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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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5G Wireless Deployments

I’ve recently begun receiving form emails from residents demanding that the Council take steps to protect San Carlos from the alleged harmful effects of 5G cell phone transmitters. I thought it would be helpful to post a publicly-available response to those emails so that everyone would get the same information…

A Huge Transparency Hole?

Imagine a public agency being threatened with a lawsuit for something it’s done, or hasn’t done. Seeking to avoid going to court it enters settlement discussions with the potential litigant. The strategy it decides to follow is set in closed session discussions. That’s allowed because it protects the public interest…

Protecting the Public’s Right to Know

This is an op ed I wrote which was published in the Palo Alto Daily Post. Early this year I became San Carlos’ representative on the Silicon Valley Clean Water commission. SVCW operates the sanitary waste treatment system serving Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and…

Tunnel Boring Machine

Silicon Valley Clean Water, the joint powers authority which operates the treatment facility out in Redwood Shores which handles wastewater from Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park, is in the midst of a multi-year, multi-hundred-million-dollar maintenance/enhancement project. As part of that project they are building a new…

Not an Opinion I Agree With, At All

Well, it finally arrived this afternoon: an email disagreeing with the City celebrating Pride month: As a homeowner in San Carlos for over 40 years my father X and myself Y as his POA [power of attorney, I think] would like to make a complaint. We both disagree strongly with…

San Carlos Rewarding Monumentally Bad Behavior

Some time ago my colleagues agreed to a suggestion I made about having staff put our banking services contract out for bid. While the then-current provider, Wells Fargo, had been providing services for enough years that it was good practice to re-bid the service, there was a more important reason…