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That's a wrap: Simi Valley passes porn condom law

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Simi Valley has passed a new law aimed at keeping film production of the pornographic kind out of their community.

A measure was approved by the Simi Valley City Council on Monday night that requires film producers to ensure porn actors wear condoms on set during sex acts.

The law will go into effect in one month, according to the Ventura County Star.

Los Angeles approved a similar ordinance in January to protect performers from contracting HIV on set.

Mayor Bob Huber called for the newly passed regulation after speculation that adult movie studios might migrate from the the San Fernando Valley to Simi Valley.

"The bottom line is we don't want to be known as the porn capital of the world," Huber told the LA Times in March.

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

 

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Oxnard science teacher Stacie Halas, once known as ‘Tiffany Six,’ fired over her porno past

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Image of an empty classroom. Teacher Stacie Halas of Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School was fired for her past work in the adult entertainment industry.

It was a question of “moral turpitude.”

That’s what school officials said before firing Oxnard middle school teacher Stacie Halas, 31, for once being a porn star known as “Tiffany Six.”

Halas was first removed from the classroom after the discovery was made early last month. But the decision was made final last night by the Oxnard School District board of trustees, the Ventura County Star reports.

According to the Star, trustees first met behind closed doors last night to discuss the personnel matter, then eventually school board president Veronica Robles-Solis emerged to announce they had voted unanimously to not reinstate Halas.

School officials agreed the now-former science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School committed no crime in being in the videos. Under normal circumstances, what teachers do in their free time is their own business -- and anyway, Halas’ movies were reportedly made years ago in San Diego, before she ever joined the district.

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Enforcement status unclear for L.A. porn actor condom law, now in effect

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Though it reads like a thin, improbable premise on which to build an adult film, a new law has just gone into effect requiring porn actors in Los Angeles to wear condoms -- now all they need is a team of enforcers. Cue the Hot Cops?

An estimated 90 percent of the country's porn films are made in Los Angeles, and ensuring safer sex on set has fallen into the laps of city officials and industry leaders.

"Today really is a milestone in the advance of health and safety for these adult filmmakers," said Ged Kenslea, spokesman for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which lobbied for years for the measure.

When the law was passed in January, City Council gave police, the city attorney, the porn industry and others, a six month period to come up with an enforcement strategy. 

The status of enforcement during the four months that remain is unknown. City attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said he it was unclear whether police or health officials will begin showing up at shoots.

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