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NEIGHBORS : Hells Angels Survive Yet Another Year at Old Site : Motorcyclists again hold their annual fund-raiser at group's Ventura clubhouse, threatened in the past with relocation. But building's future remains unclear.

August 05, 1993|PANCHO DOLL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

The local chapter of the Hells Angels, for another year, managed to steer clear of the law, traffic fatalities and the threat of redevelopment to host its annual fund-raiser last weekend.

Once, Ventura's downtown revitalization, in the form of the Mission Plaza shopping center, menaced the clubhouse on Fix Way where the event is held each year. More recently, a proposed condominium development threatened.

But the Angels remain.

"We were told several times that we had to move," chapter President George Christie Jr. said. "But we haven't heard anything lately. I think they're really undecided about what they want to do over here."

City officials said there are no immediate plans that would displace the motorcyclists, but downtown redevelopment is no longer on hold.

Christie said the Angels are trying to buy the clubhouse, which they now lease. If they succeed, and redevelopment brings the wrecking ball to the red-and-white candy-stripe building, the city would probably have to pay for the Angels' relocation.

Oh, the fund-raiser.

Each $10 voluntary donation went toward the Angels' chronically undercapitalized litigation fund. Christie said the group wants to sue the federal parole board because the board won't let paroled Angels associate with the club. Apparently, the feds consider an association with the Hells Angels to be contrary to the goal of rehabilitation.

Christie concedes that individual Angels have committed grave indiscretions against public order, but said that the organization itself is no more criminal in nature than the American Bar Assn.

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If you're surfing in Oxnard and you see a blonde riding a yellow board, she's not just having fun. She's doing product research.

Ventura artist and avid surfer Julia Pinkham's whimsical paintings of marine subjects appear on greeting cards and T-shirts distributed across the country by Paper Sharks of Carpinteria.

Her design credits also include the official Monterey Bay Aquarium T-shirt.

The folks at Paper Sharks said things have been going swimmingly. Pinkham's cards are also selling as far away as Harrod's in London, and soon they hope to sell to stores in Australia.

Reports are that Pinkham's style is even spawning imitators among the greeting-card giants.

"I don't really strive for realism," she said. "I try to re-interpret my subjects."

In addition to marine topics, she paints floral subjects and is planning a new group with a folk-art motif.

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Seven high school girls from Ventura County, part of the California RAIDERs team, travel to the national fast-pitch softball championships in Ft. Worth next week.

The RAIDERs will face 75 teams competing in the national championship for girls 16 and under.

The girls won the Southern California championship last month. They were led by a pitching staff that--incredibly--allowed only one earned run in four games.

They were so tough in the double-elimination tournament that when the second-place team (also earning a berth in the nationals) had a chance to play the RAIDERs, it forfeited instead.

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