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Nine seek 2 openings on Manteca planning board
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Nine people have applied for two vacant positions on the Manteca Planning Commission.

They are Jeffrey Zellner, Balhar Sandu, Richard Bishop, Leonard Smith, Balwant Singh Sandu, Jeff Aksland, Kirk Dall, Carol Perdew, and Jose Nuno.

The vacancies on the five-member board were created when Bobby Shaw and Carl Neaterous each resigned after moving out of Manteca within a month of each other.

The Manteca City Council is expected to fill the positions when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

Aksland is the existing alternate to the commission. The Manteca native and Army veteran worked 12 years in the grocery warehouse industry and has been in the real estate business since 2003. He served two terms on the Manteca Unified School District Measure M bond oversight committee.

Zellner has been an insurance agent for four years. Zellner is a past president of the Manteca Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the board of the Freedom Christian Center in Manteca.

Balhar Sandu has 16 years in engineering and planning at various levels. He serves as city engineer for the City of Modesto and has served on various committees and commissions. Sandhu was employed as an engineer with Caltrans and the Department of Water Resources prior to going to work for Modesto.

Dall has been a small business owner for eight years in Manteca. The Navy veteran served on the Manteca Planning Commission for four years. He also was one of 15 people on the Mayor’s Citizens Budget Committee in 2009. He is a current member of the Manteca/Lathrop Boys & Girls Club board as well as the Manteca Parks & Recreation Foundation Board.

Bishop is retired from a 35-year career with United Airlines where he worked as a maintenance foreman and mechanic instructor. He’s worked with code enforcement as a Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police volunteers. He’s been a member of SHARP as well as the Manteca Seniors Aiding Fire Effort for the past nine years and does volunteer work at St. Anthony’s.

Perdew has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. She is active in Calvary Community Church and was an active volunteer in the Ray of Hope organization.

Smith is a retired civil engineer who worked for Mountain View, Santa Clara, Milpitas, and Hillsborough during his career. His senior project was a study for the City of Milpitas on forming its own electric utility department. He is active in St. Anthony’s and has volunteered with Catholic charities and youth soccer programs.

Nuno is director of the non-profit Visionary Home Builders of California. He served eight years in the Army Reserve and has been involved with several city and civic commissions in Stockton.

Balwant Singh Sandu is self-employed in investments and rental properties. He has a background working with city government.