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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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Reflections: What’s Wrong with First Come, First Served?

This is one of a series of reflections I plan to write as I wind up my almost twenty year stint as a local elected official. The goal is simple: share things I’ve learned, or think I’ve learned, which I didn’t know before I began that journey. Which will, hopefully,…

A Seat at the Table

This is a letter to the San Mateo Daily Journal I wrote in response to a recent article by Matt Grocott, a former member of the San Carlos City Council. I read Matt Grocott’s August 11th column with interest. Matt & I were locally elected in the same year, 2001.…

Mask Requirements, Administrative Violations, Criminal Violations and Enforcement

This article is prompted by recent discussions on NextDoor about the County Board of Supervisors decriminalizing failure to wear masks when required and authorizing fines for violations. Much of the discussion involved how the enforcement process would work, who would be enforcing it, etc. Standard disclaimer: I am not a…

Covid-19: County Authorizes Fines for Not Wearing Masks

The County Board of Supervisors today (8/4/2020) authorized enforcement officers, throughout the County, to fine individuals and organizations not adhering to the State’s mask requirements. Individuals can be fined $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second and $500 for each additional violation within the same year. Individual violations…

Even in The City of Good Living…

As I was walking north on Laurel today, passing the post office, an older1 woman walking south — nicely dressed, nothing odd about her — passed an Hispanic/Asian2 family, including a young teen boy, also going north. And proceeded to lambast them about needing to go home to their own…

Anybody Seen Tony & Doug Around Here?

Part of the nearly $1 billion upgrade to the Silicon Valley Clean Water system — the joint powers authority that accepts, treats and cleans all the sewage from Belmont down to the northern parts of Menlo Park — involves upgrading the main pipelines that feed into the facility at the…