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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Conspiracy Thinking

An odd but all too common email that we received as a result of our gas pipeline experience prompted me to write about conspiracy thinking. You can find the page here. I hope you’ll take the time to read it.

State of Emergency

Tonight the Council declared a state of emergency in San Carlos as it relates to a high pressure Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) gas pipeline. What does this mean, and why was the action taken?

Georgia Jack for Sequoia Union High School District Board of Trustees

The Sequoia Union High School District does a decent job. But it could do much better, for more of our young people. It needs to focus on improving student outcomes, not just test scores, by harnessing a resource that today gets short shrift: classroom teachers. As every high tech and…

Cameron Johnson for San Carlos City Council

Everyone has their own way of deciding which candidates to support. I just ask myself a simple question: is this person someone who can help build us the future we want? Because while it’s coming at us whether we like it or not, we still control how the future unfolds,…

Grassroots Done Right

Monday night’s Council agenda includes deciding what to do about re-building Crestview Park. That’s an interesting topic in and of itself*. But it won’t be the most interesting part of the Council’s discussion, at least for me. No, that’ll be something which will be brought into the chamber by a…

Hold the Makeup!

I was offered the opportunity recently to be interviewed on 1 on 1, a Peninsula TV show airing on cable channel 27. The host, Dani Gasparini, and I had a good time talking about some significant San Carlos issues. And I didn’t have to end up dealing with makeup :).…