Orange regulates massage parlors and spas instead of banning them

What a difference.  The City of Santa Ana banned massage parlors but over in nearby Orange the city leaders took a different tack – they decided to make it tougher to open a spa or massage parlor, and to investigate such businesses regularly.  So Orange still gets the benefit of having legitimate businesses while Santa Ana residents opt to go to their neighboring city when they need a massage or some other therapeutic spa service.

“After completing the desired course at any licensed massage therapy school, therapists must still pass a national standardized exam and individual tests on a city-by-city basis,” according to the O.C. Register.

Santa Ana could have done the same thing with hookah bars and tatoo shops.  But instead of regulating these businesses they banned them.

When will Santa Ana city leaders figure out that saying no to business is a dumb idea?

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