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xmag.com : October 2003:A.C.E. News

ACE NEWSLETTER

The last Oregon-ACE meeting held at Dante's on Tuesday, September 9 at 4pm was one of the most productive and highly attended meetings in Oregon-ACE history. With over 20 people in attendance including club owners from Nicolai St. Clubhouse, Magic Gardens, Stars Cabaret, Cleopatra's Viewpoint, G-Spot and the Boom Boom Room, and attorneys representing Miss Sally's Gentlemen's Club in Nyssa and ACE in the "lewd conduct rules" injunction against the OLCC.
 
Also, a large variety of non-industry professionals attended, ready to join ACE and offer exclusive discounts for ACE members including a 10% discount from a video security system company, a large discount from a well-known insurance company and a local point-of-sale system company, a 20% parts discount and flat $20 labor fee from a very reputable refrigeration company, and discounts from janitorial services, web design and printing services.
 
On the legal front:
ACE, Cleopatra's Viewpoint and The Big Bang have filed an injunction against the OLCC for the new "lewd conduct rules."
 
The ACLU and several other nightclub owners, musicians and dancers have filed for a judicial review of the OLCC's new "minor rules" that went into effect this year.
 
The City of Portland has begun drafting a noise ordinance that would effectively regulate the hours of operation for any business after receiving only three letters of complaints from the neighborhood. City Commissioner Randy Leonard let ACE know about this ordinance and has offered his help to get ACE's suggestions and revisions.
 
The OLCC has also begun drafting "nuisance rules" for bars and taverns. They have been coming up with the rules in closed-door meetings and have yet to comment on what they are planning.
 
The OLCC's continued selective enforcement of its rules was also brought up. For instance, the recent ticketing of Stars Cabaret, Cleopatra's Viewpoint and The Big Bang for violations of the "lewd conduct rules" for dancers touching themselves, versus the seven mere warnings given to the Aladdin Theater for seven nights of the popular "Puppetry of The Penis" shows which involve manipulation of male genitals. The marginalization of the adult industry is apparent in this case as well as scores of others.
The Oregon Supreme Court hearings of Nyssa v. Miss Sally's and State v. Ciancanelli will be taking place Monday, November 3 at Linfield College in McMinnville. All interested parties, which should be every adult business owner in the state, should attend the next ACE meeting in October and plan on attending the hearing in McMinnville. This is a big one and WILL affect your business and your future.
 
ACE Memberships:
ACE Members must continue to help each other out, and should make a habit of publicly giving preferential treatment to fellow-members over non-members. That's one of the ways your ACE membership gives you value - it brings discounts that save you money. It's also part of the dues that you owe: when you offer a discount to your fellow ACE members, you are making an in-kind contribution that strengthens us all.
 
Please consider offering your fellow ACE members 10% off your best price. Member clubs, you should offer ACE-member entertainers 10% off your house fees, or preferential access (i.e. one day earlier) to shift selection, or both.
 
Offering discounts can cost you cash, so you shouldn't feel bad about raising your rates to non-members. Non-members are trying to free-load - they want all the benefits of collective defense with none of the costs. Let them pay more, so that - balanced against your discounts to your fellow ACE members - you end up no worse off than before, while ACE grows stronger.
 
And please, put the ACE logo in your ads, and mention your ACE-member discounts.
 
From Oregon-ACE President Claude DaCorsi:
With the new distance laws that could be coming into effect (Oregon Supreme Court case) we need to emphasize the devastating effect this could have on some, if not all of our adult business friends. They need to know that a lot of smaller clubs couldn't operate at all because of the impossibility of them to provide a 10 foot distance between customers and patrons. These are the clubs who need to become part of the ACE membership immediately. And they need to know the urgency that we have to fight these potential laws, and that we can't do it alone.

 

ACE OREGON MEETING FOR OCTOBER

TUESDAY OCTOBER 14, 4PM @ DANTE'S * 1 SW 3RD AVE. * DOWNTOWN * 503-226-6630
( THE ACE OREGON MEETING IS ALWAYS THE 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH )
Come meet our attorneys and get your questions answered on legal situations BEFORE problems occur.
All members should send a representative to each meeting.
ACE OREGON COCKTAIL SOCIAL TO FOLLOW AT 5PM

 

 

ACE MEMBERS
EXOTIC MAGAZINE $500 + ad space
SFX MAGAZINE $0 + ad space
XCITEMENT MAGAZINE $0 + ad space
MAGIC GARDENS $2000
STARS CABARET CHAIN $5000
DOLPHIN CHAIN $1000
FANTASY VIDEO CHAIN $500 + more pledged
BOOM BOOM ROOM $500
DANTE'S $500
SHEENA'S G-SPOT $500
CLEOPATRA'S VIEWPOINT $1000
EXOTICA $1000 pledged
DK WILDS VIDEO $500 pledged
OUR PLACE (ROCKAWAY) $500

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