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Massage, Tattoo Businesses on Council Agenda

Also on tonight's city council agenda: possible go-ahead for KemperSports to manage the Chuck Corica Golf Complex

A proposed ordinance setting out new rules for massage and tattoo businesses in "community commercial" districts — the Park Street and Webster Street shopping areas — comes before the Alameda City Council for a public hearing tonight.

The proposed changes to the city's zoning regulations would allow massage businesses to operate on the ground floor in community commercial zones with a conditional use permit and on the second floor with no use permitted required.

According to city planning staff, the proposed new rules have been worked out in cooperation with the West Alameda Business Association and the Park Street Business Association.

The proposal would also prohibit tattoo parlors on the ground floor along Webster Street, a change prompted by community opposition to a new tattoo shop earlier this year. (The application was later withdrawn.) Tattoo businesses would be allowed on the second floor.

Also on tonight's agenda: a recommendation to authorize the city manager to enter into negotiations with KemperSports for the long-term operation of the Chuck Corica Golf Complex.

The council meets Tuesday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. You may see the complete agenda and related staff reports on the City of Alameda website.

joel May 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM
can't wait for a flashing a neon sign on Park street Massage open 24 hours a day ..... Is is why they chopped down all the trees. Massage yes , Massage parlor are nothing else but prostitution houses , no a conservatve here , but the SFPD the OPD have been fighting them for years , 99% of the cases they had illegal worker not even licenced in California . Why bring something detrimental to the community ???? You did not want a check cashing place , but you see a massage parlor as a venue , this is pathetic ,. want a massage go to Alameda Hospital 1/2 the price , 1/2 the health hazard .
joel May 15, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The Alameda PDshould be the one regulating them , we have all seen and experienced the integrity of the other , Lying to ther Federal governement "AKA Defrauding it" for personal project , you or me would go to jail for it .
virgo May 16, 2012 at 09:11 PM
first of all, not all massage places are prostitution. massage gets a bad rap because of places like that but you have to understand that those places are not the norm. second, there is no such thing as a licensed massage therapist. the business itself can be licensed but the therapist is not. the therapist should be certified though (i went to massage therapy school). last, i want to know what tattoo and massage businesses who are already in operation are expected to do if this passes. will they have to move? that's not really fair to them.

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