Associated Press (12.10.11) - Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Los Angeles City Attorney's office on Thursday filed a
lawsuit to block a ballot measure that would let voters decide
whether the city should require condom use by adult-film
actors in productions seeking a filming permit. The city's San
Fernando Valley is the center of the US porn industry.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation has collected more than 71,000
unverified voter signatures in support of the measure. These
are now undergoing confirmation by city officials, said
Michael Weinstein, AHF's president. The initiative needs just
41,183 verified signatures to get on the ballet.
In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, city attorneys
argued the measure is unnecessary and will waste taxpayer
money. State workplace safety laws already address the need
for protective barriers where employees face the risk of
exposure to pathogens such as HIV and other STDs, they said.
The city is urging the court not to wait until after the
election to invalidate the measure, which attorneys deemed
"patently illegal," saying that waiting could "undermine the
"I think it's extraordinary to attempt to thwart the will of
71,000 voters who under the laws of the city of Los Angeles
wish to see this measure put before the voters," Weinstein
said, adding that the measure should not cost the city any
more money, since the June 2012 election is being held anyway.
Diane Duke, executive director of the porn industry trade
group Free Speech Coalition, praised the city's decision and
said the initiative wastes AHF donor resources.