A couple who moved to Portland in the spring awoke today to a horrific message.
Preston Page and his fiancee, Jessica Faraday, found their home and car in Rose City Park, Oregon grossly vandalized. Their property was covered with graffiti, and their car was keyed.
In gold paint, the messages left on the home and car included “CALI – surfs up,” “Move Back,” and “get California out of Portland.”
Apparently, the gentrification of Portland has happened at an increasing rate as more out-of-state movers have triggered increased rental and home prices in the city.
He said to KATU News: “So much industry has come in here and, I’m sure, pushed some locals out. That can be rough … you see housing prices double, or triple in the past five to ten years. I don’t think it’s directed at Californians, just noticeably because a lot of them coming up here. But I’m sure it’s all the transplants add in the frustration.”
The couple have no idea who vandalized their home, but they are working closely with police to identify who committed the awful crime.
However, Page did recall that when he was backing out of his driveway, another driver was speeding down the street. After confronting the driver, the man sped off before yelling at Page to go back to California. He suspects that this same individual might be the person responsible for the vandalism.
While not feeling threatened by the graffiti, Paige said: “At the end of the day, you can’t get upset at every mad person in the world, that’s why we pay for insurance and stuff like that.”
Page repainted the outside of the house and purchased two flood lights and surveillance cameras for his household by Sunday afternoon.
“Other than this little instance, the city is great, the community is great,” said Page.
“It’s just unfortunate when you have people who are frustrated that this is how they express themselves.”
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