Some have been talking Las Vegas as a possible target replacement, while others have focused on Florida, where production has already been at full strength for quite a while.
However, the latest speculation is that the metro area of Phoenix, Arizona would be the prime candidate for porn production should there be a mass exodus of the San Fernando Valley.
This has been further strengthened by a story that originally aired on the ABC-TV local Tempe affiliate, then reposted to TheRealPornWikileaks, in which there is a discussion on whether or not the industry moving to the Phoenix area would be a good idea.
The article used two familiar faces for the "debate"; for the pro side, performer Taryn Thomas:
Taryn Thomas tells ABC15 Arizona could see an increase in adult films being made here because of a new regulation in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles City Council recently passed an ordinance requiring condom use on porn sets.
Filming pornography is actually legal in California but that’s not the case in Arizona, here it’s considered pandering.
But Thomas tells ABC15 pornography is shot in Arizona anyway.
In fact, Thomas says the Valley is a breeding ground for adult film stars like her.
Thomas says with porn being a multi-billion dollar industry, Arizona should be happy to have it.
“Ultimately it’s going to bring revenue if it does come here,” said Thomas.
“Arizona should be thankful and begging us to come here because our state is in such a budget deficit.”
Needless to say, there is a contrarian view....and no surprise who ABC15 tapped to present it.
But Shelley Lubben, President of the Pink Cross Foundation, believes talk of the porn industry moving to Arizona is simply a bluff to get the ordinance changed.Right, Ministress....because crystal meth labs don't already exist in Arizona, and people aren't already engaging in "unprotected sex".
If the industry does move to Arizona, Lubben says Arizona will be worse off for it.
“You don’t want this in Arizona because they’re bringing prostitution,” said Lubben. “They’re bringing illegal drugs. They’re having unprotected sex so those sexually transmitted diseases go into the general public. You don’t want this.”
Actually, probably fitting that the article pits Shelley against Taryn...a few years ago, Lubben had made an attempt to recruit Thomas into her PCF flock, taking advantage of a couple of low days Taryn had. When Thomas politely denied Shelley, the latter went apepoop, threatening to out Taryn for allegedly engaging in "dangerous sex" and using drugs, among other sins. Taryn simply flipped Shelley off and moved on. (A abridged synopsis of the matter can be found here.)
Interestingly enough, there may already be some "casing" going on, since Taryn Thomas hosted one of the first ever porn conventions in Arizona, the Pornstar Ball. I'm sure that a good time was had by all...just check Taryn's Twitter page for updates.
Update: WOW...Taryn Thomas just tweeted that apparently ABC15 is tiring of the clown act of Shelley Lubben, because in this morning's coverage of their "porn coming to Arizona" story, they purged all of her "testimony" from their segment. Ouch...even I felt that one.