LA could vote on mandatory condom use in adult films
December 28th, 2011
09:59 AM ET

LA could vote on mandatory condom use in adult films

A ballot initiative that would require condoms in all adult films shot in the city of Los Angeles has enough signatures to get on the June ballot.  But there’s a legal challenge coming from the city’s attorney before LA residents can vote on the matter.

The proposed law called the “Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act” would require “any person or entity directly engaged in the creation of adult films who is issued a permit” to “maintain engineering and work practice controls, including the provision of and required use of condoms, sufficient to protect employees from exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials consistent with state law.”

It would also charge adult film production companies a fee to pay for the periodic inspections.

Although state law already exists requiring condom use, a city ordinance would give additional enforcement, proponents of the proposed law say.

On December 23, the City Clerk of Los Angeles certified that there were enough voter signatures to qualify. HIV/AIDS advocates needed 41,138 valid Los Angeles voters’ signatures and they submitted 70,889.

The signatures were gathered over three months by a professional signature-gathering firm, according to AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit that has called for mandatory condom use in adult films.

The issue is a public health matter, according to AHF.  In 2010, several adult film productions came to a halt after an adult film actor tested positive for HIV. In 2004, four actors tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, also shutting down production in California.

“This wasn’t about porn, it was about worker protection, about fairness,” said Michael Weinstein, president of AHF.

But there are legal hurdles before putting this law on the ballot, according to the office of Carmen Trutanich, the Los Angeles City Attorney.

“We’re not trying to suppress the will of the voters or quash democracy,” said Frank Mateljan, the City Attorney’s spokesman.  “We believe there are certain judicial questions or issues that are still out there.”

The city has to get clarity on whether it has the legal standing to enforce such a law or whether it’s pre-empted by the state, which already requires condoms be used in adult film shoots, he said.

The cost to the city of putting this on the ballot is $4.4 million when it’s unclear whether the city has the legal standing to enforce the law, he said.

“It’d be in the best interest to get clarification than put $4 million issue in the ballot, that we can be sued and rendered moot,” Mateljan said.

The city has already received threats of lawsuits from the adult film industry, he said.

The Free Speech Coalition, a trade association for the adult entertainment industry, applauded the city of Los Angeles for petitioning the court.

It sent a statement to CNN saying, "the City of Los Angeles has acted responsibly to protect the taxpayers from enacting an unenforceable measure preempted by State Law. The adult industry has been extraordinarily successful in preventing HIV infections through its testing protocols and self-regulation."

Mateljan said the city is “not taking a stance on the substance of the measure or the goal.  We’re simply trying to get some clarification who has standing to enforce these provisions and regulations.”

Ellen Widress, chief of California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health wrote an email to the Los Angeles attorney’s office stating that the city was “not preempted by Cal/OSHA from asserting its authority to protect the health of employees and others , including volunteers,  who may be exposed to health hazards in L.A.’s adult film industry.”

“LA needs to get on the right side of history,” Weinstein of AHF said.  The measure requiring condoms would be “stopping the thousands of sexually transmitted diseases that take place in this industry.”

STDs have long been an issue in the adult films as workers in this industry are 10 times more likely to be infected, according to AHF.

Although state laws exist mandating condom use, the problem is the lack of enforcement, Weinstein said, adding that it has been a “political hot potato” and that no one has taken responsibility.

soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Klaxon

    Why don't we make it illegal for 2 gay men to have sex without a condom then?

    This is really going to far and will be struck down by a higher court.

    December 28, 2011 at 14:15 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Marc

      The government should keep their nose out of the bedroom. Plain and Simple.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:10 | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      It's about workplace safety. It has nothing to do with what two people do in the privacy of their home.

      Too bad that adult film productions aren't based out of L.A. city but in the valley. This is pretty much worthless

      December 28, 2011 at 15:15 | Report abuse |
    • Richp

      Sure, but if it gets passed some local politician that sponsored it will be able to say 'See what I did, I got this new [worthless] law passed [that accomplished nothing and spend over $4 million of your dollars] while getting it done' as part of their election or re-election campaign, same as WashDC.'

      December 28, 2011 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      it's a PUBLIC industry therefore subject to PUBLIC rule. What kind of moron are you who can't tell the friggen difference?

      December 28, 2011 at 15:21 | Report abuse |
    • George

      Why don't we make it illegal for a straight man and woman to have sex without a condom then?

