The porn industry is leaving Los Angeles, apparently because a new law requires male porn actors to wear condoms.
“ … porn producers say they’re taking their business to other counties in Southern California, as well as Nevada, Florida and Eastern Europe, where they say they face fewer regulations,” the L.A. Times reports.
Porn producers have a bone to pick with L.A.: last year, L.A. County voters approved Measure B, requiring porn guys to wear rubbers. The porn industry hates this restriction
My fellow Stocktonians, opportunity knocks.
We have already written how Stockton used to be a fairly frequent location for motion picture production. And how it could be again, now that conventional film and TV productions are leaving L.A. for want of tax credits.
While porn is only 5 percent of the SoCal movie industry, that 5 percent is nothing to scoff at. “A decade ago, local economists estimated that the porn industry in the San Fernando Valley generated 10,000 to 20,000 jobs annually and had $4 billion in annual sales,” the Times reports.
The naked truth is that Stockton has a desperate need for economic development. And $4 billion dollars, well … Ca-ching.
The city of Stockton’s new executives have already pledged to de-regulate and become more business friendly to attract jobs. “There is an opportunity sometimes in the film industry,” Michah Runner, Stockton’s economic development director, said in the aforementioned column.
Just think what becoming a porn production capital would do for Stockton’s hangdog image. For unemployment. For tourism. For all those boring warehouses.
You know Modesto’s arch, with the city slogan, “Water, Wealth, Contentment, Health?” Picture this at the gateway to Stockton: “”The Delta, corn, asparagus, porn.”
Get going with the staff report, people.