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Ghost Mountain MC Denied Permit Despite 22 Years of Successful Event

GMRMCThe Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has denied a request from the Ghost Mountain Riders MC for a permit to sell alcohol at the First Daze-O-Summer Run this weekend.  The event has been held for the past 22 years without incident.

The local Sheriff published a press release in March claiming a member of the Mongols, Mongol Eric “Li’l Pee-Ka” Garcia was last seen in a San Jose bar named the Park Lane Lounge at two in the morning “in the company of persons associated with the Ghost Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club.”  "Ii'l Pee-Ka was later found murdered.  The release did not say how those persons were associated with the club, or if they were suspect in the murder.

The event benefits a campground for disabled kids called Camp Krem, and on average 200-300 motorcyclists participate.  The County Supervisors wanted $2,100 for the permit and the Sheriff's department required the club to hire off-duty deputies as security (because of the alcohol) at $525 per deputy.

At the Supervisors’ meeting, Chief Deputy Jim Hart said, “we would approve the permit if there was hired security to be on scene, and they have told us they aren't willing to pay for security to be at Camp Krem when the party takes place.” Hart also told the Supervisors that the event was likely to snarl traffic with a pack of motorcycles “25 miles long.”

According to a club spokesman, the club earns less from the bar than the permit would have cost so the club has scrapped the plans for the bar.  "We'll just have to make up the donation to the camp in($2,100) in some other way.

Not having a permit means the attendees won't be able to ride as a group to the camp, as in previous years.

 

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  8. news flash the guy who rolled Li’l Pee-Ka” Garcia was THE GMRMC , road captain , Justin , short loudmouth ————punks


  9. You would think a couple of cops from the Defenders (police) MC would volunteer to work as security for free!


  10. As stated in the very first paragraph:

    "The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has denied a request from the Ghost Mountain Riders MC for a permit to sell alcohol at the First Daze-O-Summer Run this weekend."

    From what I understand, without the alcohol permit, they can't SELL alcohol, which would actually generate a PROFIT for them to DONATE to CHARITY.
    But without the permit they can't do that.

    "The County Supervisors wanted $2,100 for the permit and the Sheriff’s department required the club to hire off-duty deputies as security (because of the alcohol) at $525 per deputy."

    the Sheriff's department is saying that THEY WILL GIVE THE CLUB THE PERMIT IF, AND ONLY IF THEY AGREE TO PAY $525 PER DEPUTY!

    So what's the problem here?
    1- The alleged association or implication with a supposedly murdered Mongol member.
    2- The fact that the ride, which has been taking place for 22 years, is supposed to "snarl traffic with a pack of motorcycles 25 miles long” (HIGHLY UNLIKELY, SINCE IT'S ONLY 200-300 MOTORCYCLES)
    3- The fact that the MC is not willing to pay $525 PER DEPUTY!

    The answer is number 3, because the County Supervisors and the Sheriff’s department are willing to completely "ignore" items 1 and 2 as long as the MC agrees to pay $525 PER DEPUTY. If they hire 10 deputies, the cost of the ride jumps to about $7,350, LEAVING NO ROOM FOR ANY PROFIT TO HELP THE KIDS!

    SOUNDS LIKE EXTORTION TO ME!

    CORRUPTION IS EVERYWHERE, BUT WHEN POOR SICK AND DISABLED KIDS ARE IN THE PICTURE, THAT'S JUST PLAIN EVIL!!!


  11. A little confused here. How does not getting an alcohol permit not allow you to ride in a group? Such a good cause! Don't need alcohol!! Thanks for your help!!!


    • I am guessing the permit is all inclusive so the alcohol is just part of it. I'm betting if they remove the alcohol from the request the cops still want paid security on site. I would think there would be something illegal about the demanding the security is off duty cops. Maybe a nice attorney will take the case for free. that would be one way to replace the charity money. :-)


  12. YES, AND WHEN THE COPS WANT MOTORCYCLIST TO DO A BENEFIT RUN FOR THEM, JUST TELL THE COPS NO, AND WHY ! SEMPER FI

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