Because peep shows are, according to a city official, "totally against the prevailing community standards and morals in our city," the City Council tonight will discuss "strict" criteria to discourage such businesses in Placentia.
The proposed ordinance follows the Planning Commission's recent denial of a peep show business that would have provided small booths for individual screenings of adult movies. The applicant, Raymond Pistol of Van Nuys, is expected to appeal the denial to the council on Jan. 7, City Administrator Roger Kemp said.
By the time Pistol makes his appeal, however, the council may have already given initial approval to an ordinance that prohibits doors on booths and allows police to make background investigations of proprietors and employees, among other criteria, Kemp said.
The city may not be able to prohibit peep shows, Kemp said, but officials "most definitely" want to discourage them from opening in Placentia by setting strict criteria on such businesses.