Reuters (12.05.11) - Thursday, December 08, 2011
The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) said
Monday it had submitted 71,000 signatures in support of a
ballot initiative to force city officials to mandate the use
of condoms on pornography sets as a condition of receiving a
film permit. Los Angeles is home to the multibillion-dollar US
porn industry, primarily in the sprawling San Fernando Valley
The number of signatures well-surpassed the 41,000 needed. If
the signatures are certified by city officials, the initiative
could go before voters in June 2012.
State officials say the porn industry is already covered by
workplace rules that protect employees from blood-borne
pathogens, and condoms are required in instances when
performers could be exposed to infection. During the past five
years, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health
officials say they have levied more than $125,000 in fines
against porn producers.
But AHF says Los Angeles should be doing its part to prevent
infections as well, and it wants to bring the issue before
city voters. "We're confident about our ability to win an
initiative on an election," said AHF President Michael
Weinstein. "We say, why continue to frustrate ourselves trying
to get the politicians to stand up and do something, when the
people seem to be ahead of them."
Producers have said they may have to move the lucrative
industry outside of California if regulations tighten.