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Zoning rules are not "snooty" they are there to protect a community, a neighborhood.Let's hope that someone doesn't open an Adult Video store next to this Columnist's children's school...or a Manila Oriental Massage Parlor...or a Bondage and S & M Leather Goods store.
Then he will be one of the first to be pounding the podium at the Local Zoning Board.....just like all the ...N.I.M.B.Y.'s (Not In My Back Yard)....[wink]
The court made a huge error on this ruling. I am willing to bet they didn't even consider that the tattoo parlor had already started construction without a permit - that alone is grounds enough for the city to deny them an operating permit. They were arrogant in their thinking (both the tattoo parlor owner & the appeals court).
There is a trend among the courts today where they are overstepping their bounds. It is time for term limits on ALL judges - no more lifetime appointments. Voters need to remove ALL of the Superior Court judges, too, the next time they are up for reaffirmation.
The people need to make their voices heard, so that the elected representatives start paying attention to us & NOT to the 'special interests' & 'corporations'.
"About a month later, the Council agreed. Members voted 6-1 to deny their application (only Mayor Scott Smith voted in favor)."
Hint: If you want someone to make it better, never ever re-elect someone who has so little respect for the average man that he or she violates the Constitution. There is no greater crime in our society because it removes the moral legitimacy from the government body that does it.
Artists of all types need protection for several reasons. A couple are that they are arrogant little puppies that every fool likes to kick and whether you like the idea or not, they are in charge of the future.
The most stupid snooty zoning rule is no outdoor clothes lines. Imagine the energy savings if people quit burning fuel to dry clothes when it's 110 out.
Like it or not guys, the court was right! The parlor must comply with singage laws. But where such business enterprises are legal, picking one over others to exclude is an out right violation. Leave it to a commission and a city council to not understand this. Who do they think they are serving? Oh ya, I forgot, a bigoted population of voters!
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