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Upset by new regulations, L.A. porn industry flirts with Nevada

Updated Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 | 1:30 p.m.

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Los Angeles' porn industry, upset by a condom regulation imposed by the city, is considering a move to Nevada, the Los Angeles Times reports today.

A health regulation that takes effect in March requires porn performers in the city of Los Angeles "to wear condoms while on location." While there's an exemption for sexual acts on a movie-studio sound stage and some producers called it a mere nuisance, others have threatened to pull up stakes and move to a more welcoming locale.

The Times story quoted some pornographic filmmakers expressing an interest in moving to other states, specifically Nevada. The Silver State allows rural counties to have legal brothels, and has a ballyhooed libertarian tradition — divorce, boxing, gambling and quick weddings. Las Vegas also plays the accommodating host to the industry's annual award show.

A decade-old study estimated that the adult film industry in Los Angeles employs 10,000 to 20,000 people and generates $4 billion in revenue.

Nevada is suffering from the nation's highest unemployment rate, and Gov. Brian Sandoval has made economic diversification key to his administration. He has challenged Nevada to create 50,000 jobs by the end of 2014.

A study commissioned by the state on economic diversification listed seven industries to target, including renewable energy and defense. But the state's new economic development arm is not exactly reaching out to the industry at this point.

"The state plan identifies key sectors that could and will diversify the state’s economy," said Dave Berns, communications director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development. "And that’s not one of them.”

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  1. Las Vegas is the perfect place for the porn industry to move. After all, it is basically here already.

  2. Their money is green and really, I don't see how it could hurt..It is just a movie.

  3. This just in: Dave Berns, communications director for the Governor's Office of Economic Development is a fool. Any industry that pulls n $4 BILLION dollars, and employs up to 20,000 people who could move in and purchase/occupy as many vacant houses is great news for a crashed economy that cannot attract any other businesses. What exactly is the big deal about people having sex? Having grown up in the San Fernando Valley in the 80's and 90's, I can assure you that there wasn't any inkling of there being a porn industry.

  4. Chunky says:

    He's 100% okay with what people do, how they run their business and the potential of bringing revenue to Las Vegas.

    However, the porn production business in the San Fernando Valley in and around LA is not confined to studios or permitted locations. They're shot right there in suburbia and that means dozens of productions a day popping up in YOUR neighborhood along with crew, equipment, cast, parking problems, catering and everything else that goes along with the process.

    This may be a great thing for people who are willing to rent their homes or vacant homes as location rentals and maybe good for some of the local production professionals but it's not going to be so pretty for the neighbors. For the most part our suburbs are fairly mild.

    Also, the "porn stars" you see at the AVN Awards represent barely a handful of what the industry really is about.

    So, Chunky has no problems with it coming to the Las Vegas Valley but others should take a close look at that industry as a whole and how it operates before saying yes, yes, yes!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  5. I don't care what they do with their lives but, the condom rule in question is in place after a huge scandal involving an AIDs infected actor spread it through a number of other actors.

    So bring your corporation here to add to the existing industry already here. But condoms need to be in place to prevent another outbreak of AIDs related illness that Nevada (that's us folks) will have to pay for.

  6. And I thought the porn industry was already well established in Nevada -- silly me.

  7. Hey, Chunky:

    Porn shoots occur usually in Commercial Business Parks (of which there is a TON of vacant space in Vegas). If there are shoots inside of actual homes, the production takes place inside of large mansions and the like. While there might be enough room for YOU to have sex in your bedroom or living room, you wouldn't be able to also cram a cameraman, sound man, lighting, craft services, director, gaffer, and all sorts of other employees in to that room at the same time in order to shoot said scenes.

    So your Mccarthyism-esque threats are as hollow as your own knowledge. Neighborhoods are not suddenly going to be full of parked cars while filming commences, nor will there be any other disturbances. The reason being is that your average suburban home in Vegas is NOT suitable for such filming purposes.

    Even IF such a threat were true, filming locations are a far better option for homes than the makeshift methlabs, grow houses, and chop-shops that have overtaken such properties. But still yet the homes would be for the numerous employees that work for the production companies. Not all of them would relocate to Vegas, no. But a significant amount certainly would, and they would bring their other production businesses along with them.

  8. Since there is no Corporate Tax and no Individual Tax, the $4 billion in revenues won't be noticed.

    What Las Vegas will get are the hospital and hospice bills from the drug addicted, uninsured, and victimized segment of the industry that California can't pay their medical bills, and who that works for a living can?

    The cocaine and crack addicted will fall out and onto the street curbs. They'll get put in jail first, then in a hospital if they are lucky. The not so lucky ones will get a cactus for a headstone.

  9. chunky is right about some filming being done in private homes...in the hbo/showtime series "family business" seymore butts used his house for much of his filming...the parking issues were never addressed. im guessing all the pool scenes 'that porn seems to have alot of' are shot at a private home. probably most of these homes are quite large with enough on property parking for the workers.

    the idea doesnt seem totally out of line with what vegas already has going on...

    trust me the city and state will realize plenty of revenue through endless "fees" (arnt they really taxes, disquised as fees)nevada may be tax friendly, but its fee heavy. plus most of the money made will be spent in las vegas, thus going through the tax system again...

    other than someone having a problem with the porn industry in general, and im sure plenty of people do, i dont think the streets, jails and hospitals will be over flowing with the dredges of the industry..at least no more than the sex industry in las vegas already puts in the system...

    4 billion dollars is alot of money to be pumped into an economy...they have to eat, shop, house, drive, bank, school, utility, and as a bonus probably gamble as well...