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City Atty. James K. Hahn filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court against the owner of a Van Nuys massage parlor that he described as a "front for prostitution." Song Cha Kim, 35, of Panorama City, owner of A-1 Pain Relief massage parlor in the 14400 block of Hamlin Street, and Thomas May of Beverly Hills, owner of the commercial building that housed the parlor, were named in the civil suit.
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.
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.
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.
September 11, 1998
The City Council has denied an appeal from the owner of the Claremont Therapeutic Shiatsu Massage Parlor to renew its city operating license, shutting down the city's single massage parlor. City officials on Wednesday denied the owner's request based on municipal code violations at the business, which is in the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard, said Bridget Healy, assistant city manager.
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.
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.
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