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Condoms in porn: Law doesn’t apply to Pasadena, Long Beach

November 8, 2012 |  2:04 pm

Ballot Measure B, which requires use of condoms in porn filming, does not apply to Pasadena, Long Beach and Vernon. Credit: Goh Seng / Bloomberg

The Los Angeles County ordinance requiring use of condoms in adult films that was adopted by voters on Tuesday would not be enforced in Pasadena, Long Beach or Vernon because those cities operate their own public health departments, county spokesman David Sommers said.

Pasadena officials initially believed the measure would apply countywide, and are now seeking clarification and reviewing the matter, said city spokesman William Boyer.

County Measure B, supported by nearly 56% of voters Tuesday, requires producers of adult films to obtain a permit from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health before filming.

The requirements for a county permit and condoms do not apply in cities that maintain their own health departments instead of contracting with the county, according to a report by County Counsel John Krattli.

Pasadena, Long Beach and Vernon "enforce both state health laws and their own municipal health codes, but do not enforce county health laws. Accordingly, those cities would have to enact a similar adult film industry condom requirement ordinance and enforce it themselves," Krattli wrote in a July 23 report to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard said city officials may craft their own ordinance if adult filmmakers begin seeking film permits in Pasadena to get around Measure B.

"The filming of adult motion pictures is not a business Pasadena aspires to or even wants, so if there's a new gap in regulations that needs to be considered, I'd want the council to take a look at that," Bogaard said. "We'll let [city] staff study the situation … and we'll see if there's an issue here or not."

Ariel Penn, who manages film permits for the city, said she was not aware of any special restrictions on adult films in Pasadena.

"Very rarely do we get those kinds of requests," Penn said.

City permits are required for all film shoots in Pasadena and no requests to shoot adult films are pending in the city, according to Boyer.

"We do have the matter under review and we have been talking to L.A. County," said Boyer. "We are looking into the relationship and responsibilities shared between our city and the county health department, how those two departments work together and how the new measure would be enforced in Pasadena."

Boyer added: "Pasadena does allow permitted adult entertainment filming as it can't restrict/ban it under the 1st Amendment. The filming does need to have a permit in order to be done legally in Pasadena. As part of the permit process, applicants are asked if their production includes nudity, and, if it does, a monitor is assigned to the film location to ensure that nude scenes are screened from public view."

Long Beach spokesman Ed Kamlan said officials there are also waiting for direction from the county.

"We have not been informed by the county of the impact of the ordinance on cities with their own health departments, and we will be discussing the implementation with the county now that Measure B has passed," said Kamlan.

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Photo: Ballot Measure B, which requires use of condoms in porn filming, does not apply to Pasadena, Long Beach and Vernon. Credit: Goh Seng / Bloomberg

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