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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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Special Neighborhood Events

There’s been a discussion on NextDoor recently regarding rule changes the city made affecting “street celebrations” in San Carlos. The thread centered on the Eucalyptus Halloween event but by extension also included the Christmas/Holiday Light event also held on Eucalyptus. The city has not changed the rules governing these kinds…

State of the City Redux

Just a refresher post pointing at the State of the City address I gave back in March that addresses, in more detail, the background behind San Carlos’ current development outlook, and the choices we can make as a community about it.

Time to Speak Up About Commercial Development

This is op ed was published in the Daily Post on Thursday, September 26, 2019. I’ll post a link to the online article on the Post’s website as soon as it’s available. About ten years ago San Carlos updated its General Plan, the master document defining how the community wants…

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…