      December 28, 2011 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The Valley IS in the City of Los Angeles. LA is almost 500 square ,miles, and that does not include the little cities like glendale or burbank–and no, sherman oaks, van nuys, reseda, woodland hills, sun valley, northridge are NOT cities–all are part of Los Angeles.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
    • BoBo

      If they ain't riding bareback who wants to watch this?
      Gotta love CNN....won't even use the words "p0rn actor" in the headline. Instead they use "adult actor"

      December 28, 2011 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      Marc – You are missing a VERY big fact here. The government isn't sticking their nose in someone's bedroom... they are sticking it in the WORKPLACE. Employees cannot be put in harms way... especially when people's lives are being threatened. DUH!

      December 28, 2011 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
    • Thom

      Why don't we just outlaw straight couples from kissing and holding hands in public since not all of us want to see this perverted sickness displayed in public.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
    • Albertking

      LOL at Joe calling other people "morons" when he doesn't understand the difference between public & private. The adult film industry is private industry. Last time I checked, Joe, the adult film industry didn't receive any municipal, state or federal support.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:08 | Report abuse |
    • Sperkowitz

      "The Valley" IS Los Angeles.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:16 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      Forget making a law that requires two gay men to use a condom...there should be a national law making it illegal for men (and women) from having sex with one another in the first place. I know, I know...many of you (especially gays and lesbians) don't want to hear this...too bad. Contrary to popular opinion and what we've been incorrectly educated on, nobody is "born" that way. It's a perverse and unnatural lifestyle...don't care if you like it or not, just as you're going to say you don't care if I like it or not. As time marches on, we've been taught to tolerate if not condone these types of behaviors. The truth is...those that engaged in this type of activity were looked down upon by regular society and scorned. Research the history of this around the world. And, you don't even want to know what happened to a black man that was caught laying with a white woman...and no, I'm not a racist or prejudiced, just think the races should stay to themselves and the world would be a better place.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:27 | Report abuse |
    • Seola

      The difference is, each job carries it's own risks. A guy can work around a fry bin all day, but you can't stop him from sticking his hand in it. This is equivalent to banning oil because you can get burned. If you work in the sex industry and make the choice not to use a condom, that's on you. There have been films out recently that do include condoms so the industry is allowing it, they aren't forcing people to work without them at all and are leaving a majority of it up to the "stars".

      December 28, 2011 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
  2. James

    They'll just film somewhere else: Freaks !

    December 28, 2011 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • 2LiveJew

      Do they make 'em big enough? There are some real third legs on the rampage, and a motorcycle innertube with a knot on the end of it will be a real turn-off...as well as even more uncomfortable for the schtuppee.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:51 | Report abuse |
  3. Danno

    More government intrusion into peoples lives. God forbid we show people raw-dogging on video. And this actually got peoples signatures.... why the hell do people want MORE rules and laws over our personal lives? There's plenty of of actual problems that need government attention.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      BS. This is not "government intrusion" into private lives. This is an industry, where "workers" choose to work in, and like any other industry, there are rules. This isn't regulating private life, it's regulating public life, and there is NO WAY in hell the courts will strike this down. Just like they require mandatory HIV testing and the courts said the same thing, moron: YES, it's a PUBLIC industry therefore subject to PUBLIC rule. What kind of moron are you who can't tell the friggen difference? STUPID idiots.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
    • Nah

      Joe, don't even try. The average IQ of a CNN commenter is about 3. The best you can hope for from them is an emotional, irrational reaction based on political and social prejudices of all sorts.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
    • Bart

      I think Joe s right, although he needs to calm down a little. The court would look at a challenge to the law similarly to the way it would look at a law requiring surgeons to wear latex gloves during surgery. Also, it may not even be an intrusion on a bedroom – it could be a intrusion on a bathroom, a kitchen, a garage, by a pool, etc. I agree with everyone that it is lame, though. These folks know the risks going in (pun intended). To the holy rollers – the law changes nothing.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      I love all these people who are now all of a sudden advocates for workers rights, mainly because they are christians and want to regulate the adult movie industry. I wonder how many of these "workers rights" advocates have criticized Obama's regulations.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • dick

      JOE – two gay men should wear a condom, aids spreads, and public money is used to help them after the fact.

      Ban 24/7 stores, they tend to get held up at gun point, crab fishermen get killed every year, ... ... ... ...

      December 28, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse |
  4. Charlie

    Hey!! If AZ can't have laws to control illegal immigration then how can liberal LA doe this?

    December 28, 2011 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nah


      December 28, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
    • Texas Jack

      I believe you have made a valid point, Sir.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
    • No Sense

      Hey Charlie, only the best tuna gets heard around here! What you're saying is comparing apples to oranges therefore, it literally makes no sense!

