March 16, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Cities, counties and law enforcement officials across California are bristling at a 6-year-old law that they contend prevents regulation of massage parlors they suspect offer more than therapeutic bodywork. A profusion of massage parlors, often near schools and neighborhoods, creates blight, they complained at a legislative hearing. Local government officials told lawmakers last week that they're frustrated by a 2008 law that sought to regulate illicit massage parlors and support legitimate spas and other businesses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1992 |
The owner of a Sherman Oaks massage parlor has been charged with violating a city zoning ordinance for operating her business in a residential area, the city attorney's office said Tuesday. Joan P. Santagata of Agoura was charged Monday for operating the Flamingo Massage & Sauna at 4622 Van Nuys Blvd., within 500 feet of a residential area, Deputy City Atty. Henry Burr said. Santagata is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles Municipal Court on July 30, he said.
March 24, 2011
Can't Los Angeles do anything right? First it was billboards, legal and illegal, conventional and digital, that proliferated across the city as seemingly powerless officials fretted about what to do. For a while, every official action seemed to make matters worse. Then it was marijuana dispensaries that were suddenly everywhere, encouraged by inaction from City Hall. Belated attempts to regulate and police them were struck down in court. Dispensaries opened, closed and opened again. Now it is, allegedly, prostitution, as self-described massage parlors have rapidly opened their doors within city limits, particularly in Eagle Rock and other northeastern neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
June 16, 1988
The Bell Gardens City Council has signed an agreement with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for the county to inspect massage parlors and check applicants for massage licenses. Under the agreement, the county will inspect the two massage parlors now in business in the city and evaluate permits for future operations. Also, county officials will conduct examinations of applicants for massage parlor technician licenses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1996 |
Hoping to diminish the risk of prostitution in the city, the City Council on Monday adopted tougher regulations for massage parlors. The council action is the latest move spanning years of dispute pitting massage parlor owners and employees against some residents and city officials over how to regulate those businesses. Owners of more than half a dozen massage parlors have filed suits against the city this year, alleging its ordinance attempts to shut them down.
May 19, 1988
The City Council, in a move to stem prostitution in Cudahy, has extended its ban on the issuance of new licenses for massage and Oriental acupressure parlors. At Tuesday's meeting, council members unanimously extended the moratorium originally passed last month in anticipation of a proposed change in the city's zoning ordinance that would make massage parlors illegal.