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Dick Conoboy

Writer • Member since Jan 26, 2008

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 sentences. Dick owes his writing ability to consuming large amounts of chemical laden and fried fresh water pike and perch fished from Lake Erie in the 40s and 50s near his native Cleveland whose Cuyahoga River regularly catches on fire.

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“Yes You CAN Fight City Hall: Lessons Learned From Seattle”

By Dick ConoboyOn Jan 04, 2018

[NOTE! As of Jan 9 @ 9am, there are only 11 seats remaining for BNC’s January 11th event with Marty Kaplan. If you’re planning to attend, please reserve your seats now. [...]

City’s First Step to Rezone/Upzone Single Family Neighborhoods

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 07, 2017

The public process for amending the accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinance has been compromised by poor planning and lack of transparency in notifying the public. The city canceled a public [...]

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 [...]

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Recent comments

"Perry, Looks like Larry has pretty well covered the territory in his response but I do have a few additonal comments.  I do object strongly to your characterization of [...]

Jan 23, 2018 on
YIMBY Leader Scherrer Receives Realtor Award - What Significance for the City?

"Derek, I would expect that Wendy would comment here on NWCitizen.  Dick

Jan 22, 2018 on
YIMBY Leader Scherrer Receives Realtor Award - What Significance for the City?

"Like a teen learning to drive, the city must learn to look farther up the road than the hood ornament.  Public banking, a topic that I have already brought [...]

Jan 17, 2018 on
Why all the Hyperventilating Over Granny Flats?

"We are undergoing death by a thousand cuts as the city slides down the razor blade of affordable housing.  Instead of looking at the whole, we are looking into [...]

Jan 17, 2018 on
Why all the Hyperventilating Over Granny Flats?

"Thanks, Larry.  That means a lot to me coming from you. Dick

Jan 13, 2018 on
Dick Conoboy awarded Paul deArmond Citizen Journalism Award
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