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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1998 | CHRISTINE CASTRO
The City Council has denied an operating permit for body piercing in a local beauty salon. In a unanimous vote Monday, the City Council decided that body piercing was most similar to tattooing, and therefore could not be allowed within the city's commercial neighborhood zones. Council members cited health and safety concerns, as well as potential for indecent exposure. There are no body-piercing salons in Cypress, but it is a growing field and standards must be set, Councilman Tim Keenan said.
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April 26, 1998 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After hours of swaying trance-like and chanting Islamic prayers, the dervishes who live in Serbia's Kosovo province began the ultimate test of their faith. Crowded before a dervish altar, the little boys went first. Shejh Xhemali Shehu, the holy father of the clan, blessed a metal spear the size of a knitting needle and then guided it through the fleshy cheek of each youngster's beaming face. No blood. A miracle, the holy father proclaimed. The older men went next.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
In a bid to keep tattoo and body-piercing establishments out of San Fernando, the City Council will consider an ordinance Monday that would require the trendy procedures to be "directly supervised" by a physician. Mayor Raul Godinez II said that the ordinance was designed to ensure that piercing and tattoos are performed safely, but he also acknowledged that the council would like to make it prohibitively expensive for such businesses to operate in the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1997 | From The Associated Press
Teenagers would have to get parental consent before having most parts of their bodies pierced for jewelry or decoration, under a bill by an Antelope Valley legislator approved Thursday in the Senate. The bill by Assemblyman George Runner (R-Lancaster) would levy $250 fines against anyone who pierces, or offers to pierce, the body of a minor unless a parent is present or has provided written permission. The minors would not be liable for punishment, nor would parents.
NEWS
May 28, 1997 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Minors who want their bodies pierced would need a note from Mom or Dad under legislation that won overwhelming approval Tuesday in the Assembly. The bill, by Assemblyman George Runner Jr. (R-Lancaster), would make it an infraction to pierce a child under 18 unless a parent is present or provides notarized consent. Only ears would be exempt under the legislation, which went to the state Senate on a 71-1 vote.
NEWS
March 12, 1997 | From Associated Press
A bill to require parental permission for a teenager to pierce assorted body parts was bombarded with amendments and questions Tuesday until an Assembly committee postponed a vote to sort it all out. "I think there are too many holes in it," said Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) with a grin. "It doesn't appear to me this is very well thought out," said Assemblywoman Carole Migden (D-San Francisco).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 1997
Thank you for putting "Bill Seeks OK of Parents for Body Piercing" (Jan. 24) on the front page where it's sure to receive the ridicule it deserves. Lancaster Assemblyman George Runner Jr.'s proposal to require parental approval before kids do anything so rash as pierce a bellybutton seems a strange position for a "get the government out of people's lives" Republican. Gosh, parents really need the government's help on this one! As your story implies, the government might plausibly have a role in regulating the sanitary conditions of piercing parlors, but Runner's bill is aimed not at improving hygiene, but at bolstering the power of majors over minors.
NEWS
January 24, 1997 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Madonna pierced her navel. Axl Rose put a ring through his nipple. And Dennis Rodman, basketball's baddest of bad boys, poked a hole in his nose. In case you've snoozed through the mid-1990s, body piercing is big, really big. Young people, especially, have embraced the art, puncturing the tongue, eyebrows and other parts with gusto. Soon, however, California teens may no longer be contemplating whether to pierce or not to pierce.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1996 | TRACY JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the surface, Scott Dygert seems to have everything. Not only is Dygert, a high school junior, the student body vice president and president of the Debate Club, but he was also selected to represent his peers on Assemblywoman Debra Bowen's (D-Marina del Rey) Youth Council. And last year, he lettered in track.
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