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About Dick Conoboy

Dick Conoboy is a recovering civilian federal worker and military officer who was offered and accepted an all-expense paid, one year trip to Vietnam in 1968. He is a former Army Foreign Area Specialist for Western Europe and Southeast Asia, counter-terrorism intelligence analyst and information/security manager at the Defense Department. Dick also worked as a resource manager at various government offices to include then VP Al Gore’s National Partnership for Re-inventing Government, now recognized as having been a shamefully neo-liberal “think tank”. He speaks fluent French and a passable English learned through many years of elementary school experience diagramming [...]

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Rental Inspections - Where Are We…Really?

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 03, 2017

Rental safety and health inspections began in Bellingham in the summer of 2016. In an August 2017 report to the Bellingham City Council [See report below], the director of planning indicated that [...]

Fire on Jersey St. - An Investigation

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 07, 2017

This terrible fire at 1017 Jersey Street this past week was the fourth Hansen/Lakeway Realty rental home to be engulfed in flames in the last 5-6 years, thus accounting for [...]

Myths Around Affordable Housing in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 29, 2017

Nothing less than a land grab has taken place in Bellingham that the city has failed to acknowledge as among the principal causes of unaffordability. More than half the population [...]

Single Family Home Rental - Got $40,000 per Year to Spend?

By Dick ConoboyOn Aug 01, 2017

Illegal Grant Street Boarding House at $40,000/Year If you are a typical family, this 1252 Grant Street rental is way beyond your means, unless you are willing to cough up $40,000 per [...]

Dick’s Pick - Amy Glasser for County Council

By Dick ConoboyOn Jul 24, 2017

One week to go before election day (August 1st) and there is ample time for voters to put a true progressive, Amy Glasser, on the Whatcom County Council. Nobody who [...]

The Flip Side of Housing Affordability

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 21, 2017

The minimum wage in Washington state is slated to rise to a whopping $13.50/hour in 2020, a full time gross wage of $27,000/year, although any sentient being knows that this amount [...]

Character - The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods Part II

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 11, 2017

For the February issue of Whatcom Watch I wrote an article entitled, Character - The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods. In the April issue of the same newspaper, Shannon Maris, [...]

The Bellingham Residential Survey Makes My Head Hurt

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 04, 2017

This “Residential Survey” of Bellingham residents is a quasi-yearly affair with this stated purpose: “... the Survey is to seek feedback from residents [bolding mine] about their experience as citizens of [...]

Public Banks Are the Answer

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 27, 2017

The Case for Public Banking Public banks are an effective way to use public funds for the good of communities, much like public utilities, instead of for the profit of [...]

Rental Inspections and the York Neighborhood

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 06, 2017

The Sehome and York Neighborhoods have been inspected with an initial failure rate of about 50% in Sehome and approximately 31% in York. In Sehome, 748 units passed on either the first or [...]

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