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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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Reminder: Community Conversation on Managing thru the Pandemic

Please tune in this coming Wednesday, September 9th, at 6:30 PM for a panel discussion of local elected leaders on managing public affairs during the pandemic. The panel will be hosted by Menlo Park Council member Ray Mueller and will feature Mayor Ron Collins from San Carlos, State Senate candidate…

I Support Ron Collins

We all know how important this November’s election is at the national level. But there are also two seats on our City Council on the ballot. Ron Collins, our current Mayor and my colleague for the last nine years, is running for re-election. I sometimes refer to Ron as “Mr. San…

Where’s the Beef?

This is an op ed I wrote which was published in the Palo Alto Daily Post on Saturday, August 29, 2020 under the title There’s No Substitute for Elections. You can find the article on line here. I was saddened, and disappointed, to hear the San Carlos School District will…

Meet John Dugan!

On Wednesday, September 2nd, I’ll be hosting a meet-and-greet for John Dugan, who is running for a seat on the San Carlos City Council. It will start at 7 PM. John has lived in San Carlos for a number of years and currently serves on our Planning Commission. He immediately…

Budgeting During a Pandemic: Feedback Needed

Monday night the Council reviewed the proposed budget for 2020/20211. “The budget” is actually several budgets — one for general operating expenses, one for capital projects, one for sewer system operations, etc. — which get reviewed and enacted together. You can find details and the staff presentations here. Be aware…

Community Conversation: Managing During the Pandemic

Ray Mueller — a long-serving member of the Menlo Park City Council whom I’ve gotten to know over my years on the San Carlos City Council and whom I greatly admire — is moderating a Zoom panel discussion on Wednesday, September 9th, starting at 6:30 PM. The topic is “A…