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AHF -- City Clerk to L.A. Council: Call Election on Condom/Film Permit Measure or Adopt It




 

Business Wire - January 04, 2012

In January 3rd letter to Los Angeles City Council members, City Clerk June Lagmay lays out the three options Council is permitted to take: 1) Adopt the proposed ordinance, without alteration; 2) Call a special election; or 3) Submit proposed ordinance, without alteration, to City voters...during the next regular City election or the next election conducted by the County of Los Angeles.

Lagmay recommends City Council adopts proposed ordinance outright or submit it for the regularly scheduled State Primary Election scheduled for June 5, 2012, which will be conducted by L.A. County LOS ANGELES - AHF today reported that in response to the City of Los Angeles' official certification of voter signatures submitted in support of a proposed City of Los Angeles ballot initiative through which City voters would weigh in on a measure that would condition the issuance of adult film permits by the City to subsequent condom use in the adult films shot and produced in Los Angeles, June Lagmay, the Los Angeles City Clerk, recently recommended that City Council either adopt the proposed ordinance, without alteration, outright or submit it for the regularly-scheduled State Primary Election scheduled for June 5, 2012, an election which will be conducted by the County of Los Angeles.

In a letter dated January 3, 2012, and sent to all City Council Members, Lagmay formally laid out the three options that the Council is legally permitted to take: "1) Adopt the proposed ordinance, without alteration; or 2) Call a special election to be held not earlier that 110 days nor more than 140 days after the Council action on the petition to submit the proposed ordinance, without alteration, to a vote of the electors of the City; or 3) Determine to submit the proposed ordinance, without alteration, to a vote of the electors of the City, at the earlier of the following two elections that occur more than 110 days from the Council action on the petition: a) the next regular City election, or b) a special election consolidated with the next election conducted by the County of Los Angeles occurring wholly or partially within the same area, provided that the voters eligible to vote in the County-conducted election comprise 100% of all the voters eligible to vote on the measure." "City Clerk Lagmay recommended that City Council pursue one of two of the three possible options the Council is legally permitted to take at this point: immediately adopt the measure, as written, which would have no additional financial impact to the City as far as election costs are concerned, or submit this ballot initiative as written for the upcoming State Primary Election scheduled for June 5, 2012," said Michael Weinstein, president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and one of the five named proponents of the ballot initiative. "We thank Ms. Lagmay for her follow up and recommendations to the Council and strongly urge Los Angeles City Council members both as individuals and as the collective body to quickly adopt this measure into law when they convene to vote on it next week." Lagmay's January 3rd letter formally recommended that the Council either: 1) "Adopt the ordinance presented by the Initiative Petition proponents, without alteration; or 2) Determine to submit the proposed ordinance, without alteration, to a vote of the electors of the City at the regularly-scheduled State Primary Election scheduled for June 5, 2012 which will be conducted by the County of Los Angeles." Lagmay also advised the Council against pursuing the second of three options, a stand-alone special election which could have election-associated costs as high as $5.5 million and "...would also entail possible voter fatigue due to City of Los Angeles voters being asked to vote in two elections within a two-month period." Consolidating the ballot measure election with the next regularly-scheduled (and County-administered) State Primary Election may have lower costs than a special election (up to $4.4 million, depending upon whether any other measures are on the ballot).

"Noting the 70,889 voters who signed our petitions on this measure, we clearly believe the most prudent action--both from a public health perspective and as a fiscally-responsible move--would be for City Council to simply adopt this initiative into law straightaway, as permitted by City Charter and submitted as one recommendation to the Council by the City Clerk," added AHF's Weinstein.

Background on AHF's Adult Film Worker Safety Efforts and STD Infections in the Industry AHF's move to spearhead this ballot initiative was prompted by two outbreaks of HIV in the industry and an ongoing epidemic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in California's adult film industry. As part of its ongoing campaign to require the use of condoms in adult films, AHF has undertaken high profile advocacy efforts directly targeting the industry, including key players like Hustler's founder Larry Flynt and Vivid Entertainment's Steve Hirsch; it has also publicly pressed Los Angeles County political and health officials to comply with the law as far as legal reporting of HIV and STD cases--including those found among performers in the industry--and to require the use of condoms on film sets in Los Angeles.

Multiple organizations committed to protecting the public health have called for mandatory use of condoms in the production of adult films, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the California Conference of Local AIDS Directors, the California STD Controllers Association, the National Coalition of STD Directors, the National Association of City and County Health Officials, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the California Medical Association.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: AHF President Michael Weinstein or Assistant General Counsel Brian Chase, please contact AHF's Ged Kenslea, (323) 791-5526 AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the US' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to more than 124,000 individuals in 26 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and the Asia Pacific Region. www.aidshealth.org Contacts AIDS Healthcare Foundation Ged Kenslea Telephone: (323) 308-1833 Mobile: (323) 791-5526 E-Mail: gedk@aidshealth.org or Lori Yeghiayan Telephone: (323) 308-1834 Mobile: (323) 377-4312 E-mail: loriy@aidshealth.org



 


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