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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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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…

Treating People Like Mushrooms

This is a public comment I made at the February 28, 2022 City Council meeting. It relates to nearly $2,000,000 of expenditures by Silicon Valley Clean Water, our local sewage treatment agency, which was hidden from public view until uncovered by the Palo Alto Daily Post. You can read their…

The City of Good Living for the Well Off

This is a letter to the editor I wrote which was published in the San Mateo Daily Journal on 2/23/2022. Editor: When I was on the San Carlos City Council and proposed we discuss pausing commercial development on the east side – 2 million square feet and counting! — so…

Hard Truths

This was published as an op ed in the January 24, 2022. edition of the San Mateo Daily Journal. It’s surprising people are congratulating the San Carlos City Council, on which I used to serve, for standing up to Sacramento “usurping” local control over housing policy. They’re ignoring where that…