5 a.m., April 16
El Cajon Headquarters of Hells Angels Now Shuttered
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.