November 13, 2012 |
Los Angeles has been a fighting a tide of runaway production of big-budget movies and television dramas. Now it may face an emigration of another homegrown industry - adult entertainment. That's the specter raised by some of the hundreds of porn producers in L.A. after voters approved Measure B, which requires performers to wear condoms and establishes a new permitting system for adult entertainment shoots. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments The law was advocated by AIDS activists who argued it would protect performers from disease outbreaks.
October 18, 2012
Performers in adult films risk their health and their very lives to do their controversial work. Despite advances in the treatment of HIV, there is not yet a cure for the virus, which causes AIDS. New, more virulent and in some cases reportedly untreatable strains of once manageable sexually transmitted diseases continue to appear: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia. So it stands to reason that government would consider common-sense regulations to protect performers in the workplace. Just as regulations require helmets on construction sites to protect against debilitating head injuries, government could mandate that performers whose work requires sexual contact wear condoms.
November 2, 2011 |
Given California's reputation for hassling businesses with petty regulations, it was probably only a matter of time before we heard squeals of complaint from what is arguably the San Fernando Valley's most famous export industry. Yes, I'm talking about porn. The particular issue is how to protect adult film performers from sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS and gonorrhea. Medical authorities say there's only one way to do that reliably — require condoms for high-risk activities portrayed on screen (you know what I'm talking about)
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July 22, 2011 |
A 23-year veteran Los Angeles traffic officer has been fired for appearing in a pornographic online video while on duty and in uniform, officials said Thursday. John K. Dancler was discharged Monday, said Maggie Whelan, general manager for the city Personnel Department. He challenged his firing on the same day, filing an appeal with the city's five-member Civil Service Commission. Dancler was dismissed for engaging in misconduct on the job and in uniform, and participating in "indecent acts" that reflected unfavorably on the city workforce, said Bruce Whidden, the commission's executive director.
July 6, 2011 |
A feud has broken out among competing Los Angeles trade shows, and it's getting nasty. Also, it's about sex. For the last few years, the biggest show celebrating the adult entertainment industry at the Los Angeles Convention Center has been Adultcon, which is expected to draw an estimated 30,000 visitors during three events this year. But the managers of Adultcon have announced that they are canceling two of next year's shows because the city has refused to bar competing adult entertainment shows from operating at the convention center within three months of Adultcon.
February 9, 2011 |
The pornography industry, like the rest of Hollywood, has been buffeted by the economic downturn, the falloff in DVD sales and a cornucopia of free content on the Internet. Still, for better or worse, the adult entertainment business remains alive and well in the San Fernando Valley, where thousands of films are shot every year in warehouses and private homes. One of the 10 busiest sites for on-location filming in Los Angeles last year was a two-story industrial building in Chatsworth operated by Penthouse Studios, a spinoff of the adult magazine.