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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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Thanx for Your Support!

At the end of tonight’s Council meeting I announced I won’t be seeking a third term on the Council this November. The filing period for candidates opened today, so if you’re interested in running get in touch with Crystal Mui, our city clerk. I’ll have more to say when I…

The Wearing of Masks and Decision-making

This article was sparked by a flurry of emails I got recently asking me, as a Council member, to be sure mask-wearing wasn’t made mandatory. Please note this article was re-written in part after a reader pointed out I was wrong to say mask wearing wasn’t currently required. It is.…

In Need of a Mid Course Correction

This article is prompted by a comment made about our outdoor dining experiment. Here’s the key part of what someone wrote online: Please you speak up so often on issues where you feel in the right but here you are silent. What is your plan for the businesses that have…

Hang On to Your Seats!

. …and I sure hope you’re ready for the ride. I’m not sure I am. Last night the Council authorized an environmental impact report “…for the Alexandria Life Sciences & Technology Project at 987 Commercial Street…” For those not recognizing the address this will be a giant commercial development spanning…

Surely They Deserved a Refund

Last night during agenda setting — when the Council discusses what items it’s willing to put on a future agenda for discussion and action — I asked my colleagues to do something simple and non-controversial. At least I thought it was simple and non-controversial. Discuss refunding the $2,000 appeal fee…

Why Doesn’t the Council Listen to Us?

At this week’s Council meeting we heard an appeal from residents of the Pacific Hacienda complex who objected to the Planning Commission’s approval of a multi-family project to be built right next door to where they live. And to be clear, in this case “right next door” means “right next…