San Jose Plan To Fight The Illegal Site Shows Targets Promoters On Social Media – CBS San Francisco
SAN JOSE (KPIX) – A plan to crack down on sideshows and street races before they take to the streets will be a serious issue when members of the San Jose City Council meet on Tuesday.
“They are getting bigger, they are getting more dangerous,” said councilor Maya Esparza, who is also one of the authors of the proposal.
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The discussion will come after a busy weekend for law enforcement agencies across the Bay Area who have responded to the illegal activity.
Four viewers were met on Saturday during a sideline in the San Francisco Mission District. On Sunday, another sideline in San Francisco under the flyover of Highway 101 caused significant traffic delays.
Anne Doucet lives in San Jose near Hamilton and Leigh avenues, where gunfire erupted in a sideline last month.
“I thought it was Armageddon,” said Doucet. “It’s just a little ridiculous. It’s wrong, it’s completely wrong. “
Esparza said more than 100 cartridge cases were recovered after this particular sideline.
“Given how dangerous they are and the fact that they attract people from Los Angeles to come to the San Jose races, and much like nightclubs, we have a promoter ordinance when it comes to promoters promoting dangerous activities.” Said Esparza.
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She and councilor Dev Davis have suggested cracking down on those who advertise sideshows and street races on social media. The discussion on Tuesday is about what consequences or punishments the organizers could be exposed to.
The proposal also includes the use of mobile license plate readers to track down attendees walking away from the police before officers arrive.
“Incidentally, these activities are dragging officials in your and my neighborhood to react to these events,” said Esparza.
The solution to this is to create a statewide task force made up of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and city law enforcement officers who respond to shows no matter where they are in the county.
“We really need a regional response,” said Esparza. “I think we were really lucky that no one has been killed or seriously injured so far in the past year, especially as we’ve seen them get bigger and more dangerous.”
Doucet said she wanted to put the proposal into action and hoped it worked.
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“Absolutely, all of that, everything,” said Doucet.