|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!
Nastyman Radio Show Goes Z Bone
May 26, 1998
On May 22 the Nastyman radio program on
Talkradio FM 97.1 had Ann (my
Dancer of the Month for June), as a guest, along with her friend Sydney.
Ann promoted her website and managed to mention this website on the show
as well. Then on May 26, Christine (my Dancer of the Month for May) was
also on the show.
According to Ann and Sydney, the Nastyman wasn't so nasty afterall.
Sydney says, "the bald man with a tan from Guam is a nice guy. I did some
lap dances on the show for the Karioki contestants and we helped judge the
contest." Lap dances?! And that doesn't qualify as nasty?
I've listened to his show and I think he's nasty enough for me. He
likes Ultimate Fighting and strippers. Gotta love it. I can't resist a
radio show with a host named Nastyman. If all this sounds
interesting to you too, tune in to his show on FM 97.1 from 1:00 am to
3:00 am, Monday through Fridays. Perfect timing to listen in your car as
you drive home from a strip club.
Strip Clubs Increase Crime?
May 3, 1998
In an article by Daniel M. Weintraub of the
Orange County Register,
Assemblyman Scott Baugh is once again trying to link strip clubs to crime.
In case you didn't hear already, Baugh is the politician in Orange County
who is trying to close down all strip clubs in California. The studies
that Baugh sights are a 1991 analysis by two professors at the University
of California, Irvine, which examined X-rated bookstores, not dance clubs.
According to the article, this study was a microscopic look at crime in
the 1980s along a stretch of Garden Grove Boulevard. Two UCI professors
compiled data on 34,079 crimes and pinpointed them to within 40 feet of
where they occurred. Then they used a computer to match those offenses
with the locations of seven adult businesses. Their conclusion: The
businesses posed a major "public safety hazard." Though the study did not
look at dance clubs, the authors said that the difference shouldn't
matter. "I can't think of any reason why the results wouldn't be the
same," said Richard McCleary, a UCI sociology professor and statistician
who co-conducted the study.
According to the article, the study did find that crimes against people
and property, including violent crime, rose when new bookstores opened or
existing ones expanded. More robberies, car break-ins and auto thefts, for
example, were reported in the immediate vicinity of the businesses. That
sounds ominous. What the study doesn't mention, yet the authors
acknowledge, is that in the vast majority of the crimes, the
adult-business patrons were probably not the perpetrators. They were the
Los Angeles to Tighten Restrictions
February 18, 1998
By GreenDog <email@example.com>
The Los Angeles City Council met at the Encino Community Center on
February 18, 1998. One of the proposals, co-sponsored by Cindy Miscikowski
(11th District) and Rudy Svorinich (15th District), was a motion to amend
the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to: (a) broaden the scope of
definitions of adult entertainment businesses, and, (b) require a
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT for the operation of any new sexually oriented
adult entertainment businesses within the city's zone located more than
500 feet from a religious institution, school or public park. This permit
would allow the City Council to set conditions on hours of operation,
design, security, etc. According to THE DAILY NEWS, this comes in the wake
of Los Angeles Zoning Administrator Dan Green's closure of a sexual
encounter club called the Prowl in Hollywood because it was
operating near a residential area.
At the council meeting, Ms. Miscikowski cited numerous loopholes in the
current LAMC which allowed certain facilities (presumably including
massage parlors and sexual encounter clubs) to skirt city regulations.
When the floor was opened to public testimony, Don Schultz of the Van Nuys
Home Owners Association and Geoffrey Saldovar (sic?), a member of a local
watchdog group, called for action to protect their community from the
detrimental effects of such clubs. A counterpoint was brought by one
audience member (me!) who suggested that the almost prohibitive steps
currently required to open a gentlemen's club were sufficient and, if
anything, have backfired by creating a "survival of the fittest"
environment where the only clubs left now are chain-owned, backed with
enough legal and financial firepower to make exterminating them
impossible. It was also brought to the City Council's attention that the
pattern of harassment on these clubs includes expending otherwise
important L.A.P.D. manpower on ensuring that no lewd acts are committed by
young women during lap dances when (perhaps) these officers might be
better utilized fighting crime elsewhere.
