CLUB OWNER / OPERATORS
IS UNDER ATTACK!
the not-so-distant future there will be an issue
put in front of the Oregon Supreme Court regarding
an ordinance written by the City Council of Nyssa,
Oregon. The ordinance, pertaining to Miss Sally's
Gentlemen's Club, states that all entertainers
must stay a minimum distance of 10 feet away from
patrons while performing. In May of 1988 when
Miss Sally's was established there were no existing
Nyssa city ordinances regarding exotic dance clubs,
therefore the business began operating using guidelines
set forth by the State of Oregon. After the ordinance
was passed, citations were issued to the club
owners and the local courts ruled in favor of
the city. The lower courts rulings have now been
appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court. With the
brief history of this issue out of the way, let
me explain how this will affect you and your business:
Should the Supreme Court rule in favor of the
city it will set a precedent in the State of Oregon.
This means ANY CITY OR COUNTY in Oregon will be
able to pass ordinances directed toward your adult
business and the way it is conducted. The club
owners will have little if any recourse. Unhappy
patrons will result in lost revenue. The problem
may be on your doorstep right now (see the following
article at right).
Should we win in the Supreme Court, nothing will
change, if we lose it will affect us all. If you
wish more information, please feel free to contact
Laura Graser, Attorney at Law at 503-287-7036.
you wish to help with financial assistance you
can make a donation to Miss Sally's Legal Defense
Fund, C/O Laura Graser, Atty., PO Box 12441,
Portland, Oregon 97212.
Thank you for your professional courtesy and
we look forward to your support. --Miss
Sally's Gentlemen's Club
may support Nyssa
City Council will consider asking the Oregon
Supreme Court to give it the authority to regulate
where nude dancing clubs and
adult businesses can be located in Portland.
The council will vote Wednesday on a resolution
-- submitted by Commissioner Jim Francesconi
-- directing the city attorney to support the
city of Nyssa's attempt to ban adult businesses
in a case before the Oregon Supreme Court. All
briefs are due June 24. "Commissioner Francesconi
believes it's important for local communities
to be able to regulate adult businesses to protect
neighborhoods," said Francesconi aide Michael
Harrison. In 1987, the state Supreme Court ruled
that the Oregon Constitution prevents cities
from treating adult businesses differently than
any other business. But the Oregon Court of
Appeals recently upheld a Nyssa ordinance regulating
nude dancers, arguing that the Constitution
does not, in fact, prevent cities from treating
adult businesses differently than other businesses.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case,
giving it the opportunity to reverse the 1987
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