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City Reduces Fines for Walla Walla Toy Store Owner

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The City of Walla Walla is cutting down the fines the Inland Octopus toy store owner owes for violating the city's sign ordinance.

In a settlement between Bob Catsiff and the city, Catsiff now has three years to pay the city $10,000 in fines, rather than the previous $90,000.

The city will also allow him to put up a brand new sign for the toy store -- as long as it complies with the city's sign codes.

Catsiff says he hasn't made any plans for what the new sign will look like.



WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A painting company contracted by the city of Walla Walla has painted over the mural of a giant purple octopus at a Walla Walla toy store. 

Last month, city leaders told the owner of the Inland Octopus, Bob Catsiff, he could have 30 days to take the mural down, or they would do it for him and send him the bill. 

That deadline came and went, but Catsiff didn't take the mural down.

The city says the purple octopus painting violated Walla Walla's sign ordinance, but Catsiff argued it was an expression of free speech.