Los Angeles Times (01.11.12) - Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday gave preliminary
approval to an ordinance that would compel adult-video
producers seeking city filming permits to require that their
performers use condoms. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in
recent weeks qualified a city ballot initiative mandating
condom use in pornography produced in the city, gathering more
than 70,000 signatures - well above the 41,000 needed.
The council could have ordered a June election on the issue,
but doing so would have cost more than $4 million. Instead,
lawmakers voted 11 to one to enact the ordinance, with a vote
for final approval set for next week. The council also voted
to convene city police and attorneys with state workplace
safety officials to make recommendations regarding the
ordinance and its implementation. Activists say that existing
state law requiring porn actors to use protection is rarely
City attorneys had initially challenged the ballot initiative,
arguing that the state, not the city, governs employee-
employer relations. The suit was settled Tuesday, said William
Carter, chief deputy city attorney. One settlement condition
is that AHF pay up to $50,000 in legal defense costs if the
ordinance is challenged. AHF is now working to qualify a
ballot measure at the county level requiring condoms in porn.
The industry is centered in the region's San Fernando Valley.