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. 

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Anybody Seen Tony & Doug Around Here?

Part of the nearly $1 billion upgrade to the Silicon Valley Clean Water system — the joint powers authority that accepts, treats and cleans all the sewage from Belmont down to the northern parts of Menlo Park — involves upgrading the main pipelines that feed into the facility at the…

Thanx for Your Support!

At the end of tonight’s Council meeting I announced I won’t be seeking a third term on the Council this November. The filing period for candidates opened today, so if you’re interested in running get in touch with Crystal Mui, our city clerk. I’ll have more to say when I…

The Wearing of Masks and Decision-making

This article was sparked by a flurry of emails I got recently asking me, as a Council member, to be sure mask-wearing wasn’t made mandatory. Please note this article was re-written in part after a reader pointed out I was wrong to say mask wearing wasn’t currently required. It is.…

In Need of a Mid Course Correction

This article is prompted by a comment made about our outdoor dining experiment. Here’s the key part of what someone wrote online: Please you speak up so often on issues where you feel in the right but here you are silent. What is your plan for the businesses that have…

Hang On to Your Seats!

. …and I sure hope you’re ready for the ride. I’m not sure I am. Last night the Council authorized an environmental impact report “…for the Alexandria Life Sciences & Technology Project at 987 Commercial Street…” For those not recognizing the address this will be a giant commercial development spanning…

Surely They Deserved a Refund

Last night during agenda setting — when the Council discusses what items it’s willing to put on a future agenda for discussion and action — I asked my colleagues to do something simple and non-controversial. At least I thought it was simple and non-controversial. Discuss refunding the $2,000 appeal fee…