SOUTH EL MONTE – Akbar Mehr has not given up in his quest to bring a strip club to South El Monte. Despite a recent Superior Court ruling denying him a permit to open Diamonds Showgirls, Mehr plans to take the matter to the appellate courts. “The judge ruled in favor of the city,” said Mehr, a planning adviser. “Usually we don’t care about the decision of the lower court. I expected something like that.” Mehr alleges South El Monte council members adopted an emergency ordinance to prevent him from opening his strip club at 1225 Durfee Ave. The site, which formerly housed Cindy’s Restaurant, is zoned for commercial businesses, he said. On that basis, the city denied his application for a permit, Barrow said. According to Mehr’s attorney, the city’s move was illegal. “The city changed the ordinance and claimed it was simply correcting a prior mistake,” said attorney Roger Diamond, who has defended adult businesses in the past. Most recently, he helped Anaheim’s Taboo Club win $2 million after officials in that city tried to keep the cabaret out of their boundaries using similar tactics, Diamond said. In the South El Monte case, Diamond and his client are seeking upward of $1 million in lost profits over the last year. Barrow say his City Council’s actions were within legal reason. “City councils are presented a lot of different ordinances at different times, and so when you have a 25-page ordinance, unless someone has done a red-line version, there’s no way to see how it applies to the current ordinance,” he said. “It was clear that no one brought this to the City Council.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under the previous ordinance, Mehr added, adult businesses were allowed in that area so long as their front doors were 500 feet away from the property line of homes, schools, religious establishments or parks. Mehr’s business met those criteria, he said. South El Monte City Attorney Quinn Barrow disagreed, saying the ordinance terms were inadvertently incorrect. “There was a period (in 1999) where, just for adult uses, the measurements had changed to the primary door,” Barrow said. “No one knows how that change got into the books. At the time the council was adapting an ordinance that was 25 pages long.” “It’s property line to property line,” Barrow said of the correct zoning code, noting Whittier Narrows Recreation Area lies in too close a proximity to Mehr’s potential club. Barrow also said discrepancies in the ordinance were not discovered until Mehr and another business requested a permit in late 2004, prompting the council’s response.
Younger members of Narendra Modi cabinet are breaking stereotypes on several fronts. One such scene was witnessed by the audiences of Agenda Aaj Tak when two Union ministers showed their fitness and singing skills on the stage.Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju were in a discussion on fitness at Agenda Aaj Tak.Rathore showed his skills at doing pushups. Rathore did more than 15 pushups on the stage of Agenda Aaj Tak.Rathore, who served in the Indian Army after passing out from the National Defence Academy, said that during the training days, the cadets were asked to do pushups on the tune of chanting “India,India”. He asked the audience to cheer them when they showed their skills on the stage.As Rathore finished with his pushups, it was time for Kiren Rijiju to show his singing skills. Rijiju picked a 1962-song by legendary playback singer Mohammad Rafi. The song was originally sung by Rafi at an event organised for the soldiers, who fought in the India-China war of 1962.Later, the song was incorporated in Bollywood film, Haqiqat, which portrayed the 1962 war, in which Indian soldiers were humbled by the Chinese forces. The defence policies of the then government were blamed for the military defeat of India.After giving a brief description of the song, “Kar Chale Hum Fida”, Rijiju sung a couple of stanzas of the patriotic song that has been like a theme song for every nationalistic event since 1960s.advertisementALSO WATCH: Kiren Rijiju sings his heart out at Agenda Aaj Tak 2017