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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. 

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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Big Challenges Generally Require Big Responses

…and in the case of childcare capacity as it’s been mauled by Covid-19 it definitely does. Many, if not almost all, childcare facilities are teetering on the edge because they have had to reduce the number of children they can support to maintain appropriate social distancing. So their revenues are…

Laurel Street Closure Poll

Late last week I released a poll — an unscientific, not statistically-valid poll — seeking feedback on how San Carlans and visitors use of downtown Laurel Street had changed as a result of the pandemic. Here are the results (this is Powerpoint slideshow I’ll be sharing with my colleagues and…

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…