On September 16th 2007 the Seattle PI wrote an article about how Seattle is taking on trashy yards. During the short period of time between January 2006 and July 2006 Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development received 222,008 complaints regarding junk storage and overgrown weeds. During this same period the department has issued 2,500 citations totaling $137,000 in income. On April 2007 Mayor Greg Nickels requested the City Council to raise daily fines for violations to $150 for the first 10 days of non-compliance and then up to $500 for every day after that. The council approved the increase in May, and also signed off on a bill that enabled the city to seek criminal penalties for violations.