      December 30, 2011 at 09:37 | Report abuse |
  5. SonnyRey

    Mark has it right – The government should keep their stinking noses out of the bedroom. Plain and Simple! Else, all Congressmen should wear condums considering what they contimue to do to us! Congresswomen should be sprayed with dissinfectant for the same reason!

    December 28, 2011 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nah

      Lol. Keep their noses out of the bedroom. You're talking about an industry with "workers" being paid to engage in dangerous activity (i.e., sex with the possibility of getting an STD).

      The state has a legitimate interest in making sure that infectious diseases are not spread from worker to worker, and can mandate virtually anything they want to when it comes to health and safety in business.

      Get over it and grow a brain.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • Tha Chikin

      Both of you have it WRONG! It isn't a bedroom... it is the workplace. People cannot be subjected to deadly diseases at work.

      Accordingly, please do us all a favor and go back to watching your pr0n because clearly you aren't using your brain.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
  6. D.Smithee

    It'll hurt sales–because, quite frankly, viewers don't like to see their adult 'stars' wear condoms.

    But who cares? Besides AIDS, Hep B/C makes the rounds in this industry. A LOT of these 'stars' have very nasty bugs, that, while not worse than AIDS, can still lead to very serious health complications.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      If you want to go there, fine. Hep B has a vaccine. Hep C is not really spread by sex, but by blood (think needles). HIV is serious, especially if you don't have insurance for the drugs.

      HOWEVER, no one says you have to work for a company that doesn't allow condoms. And most people know of the risks and all the actors are adults.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse |
  7. Billy

    I’m all for safer sex, but these people take a calculated risk when they enter that business so as long they are not being forced into something against their will this sounds like the LA local government (Gov) is over reaching. I am a progressive, and feel we should have a strong robust Gov, but this law simply makes no sense. It will coast way too much to enforce and drive away business. This is why Gov gets a bad name.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jimbo

    We need more creampies.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Snagglepuss


      December 28, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse |
    • bristoltwit palin... America's favorite dancing cow

      Mmmmmmmmm.... creampies

      December 28, 2011 at 15:42 | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      I suppose this is a newbie question, but what is a cream pie?

      December 28, 2011 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
    • Nophah Kingweigh

      Hey Todd,

      Ask your mom "what's a cream pie". Or consult the urban dictionary...

      December 28, 2011 at 15:58 | Report abuse |
    • Bella Mami

      Really? That is your response? Why do you need a movie, don't you have a girlfriend?

      December 28, 2011 at 16:42 | Report abuse |
    • David


      December 31, 2011 at 17:24 | Report abuse |
  9. Lurker

    HIV can still be transmitted through ORAL sex so this will do NOTHING to stop it

    December 28, 2011 at 15:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Todd in DC

      Can be, but very unlikely. And most oral orgasms occur outside (think pearl necklace)

      December 28, 2011 at 15:48 | Report abuse |
  10. JustSayin

    Sounds good to protect the workers. But if you can enforce it in the movie industry, all you will do is drive the business to other areas of the country taking more tax paying dollars out of our other wise bankrupt state. Meaning they will be reaching out to you to make up the diffrence at a later date.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. no

    It just doesn't feel as good with condoms.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nah

      Not that you would know.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
  12. dkhhuey

    This has no chance getting into law!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 15:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nah

      It's already state law, dumb-dumb. Learn to read.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse |
  13. Demonic1

    Agree with RichP, it's just another way politicians keep from dealing with the real issues. As long as there is the internet, there will always be sex without condoms no matter what bills get passed.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • allanhowls

      Seems to me that using the internet would be even more effective than condoms. I don't know of one STD trasmissible via standard TCP/IP.

      December 28, 2011 at 15:41 | Report abuse |
    • Kev

      @allanhowls: Actually there are many viruses that are spread across the Internet using HTTP which is part of the TCP/IP Protocol Suite. And don't even get me started on SQL Injection.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:48 | Report abuse |
  14. kite005

    State law already requires condom use? Sounds like a waste of time and energy then.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Steve

    You know, they won't be happy until you can't even fantasize about un-protected sex. We're turning into a nanny state.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Jon

    I guess they'll all have to move to Ventura.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Jim

    What does Ron Paul say about this job killing regulation?

    December 28, 2011 at 15:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      Come back on that?

      December 28, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse |
  18. allanhowls

    Joe:Schools, (most) libraries, and the military are examples of *public* jobs, because they are run by the government. Adult film is a PRIVATE industry, because it is run by private companies and not the government. You seem to be confused on this issue.

    As the article stated, there's already a law in place, so this law is–strictly speaking–needless. Furthermore, the current law is already being ignored, as so-called "bareback" movies are apparently quite popular in gay adult film.

