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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | June 15, 2010
The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled to vote today on a moratorium banning new massage businesses from setting up shop and any existing studios from expanding. If approved, the move would extend the existing moratorium the City Council approved last year for another 12 months while it examines issues with illegal operations, including acts of prostitution, at some locations inside city limits. The city is looking to assess some issues it is facing with its current massage parlors and study pending state legislation that might affect its capacity to regulate new ones, said Tom Hatch, Costa Mesa assistant city manager.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — Seven massage parlors all within one business complex were accused of being fronts for prostitution and served search warrants Friday by police, prosecutors and immigration officials. "From the layman's perspective, it appears to be a commercial brothel," said Lt. Mark Manley. The businesses are bundled into a small facility at 440 Fair Drive, where there are also three marijuana dispensaries and a pizza parlor. The massage parlors served warrants Friday are Relax Zone, Super Day Spa Massage, Angel Massage, Fantastic Spa, Rainbow Spa, A1 Oriental Massage Inc. and Visage Spa. The complex is about 50 yards from the College Park neighborhood, and within half a mile of schools, the civic center and the Orange County Fairgrounds.
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November 11, 2000
-- Deepa Bharath Police arrested the owners of two Bristol Street massage parlors Wednesday night on suspicion of prostitution and operating without a permit, authorities said. Mea Ok Mun, 43, and Nuwee Wattanakaew, 47, were taken into custody after a random inspection, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Don Holford. Police said the names of the businesses were not available Friday. Police found evidence of the businesses operating illegally without permits, said Holford.
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By Alan Blank | August 14, 2009
Authorities in Costa Mesa are asking the City Council to extend a 45-day ban on new massage parlors that went into effect in July by 10 months and 15 days, rounding it out at one year. An ever-increasing concentration of massage parlors in Costa Mesa and an influx in applications for new permits has made it too difficult for the city’s police department to guard against parlors that serve as fronts for prostitution, according to police. In addition, a law (Senate Bill 731)
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By Alan Blank | July 2, 2009
Fearing that some of its many massage parlors are fronts for prostitution, Costa Mesa is considering an urgent 45-day moratorium on issuing permits for new massage parlors and existing parlors that want to expand. The city has 54 massage parlors by its count, which officials say makes for a much higher concentration than surrounding cities, and the volume of parlors is making regulation of the businesses a nearly impossible task for police. The city will look at updating its municipal code to close “loopholes” in the certification and licensing process for massage services.
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By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | August 19, 2009
Before Costa Mesa’s City Council extended the citywide moratorium on new massage licenses to a full year Tuesday night, several massage business owners spoke out against the ban. Kathy Flippin, whose massage practice Dynamic Touch is new in town, said that she signed a two-year lease on her office space with the idea of expanding to meet growing demand. Now that growth has been prohibited, she says it could become harder to pay the bills. Flippin and her staff do a lot of specialty massage for pregnant women, post-surgery patients and the elderly.
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By Alan Blank | July 4, 2009
Fearing that some of its many massage parlors are fronts for prostitution, Costa Mesa is considering an urgent 45-day moratorium on issuing permits for new massage parlors and existing parlors that want to expand. The city has 54 massage parlors by its count, which officials say makes for a much higher concentration than surrounding cities, and the volume of parlors is making regulation of the businesses a nearly impossible task for police. The city will look at updating its municipal code to close “loopholes” in the certification and licensing process for massage services.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 3, 2011
SANTA ANA — An Orange County Superior Court judge next week is expected to rule on whether Costa Mesa can ban marijuana dispensaries. Judge David R. Chaffee will rule on whether to permit the city to shut down five marijuana dispensaries on Fair Drive as nuisances, but his decision could have broader implications, said Elena Gerli of Jones & Mayer, the law firm Costa Mesa city contracts with. If Chaffee dismisses the city's argument that the dispensaries are nuisances because Costa Mesa has no zoning that allows them, he essentially will be ruling that California cities cannot ban dispensaries permitted under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, Gerli said.
