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With names like L. Xpress and Club Sun, these newspapers are the shoppers of X-rated publishing--brimming with photographs of nude or barely clad women in sexual poses alongside advertisements for sex-chat phone lines, escort services and some very, ahem, specific personals.
Even the occasional news story. But these publications, dispensed from street-corner news boxes all over Southern California, must clean up their act or get off the sidewalk.
Cities are drawing up guidelines while waiting to see how the distributors of the La xpress adult newspapers and magazines will comply with a state law that bars their display at unattended news racks.
The law was held up by court action until this week. The U. Supreme Court last week allowed the law to take effect after denying a final appeal filed by two Hollywood magazine distributors who attacked the law on free-speech grounds. The move means that local communities will be responsible for policing news racks that long have come under fire from critics who said they allow minors to purchase sex-themed material.
Some cities have ly sought to regulate the news racks, such as requiring that adult materials contained in the boxes be shielded from public view. While officials in some cities were beginning to consider how they would enforce the law, others predicted that the distributors would comply by cleaning up the publications or finding other sales methods.
That will mean removing displays of certain nudity and simulated sex acts, he said.
Not much nudity. The cover will be clean. Attempts to reach the publisher were unsuccessful. Some have suggested that distributors might move to a system in which the news racks are activated by tokens that would be sold elsewhere, under adult supervision. But the publishers may find that system too complicated, said one lawyer for the adult entertainment industry.
Whittier City Atty. Richard Jones, who also provides legal advice to La Habra, Westminster and Fullerton, said he will advise the cities to draw up ordinances specifying what kinds of publications must be sold only in stores and with a legal adult making the sale. The sidewalk news racks have irritated neighbors, and prompted concerns that children can simply walk up and buy sex-oriented material.
Photographs sometimes depict full nudity, and advertisements are often labeled with profanity-laced descriptions of sex acts. The of news racks selling adult newspapers has dwindled to a few in La Canada-Flintridge after a three-year campaign by city officials to limit their and require darkened windows on sidewalk boxes. Many mornings, Diab said, the sidewalk tables are littered with the sex magazines. The sentiment was similar on a block of Ventura Boulevard with four such news racks.
Jennifer Gordon, holding her infant daughter during a stroll, said the magazines were too easily within the reach of minors. Douglas, an attorney who represents the adult entertainment industry.
He said adult newspapers depend heavily on news-rack sales and few would want to risk the expense of testing the law in court. Not everyone in the adult entertainment trade was unhappy to hear the state law is set to take effect. Closing news racks could push the magazines indoors--and to a higher price.
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