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February 8, 1997 | DARRELL SATZMAN
The operator of a Woodland Hills tattoo parlor denied Friday that he was responsible for illegally tattooing a dolphin on the hip of a 17-year-old girl. Leonardo Martinis, 29, of Westlake Village, who owns and manages the Think Ink tattoo parlor at 21626 Ventura Blvd., acknowledged that he applied the tattoo to the girl in May 1996, but only after she furnished identification indicating that she was not a minor.
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July 16, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
A man with what appeared to be tattooed fingers walked off with a bag of cash after holding up a Mission Viejo bank early Thursday, authorities said. The man, thought to be in his 30s, gave a teller a note demanding money and a bag for the cash. Once the bag had been filled, he shoved the robbery note into the sack and walked out of the Bank of America on Trabuco Road. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (310) 477-6565.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 1996
As trendy as Hermosa Beach may be, the tattoo craze will not be coming to town. The City Council this week voted not to allow tattoo parlors to open in the city because council members felt it was not the type of business they wanted to see come to town. "I just don't believe it would be perceived as a pro-business measure the way Hermosa is going," said Councilman Sam Edgerton, who was one of three members who voted against the proposal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
Alarmed by the recent debut of the city's first tattoo and body piercing parlor, the San Fernando City Council on Monday unanimously passed an emergency ordinance imposing a 45-day moratorium on the opening of similar businesses. Councilman Raul Godinez II, acting as mayor pro tem at Monday's council meeting, said the city would use the time to possible zoning restrictions that would make businesses offering tattoos, body-piercing or selling drug paraphernalia less accessible to minors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1994 | FRANK MANNING
A Tarzana man was sentenced to six months in jail Friday at Van Nuys Municipal Court for giving a 16-year-old girl a permanent tattoo he told her would wash off, authorities said. Edward Flores, 27, received the maximum sentence that could be imposed under a law prohibiting the tattooing of anyone under the age of 18, said Los Angeles City Atty. Jim Hahn. Flores tattooed a rose measuring 2 1/4 by 5 inches on the girl's upper right arm. He pleaded guilty to the charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1993 | JEFF SCHNAUFER
Juan wanted to leave gang life and get a job. But after potential employers saw the gang logo tattooed on his right hand, they quickly lost interest. So he decided to get the tattoo removed. Now he can barely work at all. The surgery performed to eliminate the tattoo left him with only partial use of his right hand. Adding insult to injury, much of the tattoo still remains. "I can't open my hand all the way. They took the web off.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2000 | STEPHANIE STASSEL
Kiwanis clubs in San Fernando and Sylmar have donated $1,200 to a local tattoo-removal program that helps young people break the visible connection to a gang. The contribution pays for rental of state-of-the-art laser equipment used at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center's weekly tattoo removal clinic. Clients undergo an average of seven treatments to remove a tattoo, depending on how deep it penetrates the skin and what kind of ink was used, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A tiny tattoo of a broken heart behind her right ear has cost a Salinas teenager her job at the local Olive Garden Italian restaurant. Karen Ketola, 19, was given an ultimatum May 21: Remove the tattoo, work in the kitchen or find another job. She was given two weeks to have the tattoo removed, but she quit a few days later. Ketola had the tattoo when she was hired as a waitress last September, but about two months ago she was told to cover it or she couldn't come back to work, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
The City Council has tentatively approved an ordinance regulating tattoo parlors, though none are currently located within the city. In unanimously approving the ordinance last week, council members said the law must be on the books in case someone wants to set up a tattoo parlor, which the city can regulate but not prohibit outright. The council will consider the ordinance for final approval July 26.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1995 | FRANK MESSINA
The Planning Commission will consider adding tattoo parlors to the list of restricted businesses in the community. A proposed ordinance concentrates on health issues associated with tattoo shops, setting up tight sanitation standards and requiring regular inspections and complete record-keeping.
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