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The infamous El Cajon headquarters of the Hells Angels and the motorcycle club's saloon are now closed and boarded, covered with signs claiming they fail to meet seismic safety requirements. The one-story, cement block structures are on El Cajon Boulevard in the block west of Johnson and half a mile from downtown El Cajon. The Reader's Joe Deegan could not find a Hells Angels member who would comment. The FBI charges that the worldwide gang is responsible for violence, drug dealing, extortion and other crimes. In September of 2005, the president of the San Diego chapter, Guy Castiglione, pleaded guilty to racketeering charges and was sentenced to six years in prison. Nine other members of the gang pleaded guilty to the same charges. They had been arrested in a 2003 raid on the El Cajon facility.

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JF Jan. 12, 2008 @ 4:17 p.m.

Don wrote, "It seems to me they drive Harley-Davidson cycles. That has long been a hot stock."

True, but the Angels would have to be buying those bikes to make the stock go up.

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Anonymous Jan. 11, 2008 @ 6:05 p.m.

Maybe those crooks from the Hells Angels will do the sensible thing and also merge with Bank of America.

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Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 8:40 p.m.

Response to post #1: It seems to me they drive Harley-Davidson cycles. That has long been a hot stock. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 11, 2008 @ 8:41 p.m.

Response to post #2: Yeah, but so am I. Best, Don Bauder

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JohnnyVegas Jan. 11, 2008 @ 11:11 p.m.

I've always be a Mongols type of guy.... JUST KIDDING ANGELS!!!

Funny, but they had a special on Nat Geo or Discovery yesterday about a Federal Agent who infiltrated the Hells Angels AZ chapter, and the whole undercover op lasted 2 years and cost millions. Really turned out to be problems with the methods the feds used, because all the major charges were dropped.

I think the Angels are made out to be worse than they are by the Feds (no, I dont think they're angels, but they're not the gangsters the FBI says they are).

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Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2008 @ 7:35 a.m.

Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI maintained there was no organized crime problem -- a preposterous assertion -- and instead pursued political lefties, claiming they were disloyal. Hoover had been compromised by the mob. With the FBI looking the other way, organized crime got far more entrenched in the U.S. Yet Hoover retained office, probably because so many pols and business interests were mob-connected. (They still are.) The agency has to get over that horrible legacy. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Jan. 12, 2008 @ 8:49 p.m.

Response to post #7: All kinds of reputable people ride around in motorcycles and prefer Harleys. I ran into a money manager with a large pension money management operation that invested in Harley stock because he drove a Harley. Best, Don Bauder

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