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San Jose Leaders Pass Ordinance Targeting Sideshow Spectators

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    San Jose Sideshow Ordinance Passes

    It's official. A new ordinance in San Jose targeting sideshows got the green light after everyone on the City Council voted for it. From now on, it’s not just people driving in sideshows who could go to jail, but also people watching them.

    (Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019)

    Drivers caught spinning donuts during sideshows in San Jose aren't the only ones who could face legal trouble. Spectators watching from the sidelines could also face consequences.

    The San Jose City Council on Tuesday passed an ordinance that make watching a sideshow a crime.

    The approved change makes watching a sideshow a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

    San Jose's plan marks the latest strategy used by a law enforcement agency or Bay Area city as officials strive to crack down on sideshows that continuously pop up across the region.

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    Drivers spinning donuts during sideshows in San Jose aren't the only ones who could face legal trouble. Spectators watching from the sidelines could also soon face consequences. Kris Sanchez reports.

    (Published Tuesday, April 30, 2019)

    The California Highway Patrol already writes tickets to spectators and drivers. Oakland police have recently been ramping up sideshow enforcement, increasing staffing to deal with the sideshow crowds that sometimes soar above 1,000 people. Contra Costa County Public Works has added bumps to the roadway at one intersection in hopes of preventing sideshows.

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