Getting rid of the knots in the city’s massage ordinance

San Leandro is not San Francisco and, with a new ordinance on massage parlors passed on first reading Monday night, the San Leandro City Council plans to keep it that way.

The city’s Police Department has noted that businesses looking to solicit prostitution will often ignore the city’s massage ordinance by changing the name to a “healing center” that and offering other non-massage-type services, i.e. prostitution. By doing so, these “healing centers” have been able to circumvent the city’s business license laws, a staff report said.

The council voted to amend the ordinance, which says massage establishments in the city must undergo a permit review and approval process. If this amendment is approved (and it likely will), acupuncture and acupressure businesses will have to go through the same process.