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January 12, 2000 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
Motorcyclists who claimed they were unfairly treated by Simi Valley police during a 1997 Hells Angels charity event have agreed to settle their class-action lawsuit against the city for $40,000, it was reported Tuesday. Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell said in a written statement that a federal judge in Los Angeles approved a tentative settlement Tuesday that offers far less money than the lawsuit sought.
September 21, 1997
In your Sept. 9 edition, you published a quote from Simi Valley City Councilwoman Sandi Webb. In referring to the actions taken by the Simi Valley Police Department toward the participants of a Poker Run sponsored by the Hells Angels motorcycle club, she stated, "I don't think we were overreacting at all . . . apparently we had a lot of complaints . . . so we beefed up patrols." She was further identified as a member of ABATE (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) of California. As a deputy state director of ABATE, I must state that ABATE of California does not share or support her opinion.
September 25, 1998 | MARINA MALIKOFF
Filmmakers from the History Channel will be in Ventura next month, gathering footage for a documentary on the Hells Angels' 50th anniversary. "They are a fascinating group of people," said Mike Mason, a producer for Sherman Oaks-based Triage Entertainment. "I want to tell the story in their voice." Triage, which will be in town to film an Oct. 10 benefit concert for the motorcycle group, will produce the documentary for the History Channel. Although George Christie Jr.
February 15, 2006 | From Reuters
A federal grand jury indicted five current and former members of the Hells Angels biker gang on racketeering charges, saying the group's leader in Washington state ordered associates to commit murder and various other crimes, according to court documents released Tuesday.
October 1, 2006 | Colin Westerbeck
A platinum-palladium print of Penn's image will be included in the fall auction preview at Christie's Beverly Hills Oct. 3-6. * Conde Nast, the parent company of Vogue, still provides a full-time studio for Irving Penn because the fashion magazine publishes new work by him regularly. Now approaching his 90th birthday, Penn has photographed for Vogue continuously since 1943. This longevity is the result of an equilibrium Penn has maintained throughout his career.
July 6, 2010 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
Sonny Barger is not a religious man. But riding motorcycles is "as good a religion as any and probably better than most," says the Hells Angels icon. Meditative and transcendent, motorcycling focuses the mind, he says, and requires devotion. At 71, Barger has spent six decades riding bikes and 53 years as a member of the country's best-known outlaw motorcycle club. Now he's spreading the gospel of two wheels with his sixth book, "Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcycling, How to Ride the Right Way — for Life," co-written with Darwin Holmstrom.
For a decade, Hells Angels spokesman George Christie Jr. has cultivated the image of an upstanding citizen whose motorcycle gang has been harassed by law enforcement and whose own Ventura chapter is squeaky clean. Christie ran a leg of the Olympic Torch charity relay in 1984. He hosted a barbecue for jurors after his murder-for-hire acquittal in 1987. He was a guest speaker in Ventura high school and college classes last year on the ethics of journalists and prosecutors.
March 16, 2001 | DARYL KELLEY
Silent since his drug and racketeering indictment three weeks ago, Hells Angels leader George Christie Jr. maintained Thursday that he had nothing to do with selling drugs to high school students and is a law-abiding businessman with strong family values. "Mr. Christie vigorously denies his involvement in any conspiracy [to distribute] drugs of any kind to any person, whether or not a minor," says a motion to reduce his bail from $1 million to $250,000.
January 12, 1989 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
A low-rent block off Ventura Avenue that is home to the Hell's Angels' clubhouse could be razed to make room for about 170 condominiums and a small shopping center under a plan supported in concept this week by the Ventura Redevelopment Agency. George Christie, president of the motorcycle club's local chapter, strongly objected to the proposal and said city officials would have their hands full trying to find another site for the clubhouse.
September 30, 1988 | United Press International
A tearful Hells Angel motorcyclist wearing a black leather vest with a flying skull emblem was hugged by the jurors who acquitted him Thursday in federal court of major cocaine trafficking charges. James Colucci, an international officer in the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club Corp., is only the second gang member acquitted in a massive government investigation, despite testimony from a former Hells Angel-turned FBI undercover operative.
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