VICTORY: Los Angeles City Council Adopts Ordinance to Tie Condoms to Porn Pemits – Now Enforce It!!

Today, Los Angeles City Council adopted a proposed ordinance that will tie adult film permits to condom use in the films and dropped the lawsuit against ballot measure’s proponents

By AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)

01/10/2012

LOS ANGELES, CA

In an historic move, during today’s City Council meeting, the Los Angeles City Council adopted the proposed ordinance, ‘City of Los Angeles Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act,’ a ballot initiative that has recently qualified to be placed on the June 5, 2012 election despite legal action by Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to block the measure from appearing before City voters on the ballot. The ballot measure would condition the issuance of City film permits to adult film producers to condom use in the subsequent adult films shot and produced in Los Angeles. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will host an in-person press conference at 2:00 PM Pacific at its headquarters (6255 W. Sunset Blvd., 21st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90028) to respond to the news, as well as a press teleconference at 3:00 pm Pacific. (see dial-in information below)

In early December, adult film safety advocates submitted over 70,000 Los Angeles voter signatures—far more than the 41,000 needed to qualify the measure for election. In a January 3, 2012 letter, June Lagmay, Los Angeles City Clerk, certified the signatures and recommended that City Council either “…adopt the proposed ordinance, without alteration,” outright or “submit it” for the “regularly-scheduled State Primary Election” set for June 5, 2012, which will be conducted by the County of Los Angeles.

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE: LA City Council Adopts Historic Condoms in Porn Initiative – Ordinance will tie adult film permitting to subsequent condom use in the films

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2012—2:00 PM Pacific

WHERE: AHF Headquarters, 6255 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

WHO: Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, President & Ballot Measure Proponent

Brian Chase, Assistant General Counsel, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Mark McGrath, AHF Consultant & Ballot Measure Proponent

Miki (Marijane) Jackson, AHF Consultant & Ballot Measure Proponent

WHAT: PRESS CONFERENCE: LA City Council Adopts Historic Condoms in Porn Initiative – Ordinance will tie adult film permitting to subsequent condom use in the films

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 10th 2012—3:00 PM Pacific

HOW: USA Toll-Free: (877) 411-9748. International toll: (636) 651-3128. Access Code: 7931503

WHO: Michael Weinstein, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, President & Ballot Measure Proponent

Brian Chase, Assistant General Counsel, AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Mark McGrath, AHF Consultant & Ballot Measure Proponent

Miki (Marijane) Jackson, AHF Consultant & Ballot Measure Proponent

CONTACTS: Ged Kenslea, AHF Dir. of Communications (323) 791-5526 mobile (323) 308-1833 work

Lori Yeghiayan Friedman, AHF Assoc. Dir. of Communications (323) 377-4312 M (323) 308-1834 W

From the Agenda, Los Angeles City Council, January 10, 2012, 10am

John Ferraro Council Chambers

Items for Which Public Hearing Have Not Been Held – Items 22-28

(10 Votes Required for Consideration)

ITEM NO. (22) – Motion Required

12-1300-S1

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE CITY CLERK AND CITY ATTORNEY, CERTIFICATION OF SUFFICIENCY OF INITIATIVE PETITION, RESOLUTIONS AND ORDINANCES FIRST CONSIDERATION relative to an initiative petition to require condom usage in the adult film industry and related permitting requirements.

Recommendation for Council action, SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MAYOR:

A. OPTION1

PRESENT and ADOPT the accompanying ORDINANCE, without alteration.

B. OPTION2

DETERMINE to submit the initiative ordinance, without alteration, to a vote of the electors of the City at an election consolidated with the State Primary Election on June 5, 2012:

1. 1) ADOPT the accompanying RESOLUTION providing in response to an initiative petition that an ordinance related to required use of condoms in the adult film industry and related permitting requirements be submitted to the qualified electors of the City of Los Angeles at a Special Election to be held and consolidated with the State Primary Election on June 5, 2012.

2. 2) ADOPT the accompanying RESOLUTION containing a ballot title for the measure.

3. 3) PRESENT and ADOPT the accompanying ORDINANCE calling a Special Election to be held and consolidated with the State Primary Election on June 5, 2012 for the purpose of submitting the initiative ordinance to the qualified electors of the City of Los Angeles.

Fiscal Impact Statement: The City Clerk reports the election cost to place the measure before the voters on the June 5, 2012 State Election is estimated at $4.4 million, if it is the only City measure to be placed on that election, and could be higher depending on initiative processing costs. The total impact to the General Fund could be higher depending on other Departments’ costs associated with implementing and enforcing the ordinance if it is adopted.

Community Impact Statement: None submitted.

[Council may recess to Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(a) to confer with its legal counsel in relation to the case entitled, City of Los Angeles v. Gerard Kenslea, et al., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC474838; and/or pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(b)(3)(, significant exposure to litigation based on existing facts and circumstances in relation to the proposed ordinances and/or initiative.]

TIME LIMIT FILE – JANUARY 23, 2012

LAST DAY FOR COUNCIL ACTION – JANUARY 20, 2012

 

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