Citrus Heights Extends Ban On New Massage Parlors

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 28, 2007

The City Council extended a moratorium on new parlors so that city staff can write a tougher ordinance.

James Mally is with the Healing Arts Institute, a massage school in Citrus Heights. He says stronger policing would make the moratorium unnecessary.         

"If the vice squad and police can work with shutting down the prostitution we can keep legitimate massage businesses going and able to expand."

Jeff Slowey is the Mayor of Citrus Heights.

"You’re right. Unfortunately legitimate massage therapists are paying the price but I don’t want the citizens of Citrus Heights to pay the price and this is our only alternative at the moment." 

Slowey says the city has been inundated with applications for new massage parlors ever since Sacramento County adopted tougher rules on the businesses.

The Citrus Heights moratorium on new parlors is for 10 months and 15 days.