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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
The City Council this week gave initial approval to tough new regulations for massage parlor operators as the second part of the city's yearlong effort to devise new rules for those businesses, which often front for prostitution. The new regulations are changes to the existing ordinance and include holding workers responsible for activities at the parlors when owners are away. They also require in-depth background checks for operators and employees before city business permits are issued.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI
A Sherman Oaks massage parlor operator was ordered on Wednesday to shut down her business because it is situated too close to a residential neighborhood, the Los Angeles city attorney's office said. Los Angeles Municipal Judge Andrew Kauffman ordered Joan P. Santagata of Agoura to close the Flamingo Massage & Sauna at 4622 Van Nuys Blvd. by March 16, Deputy City Atty. Henry Burr said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1997
A Manhattan Beach massage parlor believed to be operating as a front for prostitution is closing voluntarily to avoid going to court, city officials said Tuesday. John Rhee, the owner of Beach Accupressure, has agreed to the terms outlined in a permanent injunction to be signed this week by Torrance Superior Court Judge Lois Smaltz, said Manhattan Beach City Atty. Robert Wadden. The injunction states that the business, open for less than one year, must close by Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1988
A controversial West Hollywood massage parlor, owned by an East Los Angeles College business law professor, was ordered closed Wednesday afternoon by investigators from the state Labor Commission, authorities said. The investigators, who inspected the Beverly Hills Massage Parlor and interviewed employees, did not elaborate on the nature of any illegal practices, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Wehner. Deputies assisted state investigators in closing down the parlor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1992 | JULIE TAMAKI
The Los Angeles city attorney's office filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday alleging acts of prostitution took place at a North Hollywood massage parlor where five people have been arrested in the last two months. Sook Kim, who operates Valley Accupain Control Center, was named the defendant in the suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Deputy City Atty. Henry Burr said. "This suit alleges that the location is being used for prostitution," Burr said. "So we're asking the court to make them stop."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1991 | ZION BANKS
The City Council has set a public hearing for Feb. 25 to decide whether to extend for a year a moratorium on new massage parlors in the city. The Planning Department and city attorney's office would use the time to determine the number of massage parlors in the city, which officials say has grown 20% in two years. Officials say the proliferation of parlors, estimated to be 54, may ultimately lead to blighted areas.
NEWS
March 10, 1994
City officials are making it more difficult for operators of gun shops and massage parlors to do business. The City Council has approved an ordinance requiring gun store owners to secure a conditional-use permit from the city. Until last week, gun store owners were only required to file an application with the state Alcohol and Beverage Control Commission before opening, Asst. City Manager Fred Latham said.
NEWS
January 1, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Ten of Santa Monica's 12 massage parlors have been forced to close, police and city officials said, after masseuses hired by the parlors flunked a new 125-question mandatory competency test. The closings are not obligatory, police say, but the masseuses cannot start working again until they retake and pass the test, one of several requirements masseuses and masseurs must meet to obtain licenses in Santa Monica.
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