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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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…

I Support Ron Collins

We all know how important this November’s election is at the national level. But there are also two seats on our City Council on the ballot. Ron Collins, our current Mayor and my colleague for the last nine years, is running for re-election. I sometimes refer to Ron as “Mr. San…