City Council Preview: Staff recommends a CUP denial for Tibetan Herbal Feet Soak

Here’s a preview of what to expect at the March 6, 2018 City Council meeting. As a friendly reminder, City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of every month at City Hall in Council Chambers at 7:30 p.m. As always, you may view the full agenda here.

Now, here’s a preview of the next City Council meeting:

Staff recommends a CUP denial for China Tibetan Herbal Feet Soak

After a denial by the Planning Commission, China Tibetan Herbal Feet Soak is appealing to the City Council for a conditional use permit to continue operating their business. China Tibetan Herbal Feet Soak is a massage establishment located at 227 West Valley Boulevard #218A, which is located in the Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel plaza.

In its appeal, China Tibetan Herbal Feet Soak notes:

  • The CUP should be granted since the business has been open for 14 years and has a good reputation
  • The appellant notes that the Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel and the Hilton Hotel Plaza are under the same roof and share the same land and parking lot

You can read staff’s response to both points here on page five.

City staff is recommending that the City Council deny the appeal, noting that China Tibetan Herbal Feet Soak is within 1,000 feet of several other massage establishments and within 150 feet of a residential zone.

Finally, staff believes that the establishment is inconsistent with the City’s commercial specific plan. Specifically, the establishment does not create a vibrant business community, nor does it develop retail that addresses the needs of the community.

The City Council is expected to hear the case de novo (meaning they will examine the facts anew at the meeting).

Playhouse seeks Council approval to accept internship grant from Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Using a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Mission Playhouse is seeking the City Council’s approval to accept an award of $9,600 alongside the allocation of $1,392 for two full-time interns. The first intern will continue the theater’s efforts of conserving and documenting the garments in the Mission Play costume collection, while the second intern will focus on programming and marketing for the September 2018 Mexican Independence concert.

Playhouse staff are recommending that the City Council accept the award from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and approve the allocation of $1,392 for two full-time interns.

Finally, the City Council will be hearing material demands and the City’s investment report.