A Lodi massage business is facing a three-month closure due to city ordinance violations, the first such punishment since laws were toughened for those businesses.
Unless the owner files a notice of appeal, Royal Day Spa will close Dec. 20 and will not be allowed to reopen until March 19, city officials said Wednesday.
The 220 W. Lodi Ave. business had three city ordinance violations in January and March, leading to the suspension, said Lodi Police Cpl. Val Chaban.
On Jan. 18, officers found that the business did not have the operator's permit posted. Then on March 9 two employees were cited for working without city-required permits, Chaban said.
Each violation was punishable by a 30-day suspension.
The owner, who received the notice by certified mail Wednesday, said she was still weighing her options but didn't agree with the punishment.
"We need to work and make a living, too," said owner Susan Collins. "It's not fair to make a big deal about it."
"We want to send the message that we will take enforcement action and we will not hesitate to get involved," Chaban said.
In January 2007, the City Council toughened laws regarding massage businesses.
Royal Day Spa's suspension is the first punishment under the revised ordinance, said Deputy City Attorney Janice Magdich.
If the owner files an appeal within 10 days of receiving the notice, the suspension will not go into effect until the appeal is resolved, Magdich noted.
An appeal would be filed with the city clerk's office, and the city manager and city attorney would get involved.
Royal Day Spa is among half a dozen massage businesses that have previously been found in violation.
Collins said she has owned the business for about four years and didn't think the suspension was fair.
An employee who was cited for working without a license has since gotten the proper credentials, she said, and added that the other violations have also been corrected.
Collins had just received the suspension notice Wednesday and said she wasn't sure yet if she would appeal.