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: http://www.lapublichealth.org/eh/special/T11_36.pdf 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.
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