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Walla Walla store owner fined for a second painting

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The city of Walla Walla has officially issued a notice of civil violation to the owner of the Inland Octopus Store in the downtown area.

Earlier in the week, close to 100 people attended a City Council meeting where the public could voice their opinions about the ongoing controversy. But on Thursday, a Code Enforcement Officer handed owner, Bon Catsiff the notice which states he must pay $100 per day until the mural is taken down.

Catsiff also found out he would have to pay a one-time $100 fine for a painting on the back of his store. City leaders say both paintings violate city code and are considered signs. But it's the fine for the art over the back door that surprised Catsiff the most. "It's been up there for several months, with absolutely no problem," explained Catsiff. "in fact, the downtown foundation posted a picture of it on their website and thought it was all jolly and hilarious, so it's been public knowledge that it's been there this long. It's just all of a sudden it was added in there as a bonus 100 bucks."

Catsiff also says it will be a financial blow for the store, but he will decide over the weekend what his next step of action is. He won't pay the city each day; instead he says the money will accumulate until city leaders demand payment.

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