Calif. couple finds 'move back' spray painted on recently purchased Portland home

Couple's home and car spray-painted overnight Saturday - KATU photo from Keaton Thomas - 3.jpg

PORTLAND, Ore. – A couple who recently moved to the Portland area woke Sunday to find their home and car spray-painted with graffiti telling them to “move back” to California.

The homeowners moved into Northeast Portland's Rose City Park area back in April.

On Sunday Preston Page and his fiancée found their house and car covered in graffiti, and the car was also keyed. The gold paint messages included “CALI - surfs up” and “get California out of Portland.”

Portland has seen an increasing population for years as one of the top destinations for out-of-state movers. The influx of people is seen as the prime contributing factor of increased rental prices and home prices in the Portland area.

Page said he feels that the act was likely out of frustration with Portland's housing market.

"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," Page said.

"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," he continued.

The homeowners are working with police to identify whoever was behind the graffiti.

"These people had taken a run down house and turned it into a beautiful home. They worked so hard," neighbor Lorri Hodgkinson said. "Putting graffiti, or damaging personal property, is never the right way of doing something."

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