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Letter writer Rich Allen voluntarily entered into a settlement agreement to publish the following statement. Allen was named in a 2016 libel suit by Eastwinds Development.

I wrote an article published online and in the September 2016 issue of The Northwest Connection. After attending a West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce board meeting in August 2016, I disagreed with its direction and wanted to express my differing political views in writing.

However, I would like to clarify certain aspects of my opinion piece regarding the

Troutdale urban renewal project adjacent to the factory outlet mall.

I did not intend to imply that Eastwinds Development, Matt Wand, Junki Yoshida or any Troutdale City Councilor (including any of them named in my article) had engaged in any type of unethical or dishonest behavior in connection with the Troutdale urban renewal project.

Indeed, I was not aware of any information indicating that unethical or

dishonest conduct occurred.

I disagreed with the process, but everything that I am aware of was conducted within the process set up by the City Council and Mayor.

Rich Allen

Former Troutdale City Councilor


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