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The opening of a nude-dancing establishment on Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista has caused many Chula Vista residents worry and embarrassment over the past couple days.

In an interview on October 8, owner/operator Randy Welty said EyeCandy Showgirls will be open 11:00 a.m.–2:00 a.m. daily.

Anne Steinberger, marketing and communications manager for the City of Chula Vista, put out a press release on October 8 that stated, “the City Attorney’s office and the Chula Vista Police Department are gathering information on the nature of the activity…”

The city’s communication goes on to state that “the nature of the business at the Bay Blvd. location has not been confirmed, Chula Vista Municipal Code requires a special live entertainment business license for exotic dance operations and prohibits nude or simulated nude demonstrations or exhibitions at such places.”

In an interview on October 9, Steinberger said, “There is nothing new to report. The city is continuing its investigation.”

Steinberger also forwarded portions of the business-license application and an attachment from the tenant-improvement application. The license application is for a “cabaret”; however, the attachment forwarded by the city from Welty gives a detailed account of how Welty's comedy club will operate.

The attorney for Welty and EyeCandy, Roger Diamond, said in an October 9 interview that Chula Vista was being disingenuous. “The goal for the city is to be honest. How can they pretend to be mad or that they were fooled?” Diamond said the property was researched. “There are very few properties that are legal, but Bay Boulevard is one of them.”

When asked why the description of the business (cabaret) varied from the tenant-improvement application (comedy club), Diamond said, “What is the requirement? If they don’t have the authority to ban a strip club, what difference does it make if it’s adult entertainment or a comedy club?”

Diamond also mentioned he has won a number of cases on behalf of adult entertainment, including in San Bernardino, Garden Grove, Upland, and La Habra.

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Javajoe25 Oct. 9, 2012 @ 10:23 p.m.

I don't know what everyone is complaining about -- the place is only going to be open for 3 hours a day. Hardly time for a burger, beer and a peek.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 10, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m.

11AM to 2AM, not 2PM, that is 15 hours...that is one hell of a boat load of "lap dances".

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eastlaker Oct. 10, 2012 @ 12:19 a.m.

Bait and switch, a popular tactic used by many.

Next thing you know, he will say, "Oh, we meant to say open 11 AM - 2 AM, no business can survive on just three hours a day..."

Or some other prevaricative statement.

Pretty sure the real value will be in opportunity for money laundering or perhaps the extortion planned against the city of Chula Vista.

What a coterie of unsavory characters.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 10, 2012 @ 10:27 a.m.

Diamond also mentioned he has won a number of cases on behalf of adult entertainment, including in San Bernardino, Garden Grove, Upland, and La Habra

Ha has won a bunch, he has also lost just as many as he has won. He is very knowledgeable in the area. My favorite DIamond case, which I have posted here in the past, was when he brought a video camera to the council meeting and filmed the supervisors goofing off during his entire presentation on a licensing/zoning issue.....the courts said it violated due process rights, gotta love that kind of tenacity!

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VigilantinCV Oct. 10, 2012 @ 10:28 a.m.

Mayor Cheryl Cox recently chided residents living in the area of the Lake Pointe project (EastLake) about being afraid of the bogey-man hiding under the bed. I think she has met the bogey-man and he wasn't under the bed. He is in the form of the new owners and their attorney of the newest EyeCandy. And he walked right through the Chula Vista City Hall doors to pick up their permits.

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Susan Luzzaro Oct. 10, 2012 @ 1:45 p.m.

Sorry for the am/pm confusion. My mistake. Fixed by my editor. The posted docs are worth perusing.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 10, 2012 @ 2:21 p.m.

That business license application is not misleading, it is straight up fraud.

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cvres Oct. 10, 2012 @ 6:01 p.m.

Well, finally I have to ask--what does a cabaret mean? Are there businesses in San Diego called cabaret? An example or comparison would help in understanding how the license went through.

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joepublic Oct. 10, 2012 @ 8:46 p.m.

I don't know about everyone else, but this is becoming pretty confusing to me. Am I reading the business license application correctly? Does it say the application was submitted on October 4th, and then they actually opened for business on the 8th? How is that? Seems pretty fast track. By the way cvres, here's a link to at least one definition of a cabaret.

 http://www.yelp.com/biz/nitelife-cabaret-san-diego
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David Dodd Oct. 11, 2012 @ 3:57 p.m.

“...the nature of the business at the Bay Blvd. location has not been confirmed, Chula Vista Municipal Code requires a special live entertainment business license for exotic dance operations and prohibits nude or simulated nude demonstrations or exhibitions at such places.”

What in the hell is a "simulated nude demonstration"? Do they wear clothing but pretend to be nude? That's the most convoluted thing I've heard in a long time. Are there bans on simulated alcohol, simulated food, simulated pornography? In other words, how does one go about demonstrating simulated nudity?

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 11, 2012 @ 4:25 p.m.

What in the hell is a "simulated nude demonstration"?

Let me know when you find out....

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erupting Oct. 12, 2012 @ 8:27 a.m.

Fraud is the correct word. How much in tax dollars will it cost to get out of this mess?

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Javajoe25 Oct. 13, 2012 @ 11:06 a.m.

That would be "to have the appearance or characteristics of..." being nude! To simulate being nude, one would have to look nude, but not be nude. Have you ever seen a woman in a skin colored bikini? Well, there you go. In this case, I think a tiny G-string would technically prevent a woman from being nude- technically!

What I want to know is, would the people of Chula Vista be happy if the place also served seafood?

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Purocuyu Oct. 15, 2012 @ 11:20 a.m.

Maybe all the strippers are funny looking?

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