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Maven's Morning Coffee: film production, illegal fireworks, condom initiative

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Los Angeles County voters will be asked this November whether performers in pornographic films should be required to wear condoms.

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Today is Thursday, July 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


An initiative that asks whether actors in pornographic films should wear condoms will appear on Los Angeles County's November ballot, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The lives of these performers are not disposable. This industry is sending out the wrong message about safer sex," said Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Television and film production in Los Angeles dropped in the second quarter compared to the same time in 2011, reports the Daily News. "We continue to lose the high economic-value productions - TV dramas and, for that matter, the big feature films - to other states," said FilmLA's Paul Audley. 

Over at Franklin Avenue, the creator of "Political Animals" says it's a coincidence that the fictional president is named Paul Garcetti -- no relation to Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti. "We're not fans and we're not not fans," the show's executive producer said of the mayoral hopeful.

Illegal fireworks on the Fourth of July injured three children, reports LAFD. "The many persons - especially young people, injured by personal-use fireworks in Los Angeles stood in stark contrast to the countless families across the region who safely attended professional displays," according to the department's blog.  

Where to Find the Politicians

Sen. Barbara Boxer and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will discuss passage of the federal surface transportation bill at 10:15 a.m. along the San Diego (405) Freeway.




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