SAN JOSE (CBS13) – Illegal sideshow crackdowns have become commonplace across Northern California, but one city is trying to kick it up a notch.
San Jose’s city council is set to consider a plan on Tuesday that would make it illegal for anyone even to attend a sideshow as a spectator. Community leaders say these sideshows are dangerous for participants, spectators, and the public.READ MORE: Man, 23, Accused Of Breaking San Joaquin County Courthouse Windows
The plan comes after an incident in San Jose last Halloween where a car struck an innocent bystander.READ MORE: Modesto Police Investigating Assault On South 9th Street Bridge
San Jose’s spectator crackdown is modeled after similar ordinances that have recently been enacted in Los Angeles and San Diego.
California state lawmakers are also working on a bill that would put people who take part in a sideshow behind bars.MORE NEWS: Deputies Use Spike Strip To Stop High-Speed Chase Near Rocklin; Counterfeit Cash Found
The bill, which is working its way through the Capitol, would increase the penalties to a felony crime punishable with a $25,000 fine and a one-year prison sentence.