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Changes proposed for rules on sexually oriented businesses

More body parts would have to be covered to avoid 'Sexually oriented business' designation

SAN ANTONIO - A new proposal that will go before the San Antonio City Council would clean up the city’s laws on sexually oriented businesses and make them easier to enforce.

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San Antonio police Chief Bill McManus called the current ordinance confusing and now he is proposing changes that the council will hear on Thursday.

One business that the KSAT 12 Defenders have investigated several times has been accused of being a sexually oriented business, or SOB, but has not been licensed as such.

That business is Endless Music, located at Highway 281 and Redland Road.

Complaint after complaint has been filed against Endless Music and the scantily clad women dancing inside.

San Antonio Christian Schools is just down the street and teacher Pam Lutrell has been a vocal critic.

"There are places they can go and conduct the business they want to conduct, but right in our backdoor is not where they need to be," Luttrell said in a story last month.

Raul Membreno is the SACS student council president.

"You want to provide an environment that's for learning and I don't think that Endless Music is doing that," Membreno said.

The changes proposed by McManus would make criminal penalties more severe. Violations would go from a Class C misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor.

The proposal would also require expanded coverage of the female breast and would eliminate terms like human display in favor of simply sexually oriented business. If entertainers wear less than a bikini top, the business would have to be licensed as a sexually oriented business.

Endless Music is in City Council District 9, which is represented by Elisa Chan.

"In the past, if you have a pasty, then it's considered covered," Chan said of the proposed changes to breast coverage requirements.

She hopes this change solves a problem that has allowed businesses featuring scantily clad women to avoid becoming licensed as sexually oriented businesses.

Chan said Endless Music is one such business.

"Hopefully, this is going to help us to resolve that one particular establishment," Chan said.

The new ordinance would also require a background check of the owner and inspections from the vice squad. An additional change would add licensed child care facilities to the list of uses that must be at least a thousand feet from a sexually oriented business.


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