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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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Articles by Dick Conoboy

A Modest Proposal To City Council And To Landlords

By Dick ConoboyOn May 10, 2018

With all the talk recently from the Planning Commission and the City Council about neighborhoods stepping up to the bar to sacrifice low density and livability in the struggle for [...]

Uberization Of Your Backyard – Instant Debt Creation

By Dick ConoboyOn May 07, 2018

It did not take long for the rentier vultures to smell the carrion lying in your backyard: that dead space that used to be your garden or lawn. Those vultures [...]

Our “Stick to the issue!” City Council President Needs to Chill

By Dick ConoboyOn Apr 18, 2018

The growing and selective imperiousness of the current Bellingham City Council president, Roxanne Murphy, is troubling. Several times since having been handed the “presidential” gavel, Murphy has interrupted public comment, [...]

Forbidden Signs of the Times

By Dick ConoboyOn Mar 20, 2018

“Bellingham Municipal Code 10.24.070 Sitting or lying on public sidewalks prohibited. A. Prohibition. No person shall sit or lie down upon a public sidewalk, or upon a blanket, chair, stool, bollard, [...]

On Loss of Trust, Broken Process, and Failed Commitments in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Feb 01, 2018

There are several continuing and grave concerns regarding the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance update process that I initially wrote about last December in a piece entitled “City’s First [...]

“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 [...]

Fire on Jersey St. - An Investigation

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 07, 2017

This terrible fire at 1017 Jersey Street this past week was the fourth Hansen/Lakeway Realty rental home to be engulfed in flames in the last 5-6 years, thus accounting for [...]

Myths Around Affordable Housing in Bellingham

By Dick ConoboyOn Sep 29, 2017

Nothing less than a land grab has taken place in Bellingham that the city has failed to acknowledge as among the principal causes of unaffordability. More than half the population [...]

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