Portland, OR fining feds $500 every 15 minutes for unpermitted fence in bike lane

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly said Tuesday the city is fining the federal government $500 every 15 minutes until it removes an unpermitted fence blocking a bike lane on a street near the federal courthouse.

Eudaly oversees the transportation bureau and said Tuesday the government hasn’t responded to her demand to remove the fence, which surrounds part of the courthouse, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported.

She said the bill is now $192,000 “and counting.” The fence has become the focal point of nightly protests as ongoing marches and demonstrations devoted to racial justice and curbing police violence escalated in recent days with the arrival of federal law enforcement teams.