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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Ray Mueller for County Board of Supervisors

It gives me great pleasure to explain why I’ve endorsed Menlo Park Council Member Ray Mueller in his race to join the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. You can read all about it on the endorsement page. I hope you’ll take the time to learn more about him!

Some Thoughts on Governing

These are my farewell remarks, which I gave to the new Council on December 14, 2020. The video is about 7.5 minutes long.

So Long, and Thanx for a Great Ride!

It’s been a wonderful experience working on behalf of the San Carlos community, first on the School Board and since 2011 on the City Council. I will always treasure that nearly 20 year “second act”. I’ll be posting a small number of articles about my departure from the Council, mostly…

Downtown Laurel Street Program Extended

Last night the Council had a lengthy discussion focused on what the “end date” should be for our temporary downtown Laurel Street configuration. I say “end date” in quotes because the Council can extend or adjust the date at any time…at least to some extent. Public Decisions Cannot Be Arbitrary…

Promoting Diversity in Local Government

These are remarks I made during the November 11, 2020 Council meeting. I’ve lightly edited them for clarity. Recently the Council was faced with making a choice on who to appoint to various commission slots and the backup lists for those slots. In at least one instance the argument was…

Helping All Downtown Merchants

Sorry about the late notice about this — it’s been a busy week! — but tonight the Council will be discussing whether or not to set an end date for the current use of public parking spaces by downtown merchants. Presumably discussion of the program more broadly will take place,…