LOS ANGELES—The No on Government Waste Committee has called a press conference for tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. to announce the endorsement of leading Los Angeles County business groups in opposition to Measure B, the so-called Safer Sex initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The No on Government Waste committee is a coalition of business groups, entertainment industry firms, performers, healthcare professionals and community activists.
The presser will announce broad-based support from Los Angeles County business groups opposed to Measure B because of the already stringent testing program already in place to protect adult film performers. The group believes passage of the measure will be a "blow to the region’s economy with the potential loss of 10,000 jobs and over $1 billion in economic activity and local tax revenue," it said.
Attendees at the conference include David Adelman, chair of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association; Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association; Jeffrey Douglas, chair of the Free Speech Coalition; Nina Hartley, adult performer, healthcare advocate and activist; and James Deen, actor and performer.
The press conference will be held at the Burbank, Calif. offices of Manwin.
Measure B would mandate condom usage on all adult film sets through a complex inspection and permitting system enforced by the L.A. County Dept. of Public Health which would require hiring of government employees to observe adult film sets as well as attempt to identify any commercial adult filmed activity in the county.
The Dept. of Public Health estimates the initial start-up costs for the program would be $300,000 with no idea of how effective permit fee collection would be as the program grew and expanded, the committee said.
The adult film industry already maintains one of the most comprehensive testing programs of any workforce where every performer is required to pass the latest PCR/RNA testing for HIV, as well as gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia every 28 and 14 days as a requirement to work. Since 2004, there have only been two reported cases of HIV infection among performers nationwide, both of which occurred off-set. In the same period, over 6,400 cases of HIV were reported throughout L.A. County alone.