Jul 13, 2014

Hey Troutdale Summerfest- It's All In the DETAILS!

Here are the covers of two Gresham Outlook  inserts inside today's newspaper, featuring  two of East County's favorite summertime events- The Gresham Arts Festival, and the Troutdale SummerFest.

Based on what you see on these covers, Here  are two trivia questions:

-What is the date of this year's Gresham Arts Festival?
-What is the date of this year's Troutdale Summerfest?

Apr 5, 2014

"We'll save Troutdale $800,000! Take our word for it!" Not so fast. . .


They'll save us $800,000! Let's take their word for it!

 Oregonian reporter Kelly House and Gresham Outlook reporter Cari Hachmann both decided to take the words of Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson and Multnomah County Sheriff  Dan Staton when they declared Troutdale would save $800,000 annually if Troutdale's police department merged with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

"Troutdale taxpayers stand to save $800,000 in the first year if the city contracts its police services out to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office". - Oregon Live, (The Oregonian's online presence) April 2, 2014.

"By consolidating with the sheriff, the city would save about $800,000 a year, reducing its cost for police to $3.1 million annually."- Gresham Outlook online,  April 4, 2014.

"Troutdale taxpayers stand to save $800,000. . ."

". . . the city would save about $800,000. . ."

I am wondering one thing. In their articles,  why did both reporters fail to mention what Troutdale's Finance Director said at the meeting regarding the alleged  $800,000 savings? Why did both reporters fail to quote the most important slide in the PowerPoint presentation that night?