Welcome!

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. 

Here you’ll find my blog, links to articles about municipal issues, and material that will help you understand my Council work and my current views. All these can be accessed through the menu links at the top of every page.

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Enjoy! And if you have a moment, drop me a line to let me know what’s on your mind.

How About a Downtown Pedestrian Plaza?

This is a comment I posted on Chuck Gillooley’s White Oaks blog. I thought it deserved a broader audience. It was in response to his article about the Council’s recent discussion of the temporary Laurel Street closure, and a poll he published asking if people would like to see it…

Take Back the Brand!

While this isn’t specifically focused on San Carlos it does reflect an important issue that involves many San Carlans. It also encapsulates some deeply held personal views on politics, governance and patriotism. Whether you agree with it or not I hope you enjoy it (it’s from another website I run).…

Ray Mueller for County Board of Supervisors

It gives me great pleasure to explain why I’ve endorsed Menlo Park Council Member Ray Mueller in his race to join the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. You can read all about it on the endorsement page. I hope you’ll take the time to learn more about him!

Some Thoughts on Governing

These are my farewell remarks, which I gave to the new Council on December 14, 2020. The video is about 7.5 minutes long.

So Long, and Thanx for a Great Ride!

It’s been a wonderful experience working on behalf of the San Carlos community, first on the School Board and since 2011 on the City Council. I will always treasure that nearly 20 year “second act”. I’ll be posting a small number of articles about my departure from the Council, mostly…

Downtown Laurel Street Program Extended

Last night the Council had a lengthy discussion focused on what the “end date” should be for our temporary downtown Laurel Street configuration. I say “end date” in quotes because the Council can extend or adjust the date at any time…at least to some extent. Public Decisions Cannot Be Arbitrary…