    From a strictly objective standpoint, it's hard to see this as anything other than a workplace safety issue, and does not impinge on one's private acts in the home.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • OhioP

      Bare-backed movies are poular with all s*xes not just ga'y...you do know you can get AIDS from either s*x right?

      December 28, 2011 at 16:18 | Report abuse |
    • allanhowls

      OhioP: I'm quite aware, but bareback is more of a "thing" than in straight film. Hetero, it's more of a norm than not.

      And really? Viruses are largely gender-neutral? Who knew?!? *facepalm*

      December 28, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      Allanhowls: Most American jobs are private, yet the government has a legitimate interest in protecting workers by requiring a minimum wage...safety regs, and many many other things. We can all agree that using condoms is no fun, but if we are talking about a job-site, requiring the use of condoms is not government intrusion. It's a safety issue. There is nothing stopping people from filming in the privacy of their own homes and uploading to the internet for free (assuming legal in their resp. states), or them from filming elsewhere.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:14 | Report abuse |
    • Amy

      And I agree with both you and Joe...although Joe is a little confused about public and private. Either way, the govt has a legitimate interest.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:21 | Report abuse |
  19. Man tan

    Did you know that the Obama administration and California Officials can watch ordinary people in the bedroom insuring they use a condom. Tey are going to pass additional laws insuring people use the heavy duty non breakable condoms. Californian are lining up to vote on this issue in the name of safety.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Me

      Put the bong down dude!

      December 28, 2011 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
  20. Jesus

    Not going to work... just film at least 1 meter out of LA zoning or many other loop holes....

    December 28, 2011 at 15:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. lou50

    so what is new, just another industry being driven out of California. Just now the wives helping to save their houses will have to fly out of state to the job.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Bilszbub

    And in other news – A new poll shows that nobody cares about the health of Adult film stars. Here's Tom with the weather.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. fred

    For Gods Sake...They will just go somewhere else to make the movie!!!

    December 28, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. palintwit

    If elected, Rick Santorum will push to make masturbation illegal.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. paul_I

    So the government should no be empowered to make food workers wear hair nets, or health care workers to wear gloves, or myopic truck drivers to wear eyeglasses....

    On the other hand, the think of the new jobs that will be created for adult industry condom use inspectors!

    December 28, 2011 at 15:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • pjay

      Hairnets and latex gloves and such are intended to protect CONSUMERS

      December 28, 2011 at 15:57 | Report abuse |
  26. Bryan

    The main problem with this law is that the company that is being inspected would have to pay for it. The adult film industry already pays for testing of their employees, which they pay for. If the government is saying "We are going to inspect" then the government should pay for it. That's the part of the law that will be denied.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. mojo

    They will move.
    Thats what will happen. The nanny state regulates another billion dollar out its revenue base. Real estate is cheap right now in Vegas. With that in mind ...buh bye.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • James K.

      I that you Duane?

      December 28, 2011 at 17:39 | Report abuse |
  28. Paul

    O great just what we need a useless law that is completely unenforceable that merely limits peoples choices. I am sure the citizens of LA are so happy that their cities lawmakers are spending their time on such a important issue.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. battergrl

    Losing a close "friend to AIDS(F/hetero/25yr) is an experience NO ONE should ever want to witness...Before she died, she mentioned that AIDS was something she wouldn't wish on her worst enemy. You people are ignorant that think that unprotected sex is worth this horrible disease.

    December 28, 2011 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      I don't think anyone thinks that having unprotected sex is worth the horrible disease, just that people should be able to make their own choices. It is well known most adult actors are tested monthly and only have intercourse with other actors who are tested. The law is pointless and unenforceable. They could film the films in LA and just register it somewhere else anyways.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:00 | Report abuse |
    • OP

      The issue is spending $4M on a law that's unenforceable...not whether everyone thinks AIDs is a terrible disease.

      PS: I have some batter but have to protect you and can't let it out, sorry no pearl necklace. We have to go out of the city 1st.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:22 | Report abuse |
    • BoBo

      Perhaps your friend should have thought about this horrible disease prior to going into the adult film industry.

      December 28, 2011 at 16:28 | Report abuse |
    • blue

      are you nuts?? do you think that the only people who have sex with adult actors are other actors?? no, they have partners in the community... they can and will spread some of these very nasty bugs around town... and you may not care about these folks and talk about their choices but, the cost of just one patient to the medical community will help to strain state and city budgets... HIV is long term and you do not get rid of it... it is just as fatal today as it was yesterday.. yes there are now drugs to fight it but, have you seen the cost of those drugs... and the length of time people must take them to survive... this is not a joke... so if you want to bareback knock yourself out that is your choice.. but, people who are having stage sex need to be protected so that when they go home they do not bring the "buggies" with them... which then becomes a community problem no matter where you may live

      December 28, 2011 at 16:54 | Report abuse |
  30. ijreilly

    So what about two girls one cup?

