Beat Goes On In Cali

July 2, 2015

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Beat Goes On In Cali

The City of Palm Springs cancelled an annual biker rally called American Heat yesterday. The weekend event, which was scheduled to begin October 23, was cancelled because of fears that the desert resort might be asking to host the next Waco.

A group called Palm Springs Resorts, which is very influential in the city’s tourist industry, issued a statement that read, “After carefully listening to the Chief of Police about the potential growing threat of violence between rival gangs, it was necessary for PS Resorts to debate the historical merits of this event against the potential of people being injured due to violence that might potentially follow this event.”

The city agreed. City Manager Davis Ready said, “With the police department and other jurisdictions help that weekend, there is a cost to that, and it could be up to a $100,000 additional cost either to the city or to Palm Springs Resorts or to the promoter to have the kinds of additional security. Given that the promoter couldn’t come up with the additional funds we decided to take this year off.”

The event’s promoter is a Reno company named Roadshows, Inc.

American Heat was the largest but hardly the only tourist event scheduled for Palm Springs in October. The city still hopes to rake in tourist dollars with events like the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival and Palm Springs Leather Pride.


Safety is also a concern in Hollister, California  where the Hollister Freedom Rally, it is a new name, starts tomorrow.

Hollister Police Chief David Westrick (photo above) answered a series of questions on his blog that included:

“Chief, what about Waco, Texas and the shooting last year at the rally?”

“I fully brief the elected officials on many different public safety disciplines as it relates to our event each year before our event. I have done so this year as well. Ultimately they weigh the information we provide and also the concerns of their constituents. It is their decision completely. They also provide budget, vote on contracts/memoranda of understanding and a few attend our planning meetings. I can say they always make informed decisions.”

“Chief are you going to do anything different this year for public safety?”

“No, not really different. We are adding a few things behind the scenes to enhance officer / patron safety and will probably have better communications features. Public safety is the #1 priority with our event.”

“Can I have my pocket knife with me at the rally?”

“All weapons, tools, blunt instruments, mace / pepper spray or anything resembling a weapon are not allowed in the event area by ordinance. Best advice – leave them home or in your saddle bags.” You can read more of Chief Westrick’s blog here.

Free Fun

The Hollister Rally’s current name is the invention of new promoter ConvExx. The event is “free “ but $100 will get you: Tickets to a concert by the Fabulous Thunderbirds tomorrow night; a concert by The Guess Who Saturday night; a tee shirt; a pin; a lunch; access to Hollister’s new photo tower; two poker walks; an “Exclusive VIP Kickstand Plate;” a raffle ticket; and front of the line access for a chance to meet Tommy “Chibs” Flanagan and Mark “Bobby” Boone Junior of the television show Sons of Anarchy.

Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez is stoked and ready. He told Katie Helland of the Hollister Free Lance, “I just want to see people out there having a good time and talking positively about their experiences here, which I’m sure is what’s going to happen. I’m looking forward to a good rally.”

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24 Responses to “Beat Goes On In Cali”

  1. Sieg Says:

    Wait, so, they’re canceling because they’re afraid of their own cops, or the feds?

    Far as Hollister, T-bird tix are going for around $35 when they play around here, and the Guess Who? MAYBE another $20 at the various town festivals. Spend that, and use the rest of your c-note to donate for support gear for your local 1% MC, you’ll most likely have the chance to meet a few REAL riders.

    FTF / FTP

  2. Paladin Says:

    I’m “stoked and ready” to be anywhere but there. Tommy flanagan & Mark Boone? Both are dying embers from a fire long abandoned.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  3. VAGO 1%er Says:

    Fuck that place. Let Bruce Jenner, the Iron Order and rest of the rainbow flag waiving freaks have it.

  4. Knarf Niatsugna Says:

    Yup, equivalent to Requiem for a Heavyweight

  5. old & stoned Says:

    Check your crews for warrants,, plate scanners and an upgraded camera system.

