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Valley's Neighbor Ventura Not Welcoming Sexiled Porn Shoots

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Last fall, LA County voters passed Measure B, which requires condoms be used on location porn shoots. Now film permitting for porn has fallen off a cliff--FilmLA has only received two applications this year (they usually get 500 applications per year, so should've had about 150 by now). The head of the adult film industry trade organization Free Speech Coalitions tells the Daily News "Most production companies have ceased shooting in LA County." But other municipalities, particularly in Valley-adjacent Ventura County, are scrambling to keep porn out (while Valley business interest worry about the loss: "The adult film industry has been estimated to generate between $1 billion to $11 billion a year.").

-- For some reason, the industry decided last month that it wanted to head to Camarillo. After being "bombarded" with calls, the city council "placed a moratorium on adult film shoots for 45 days until it could decide, possibly later this month, what it will and won't allow."
-- "Police were called to an unsanctioned film shoot recently in Newbury Park."
-- "Fearing the industry would move to their neighborhoods, the Simi Valley City Council passed its own condom ordinance that also required the use of dental dams to protect performers from oral sex."
-- "And Thousand Oaks has a rigorous signature requirement, which would prompt the adult film industry to tell neighbors if any nudity were occurring."
-- Meanwhile, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors is figuring out what it wants to do about porn shoots.

Pasadena, Long Beach, and Vernon aren't covered under LA County's law because they have their own health departments, but they're not psyched about hosting porn either. A spokesperson for Vernon explains that his city is not much of a draw anyway: "I don't think there's a niche group out there wanting to see explicit sex acts done in a factory and Vernon is full of factories .... I don't think you'll see a 'The Girls of Farmer John'." But he sums up the issue neatly: "I think everybody recognizes it's a revenue generator, but it's not something we want."
· Porn film permits have dropped dramatically in L.A. County [LADN]
· Is the Valley Going to Lose the Porn Industry? [Curbed LA]