Measure B has passed – Porn News Today sends a huge THANK YOU to Michael Weinstein and the AHF!

measure b passed into law - michael weinstein - AHFMonica Foster commentary: I and many others who did our best to get the word out in regards to Measure B (a ballot measure supported largely by the Aids HealthCare Foundation which has the purpose of mandating condoms and other protective measures and regulations within the Los Angeles porn industry in effort to protect the health of performers) send well wishes, congratulations and words of THANKS to Michael Weinstein (President of the AHF) and all the other AHF staff members and supporters.

Michael Weinstein and the AHF staff have selflessly taken on the enormous (and largely thankless) task of essentially cleaning up the lawless and criminal world of the Los Angeles porn industry. Getting Measure B passed is a huge step, but only the beginning when looking at the big picture.

I ask all of my readers to continue to give your support to the Aids Healthcare Foundation and specifically to Michael Weinstein. He has done (and will continue to do) a FANTASTIC job, and I personally feel that in time, he should run for a public office.  In my view he embodies qualities of which I believe are along the lines of a future President of the United States.

Oh, and as a side note to Los Angeles porn industry “professionals” who think you can fight this…YOU CAN’T. There’s no where for you to run to, because no other cities or states want to deal with your activity. It’s time for you to SUBMIT! Sit down, shut up and follow the rules and the LAW (and don’t even THINK about trying establishing any sort of sizable base in Las Vegas – in case you weren’t aware…I live here, I have a big mouth and I’ve already taken steps to ensure the locals know exactly WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU’RE UP TO and WHERE).

article courtesy examiner.com 

The voting public in Los Angeles County decided Tuesday, that actors in the porn industry shall be required to wear condoms in adult films by a healthy margin, according to Los Angeles ABC affiliate, KABC-TV Nov. 7.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act passed 56 percent to 44 percent.

However, opponents to the measure announced today that they intend to stop the implementation of the Measure B through the courts, according to a No on Government Waste Committee press release.

Executive director for the Free Speech Coalition, the trade group representing the adult products and entertainment industry, Diane Duke said, “After being heavily outspent by a well-financed AIDS Healthcare Foundation which poured millions of dollars into passing Measure B, the adult film industry will not just stand by and let it destroy our business.

“While the misinformation and outright distortions made by AHF during this campaign may have deceived voters, we believe in the calm, serious deliberations of the legal system we will find that Measure B is in fact unconstitutional.”

In addition to challenging this in court, the adult film industry is asking for a seat at the table as the county considers how to implement provisions of Measure B.

James Lee, communications director for the No on Government Waste Committee noted, “While the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has tried to portray any move of jobs outside of LA County as unrealistic, the hard truth of the matter is that is exactly what this industry plans on doing now.

“The inevitable consequences of Measure B’s passage and AHF’s short-sightedness will be a significant loss of jobs and tax dollars flowing to local governments to fund police, fire protection and public health services.”

The Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act requires adult film producers to apply for a permit from the county Department of Public Health to shoot sex scenes. The fee will fund periodic inspections of film sets.

Supporters of the measure have said the law would ensure workplace safety in the industry by protecting performers from sexually transmitted infections, while opponents say actor are already protected in the self-regulating adult industry.

According to the No on Government Waste Committee, the campaign was outspent heavily by the Yes on B side, with all of the support coming from a single entity — the AIDS Healthcare Foundation — which waged a relentless two-year campaign attacking the adult film industry to impose a costly and unenforceable government inspection, permitting and enforcement system.

Proponents of Measure B contacted the Infectious Disease Examiner via an email statement. Mark McGrath, MPH, AIDS Healthcare Foundation consultant supplied the following statement concerning the vote:

Last night’s election results for measure B shows that voters in Los Angeles County were able to see through the obfuscation and dissembling of the porn industry. The voters have sent a clear message that all workers in legal venues are entitled a minimum level of protection from preventable workplace hazards. Our task now is to work to bring this industry into compliance. That means insuring all primary and secondary producers of adult material obtain a health permit; have documentation of employee training (all staff) in bloodborne pathogens; and submit and injury prevention plan prior to all shoots in compliance with the California Code of Regulations Title 8 sections 5192 and 3203. Most importantly these companies will begin displaying proper signage notifying staff of the new law and agencies to contact in the event of an injury. Lastly the take away message from last night’s election is the public’s recognition in sexual health and the welfare of sex workers. No longer will producers harvest our young people with no thought or consideration for their working conditions and the adverse long term health consequences that follow.

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