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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Shooting the Moon

The Council met last Friday to discuss when to schedule the election to fill Andy Klein’s seat, and the process we’ll use to make an interim appointment. Despite two compromise proposals put forward by Matt & I we are still deadlocked.

On the Importance of Public Comment

I have a short — some might say too short — bucket list. One of the few items on it is “experience a total solar eclipse”. I’ve been through a fair number of partial ones, but the difference between “almost hidden” and “completely hidden” is tremendous when you’re dealing with…

A Rock and a Hard Place

Last night the Council deadlocked over whether to call a special election to fill the seat left by Andy Klein’s resignation. The discussion will resume Friday afternoon at 1 PM, by which time City Counsel will have done more research on the applicable law. There’s a hard stop Friday because…


Last night we had our second budget discussion, part of the process which will ultimately lead to an adopted budget for the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 fiscal years (the City’s fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th). If you’re ever interested in getting a quick overview of what every…

Andy Klein Resigns

This afternoon Andy Klein, citing personal issues, resigned from the San Carlos City Council. A copy of his letter of resignation can be downloaded from the City’s website. What does this mean, for the Council and the City?

Bar Food and Free Parking

The parking study proposal for San Carlos caused a number of people to comment about parking meters. Specifically, about how undesirable or stupid it would be to replace the current free parking with pay parking. That may or may not be correct (and it isn’t clear to me we even…