FOUNTAIN VALLEY : Residents Oppose Adult Businesses

A proposal to zone an area near Slater Avenue and Newhope Street for adult entertainment businesses is drawing opposition from some nearby residents.

The city's Planning Commission on Wednesday will a conduct a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to regulate adult businesses, such as topless nightclubs and adult bookstores and theaters.

But some residents are upset by the proposal, saying they don't want adult businesses in Fountain Valley.

"There's no way government can shove this down our throats. . . . We will fight to the Supreme Court if we have to," said Judy Rusoff, who has lived in the neighborhood north of Warner Avenue and west of Newhope for 24 years.

Cities cannot ban adult entertainment businesses but can regulate their location. A moratorium on adult entertainment businesses expires in February and the City Council is expected to enact a new ordinance to regulate the businesses by then.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at 10200 Slater Ave.

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