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News - April 13, 2012

Palo Alto to seek 'lighter' changes to massage law

City reconsiders earlier proposal to require local massage establishments to keep client records

by Gennady Sheyner

Palo Alto is backing away from a controversial proposal to require massage establishments to keep records of all their customers after several business owners and council members said Tuesday night, April 10, that the new rule would go too far.

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Posted by Tom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:17 am

> Charles Cullen, the department's technical services director, told]
> the committee that if the city doesn't revise its ordinance, it
> would have to repeal its existing one because the ordinance
> currently on the books does not comply with state law.

And just what does the police department's technical services director know about state law, or local ordinances, concerning massage parlors? Was the police department so devoid of arguments that they had to bring in "bodies" to make their case?

It's a shame that the committee members didn't ask Mr. Cullen just what his expertise might be in this area.

Posted by Naked Feet, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

Does Happy Feet give foot massages to customers still wearing their shoes and socks? If shoes and socks are removed, is that still considered fully clothed?

Posted by PA_Mom, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Naked Feet,

Read carefully - Bertelsen clearly says - "Not only do you have most of your clothes on, but you're covered with a towel over your abdomen and back areas."

Don't try to be glib just because you can.

Posted by Naked Feet, a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

@PA_Mom - Why do you need to be "covered with a towel over your abdomen and back areas" to get your feet massaged? That's irrelevant.

When you get a foot massage you take off some clothing unless you walked in barefoot.

Posted by Guest, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

A welcome happy ending...

Posted by Happy Hooker, a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 14, 2012 at 8:11 am

I don't think Palo Alto is a good place for me to open my illicit massage business. The Palo Alto police clearly have too much time on their hands. They get one complaint a year for 10 years and it gets their knickers in a twist.

And if the State of California wants some law, why don't they just pass it themselves, rather than somehow burden all 58 counties and 482 cities and expect them to create a bunch of new laws.