Open Government

Whither Goeth The Planning Commission - Maute-Gibson Resigns

By Dick ConoboyOn Jun 07, 2019

What does the resignation of Iris Maute Gibson [see resignation letter below] portend for the city’s Planning Commission? Appointed in 2017 by Mayor Linville to replace commissioner Tom Grinstad, Maute-Gibson [...]

Unbreaking America: A NEW short film about solving the Corruption Crisis

By Larry HorowitzOn Apr 17, 2019

A 12-minute video actually worth watching. Interesting and informative. Unbreaking America

Restore The Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC) To Its Former Role in Planning

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 01, 2019

Shortly after Kelli Linville was installed as mayor, she prevailed on the then current group of naive and uninformed Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Commission (MNAC) representatives to vote themselves out [...]

Of Broken Roads and Re-invented Wheels

By Tip JohnsonOn Jan 18, 2019

I recently ran into Harry Skinner, long-time architect of some local reknown, now an octogenarian. His decades of design and planning experience have left him hard pressed to feel the [...]

This Mayor Hates Greenways

By Alex McLeanOn Jan 06, 2019

Mayor Kelli Linville’s first interaction with the Greenways Advisory Committee was to ask us to draw up a list of properties to sell. She had been in office a [...]

Filling City Council Vacancies - A Flawed Process

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 26, 2018

The Bellingham City Charter gives the City Council the power to fill vacancies in the council ranks but does not spell out the process. 2.06 Elected Officers - Vacancies “A vacancy [...]

Ghosts of Maps Past (A Journey Though COBs Inadequate Fiber Maps)

By Jon HumphreyOn Apr 19, 2018

I know, I’ve produced a few maps for your consideration throughout this process. The first “GIS” map I received had the word approximate at the bottom of it. I [...]

12 Questions (The Odd and Inappropriate)

By Jon HumphreyOn Apr 16, 2018

Update 4/27/2018: In an effort to be fair I always try to include relevant updates. After a 2nd attempt to get me to print written responses to the questions I sent [...]

Did Doug Ericksen in Fact Double Dip?

By Michael RiordanOn Apr 12, 2018

The recent rash of national news about corruption at the Environmental Protection Agency under Administrator Scott Pruitt brings back to mind repeated charges leveled last year that Senator Doug Ericksen [...]

12 Questions (Gene Knutson Interview)

By Jon HumphreyOn Apr 03, 2018

I am very pleased to say that Gene is the 2nd council member to sit down face to face with me for this interview. As of now, Gene and Michael [...]

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