FSC Meets With L.A. City Administrator to Discuss Condom Ordinance

John Sanford

LOS ANGELES — Free Speech Coalition (FSC) Executive Director Diane Duke and FSC Board Chair Jeffrey Douglas met on Friday with Los Angeles City Administrator Miguel Santana and his staff to discuss the recently enacted condom ordinance for adult industry productions.

Duke and Douglas listened to the City Administrator's thoughts on the ordinance in general and the complications inherent in its implementation and enforcement specifically. FSC discussed constitutional issues raised by the ordinance and voiced concern over the potential for government overreach in its enforcement.

According to Duke, the meeting was very successful.

“We appreciate the opportunity to meet with the City Administrator, to communicate the industry’s concerns, and to receive information and clarification about the City's options for moving forward,” she said.

In January, the condom ordinance for adult industry productions was signed into law by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and went into effect on March 5. Th e L.A. City Council directed the City Administrator's Office (CAO) to organize the Adult Film Industry Working Group as the entity responsible for creating an implementation structure for the condom ordinance.  According to CAO staff, the next meeting of that working group will be Friday, May 11.  

In related news, Duke also has started a three-part series explaining the details of the mandatory condom regulations in California, the first of which focuses on the LA condom ordinance and can be viewed at the FSC Blog.