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At Wednesday's Imperial Beach City Council meeting, councilmembers will address the city's adult-entertainment establishments by proposing a new ordinance.

City staff, according to a report from City Manager Gary Brown's office, first conceived of the new ordinance after the Sheriff's department received a complaint of prostitution and sexual activities in the Romantix Bookstore on Palm Avenue.

City employees conducted their own investigation, which revealed several business practices that were not covered in the city's municipal code, mainly the operation of the "adult arcade viewing booths."

According to the staff's report, adult arcade booths are prime spots for prostitution: "There are numerous advertisements on the Internet from people proposing sexual rendezvous at an adult entertainment arcade in the City of Imperial Beach."

Inside the Romantix Bookstore, staff found that the 14 booths had seating for more than one person, the doors could be latched from the inside, the booths did not meet ADA accessibility requirements, and all booths were positioned out of sight from employees.

In addition to the sections dealing with the adult arcade booths, the staff's investigation revealed that the store did not have adequate signage such as signs prohibiting sexual activities, loitering, and no signs prohibiting that more than one person enter the viewing booths.

City staff took the findings from the investigation and composed an ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance will make changes to the layout of the adult arcade, such as raising the floor and walls by 18 inches, to allow for inspection by law enforcement personnel, as well as requiring that adult establishments close their doors between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The new ordinance will be discussed at the September 22 meeting at 6 p.m. inside council chambers.

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David Dodd Sept. 21, 2010 @ 3:04 a.m.

"Imperial Beach City Staffers Look into Adult Arcade Booths"

Very funny. A little too transparent, there, copy editor. The low-hanging fruit might be tempting, but really. Obvious headline joke is obvious.

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Jay Allen Sanford Sept. 22, 2010 @ 1:58 a.m.

So called "Peep Show" booths have a long regulatory history around San Diego, most of them having been installed in the 1970s by two of the nation's biggest pornographers (according to the Meese Commission report), Harry Mohney and Reuben Sturmann.

For awhile, local peep booths were required to screen 50 percent non-X rated fare. Since this was when the booths ran on 8mm film loops, that left only cartoons and old movie and boxing clips to fill half the projectors. Imagine walking into a porn shop and hearing, along with the moans and groans coming from the peep booths, the sound of Donald Duck and Mary Poppins songs. Weird dayz!

The Reader has a detailed history of our local Battle of the Peeps at http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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Dorian Hargrove Sept. 22, 2010 @ 10:58 a.m.

"Weird dayz" is right, JAS. Thanks for the link, pretty interesting stuff. As for the Donald Duck and Mary Poppins voices during the peep show, I can only speak for myself but the only thing I've popped when thinking about Mary Poppins was an umbrella.

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