Lafayette Considers Crackdown On Local "Rub Joints"

Community concern over massage parlors some residents say are delivering more than deep tissue massages has the city council's attention.


The Lafayette City Council hopes to establish new standards regulating the operation of massage establishments some say are offering customers more than a traditional massage.

Council members were handed the issue earlier this year when several residents spoke out against the parlors,.

At least one parlor operator said at the time that he ran a legitimate business with his wife as a licensed massage therapist, but since the issue was raised questions have surfaced about exactly what is being offered at other establishments in town.

Council members will review introduction of Ordinance 606, which establishes standards for "massage establishments" and "provides certain minimum health and safety standards for the operation of massage establishments, their managing employees, and massage practitioners."

If approved, the ordinance would require operators to be certified by the California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC). The CAMTC requires applicants hoping to acquire a Certified Massage Therapist certification to produce transcripts indicating 500 hours of training with at least 250 hours of that from a CAMTC-approved school; Live Scan fingerprints; passport photo; photocopy of state identification and payment of a small fee.

The matter comes before the council for review at their April 23 meeting.

Eliz April 18, 2012 at 08:29 PM
The only business besides restaurants that can pay the rent.
Eliz April 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM
These people are lying.
Jason Lee April 18, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Send them back to San Francisco.
Chris Nicholson April 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Seriously? Death by regulation? The Puritanical Paternalism Posse strikes again. Isn't prostitution illegal already? Before appealing to the government to impose unreasonably burdensome rules on small businesses, the petitioners should be required to take an accredited 500 hour course on the history of the Constitution-- with emphasis on concepts of limited government, free market capitalism and liberty. Required reading materials would include Free to Choose and The Road to Serfdom.
Rosemary April 19, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Seems reasonable, but somebody will, I'm sure, complain.
Born and Raised April 19, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I think we need to pass an ordinance that when someone accusses another of serious impropriety that the accuser has to actually prove the action occured. Anyone can make a statement like "that women tried to solicit my 15 year old boy!" Please, get real. Other than that, I hope this ordinance satisfies the "scared neighbors".
c5 April 19, 2012 at 02:04 PM
i've lived in lafayette for more than 10 years and for the life of me i have no idea where this is...which i guess is a good thing!
Harry Jenkins April 19, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Big government is ok - as long as we're protecting Biblical morality.
Eliz April 19, 2012 at 08:29 PM
You have to admit that most small business is suffering in Lafayette. I wonder if those neighbors buy hardware and tile and shoes in town. Soon there won't be any. Just nice massage parlors and restaurants.
CJ April 19, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Eliz- The restaurants aren't all that great. My suspicion is the Massage Parlors aren't either.
Eliz April 20, 2012 at 02:09 AM
CJ....I have to agree with you. The restaurants are lousy but somehow they survive. Can't speak to the massage parlors...it just is different from the expectations of most residents of this little town. We get what we ask for....
Josh Goldman January 13, 2013 at 01:29 AM
There are 2 websites, myredbook and rupmaps. Lafayette has had this prostitution problem for at least 3 years. This is not new. My question is, which politician is being bribed to slow down police action against these bordellos? Someone is being paid off.
Josh Goldman January 13, 2013 at 01:31 AM
$40 for a 1 hour massage and $40 for "extras". It's cheaper than a date and it is guaranteed "fun". All completed in 1 hour. A businessman's delight!
Josh Goldman January 13, 2013 at 01:33 AM
What?!? Lafayette does not yet require a CAMTC state license or certification to practice massage? Why?? Why did it take so long? One of your politicians is on the take. The question is, who?


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