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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: Paranoia, Tribalism and Politics

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,…

Downtown Laurel Street

I’m trying to gather information on how the use of our downtown has changed since the pandemic started. If you’d like to help please fill out the survey at https://s.surveyplanet.com/EE4LaX53V. You can provide an email if you want to but it’s not required. This is an anonymous survey.

Reflections: Who’s Running This Place, Anyway?

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,…

That’s Not a Typographic Error!

This is one in a series of catch-up articles, related to Council discussions and actions which took place a few weeks ago. Life got in the way so it’s taken me until now to write about them. But I think they touch on important topics so I figure they’re worth…

So What’s Wrong with the Budget, Anyway?

This is one in a series of catch-up articles, related to Council discussions and actions which took place a few weeks ago. Life got in the way so it’s taken me until now to write about them. But I think they touch on important topics so I figure they’re worth…

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…