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About Tip Johnson

Tip Johnson is a longtime citizen interest advocate with a record of public achievement projects for good government and the environment. A lifelong student of government, Tip served two terms on the Bellingham City Council and has worked on many community boards and committees. He travelled with the Federal Transit Administration and Department of Commerce on mass transit trade missions in SE Asia and Africa before settling down to focus on keeping public interests at the fore of local government and the course of growth and development.

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Something Stinks at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant

By Tip JohnsonOn May 10, 2017

Something smells, but it is not just the screened sewage pouring into Bellingham Bay since early Saturday morning. A report at the City of Bellingham’s website says a “pipe [...]

That Big, Flat, Rural Jail or Regional Detention Center?

By Tip JohnsonOn Dec 29, 2016

I don’t really know Amy Glasser, but I’m starting to like her. She recently sent a letter to the County Council, asking some pointed questions about the highly [...]

The missing Link

By Tip JohnsonOn Dec 15, 2016

Bellingham periodically considers new “signature events”. These typically involve lodging taxes and are designed to encourage overnight stays by tourists Last time around, it ended up being the Bellingham Waterfront [...]

Pig in a Poke - Budget Heist and Land Scam?

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 04, 2017

A poke is a sack or bag. It has a French origin as ‘poque’. Pig in a poke refers to when something is sold or bought without the buyer knowing [...]

Coming for your wallet - That persistent jail thing

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 05, 2017

Many remain amazed at the county administration’s determination to build a too-big jail outside the city - the sheriff’s and executive’s bid for a big, flat, rural [...]

Let the Tyranny Commence - The Revenge Against Chiara D’Angelo Bill

By Tip JohnsonOn Dec 22, 2016

I have usually been slow to criticize Doug Ericksen. I’ve watched him be a hard worker, showing up for issues on TV Washington, doing his homework, knowing his talking [...]

Serve and Protect

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 17, 2016

Fatal shootings by police are up in the 2016. “The year isn’t over yet, and police have already killed at least 896 people — many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, and [...]

A Silver Lining?

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 10, 2016

Could Trump end up an American hero? We shall see after the wailing, gnashing of teeth and pulling of hair is over. Why did he win? He had a platform. [...]

The Council Packet

By Tip JohnsonOn Nov 03, 2016

Last week I discussed looking into the city budget to better inform your civic missions. Today we’ll look at the council packet. These are generally available HERE well in [...]

Follow the Money

By Tip JohnsonOn Oct 27, 2016

Everyone likes to know how their money is being spent. Right? Furthermore, informed citizens are essential to our democracy. The Council Agenda/Packet for 10/24/2016 includes a list of capital projects [...]

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