Ventura County Adopts Condoms in Porn Ordinance
Adult film companies from Los Angeles hoping to seek refuge and prophylactic-free porn production in neighboring Ventura County are about to be screwed...and not in the way they'd like to be.
Tuesday, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance mandating the use of condoms in adult film shoots, according to the Daily News. The vote was unanimous.
The ordinance falls along the lines of L.A. County's Measure B, which was passed by voters last year. Ventura County's ordinance takes effect immediately, and applies to the unincorporated areas of the county, which have a total population of about 95,000.
Incorporated cities will have to come up with their own laws about gloved loving in porn films shot within their jurisdiction. Already the Camarillo City Council has in place a moratorium on granting film permits for porn production in the city, and are expected today to take up the issue of extending the prohibitive measure for an additional 10 months.
According to L.A. Now, the precedent-setting L.A. County law is "raising 1st Amendment issues in a federal lawsuit." Leroy Smith, chief legal counsel for the Ventura County Board of Supervisors says: “The big issue is free speech."
Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks has attested that porn production in her district has seen an uptick recently due to L.A. County's condom restriction. She told XBIZ that constituents are definitely noticing the productions, remarking residents aren't simply hearing "moans and groans" in the neighborhood, they're "seeing naked people."
So where to next for the adult vid biz? San Bernardino? Riverside?