Portland charging feds big money for federal courthouse fence

Portland authorities are charging the federal government for the fence they have since left behind less than one week after U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents withdrew from the city.

The fence surrounds the site of the city’s most turbulent protest zone, the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse, and was erected around July 22 to protect the building from vandalism. The fence has survived numerous attempts by protesters to topple it.

Chris Warner, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, in addition to Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, issued a cease-and-desist letter to the U.S. General Services Administration on July 23, saying the
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