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. 

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Trash Talk

December brings shopping madness, holiday cheer, snow (at least where I grew up in New York), and, in San Carlos, new trash rates. I suppose that’s a little karmic, since the holiday season generates a lot of trash and recycling, at least in our home. This year the Council is…

Sewer Surprise

People who work in organizations know the “no surprises” rule is key to running an effective operation. Surprises cause disruption and confusion, which is rarely a good thing. In the interest of avoiding surprise, I want to begin educating San Carlos about a big-ticket issue we need to address. You…

More Dialog, Less Tension

This posting originally appeared as an op-ed piece in the San Mateo Daily Journal on August 11, 2012. You can see the published version here. The “final” environmental impact report for the proposed Transit Village in San Carlos is under review by the Planning Commission. It’s a step along the…

A Not So Clean Sweep

When people ask me how I like being on the Council, I tell them it’s great, in large part because there’s so much to learn. Having to grapple with issues that are new to me is fun because it’s challenging. Hardly a meeting goes by that I don’t come across…

Welcome Aboard, Karen!

Tonight the Council interviewed six people who had applied for the interim seat created by Andy Klein’s resignation. After interviewing all the candidates the Council unanimously voted to appoint Karen Clapper.

The Art of Compromise

Politics is known as the art of compromise. Tonight the City Council, divided over when and how to hold an election to fill the vacancy created by Andy Klein’s departure, came together on a compromise approach originally proposed by Matt Grocott.