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City wants massage parlor ban extended

August 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The city of Costa Mesa is looking to extend a temporary moratorium on new massage parlors.It wants to continue the ban for a year.

There are 54 parlors within city limits. Police tell The Daily Pilot that their department is overwhelmed with applications for new permits.

Staffers want more time to sort out the legitimate therapy centers from those that serve as fronts for prostitution.

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