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The San Fernando Valley without porn?! What is this great country of ours coming to?

The people have spoken. With 55% of voters in favor of Measure B, producers of adult movies are threatening to take their business elsewhere. The passage of Measure B would require Los Angeles’ male adult film actors to wear condoms when performing in the studio.

The measure also requires the County Department of Public Health to enforce these new rules by making unannounced routine visits to ensure that porn actors have gloved-up. It will be up to LA County's Health Department to police porn sets in search of erection infractions. Hopefully Day-Glo condoms will be used in order to make it easier on the "porn police."

CBS Los Angeles spoke to Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the organization behind the measure. “You will apply for a permit," says Weinstein, "you fill the paperwork. And then there are spot inspections. The same if you are a food handler, or a dog groomer or a barber. Someone is going to come around every once and a while and see if you are protecting people’s health.”

Is it really up to the government to police porno sets in search of the lost condom? What business is it of Uncle Sam if porn stars want to screw themselves to death? What kind of punishment will they dole out? Will failure to comply result in a stiff penalty or a mere slap on the tryst?

Refusing to take the measure lightly, porn producers are threatening to pull up stakes and move to another part of California or flee the state altogether. It's awfully cold in New Hampshire, the only other state in the union where producing porn is legal.

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Robert Johnston Nov. 8, 2012 @ 4:16 p.m.

Look out, San Diego County--Vivid Studios (et al) my be coming at us LIVE AND SLEAZY! (The final three words are the title of a Village People album, by the way.)

Or perhaps, since the folks in LA County like hedonism...it's up the old 101 to San Francisco to set up shop (let the folks in Sausalito and Tiberoun get all the migraines dealing with "Shaw Brothers Part Two").

Oh, well--So Be It! --RKJ

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 8, 2012 @ 5:01 p.m.

What do you mean only CA and New Hamshire allow porn productions????? It is a business, the states cannot outlaw it, regulate yes, but now ban it.

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Scott Marks Nov. 8, 2012 @ 10:32 p.m.

Not sure how it works, Surf, but I confirmed this tidbit of information with several semi-reputable sources.

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tomjohnston Nov. 9, 2012 @ 7:39 a.m.

Look up New Hampshire v. Theriault and California v. Freeman. Pandering and prostitution laws laws are the problem. California and New Hampshire are the only two states that have state Supreme Court cases that have held that the production of pornography is NOT prostitution and/or pandering and is rather a First Amendment free speech right. SCOTUS refused to hear Ca.'s appeal when the State Supremes ruled against them and I believe that NH didn't even bothered trying to take the case to SCOTUS.That's is why porn is a legal and recognized business in California and would be in NH if someone wanted to produce it there.

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Ken Harrison Nov. 9, 2012 @ 5:45 a.m.

Was this a city or county ordinance? I thought city of LA only. If city, there are plenty of other sleezeball cities that would welcome them in LA County, Cahday, Bell, Vernon. According to your "semi-reputable" sources, do they actually have "studios" where an agent could inspect?

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Scott Marks Nov. 9, 2012 @ 7:37 a.m.

Their reason for leaving California is to avoid the "porn police."

If there are no State laws in effect that ban the production of pornography then people are free to film what they want. That does not mean that the cops can't arrest you for prostitution.

Adult films are protected under the Freeman decision of 1988, which made it legal to produce porn flicks in California. Only New Hampshire has a similar law.

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Scott Marks Nov. 9, 2012 @ 8:54 a.m.

It's such nonsense. It's proven that cigarettes can kill you. Does that mean the "porn police" should patrol the sets for improper use of butts? Don't we have more important things to worry about like killing as many Afghans as possible? There is so much more going on that needs our attention that porn stars and condoms. They're adults and as such should be allowed to do and live as they please without government interference.

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Jay Allen Sanford Nov. 9, 2012 @ 5:12 p.m.

San Diego has been home to porn film production companies since the 70s - awhile back, the Reader did a cover feature on North County producer/director Al Borda, who filmed several hundred porn movies in SD, many starring his then-wife Tammi Ann.

Also, the guy cited in the government's Meese Commission report as the second biggest pornography producer in the nation, Deja Vu Showgirls operator Harry Mohney, has houses in La Costa and elsewhere and has run "live girl peep show" operations in San Diego since the 70s, most notably the club known as Jolar, which started in Broadway and moved to 63rd and College in the early 80s, where he still runs it to this day.

Mohney and his ex-wife, porn star Gail Palmer, made the infamous "Candy" porn movies, and his various film companies have been shooting countless full length porn films in San Diego for almost 40 years -- I used to work for Mohney (running Jolar, in fact) and have been on his local film sets. Mohney also runs a live girl peep show club on Barnett near the SD airport, and his son runs a porn shop in El Cajon. The most detailed article about Mohney's operations ever published appeared in the Reader, and it also covers several other San Diego-based porn film producers (Norm Arno, the Zaffarano brothers, etc).

Heck, even the guy behind huge '70s porn hits like Marilyn Chambers' "Insatiable" was based in San Diego - his company was Miracle Films, and all the pornos he shot in San Diego (and elsewhere) opened with a title card reading "If it's good, it's a Miracle!"

With dozens of porn stars already living in San Diego (many of whom I worked with as the publisher of Carnal Comics: True Stories of Adult Film Stars), it's entirely conceivable that SD could replace LA and Chatsworth (where around dozen porn studios are based - yes, actual studios, including one with a warehouse full of mainstream Hollywood sets, props, and costumes purchased in the 80s from MGM and WB Pictures) as the porn production capital of the U.S.!

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 9, 2012 @ 7:22 p.m.

San Diego is not "replacing" LA or Chatsworth as the porn capial of the US, get serious.

If porn goes anywhere, it won't be another CA county- it will be Las Vegas where porn already has a large foothold.

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tward77 Nov. 10, 2012 @ 9:36 a.m.

This will give new meaning to the phrase,"Freeze, sucker!"

I thought Vegas was going to be their, um, headquarters if the prophylactic prop passed. LVPD don't care if you get no STD.

Hey how about that Daniel Day-Lewis as LINCOLN? I still prefer Martin and Lewis.

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