|How can I even
pretend to be a real e-zine without a page for headlines!? This section will
contain newsworthy events related to the strip club business, especially as
it pertains to Los Angeles. Events covered by the traditional media will
still be in the Media Bites section. This section will be reported by myself
and other reporters for Z Bone.
Well, here you go and here we go. One step closer to being just another
boring e-zine. Yeah, right!
LA Certifies Petition Signatures
November 4, 2003
After meeting the October 25 deadline for the petition against the so
called anti-lap dancing ordinance, the strip club owners of Los Angeles have
been given what could be called a stay of execution for the time being.
LA City have certified that more than the required 57,000 signatures were
valid out of the 106,000 turned in to the city.
The city now has 3 options available:
- Repeal the ordinance.
- Call for a special election on March 2, 2004, with the ordinance added
as a referendum vote to be voted on by the voters of the city.
According to the city, this option will cost the city an estimated
- Submit the ordinance to a referendum vote at the next regular City
election, which is scheduled for March 8, 2005.
Clubs Fight Back With Referendum
October 2, 2003
With the city passing the so called anti-lap dance ordinance, the Los
Angeles strip clubs have come back swinging at the city. The strip
clubs have pooled their money to sponsor a referendum to have the voters
decide if this ordinance is a good idea or not. In order to do so, the
strip clubs must collect over 57,000 signatures on a petition before October
To meet their deadline, the sponsoring clubs are asking everyone to go to
their favorite Los Angeles strip club, and sign the petition. To
qualify, the signer must be 18 years old or older, be a United States
citizen, reside in the City of Los Angeles, and a registered voter. If
the signers are not currently a registered voter, they can register to vote
at the location. The clubs will have the proper paperwork necessary
for them to register to vote. The clubs are requesting that everyone
bring their friends, co-workers and anybody else they can drag to sign the
petition. However, they caution not sign the petition more than once
at multiple locations or your entry will be invalidated.
Anti-Lap Ordinance Sent Back To Committee
June 18, 2003
The LA City Council today voted to send the Anti-Lap dancing ordinance
back to committee because "of some holes", as described by AndyE from
Private Dancer Monthly, who is also a regular contributor on zbone.com.
"This buys us a little more time," said AndyE.
Some of the council members seemed to be concerned about the enforcement of
the 6 foot provision which requires that the dancer be at least 6 foot away
from the patrons. One observer noted that this part of the ordinance
should be the easiest to enforce compared to some of the other sections.
The ordinance being sent back to be "revised" is good news and bad news for
the industry. This action will slightly delay the actual vote by the
council until the new revised version is ready. However, the new
version may be better written, which would make challenging it in court more
Anti-Ordinance Rally Held
June 17, 2003
The Score in downtown
Los Angeles hosted a rally to protest the proposed anti-lap dance ordinance
by the LA City Council today to show the LA City Council that there are
people against the proposed ordinance.
The rally was attended by strip club owners, managers, employees,
dancers, customers and media representatives. Pictured above are the
protesters carrying signs equating the LA City Council to the Taliban and
and giving interviews to the media was First Amendment attorney, Roger
Diamond (pictured here). According to Diamond, the City Council will be
voting on the proposed ordinance on Wednesday, June 18 at the John Ferraro
Council Chamber, Room 340, City Hall starting at 10am. If the ordinance is
passed by the Council, it would then go to Mayor Hahn who must sign off on
the ordinance. The ordinance will then go into effect 31 days after
Diamond listed some of the items contained in this new ordinance, which
includes a requirement for the dancer to be at least 6 feet away from the
patron, not accepting tips, no contact with patrons, a 30 inch high railing
separating the dancer and the patron, no VIP rooms, and yearly renewal of
permits for the strip clubs.
Diamond also noted that similar ordinances are already in effect in other
cities, or have been challenged. Diamond cited the Anaheim ordinance
as an example since he was the attorney that defended the clubs and dancers
in that case. Anaheim's ordinance was struck down by a higher court.
However, according to Diamond, the ordinance is "still on the books" and not
enforced. A similar ordinance is in effect in Newport Beach, which
apparently has kept any clubs from opening there. A club owner not affected
by this ordinance was reminded by Diamond that it's very likely that other
cities will follow LA's lead if this ordinance works in their favor.
According to Diamond, if the ordinance is passed, he will file an injunction
to keep it from going into effect until it is challenged in court. If
this technique works, this may delay the ordinance from actually being
implemented for a few years. One strip club owner, who wished to remain
anonymous, stated that if the ordinance were to go into effect, he would be
forced to break the law in order to stay in business.
Also at the rally was KLSX FM 97.1 radio
personalities Conway and Steckler who was recording their radio show at the
Score for later broadcast during their regular programming time on the radio
station. They interviewed several of the club owners, dancers and other
interested individuals regarding this issue. Joining Conway and Steckler was
John from the John and Jeff show from the same station.
One dancer being interviewed by Conway claimed that if the ordinance were to
go into effect, she would be forced to go on welfare along with her
children. Conway seemed to be particularly concerned for this dancer.
Perhaps he could take her in, if this were to occur.
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