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My name is Mark Olbert, and I’m a member of the City Council in San Carlos, California. This is my site for staying in touch with my constituents.

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Taking Counsel from Your Fears

As I’ve written about before the San Carlos School District is in dire straits due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of a joint discussion between members of the City Council and the School Board the District asked the City to consider a grant of $1.5 million. Personally I’m not…

Local Businesses: San Mateo County GOP Petition

The San Mateo County GOP gathered signatures in San Carlos for a petition they submitted to the Board of Supervisors. Here’s the petition: RESOLUTION DEMANDING SAN MATEO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS LIFT COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS FOR ALL BUSINESSES THAT CAN FOLLOW GUIDELINES Whereas the Health Officer of San Mateo County has…

Lending a Hand in a Time of Need

This week I successfully lobbied my colleagues to direct our representatives on the “2+2” — the joint subcommittee of the Council and the School Board — to discuss ways of providing some financial support to the San Carlos School District. What form that will take, how much it will be,…

Why Aren’t There More Stop Signs?

It’s not uncommon for Council members to be asked to install a stop sign at some intersection that a resident believes needs one. That can be due to poor driver behavior, speeding or something else. People are always surprised when they find out installing a stop sign isn’t a simple…

Slow Streets Are Safer Streets

Last night the Council appointed a subcommittee (Ron & Adam) to develop ideas in three areas; – Creating a temporary pedestrian mall on the northern few blocks of Laurel Street, the core downtown area; – Make recommendations on if and how to implement a “slow streets” program; – Make recommendations…