default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Massage business halted for 90 days

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 10:00 pm

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.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don't pretend you're someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don't threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don't insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • posted at 7:35 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2008.


    I would "Appeal" the decision immediately with the City Clerk's office. Unless you have some other source of income. I'd then meet with the City Manager and City Attorney and let them know that you are aware of the problem and that you have corrected it immediately. If anything, you should have been fined $150 dollars for each violation and put on probation for 90 days. If any additional violations then your business should be closed for 3 days. Depending on the volume of business that you are doing, closing your business for 90 days is like taking $10,000 dollars away from you and that is just ludicrious. I suspect the Lodi Police dept. is just wanting a kick-back so you can stay open and that's why they are playing hardball. Have they investigated all the other massage businesses in town......I doubt it very seriously. Maybe someone should set-up a sting, like they did with the governor in Illinois, and lets see who is dirty in town. Makes you think, huh?

  • posted at 5:15 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2008.


    T&C/Edumaction, yes you can get your Fabric in Lodi still, until they build the super wal mart, since the fabric dept is NOT part of the super walmart layout once it comes to Lodi you WIll have to drive to stockton to get your sewing fix.

  • posted at 3:24 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2008.


    T & C: wrong post: This post is about the "shady lady" massage parlor. The alleged violation was 11 months ago. Either the LPD wanted to wait so all the officers could get their massages before Christmas, or they are using a pencil and a calendar instead of a ticket book. Its probably a little of both reasons?BTW: Their are no fabric stores in Lodi. If its late, and I need some sewing materials, I know that Walmart has them. I don't care about the price. I had a friend who was robbed at gunpoint in a Stockton mall. It took police an hour to respond becasue a mere robber with a gun was a lower priority than other crimes such as gang fights and rapes which are POPULAR Stockton activities. I could walk into regular Lodi Walmart buy my materials and leave in less than 15 minutes. It would have taken me at least that long to drive to Stockton, and I would have had to worry about having my parked car stolen, being robbed or raped. Look at the FBI crime stats. STOCKTON IS BAD!

  • posted at 2:23 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2008.


    edumacation, Lodi is NOT STOCKTON! Read the Stockton Record, and read all the crime articles EVERY DAY! Lodi doesn't have those same crimes or ANYWHERE the magnitude! I just love Wal-Mart haters...who "Stoop to FEAR TACTICS" in desperation! Bottom line, if you don't like Wal-Mart, don't shop there! Competition makes prices of All Grocery stores lower, and "We the people" Save money regardless of the store we choose to shop at!"

  • posted at 2:06 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2008.


    4AStrongLodi wrote on Dec 11, 2008 7:35 AM: " Well, I guess real_facts will have to find a new place to spend his money. ").typical behavior coming from your ilk, for when you cannot defend your position(s) in life, you resort to lying about your opponent, and eventually to yourself, by telling yourself your a good "person" in life with strong positions.anyone that stoops as low as you just did leads a joke of a life

  • posted at 1:35 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2008.


    Well, I guess real_facts will have to find a new place to spend his money.

  • posted at 1:27 am on Thu, Dec 11, 2008.


    LNS: "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." Is this news? What year? Why did it take so long?LNS: "We want to send the message that we will take enforcement action and we will not hesitate to get involved," Chaban said." What kind of message is this, wait from January 18, 2008 until December 2008? The LPD officers need to get out from all of the desks at the police building and start fighting crime with a presence not with a pencil and a calendar. LOL If Super Walmart moves in, our officers better be prepared for it. I can predict we will have to put in a Super Walmart police substation just for the PC 459's! OOps, I am sorry, those new Wally customers call it "The WALLMARK".



Popular Stories


Should graduations return to the Grape Bowl?

Lodi Unified leaders are moving Lodi and Tokay high school graduations from the Grape Bowl to the Spanos Center at UOP in Stockton. They cite limited seating, costs and unpredictable weather at the Grape Bowl. But others say graduations at the Grape Bowl are an important Lodi tradition, and one reason many supported renovating the stadium. What do you think?

Total Votes: 108


Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists