Mural fine slashed to $10,000

Mural fine slashed to $10,000
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A Walla Walla toy store owner will pay a much-reduced fine for painting a mural outside his business. The city determined it violated the rules and the battle over the octopus dragged on for years.

The mural was added in the fall of 2010 above the Inland Octopus store in downtown Walla Walla. The city immediately said it was too big and didn't meet code requirements for a "sign."

Inland Octopus owner Bob Catsiff fought the efforts to remove the mural for years, even appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court declined to hear the case and when Catsiff was out of options the city moved in one night and painted over the sign itself.

The legal battles resulted in fines of more than $90,000 that Catsiff was to owe the city of Walla Walla. It was announced Friday that Catsiff will pay only about $10,000 with the agreement that he complies by the code enforcement rules.

Over the phone, Catsiff told Action News he has no intention of creating a new mural.