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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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Covid-19: Lending a Hand

I’ve been extremely impressed by the outpouring of support by San Carlans for the folks who are being quarantined at the Fairfield Inn as a result of having tested positive for Covid-19. We often talk about San Carlos being a welcoming city, but actions speak louder than words, and the…

Covid-19: Reflections from Special Council Meeting and Advice

Last night (3/12/2020) the Council held a special meeting to consider affirming the declaration of emergency the city manager had issued a day ago and to discuss whether or not to take additional steps to protect public health in San Carlos. The meeting began with presentations by state and federal…

Covid-19 Quarantine Facility: Questions and Answers

This article concerns the State & Federal effort to quarantine individuals testing positive for Covid-19 in a San Carlos hotel. It’s likely to be an evolving situation so I expect to be updating this article more often than I usually do. New questions or questions with significant updates are marked…

A Letter on Housing and Governance

I recently got a letter from a resident who attended the last housing community meeting. It touched on a number of topics in a few words so I thought I’d use it to frame some things. I’ll present it in pieces so as to keep my commentary focused. I recently…

That I-280/Crestview Topic

A number of residents got concerned about the Transportation and Circulation Commission having an item on their “possible topics for future meetings” item which was entitled “Feasibility of Additional Onramp to Interstate 280”. I thought it would be helpful to write about what’s going on with this. But first, the…