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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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Behind the Charter Schools Initiative

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 19, 2012

Washington voters have wisely turned down three attempts to create charter schools in this state, once in 1996, once in 2000 and again in 2004. They should replicate these defeats in 2012 with Initiative 1240. ([...]

Petition Drive to Ban Consumer Fireworks Underway

By Dick ConoboyOn May 24, 2012

Last year I wrote an article explaining the rationale for banning consumer fireworks in Bellingham. (You can review that article at this link below - 1) The reasons I outlined in [...]

Padden Trails.  It Is Not About Infill; It Is About Profits

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 07, 2012

On April 1st, Linda Twitchell, government affairs director for the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County, published an editorial in the Herald [1] in support of the rezone of the 113-acre [...]

2012-2013 Priorities from City Council

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 11, 2012

I attended the special work session of the city council on Monday morning (February 27th) during which the members reviewed their priorities list (draft) for 2012-13. (Click here to read [...]

Padden Trails Rezone – You Should Be Worried

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 15, 2011

The owners of the 113 acres in the Samish Neighborhood known as Padden Trails have filed for a rezone of their property (click here ) from single family (20,000 sq. ft./unit ) residential [...]

Bellingham Bank of America hires security guard

By Dick ConoboyOn Nov 02, 2011

The Occupy Bellingham movement participants can claim the first instance of job creation as a result of their protests. The Bank of America at Holly and Cornwall has hired a [...]

Status of Rental Licensing and Inspections in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 02, 2011

In early June, the Planning Committee of the City Council will meet again in work session to review issues around possible ordinance on rental licensing and inspection. In a recent [...]

Fireworks in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 17, 2011

Recently, the Bellingham City Council passed a change to the municipal code portion on noise, ostensibly to encourage and maintain robust live music venues in the city center and in [...]

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