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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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