Establishing Stricter Regulations on Massage Parlors
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 05, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, the Council unanimously passed my motion requesting the City Attorney, with the assistance of the Planning Department, and in consultation with the Los Angeles Police Department, prepare an ordinance enacting zoning and land use regulatory controls for massage therapy establishments.
On June 10, 2014, the Council adopted a Resolution in support of California State Assembly Bill 1147 (Bonilla) which removes restrictions on local land use authority, and enacts additional reforms, enabling local governments to more effectively zone and regulate massage therapy establishments.
AB 1147 was approved by the Governor on September 18, 2014, and was enacted into law effective January 1, 2015. AB 1147 removes restrictions on local land use controls and regulations to better enable cities to address the negative aspects of massage establishments. These changes were needed because the existing State law resulted in loopholes that allowed illicit massage businesses to proliferate without local control.
Given that AB 1147 will became State law on January 1, 2015, and that this State law enables cities to further enact land use controls, the preparation of an ordinance is necessary to ensure we protect the quality of our neighborhoods.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District