To: All city planners & city council members in or near Los Angeles County (including the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County).
We the undersigned hereby request that you adopt the ordinance, created by the LosAngeles Health Dept., which regulates BodyArt Establishments. Said ordinance can be viewed here:
We are fully aware that this ordinance categorizes bodyart technicians (tattoo artists, piercers, and permanent makeup artists) as \"personal service workers\". For this reason, we are also requesting that bodyart establishments be permitted to operate in any zone that permits barbershops, nail salons, or hair salons.
Permitting bodyart establishments to operate in the same zoning areas that permit retail business will positively impact the community both health wise and financially.
Permitting bodyart establishments to operate in the same zoning areas that permit retail business will discourage consumers from getting bodyart performed in unregulated home & garage studios.
If you do not pass this ordinance, you are willingly propagating the spread of staph infections, keloiding (scarring), Hepatitis C and numerous other diseases in and around Los Angeles County. You also permeate unskilled tattoo artists who open up shop after watching a tattoo video.
Said problems are directly attributed to home-tattoos, dirty, non-compliant shops, permanent makeup being performed in hair salons, and piercings being perfomed in retail environments. Without an ordinance, the penalization process for those who spread disease and damage via the application of bodyart, is impossible to enforce.
Passing the ordinance will permit bodyart establishments to operate in the same zoning areas that retail businesses are allowed. Accessibility to these establishments will discourage consumers from getting bodyart performed in unregulated home/garage studios or dirty, noncompliant shops.
Cheri Beaupre, Pres.
dba: BodyArt Academy
Background: Cheri Beaupre spent many years of her career designing safety training programs for the workplace. She became recognized by her peers as an innovative instructor who gets her message across to those who lack academic education. She knew the importance of giving these individuals hands-on training. It\'s important because often times they are the workers who handle hazardous materials & dangerous equipment.
News of her successful trainings spread to those working in the environmental division of the Los Angeles Health Dept.; and in the late 90s, they asked her to write a training program specifically designed for the bodyart industry. Not only did they approve her program, they also accredited her as an instructor. During the past 8 years, Cheri has taught & certified several hundred bodyart technicians in So. Ca. She eventually opened a beautiful, compliant facility to teach her classes. Her school operated for almost a year without a single complaint from any of the neighbors, be they business or residence.
DILEMA THAT LEAD TO THE CREATION OF THIS PETITION
Cheri\'s training center was open for almost a year, but had to close in August 2007. Due to misrepresentation of the lease agreement on the part of the landlord, she was informed by the city planning dept. of Gardena, that she was lacking 1.5 parking spaces. She asked for a Conditional Use Permit, but was told by one of the planners, that she could count on being denied. This news left her no choice but to seek a new location for her school.
At this point in time, Cheri\'s training center is closed. The reason for the delay is because most of the cities in the So. Bay do not have a category they can place a bodyart establishment. For this reason, the ordinance written must be adopted.
The ordinance can be viewed at http://www.lapublichealth.org/eh/special/T11_36.pdf