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March 6, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- The City Council late Monday gave final approval to parts of the Town Center project and a revision of the city's massage ordinance. The council approved the South Coast Plaza Partners' and the Orange County Performing Arts Center's sections of a project to transform South Coast Metro into a pedestrian-oriented cultural arts district. The council postponed a decision on the portion of the complex pertaining to Commonwealth Partners LLC, which would include the Isamu Noguchi California Sculpture Garden.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 3, 2011
SANTA ANA — An Orange County Superior Court judge next week is expected to rule on whether Costa Mesa can ban marijuana dispensaries. Judge David R. Chaffee will rule on whether to permit the city to shut down five marijuana dispensaries on Fair Drive as nuisances, but his decision could have broader implications, said Elena Gerli of Jones & Mayer, the law firm Costa Mesa city contracts with. If Chaffee dismisses the city's argument that the dispensaries are nuisances because Costa Mesa has no zoning that allows them, he essentially will be ruling that California cities cannot ban dispensaries permitted under the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, Gerli said.
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | March 11, 2011
COSTA MESA — Seven massage parlors all within one business complex were accused of being fronts for prostitution and served search warrants Friday by police, prosecutors and immigration officials. "From the layman's perspective, it appears to be a commercial brothel," said Lt. Mark Manley. The businesses are bundled into a small facility at 440 Fair Drive, where there are also three marijuana dispensaries and a pizza parlor. The massage parlors served warrants Friday are Relax Zone, Super Day Spa Massage, Angel Massage, Fantastic Spa, Rainbow Spa, A1 Oriental Massage Inc. and Visage Spa. The complex is about 50 yards from the College Park neighborhood, and within half a mile of schools, the civic center and the Orange County Fairgrounds.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | June 15, 2010
The Costa Mesa City Council is scheduled to vote today on a moratorium banning new massage businesses from setting up shop and any existing studios from expanding. If approved, the move would extend the existing moratorium the City Council approved last year for another 12 months while it examines issues with illegal operations, including acts of prostitution, at some locations inside city limits. The city is looking to assess some issues it is facing with its current massage parlors and study pending state legislation that might affect its capacity to regulate new ones, said Tom Hatch, Costa Mesa assistant city manager.
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By Alan Blank | September 29, 2009
Authorities in Costa Mesa are asking the City Council to extend a 45-day ban on new massage parlors that went into effect in July by 10 months and 15 days, rounding it out at one year. An ever-increasing concentration of massage parlors in Costa Mesa and an influx in applications for new permits has made it too difficult for the city’s police department to guard against parlors that serve as fronts for prostitution, according to police. In addition, a law (Senate Bill 731)
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By Alan Blank and Brianna Bailey | August 19, 2009
Before Costa Mesa’s City Council extended the citywide moratorium on new massage licenses to a full year Tuesday night, several massage business owners spoke out against the ban. Kathy Flippin, whose massage practice Dynamic Touch is new in town, said that she signed a two-year lease on her office space with the idea of expanding to meet growing demand. Now that growth has been prohibited, she says it could become harder to pay the bills. Flippin and her staff do a lot of specialty massage for pregnant women, post-surgery patients and the elderly.
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By Alan Blank | July 4, 2009
Fearing that some of its many massage parlors are fronts for prostitution, Costa Mesa is considering an urgent 45-day moratorium on issuing permits for new massage parlors and existing parlors that want to expand. The city has 54 massage parlors by its count, which officials say makes for a much higher concentration than surrounding cities, and the volume of parlors is making regulation of the businesses a nearly impossible task for police. The city will look at updating its municipal code to close “loopholes” in the certification and licensing process for massage services.
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By Alan Blank | July 2, 2009
Fearing that some of its many massage parlors are fronts for prostitution, Costa Mesa is considering an urgent 45-day moratorium on issuing permits for new massage parlors and existing parlors that want to expand. The city has 54 massage parlors by its count, which officials say makes for a much higher concentration than surrounding cities, and the volume of parlors is making regulation of the businesses a nearly impossible task for police. The city will look at updating its municipal code to close “loopholes” in the certification and licensing process for massage services.
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By Brianna Bailey | November 8, 2008
The Newport Beach City Council is poised to rub out city restrictions that bar men and women from getting massages in the same room. An ordinance the council will consider at its next meeting Wednesday would pave the way for local resorts to offer the latest trend in the spa industry — couples massages. “Couples massage is one of those increasingly popular trend in terms of spa treatments,” said Gary Sherwin, president and chief executive of the Newport Beach Conference and Visitors Bureau.
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