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In response to increased arrests for prostitution at massage parlors and a surge of applications for massage-related business licenses, the City Council on Tuesday imposed tougher regulations and a moratorium on new parlors. The new ordinance will require all masseurs and masseuses applying for a business license to have five years of experience in the profession. It also will intensify background checks on prospective masseurs.
June 4, 1989 | ELIZABETH LU, Times Staff Writer
cerned that an increase in city fees may force businesses out of the city, the Chamber of Commerce last week lashed out at the City Council and called for the community to fight the increases. The chamber's criticism comes in the wake of a recent council decision to impose fee increases on everything from business licenses to animal licenses to tennis lessons in public parks. "We are opposed to the whole packet at this time," said Ignatius Balderrama, chairman of a chamber committee formed to fight the fee increases.
July 8, 1993
Panhandlers in Anaheim are looking for handouts from passersby. A city councilman wants to require that they get business licenses. Cost: an estimated $100 apiece. What's wrong with this picture? If a panhandler had $100, why would he beg? Surely not because he likes to. That's one reason this is not a good idea. And there are others.
February 26, 1996
A proposal to increase city fees has run into resistance from the City Council. Assistant City Manager Brigitte Charles had requested that fees be updated to reflect increased costs. But council members voted last week to defer action until March, saying they want to give the plan more study. "I'm extremely concerned about increasing fees for business licenses," Councilman Kenneth Blake said. "If at all possible, we should retain the current fees."
March 3, 1994 | HUGO MARTIN
The owners of businesses that were damaged in the Northridge quake will have an extra 10 weeks to pay license fees under a proposal approved by the Los Angeles City Council. The relief plan, drafted by Councilmen Zev Yaroslavsky and Joel Wachs and passed Tuesday, extends the date at which taxes are considered delinquent to May 15. Normally, the fees for business licenses are due Feb. 1 and become delinquent March 1.
January 22, 1993
Gee thanks, Gov. Wilson. Who cares if the sales tax is lowered a little? That should save the average family $8 per month. Wilson has obviously never been in business for himself. Let's take your neighborhood auto repair shop, for example; the owner has to pay a $300 annual establishment inspection fee, a waste-oil permit fee, quarterly waste-water disposal fee, anti-freeze disposal fee, air-conditioning Freon disposal fee, fire department inspection fee, business licenses, etc. I imagine it's even worse for a restaurant.
March 10, 1998 | DEBRA CANO
Mayor Rich Freschi wants people who run businesses from their homes to ante up. Freschi said the city requires a $50 license for home-based businesses, but not everyone is paying. There are about 120 residential business licenses, Freschi said. But he estimates that the number of home-based enterprises is closer to 200. Home-based businesses pay a license fee the first year of operation. In subsequent years they pay based on gross receipts.
November 19, 1997
For most business owners, licenses, permits, taxes and insurance are the four evils of doing business. They are boring, tedious and confusing to deal with, and most small businesses hate them, says Debra Esparza, director of the USC Business Expansion Network. "It puts you back inside the box, and most entrepreneurs want to work outside the box," she said.
August 15, 1989 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to guard-dog training, Bob Taylor says, "I'm the best." But Taylor's bravado was shaken Monday after he pleaded no contest in Orange County Municipal Court, Westminster, to training protection dogs without a license. Taylor, a well-known trainer who operates Superior Dog Training in county territory near Stanton, said he is the victim of a legal technicality and a nosy neighbor.
March 26, 1993 | STEPHANIE SIMON
Mobile car washers, under attack by the owners of drive-through carwashes, on Thursday accepted a 10-point program designed to regulate their work without driving them out of business. The Thousand Oaks City Council must still approve the regulations, which were drafted by a committee of mobile car washers, fixed-site carwash owners, city staff and leaders of the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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