Save The Endangered Purple Octopus
The City of Walla Walla has decided to fine and force local business owner Bob Catsiff $100.00 per day until he removes the Family & Child friendly \\\"Octopus Castle Mural\\\" from his store front. The city has treated the business owner, property owner and the community, (for which it is to serve for the benefit of the majority), with a complete lack of respect and has resorted to totolitarian tactics, not to mention using tax payer funds to support such tactics. The City claims the mural in question is a sign. According to the dictionary a sign is defined as a notice, bearing a name, direction, warning, or advertisement, that is displayed or posted for public view: a traffic sign; a store sign. (notice bearing a name) The definition of a mural is a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling. The city's definition and or code is too vague to accurately decipher what is or isn't a sign. If you were to travel around the city of Walla Walla you would find many more murals attached to local businesses. The city has not fined or forced those business owners to remove their murals. The city claims if it was considered "art" then there is a public committee that is authorized to accept or deny submissions and the mural wasn't submitted to the committee. The mural in question was not funded by any taxpayer money, therefore does not fall under such requirements. We , the undersigned, call upon the City of Walla Walla to reverse all damages and ill-judged decisions to force store owner Bob Catsiff dba. Inland Octopus, to remove an artistic child friendly mural above his store front. We ask the city to renew it's commitment supporting local business owners, it's community and to use taxpayer funds wisely to create the best and unique non conforming box store city.