Bathhouse Permits Denied by SFPD; Injunction Ignored
Sgt. William Coggan, pictured on the lower left in the gray suit, was the hearing officer.
Despite the fact that the Department of Public Health has forced massage parlors, which they license, to apply for bathhouse permits administered by the cops, and that DPH makes recommendations about approving or denying bathhouse permits, no representatives from the department were in attendance.
Coggan, after confirming there were four bathtubs at the massage parlor which would help define the business as a bathhouse, denied Danny Nguyen's application because of police code violations and a long history of sex for money on the premises.
Coggan denied her bathhouse application because the City planning department and other agencies found her operation was not up to building and zoning codes.
All denials can be appealed by the owners and Coggan explained how they can start that process.
Regarding the 800-pound gorilla in the room, the 1984 court injunction banning bathhouses, I used public comment time to broach the subject. At the July 17 permit hearing where bathhouse applications were considered, Coggan and police department officials lacked a copy of the injunction and were unsure if and how it applied in 2013.
I asked if the police had obtained the injunction. They had and a paper copy was on the table, but investigating officer Robert Forneris said he hadn't read it and was waiting for police colleagues to offer an opinion about its validity now and if it should be a factor in the massage parlor owners applying for bathhouse permits.
We need to have the police and health department come clean, so to speak, about why there is this push to have the massage parlors request such permits and why neither department seems to care that the injunction is still in effect.
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