Portland Fining Federal Govt. $2000/hr for Erecting Fence Protecting Federal Courthouse

Tuesday, Portland City commissioner Chloe Eudaly announced the city was fining the federal government a stunning $500 for every $15 minutes for having erected a fence to protect the federal courthouse from rioters.

On Thursday, I directed @PBOTinfo (Portland Bureau of Transportation) to enforce on the federal occupiers for erecting a fence in our public right of way.

PBOT filed a cease and desist demand on behalf of the City—we have not received a response.

We are assessing the maximum fine of $500 for every 15 minutes the fence obstructs our street, & we are investigating other legal remedies.

Typically, we would send a maintenance crew or contractor to remove such an obstruction, but I will not send workers into harm’s way.

The fence was erected after violent rioters continuously attempted to vandalize the federal building including setting fires and throwing explosives.