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Measure B Poised To Seal The Deal; Porn Makers Say 'Goodbye, L.A.'

Kyler Jae, Xueqiao Ma, Yifan Zhu |
November 7, 2012 | 12:39 a.m. PST

The No campaign gathered in San Fernando Valley to watch the disappointing results. (Xueqiao Ma/Neon Tommy)
The No campaign gathered in San Fernando Valley to watch the disappointing results. (Xueqiao Ma/Neon Tommy)
With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Measure B held 59 percent support early Wednesday morning.

It was destined for victory, much to the dismay of of the No campaign. Actors and producers said they would move their film sets out of L.A.

"I don't really have an idea about what portion will leave, but I'm ok with working outside LA," said performer Alex Chance.

Chance said performers undergo tests for sexually transmitted infections regularly and nothing more was needed.

 While not an issue on the national stage, Measure B is one of the more controversial measures on the 2012 California ballot. Also known as the Condom Measure, Measure B would require Los Angeles’ male adult film actors to wear condoms when performing in the studio. The measure also requires the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to enforce these new rules by leading inspections.

“Honestly, nobody has made a case for me to see a benefit for Measure B,” said Daniel Villa, a Los Angeles native and junior at the University of Southern California. His attitude seemed to mirror most of the people voting on the campus.

They had hard time figuring out exactly why California should pass the new measure. In fact, some believe that if Measure B passes, the porn industry will leave California for less regulated states.

“You can have your own moral perception of what porn is and how you believe porn can effect society or whatever, but the bottom line is that it’s a multi-billion dollar industry,” Villa said, “Why would you do something to push it out? Because it will get pushed out, and it will go somewhere else.”

The main talking point among supporters of Measure B is that it will help control the spread of sexually transmitted infections not only among the adult film community, but also to the city as a whole.

Villa says that he understands why supporters of the measure would be concerned, but does not think that the benefits of passing Measure B are worth the porn industry relocating.

“The case [for Measure B] is that these actors and actresses don’t stay within actors and actresses and that they have sex with people in the city,” said Villa, efficiently summarizing the measure’s purpose. “But you really don’t know who’s healthy and who’s not.”

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Anonymous (not verified) on November 7, 2012 11:39 PM

Great, look forward to start paying 16.8999% sales tax then you will definitely start to feel it! dumb asses!

Anonymous (not verified) on April 22, 2013 5:46 AM

no need to be an arrogant, sanctimonious, bleeding heart vagina. If the girls didnt want to make the movie its simple: they wouldnt, they would seek employment else where. Fact is theyre not ashamed and you telling them theyre being victimized would incite their ire. In fact women get paid more in this industry than their male counter parts, have freedom over what they do and dont do on camera, and even enjoy their jobs. This is their choice, dont belittle them by thinking their too dumb to make their own decisions just because youre ignorant to the world. A lot of these people are actually brilliant entrepreneurs; fact is there are more clowns in the banking industry with complete moral decadence

if you took the 5 seconds to google "highest grossing porn film" youd see "deep throat" had grossed an estimated $600million. if you consider they churn out 100s of movies every week and some series approach 100 volumes, plus licensing to cable and satellite providers, merchandise based on the individual starlettes, you'll see it is a professional billion dollar a year industry made in California

next time if youre going to editorialize something with impunity it would help if you actually had at least one accurate fact, cause now you just sound like some ignorant supercilious jerk-off

MikeLitoris (not verified) on November 7, 2012 5:07 PM

Has anyone actually ever seen a porn? Whether it's the guys, the girls, the lighting, or the "director"...I have a hard time believing any of these people can count up to a billion. A billion dollar industry? Really..tell me a film title that grossed even 1% of a billion.

I think it's laughable that the porn "industry" threatens the loss of jobs. Really, what kind of jobs are we losing? Actually, nvm. LOL. But hey, go ahead, leave the state, city, county, whatever. I'm so sure we're going to miss an industry that systematically preys on struggling actresses, and turns them into little more than a slab of meat and projects a completely unrealistic picture of beauty or sexuality.

JH (not verified) on November 7, 2012 2:16 PM

People don't even realize - this is not a moral issue! If a porn performer wears a condom it will NOT affect you personally. But you know what will affect LA residents? Losing a billion dollar a year industry. Bad decision to approve that measure.

Ron Mexico (not verified) on November 7, 2012 3:03 PM

It affects me personally, have you watched a porn with condoms totally kills the fantasy appeal and no tax dollars either

Anonymous (not verified) on November 7, 2012 10:24 AM

Don't let the door hit you in your surgically-enhanced ass on the way out...

you dont know (not verified) on November 7, 2012 5:33 AM

you don't get it! if porn companies leave the state so do the tax dollars! porn is a billion dollar industry that brings plenty of money to the state of California! some one you people who voted yes are fools....

Justin Mcfarty (not verified) on November 7, 2012 2:25 AM

Bye-Bye! Please leave town.

Spanky McNuts (not verified) on November 7, 2012 5:12 AM

And how was it impacting you personally? Exactly a big fat zero.