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

Secret Deals - Stinkier and Stinkier

By Tip JohnsonOn May 02, 2010

I earlier wrote about questionable aspects of the accord secretly negotiated between the Port of Bellingham and the Lummi Nation in a piece entitled, "The Port's Foul Vapors". The [...]

Welcome to Bellingham, Arizona

By Tip JohnsonOn May 01, 2010

In a recent article here, author Dick Conoboy of the Zonemaven champions the idea of rental licensing and inspections, ostensibly to make housing safer for renters. In response to my [...]

Lummi Accolade: Brave, Smart and Honest

By Tip JohnsonOn Feb 05, 2010

One of the finest moments a public interest advocate can experience, after browbeating an issue, is to get to say, "I was wrong," as the desired result is achieved. I [...]

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Recent comments

"Nice work, Jamie.  I’m dying to learn which land use consultant pulled off that permit. 

Nov 06, 2021 on
We Must Finish the Job and Create a Great Blue Heron Reserve at Post Point

"Seth?  Oh, Mayor Seth…??? The quiet mayor.

Oct 30, 2021 on
One Last Chance for Permanent Protection for the City’s Great Blue Herons?

"Well, yes, they should buy it.  Long ago.  They are just waiting to add more density. So many “postcard” pictures of Bellingham feature these iconic birds. But make [...]

Oct 22, 2021 on
One Last Chance for Permanent Protection for the City’s Great Blue Herons?

"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