Tip Johnson

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Member since Jan 11, 2008

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.

Articles by Tip Johnson

Save the Trails Referendum Falls Short

By Tip JohnsonOn Sep 09, 2021

At this writing we have 2,210 signatures in hand, short of the 2,475 required. I have word of a few more sheets straggling in but have advised that there is no hurry. [...]


By Tip JohnsonOn Aug 27, 2021

With the Delta Variant surging, it is increasingly unfair to ask people to continue traditional tabling or canvassing to gather signatures. So we are moving to finish this petition with [...]

Save the Trails Referendum - Petition Signing, Pickup and Delivery Station

By Tip JohnsonOn Aug 19, 2021

Note: See Pandemic ModeThe push is on.  We are on it, but could use your help!The Save the Trails Referendum is already one third through its allotted time. &[...]

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Recent comments

"Thank you, Liz. We are apparently going to need a lot more sharing. A socially distanced petition station at Lake Padden was confiscated by the Parks Department on Sunday. 

Aug 30, 2021 on

"Hi Margo, Yes, it is a bit of a goat trail and has not been properly maintained. However, it could be improved as a trail, as it is, in the [...]

Aug 18, 2021 on
The Scheme to Turn Green-Spaces into $Green

"Hello Katharine, I hope it is sort of self-organizing.  Anyone can organize! The petition is available online, https://nwcitizen.com/images/fileuploads/REFERENDUM_PETITION.pdf but I have printed [...]

Aug 18, 2021 on
A call for citizen action

"Hey Vince, I actually had a canoe I named “Tyler 2”.  But, full disclosure, Tip is short for Tippy Tiger. My legal name is Charles, but my dad was Chuck [...]

Aug 18, 2021 on
The Scheme to Turn Green-Spaces into $Green

"I humbly regret to suggest to all of the above that “full-on black hole” may have already been achieved in spite of everyone’s best efforts.  North of the [...]

Aug 10, 2021 on
Cascadia Daily News to Begin In January