 AM
That will be hard for Nick to answer. He likes to hedge. Another one>>> Since Albany Strollers and Rollers has filed a CEQA law suit to stop the Whole Foods project and Nick is one of their most active members what is the suit about and does he support it? Why don't the Strollers have any info about the lawsuit on their website yet (2 weeks later)?
Make It Right September 02, 2012 at 02:07 AM
What is your position? Hard to tell from your website.
Nick Pilch September 09, 2012 at 04:08 AM
If elected I will work with citizens, staff and AT&T to find a suitable location for tower. I believe we should find a way to allow AT&T to install a new tower in Albany.
Dept. of Misinformation September 22, 2012 at 02:05 AM
att ok, i agree with you. Whole Foods or something else? Seems like the community wants WF, so I say have a vote, and the majority has it their way--even if it's not what I want. Come on Pilch, where are you on this!!?
Nick Pilch September 22, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Folks, I am preparing communications right now regarding the Whole Foods pull-out. I want to make sure to get the facts straight and the message clear. I should be able to release these today or tomorrow. in the meantime, please come find me at Alberrito streets to discuss in person. http://albany.patch.com/events/alberrito-street-play . I will try to be there for most of the event.
Make It Right September 22, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Now that Whole Foods has withdrawn we need to hear from Nick Pilch and the Strollers and Rollers group if they will drop their lawsuit against the City. Contra Costa Times ran a story yesterday on Pilch and he sounded neutral on the project not mentioning he was at the center of the lawsuit to stop the project. Same thing on his campaign flyer.
You Enjoy Myself September 23, 2012 at 03:04 AM
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Tatter Salad October 12, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Nick has a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, so that is perhaps why he is mercurial. In common with his friend Norman La Force, legal curmudgeon of one branch of the Sierra Club, eliciting a commitment as to direction (other than an abrupt return to Paleozoic times) is difficult. His work on the Albany Park and Recreation's commission has been substantial, - and it's odd he doesn't mention it, unless there's a conflict with being part of the suit against U.C. and the former 'WholeFoods' project. The best that can be said is that he is a family man, and a team player... but as to just which team: it's hard to say.
Nick Pilch October 12, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Team Albany!

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