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.

 

How the River Run Riot changed history

Nevada Casino Harrah’s Laughlin – April 27,2002

Hells Angels and The Mongols started a brawl that left dozens in the hospital, six members on both sides sent to prison and sent one biker evading capture for  six years. On February 23, 2007 Hells Angels members James Hannigan and Rodney Cox were sentenced to two years in prison.  “Cox and Hannigan were captured on videotape confronting Mongols members inside the casino.”

Laughlin River Riot Brawl Video

Police report states there were 65 knives and nine guns found in and around the casino.  Mongol- Anthony Barrera, 43, was stabbed to death

Hells Angels – Jeramine Bell, 27, and Robert Tumely, 50, were shot to death

Frederick Donahue was indited afterwards and evaded police for six years until he turned himself in.

Thirty-six  others had there charges dropped and several legal suits followed the years to come. Many believe that the members of Hell’s Angels did nothing until they were force to protect their fellow members. The case is still unclear as there are just too many secrets still. The code of silence will never be broke so the truth will never come out.

The riot changed the event and you can see it on the ride in every year. Police cars line the sides of the interstate leading in, signs are displayed telling bikers not to wear their colors or any gang related clothing and streets are overrun with heavily armed cops. The days of burning your tires at this event are over, one rider describes. Even in the small towns, outside the main attraction where you can put up your feet and drink a beer is crawling with cop cars.

“They get the message…”, a cop explains. “They know we aren’t joking around”. Even with all the police cars and extra “protection”, motorcyclist say there is plenty to do and they wouldn’t miss it. Why would they? The event has some of the wildest nightlife and the most beautiful scenery around. The event has changed but most would say for the good. You can bring you mother or grandmother to this event…if she is a biker.