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Weird Laws of California

I would love to know the stories behind some of these laws.

I am from California and I thought it would be fun to go over some weird laws they have. I love my home state but some of these laws I cannot wrap my brain around. Now I googled these laws and they were consistent across different websites but if I’m wrong, it’s googles fault. I will say this about California, it is definitely a woman. Expensive, finicky and firing off. Let’s move on and have some fun.


o A man can’t go outside while wearing a jacket and pants that do not match.

o Women may not wear high heels while in the city limits.


o You are prohibited from owning a smelly animal hide.

o Bowling on the sidewalk is illegal.

o One must obtain a permit from the city to throw hay in a cesspool.

o Driving a herd of cattle down a street is against the law in Chico.

o Detonating a nuclear device within Chico city limits results in a $500 fine.

o Kids are not allowed to play on the sidewalk in Chico.

El Monte:

o Sandboxes may not be used as ashtrays.

o Pinball machines are outlawed, as well as mock horse racing games.


o Eureka hates baseball: “It shall be unlawful to throw or hit or knock any baseball with a ball bat or any other instrument or engage in or play the game of baseball in any other manner on any city park or playground without first obtaining written permission to do so from the Director of Public Works.”

o It is illegal to fall asleep in public.


o It is against the law to hold a private bingo game.

o It’s also illegal to play bingo drunk in Fresno.

o Permanent markers may not be sold in the city limits.

o It is illegal to sell gasoline to a drunken person.

o It’s illegal to injure or disturb a rock in Fresno’s City Park.


o It is illegal to jump into a passing car.

o Cars may not be driven in reverse. Obviously, this can’t pertain to driveways and pulling out of parking spots and five years ago I would have thought this was stupid but here in Arizona people have a bad habit of driving on the wrong side of the 17 freeway and that takes effort. So, I’m not shocked.

Los Angeles:

o It is illegal to cry on the witness stand. Ironically, Hollywood is a part of Los Angeles.

o Bathing two babies in the same tub at the same time is prohibited.

o You may only throw a frisbee at the beach in Los Angeles County with the lifeguard’s permission.

o It is illegal for a man to beat his wife with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent. Notice it says nothing about a wife beating her husband.

o It is against the law to lick a toad.

o Zoot suits are prohibited in Los Angeles.

o It is a misdemeanor to shoot at any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.

o It is a crime for dogs to mate within 500 yards of a church.

o It is against the law to complain through the mail that a hotel has cockroaches, even if it is true.

Redwood City:

o It is illegal to have a monkey or a reptile.

o Redwood City has outlawed the frying of gravy.

San Francisco:

o It is illegal for used underwear to be employed in wiping off cars in a car wash.

o Elephants walking down Market Street must wear leashes.

o There are rules against piling horse manure higher than 6 feet on any street corner.

o Persons classified as “ugly” may not walk down any street in San Francisco.

o It is illegal to store things in your garage (except for your car).

o San Francisco is said to be the only city in the nation to have ordinances guaranteeing sunshine to the masses.

o Prostitutes in San Francisco are not obliged to make change for bills larger than $50.


o Kites may not be flown above 10 feet over the ground.

o Children may not wear a Halloween mask unless they get a special permit from the sheriff.

o Males may not dress as a female unless a special permit is obtained from the sheriff.

Other Cities:

o In Arcadia, peacocks have the right of way to cross any street, including driveways.

o It is illegal to whistle for a lost canary before 7 am in Berkeley.

o In Burlingame, it is illegal to spit, except on baseball diamonds.

o In Dana Point, one may not use one’s own restroom if the window is open.

o In Hollywood, it is illegal to drive more than two thousand sheep down Hollywood Boulevard at one time.

o In Indian Wells, it is illegal to drink cement.

o In Lafayette, you are forbidden from spitting on the ground within 5 feet of another person.

o In Lodi, it is illegal to shoot “silly string” at parade participants.

o In Long Beach, it is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.

o The city of Mountain View proscribes calling pet fish by “names of aggressive content, e.g. ‘Biter’, ‘Killer’, ‘Sugar-Ray.'”

o In Pacific Grove, you can be fined up to $1,000 for “molestation of butterflies.”

o In Palm Springs, it is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of four and six PM.

o In Portola, no person may carry a fish into a bar.

o In Prunedale, two bathtubs may not be installed in the same house. Ironic that the name of the city is “prune”dale.

o In Redlands, motor vehicles may not drive on city streets unless a man with a lantern is walking ahead of it.

o In San Diego, it’s illegal to shoot a rabbit from the back of your car.

o In San Jose, it is illegal to have more than two cats or dogs.

o In Santa Clara, it is forbidden to dedicate parking spaces to the patron saint of television.

o In Simi Valley it is illegal to play soccer, baseball, or football in public.

o The official city bird of Arcadia, peacocks always have the right of way since they are considered town citizens.

o It is illegal for persons to hunt game from a moving vehicle, unless the game they are hunting is a whale.

o It is illegal for a woman to drive a vehicle in a house coat.

o Vehicles cannot surpass speeds of 60 m.p.h. if there is no driver.

o In Downey, California, it is illegal to wash your car in the street.

o In Los Angeles, California, it is illegal to wash your neighbor’s car without their permission.

o In Long Beach, California, automobiles are the only items allowed to be stowed in the garage.

o In Alhambra, California, motorists cannot park their vehicles on the street overnight unless they have a special permit.

o In Walnut, California, it is illegal to put rock or sand on your driveway.

o In Fresno, California, park visitors cannot “annoy” lizards they encounter at the city park.

o In Burlingame, California, it is illegal for residents to spit anywhere, except on baseball diamonds.

o In Eureka, California, it is illegal for men with mustaches to kiss a woman.

o It is illegal for animals to mate within 1,500 feet of a school, saloon or place of worship.

o It is illegal for a Californian to ride their bicycle through a public swimming pool.

o In Los Angeles, California, it is illegal to hunt moths under a street lamp.

o In Norco, California, it is illegal to grow oleander flowers.

o In Long Beach, California, it is illegal to curse on a mini-golf course.

o In Blythe, California, it is illegal to wear cowboy boots unless you own two or more cows.

Talk about finicky. Interesting to say the least. In my next article I will be sharing weird laws nationwide. People love to take shots at California, but California is not the only place where weird laws exist. My question is if someone has two strikes and then carries a fish into a bar or falls asleep in Eureka can they get life? Damn, that would be tragic. Hey what are in for? I was wearing my housecoat while driving, you? I cut off a peacock in Arcadia. That’s hardcore right there. Click the link below for more entertainment and to discover what killed Covid 19.

Corene Torres
Corene Torres
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Corene Torres

Specialize in sales training and coaching for management and agents. Poet, published a book (Where I Stood), podcaster & doing spoken word on YouTube (Tornado Torres). Dealer in NASA based green technology (Krypto Marketing on Facebook).

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