Campaign to Defeat Measure B Requiring Condoms on Adult Film Sets Launched by Broad Coalition

Sep 6, 2012
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This is one of the many things in place to help educate the voters on Measure B. There are other things in the works and once we narrow down the dates we will get all the info to the public..


Ballot Initiative Would Result in Cuts in Healthcare Services and Government Deficits

Citing the potential for deficits in county healthcare programs, a broad-based coalition of business organizations, entertainment companies, community activists and healthcare advocates today announced the launch of a campaign aimed at defeating Measure B, the so-called “Safer Sex” initiative on the Los Angeles County ballot this Nov. 6th.

“Measure B is a waste of taxpayer dollars, does nothing to promote better healthcare and threatens to add increased costs to the county by creating another underfunded government program,” said James Lee, spokesman for the No on Government Waste Committee. “Measure B will result in deficits threatening community clinics and healthcare services to the poor and minority communities of Los Angeles County.”

Measure B, funded and placed on the ballot by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, would require the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to license and permit adult movie productions in unincorporated areas of the county and require performers to wear condoms and create an unworkable system of on-set inspections and enforcement by county personnel. The measure hopes to fund the program through permitting fees, but makes no allowance should funds prove insufficient to maintain the program.

“The adult entertainment industry has the most aggressive and comprehensive testing and reporting program in the country. It’s an industry that acts swiftly and responsibly in shutting down production nationwide at even a hint of a positive test result,” Lee said. “What this is really about is creating another government bureaucracy regardless of what it means for county healthcare services and drive production-related jobs out of an area with stagnant job growth.”

Los Angeles County estimates the initial start-up costs for the inspection and permitting program would come to more than $300,000 per year in administration, salary and benefits for county inspectors, but with Film LA, Inc., the film-permitting arm for Los Angeles County, estimating less than 480 permits issued for all adult film shoots, the program could start losing money from its launch.

Measure B also stipulates standards for conduct on sets during filming that could require actors and film crew to wear gloves, goggles and lab coats.

“The people of Los Angeles County can think of a lot better uses for the time of first responders, county health inspectors and other government personnel than hanging around an adult film shoot checking for condom usage,” Lee said. “Measure B is seriously flawed and is going to cost taxpayers money and cost them critical health services.”

Facts about the adult entertainment industry:In Los Angeles County from June 30, 2008 to June 30, 2011, there were 6,447 new cases of HIV reported according to the California Dept. of Public Health, but only two were adult performers who did not contract it on-set;
There have been no documented cases of HIV transmission on an adult entertainment set since 2004;
The industry sets testing standards far in excess of virtually any other industry such as local hospitals, pharmaceutical firms or food service. It is also the only industry that orders industry-wide shutdowns of production whenever a threat to performers exists;
The industry employs over ten thousand workers in production-related jobs such as make-up, lighting, carpenters, transportation, food service, payroll processing, web design, etc. All of which would be in jeopardy should Measure B pass;
The industry contributes over a billion dollars in local economic impact and tax revenues to local cities and the county that would also be in jeopardy.

No to Government Waste Committee

The Committee is comprised of entertainment companies, local business organizations, community activists, adult entertainment performers and healthcare advocates who oppose Measure B’s plan for creating an underfunded government inspection program diverting badly needed resources from local community clinics and under-served minority communities. The Committee will be launching its online

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Anthony Kennerson
Anthony Kennerson
11 years ago

Unfortunately, the Committee has decided to depend on a spokesperson who once suggested that South Carolina Senator Jim deMint become Mitt Romney’s VP. And, who worked for such sterling defenders of porn as Dan Quayle and Pete Wilson.

Bad move, FSC. Very, VERY bad move. Especially in California and Los Angeles County.

Michael Whiteacre
Michael Whiteacre
11 years ago

There you go again with the whole “liberals are better for defending porn” nonsense. It was liberal democrats who concocted this nightmarish anti-porn scheme in California in the first place.

The best hope of the industry is to form a broad-based coalition including conservative and libertarian voices. The feel-good liberals in LA County donate to AHF, Anthony.

I don’t care whether people vote against Measure B because they love porn or because they hate wasteful government bureaucracies; both are valid rationales. And both groups are necessary to have even a chance of overcoming this unconstitutional and costly measure.

Anthony Kennerson
Anthony Kennerson
11 years ago

First off, Michael..I’m NOT a liberal. I am well to the Left of them. Second…I am well aware that there are antiporn activists on the liberal/Left side…but they are the minority. They just stand out more because they squawk louder. And third….the only motivation behind the condom mandate scheme by Michael Weinstein is not ideology, but MONEY…in particular, the money that he could get from NGO’s and particular “rescue” foundations from “reforming” the porn industry. Also…the fact remains that the most dominant base of the Republican Party and the mass of conservatives are the Religious Right, and they remain the… Read more »

Michael Whiteacre
Michael Whiteacre
11 years ago

Anthony, with respect, that makes no sense in any practical way. I wish we lived in a world where sex-positive thinkers could rally opposition to liberal mainstays and pandering democratic machine politicians, but we don’t. Anti-porn activists are NOT the minority among liberal democrat leaders in LA County. That’s a fact of life you’re going to have to deal with. I’d rather the adult industry win this fight on the grounds of opposing government waste and overreach, than lose it by being intractable, idealistic and nobly “sex positive.” This is politics, Anthony. We need these people for the same reason… Read more »

11 years ago

Whenever I am discussing politics with someone, and they declare themselves a Democrat, I ask a question that stops them in their tracks everytime. “Tree Hugger or Old School Political Machine?” Try it some time and watch their expressions.

Only other answer is a woman that is a pro-choice Dem, and women shouldn’t be worrying about politics w/ laundry and cooking to do, in between squirting out child support checks and yapping.

During my next set, I’ll be offending Snow Mexicans and the French. Don’t forget to tip the wait staff.

Michael Whiteacre
Michael Whiteacre
11 years ago

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