Condoms now required for Los Angeles porn actors

By John Rogers

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 5 2012 3:55 p.m. MST

Meanwhile, his group is trying to get a measure on the November ballot that would require that Los Angeles County adopt a similar but tougher measure mandating a health permit similar to the ones for nail and hair salons.

Industry officials have estimated roughly 90 percent of U.S. porn films are made in the city, most of them in the San Fernando Valley. Some have threatened to leave the city, taking what they say is an $8 billion-a-year business.

Kenslea dismissed that as a "hollow threat."

"The industry is too entrenched here," he said, noting that Vivid, Larry Flynt and other prominent filmmakers are all based in the city and so are the industry's actors and behind-the-scenes people.

If any do leave, he said, his organization will follow them and push for similar legislation in those new communities. In the case of one city, his organization won't have to.

The mayor of Simi Valley, located about a 10-minute drive from the west San Fernando Valley, where most of the films are made, has proposed an even tougher ordinance than the one in Los Angeles. It is expected to come up for a vote of the City Council within a few weeks.

That law would require that a licensed health care professional be on any porn set to ensure condoms are being used and that the filmmakers turn over an unedited copy of their movie so authorities can see if condoms were used.

"The primary purpose here is it's a health and safety issue. And secondarily, we don't want them here," Mayor Bob Huber said of his city of 125,000 residents. "This is a family-oriented community and we don't want them setting up their studios in Simi Valley."

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