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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It’s District Boundary Review Time!!!

Once every ten years, after the Federal census is completed, elected bodies that are based on districts1 have to review their boundaries and make adjustments. The County Board of Supervisors are elected on a district basis, so the Board of Supervisors must review and, as needed, modify their district maps.…

Requiring IDs to Vote

This post was prompted by a Trump-supporting friend of mine who circulated one of those repost-if-you-agree posts on Facebook, this one targeted at requiring presentation of some form of ID to vote. There’s an aspect to the debate over whether or not IDs should be required to vote which I…

Who Built All These Hills?!?

Elsewhere I’ve noted the fun I’ve been having dropping off door-hangers urging people to vote no on the gubernatorial recall. It’s a great time of year to be out walking in San Carlos1, getting some fresh air and exercise. Only…where did all these hills, steep driveways and multi-story walkways come…

Find the Milk!

This is a letter to the editor I wrote which was published in the Palo Alto Daily Post on 8/16/2021. Let the games begin! Today I invented a new game. It’s called “find the Harvey Milk Terminal” at SFO. Anyone can play! Park on level 2 of the garage. Walk…

The Value of Diversity

A recent article in Nature reported on how our ancestors apparently were cooking and eating grains long before they realized they could be grown and invented agriculture. While that’s interesting in and of itself the really interesting thing is the way in which the discovery was made. Discarded animal bones…

Juneteenth Holiday is Long Overdue

This is an op ed I wrote which was published in the Palo Alto Daily Journal on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Note that the published version may differ slightly from what’s here due to editing by the newspaper. In a rare act of near unanimity Congress voted to recognize Juneteenth…