    December 28, 2011 at 16:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. rc

    how does one go about getting a job as one of the inspectors?

    December 28, 2011 at 16:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Geezer

    I will riot in the street. There's a big demand for cream pies.

    December 28, 2011 at 16:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Hot Carl

    Ugh, what a turnoff.

    December 28, 2011 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bella Mami

      @ Carl - Grow up!

      December 28, 2011 at 16:38 | Report abuse |
  34. justsaying

    If you think these kink(a)y poliliars wil pass this law think again!

    December 28, 2011 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Ron B

    Makes no difference since most of the videos are coming from other countries.......

    December 28, 2011 at 16:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Paul

    yeah .. I'd like to see how they enforce it .. send in Dick the LA condom enforcer!!

    December 28, 2011 at 16:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. lebowski1776

    Isn't this like mandating all UFC fighters wear a helmet?

    December 28, 2011 at 16:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Mike

    I think a better answer would be a medical quarantine protocol for sex workers.
    All scenes must be done inside 'clean' working zone; no one enters until passing 60-day solitary quarantine and blood tests.
    Includes camera people, fluffers, any/all humans that enter the 'clean' working zone.
    Not perfect, but a process-improvement that would not infringe on our love of bareback action.

    December 28, 2011 at 16:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Ronald Mcloughlin

    One never knows, does one!

    December 28, 2011 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. James K.

    Shoot in Palm Springs. They'll let ya do anything there.

    December 28, 2011 at 16:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Lumpy Potatoes

    Get a "condom tattoo". She'll be the only one who knows. 😉

    December 28, 2011 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Brian

    How does theology enter into this? Oh I forgot, we can't offend a sacred cow.

    December 28, 2011 at 16:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Robert

    Forcing consenting adults to wear condoms? Really?

    December 28, 2011 at 16:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • brick

      No, its forcing company employees and/or independant contractors to use safety materials in order to not further endanger the public. Remember this isn't private action this is a public job. No different than a Doctor, Food Service and Construction Workers. So if what you do at your job can cause public harm the government can take action to protect its people from it.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
  44. PDXSerric

    No offense, but there are already laws in place to ensure that adult stars have regular physicals and remain clean. Further, I believe they encourage their female stars to use birth control. I don't see how forcing them to use condoms will make a difference, to be honest. This seems like another waste of legislation and resources just to appease someone's sense of 'morality'.

    December 28, 2011 at 16:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • brick

      No its to make sure people are following the rules. City officials are way better equiped to dealing with this issue than State because the often live in the areas they regulate so they have extra motivation to make sure people are not endangering other people's lives. AIDS, for most people not not named Magic Johnson, is still a death sentence. So I support anybody tryna stop it.

      December 28, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
  45. You Bet

    You bet your rubbers Bobby!

    December 28, 2011 at 16:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. FU

    Chatsworth can definitely NOT afford to lose the business!

    December 28, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. brick

    "The cost to the city of putting this on the ballot is $4.4 million when it’s unclear whether the city has the legal standing to enforce the law"

    Why does it cost so much to put something on the ballot? Considering the fact that we have computerized voting and existing election processes in place. It still costs that much? So that means every candidate on the ballot costs that much too? Now that's a new story for California. "Why does it cost so much to vote on something?"

    December 28, 2011 at 16:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • PDXSerric

      And more importantly, shouldn't that $4.4 million be better used towards education or unemployment assistance?

      December 28, 2011 at 17:03 | Report abuse |
  48. madboots

    Wow. The gubment has moved from feeling up our crotches to telling us what we have to wear on our dingdongs. What's next? This is a good example of a government getting too big and having too much idle time on its hands.

    December 28, 2011 at 17:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Rick

    More liberties eroded in the name of security...

    December 28, 2011 at 17:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Phil

    If they choose to work in the industry then they chose to run the risk of becoming infected. Consider it a hazardous work environment. If you choose to protect yourself, fine. If not, fine.

    That also means that films shot in L.A. won't feature any creampie scenes.

    December 28, 2011 at 17:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bella Mami

      I see your priorities are in place (insert sarcastic tone here). "That also means that films shot in L.A. won't feature any creampie scenes" Really? Who cares about people's health and subsequently the health of our society in general, as long as you can watch a flick that has a "creampie scene" that is really all that matters. Grow up little boy!

      December 28, 2011 at 17:12 | Report abuse |
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