SKIN-SATION… As Squid cozied up on the evening of April 20, streaming a Seaside City Council meeting into the lair, things suddenly got weird, and it’s not because Squid was celebrating 4/20. One agenda item: a request from the National Coalition Building Institute to waive $5,200 in fees for the 2017 Peninsula Pride Parade, which is set to be the first-ever LGBT parade on the Peninsula. Six residents, including four pastors, spoke out against waiving the fee, arguing that homosexuality was against the Bible and family values, and raised concerns of potentially lewd displays that might be seen in such parades in San Francisco. Meanwhile, five residents, including the organizer, spoke in support of the fee waiver.

All the councilmembers initially spoke in support of the fee waiver, and Councilmember Jason Campbell said it would make “Seaside first” in having a pride parade (Mayor Ralph Rubio’s campaign slogan was “Seaside First!”).

A debate followed about whether the council could waive the fee partially, which is when things got weird. Rubio changed tack, and said he’d like to see the organizers “put some skin in the game,” and added, “I would be inclined to vote for a 50/50, so that you have skin in the game, and we have skin in the game.”

That’s a lot of skin.

Rubio voted no for a full fee waiver, and Councilmember Dennis Alexander – true to his Rubio-rubber-stamp form – voted no, too. It still passed 3-2; Seaside’s going all-in with its skin.

POOPED OUT… To pass the time since Squid’s pal Bruiser, a pet pig who’d been living in Pacific Grove, was banished, Squid’s taken up coloring. Incidentally, colored-in photos of Bruiser’s yard will be at play when his owners, Mark and Lisa Hanes, are in court May 1 to make their case against the city of P.G. The city forced the Haneses to remove Bruiser or face stiff fines, after they lost a code enforcement hearing last summer. Bruiser was shipped off to live with friends and the Haneses sued the city, seeking to overturn the decision.

The Haneses believe they have a good chance of winning, and one key to the case may be found in a photograph submitted by their neighbor Ray Magsalay, who filed the original complaint. “The photo he turned in – it was a photocopy of a photo he had taken – showed piles of poop in my yard, and he circled all these piles in red Sharpie. If you look closely, he went with black Sharpie and made his own piles of poop,” Mark tells Squid’s colleague.

Magsalay says he did submit a photocopy but “didn’t go to a high-quality printing place,” so he was trying to color in poop piles to make them visible. He says the city’s hearing officer rejected the doctored photo, and instead relied on photos provided by police and animal control. Squid is getting out the colored pencils for a lesson in realism.

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