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My name is Mark Olbert, and I’m a former member of the San Carlos, California City Council. This was my site for staying in touch with my constituents. My last day on the Council was December 14, 2020. 

It’s now a platform I use to address local and regional issues that my neighbors may find interesting. 

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Plans Are Nothing, Planning Is Everything

This is a letter to the editor I wrote which was published on May 17, 2022 in the San Mateo Daily Journal under the title “San Carlos Development Could Have Been Better Managed.” But a better title highlights how planning is a process and, as a process, should be re-done…

Mueller for Supervisor

This is my letter to the San Mateo Daily Journal supporting Ray Mueller’s bid to represent District 3 on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Editor: I know, and have worked with, almost all the candidates vying for the District 3 seat on the County Board of Supervisors. I…

Endorsements: June, 2022 Election

District 3 Board of Supervisors Ray Mueller has the experience, intelligence and above all empathy to represent all of us, not just those who are well-off or well-connected. Because he always does his homework, I am confident any decision he makes will be thoughtful and in the community’s interest, not…

That’s What They’re For

This is op ed was published in the San Mateo Daily Journal on Monday, April 11, 2022. What you see here is slightly different from the print version because the Journal objected to me identifying the Council member who made the quote I cited1. I don’t agree with their position2…

Playing Hide the Football

This is an op ed I wrote which was published in the Palo Alto Daily News on March 3, 2022. It relates to the departure, three years ago, of Silicon Valley Clean Water’s executive director as a result of sexual harassment allegations brought against him by a former employee (SVCW…

Basic Economic Realities

This is a letter to the editor I wrote which was published in the San Mateo Daily Journal on March 3, 2022. Editor: Basic economic reality is not always the forte of those who write op eds. When John Horgan argued requiring more affordable housing harms those who don’t quality…