Hal Bernson (12th District) said that he supported the intent of the
measure, but voiced his concern that the current standard, based on a
Detroit ordinance from 1981, had already been tested in the Supreme Court
and further modifications might not be able to survive in the higher
courts. He then chastised yours truly for implying that no one was injured
by these consensual acts (because, he reasoned, personal freedom could not
take precedence over the greater good of the community, which was damaged
by the presence of these businesses).
Mike Hernandez (1st District) took the microphone and bemoaned the
detrimental effects of adult clubs in his district. (You may recall that
Hernandez reportedly had a sizable pornography collection discovered in
his City Council office in the aftermath of his arrest for buying cocaine
from undercover cops.) Mark Ridley-Thomas (8th District) then waxed
poetically about the community remaining "eternally vigilant" against the
adult entertainment industry, drawing applause from the (mostly) older,
WASPy crowd in attendance. Finally, Richard Alacorn (7th District)
expressed his feelings an amendment should be included to somehow group
businesses which attract children (such as McDonald's) in with the other
Amid the discussion, it was made clear that the City Council realized
that much work was left to be done with the City Attorney's Office and
L.A.P.D. advisors to eliminate any possible loopholes that (Beverly Hills
attorney) John Weston could exploit later in court. Ironically, in the
course of their debate, the window to such an opportunity may have been
opened when Ms. Miscikowski discussed that potential violation of First
Amendment rights if vendors of books and/or videos were besieged under
this new code. Without rendering a legal opinion, based on their comments,
it does stand to reason that ANY adult establishment that sells such
materials as part of its business would enjoy a different level of legal
recourse than those that do not. Furthermore, should the council be
successful in passing this municipal code into law, such establishments
could then force the city to draw up a map which would locate the specific
areas where they COULD legally locate their businesses (lest the vendor's
right to free trade be restricted).
Not surprisingly, the council members present voted unanimously to move
forward with the measure.
Hunt for Miss Fantasy Island Starts
February 18, 1998
Dennis Morgan has announced that
will be holding Miss Fantasy Island bikini contests every Wednesday nights
at 10pm starting today and will offer $500 (1st), $250 (2nd), $150 (3rd)
and $100 (4th) cash prizes. The top 3 contestants each week qualify to
compete for the $5000 cash purse at the semi-finals held on the last
Saturday of each month.
The top 2 contestants from each semi-finals will advance to the final
which will be in March of 1999. The grand prize is $10,000 in cash, a
$5,000 gift certificate for plastic surgery, and a 2 year lease on a 1999
Assemblyman "Hum" Baugh Tries Again
January 20, 1998
As was reported last year, Assemblyman
Baugh has once again re-submitted bill AB 726 (anti-sex business bill) to
the California Assembly. The last time, the bill died from under exposure,
but apparently, in a last ditch effort to regain votes after being
indicted for irregularities in campaign funding, Baugh, has tried to put
through a similar anti-strip club bill.
This bill has several sections, including one that will allow the
cities to enact laws that they see fit to control strip clubs and would
likely lead to the 6 foot law for nude clubs, as it is already for alcohol
clubs. Below is the summary provided along with the bill:
Provides that cities and counties are not pre-empted from enacting
ordinances prohibiting the presentation of live nude performances at any
adult or sexually oriented business.
The worst section of this bill is one that would prohibit tipping of
dancers. If this doesn't kill the strip club business, I don't know what
will. The summary of that section follows:
Permits ordinances which prohibit, in any adult or sexually
oriented business, any patron from paying or giving a gratuity to any
dancer or performer, or which prohibit the solicitation of such a
gratuity by any performer or dancer.
Needless to say, if this bill passes, the lawsuits now pending in
Anaheim that claim the local laws are conflicting with the State law would
become moot. I'm sure that is the plan. These people just don't seem to
understand that strip clubs will never go away. It will just go
underground and into private clubs which would be more dangerous for
dancers and customers alike.
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