    Smile pretty while you ride ‘free’.

    Ha! Yea 1%er,, garlic festival on wheels

  6. Dasein Says:

    So this is the legacy of Waco: Everyone’s afraid of another one, and the police are only too happy to suggest that those fears are justified. So, Waco isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon, it’s just that what REALLY happened is still being kept under the rug. There have been numerous high profile tragedies in this country over the last 50 years or so, from JFK onward, and they are all remembered, but the truths remain hidden. There’s a limited time here to bring this Waco thing to a boil and blow the cover clean off. Otherwise, even if it comes out in five years or so, that bikers were actually set up and murdered by cops, and the whole incestuous Texas judiciary and LE systems were covering each a others’ assets, it will be too late, and nobody will even remember, much less care. But they’ll still know that bad things happen at biker get- togethers, and that the police will protect them. Waco will be remembered as a proud moment in “america”.

  7. Va.Bob Says:

    I’m not sure that there are any original T-Birds still in the band.Definitely no Jimmy Vaughan.Maybe no more Kim Wilson,either.

  8. Bats Says:

    I go to to the Palm Springs event every year and this year I’m still going. I’ll be at NYPD like always. See you there my Desert Empire Brothers…

  9. VAGO 1%er Says:

    Looks like an Iron Order patch party.

  10. Meh Says:

    Anyone else amused that the pseudo-biker “tourist events” are getting axed because of fear?

    Good. Fewer places for posers to prance may turn people off on cosplaying as bikers and make pseudo-clubs less attractive.

  11. Wolfenlover Says:

    VAGO 1%er, MY FUCKIN’ EYES!!! That was just plain turrable to view! Guess it
    was my own fault since you warned it was a UO party! hehehe I am surprised
    that no “patches” were captured , but I didn’t go thru the whole page! YUCK!
    Maybe they left them on the backs of their chairs? I BET!

    RESPECTS Rebel & to the regulars

  12. The Kraut Says:

    @VAGO, was this the Blue Oyster chapter?

    That photie fest of fags and warm brothers is some fucked up shit.

    Those fucks would rather suck a dick than eat spaghetti.

    Respects to the Green Nation and all who warrant respect

    the Kraut

  13. Mama G Says:

    @Vago 1%ER I am with Wolfenlover!! My fuckin eyes!! Rumor has it Voodoo attends The Leather Fest every year.

  14. Hose-A 1%er Says:

    @ Vago 1% er W.T.F. was that a homo convention or UO national run.My eyes are burning.i knew I shouldn’t have clicked on the link.
    As far as the Palm Springs Run or any other keep the pigs away and there won’t be any problems.Murdering fucks.F.T.F…..F.T.P. AND FUCK THE URINE ORDER.
    Hose-a 1%er L.P.D.P. retired

  15. Ol' Goat Says:

    @ Vago 1%
    Like hose A said- my eyes are burning too. …right before bed time too. Thanks for the fucked up nightmares that are sure to come after seeing that Iron Order pride parade.

  16. Jim666 Says:

    @ Vago 1%er
    Damnit man thats enough io shit,
    lmfao id say most of em are uo at least prospects,

    My thoughts exactly Hose-A 1%er.

  17. Jim666 Says:

    Here ya go Rebel,,,

  18. Austin Says:

    OK – I worked in Palm Springs (2005 – 2009) and for me – American Heat usually meant a stabbing, a couple of broken ankles and some road rash.

    From these riders- Because God Knows – they RIDE !!! the business will be retained foreign objects, an overdose and maybe some laceration repairs.

    Rainbow Love Brothers – Meh – I find them less offensive than the BATFE and that braying Swanton fellow.

  19. Adrenaline250mg Says:

    Aging rebel, what do you think of the bike show “Born Free” and other motorcycle events whose policy is No Colors?

  20. Rebel Says:

    Dear Adrenaline250mg,

    I think the Born Free show in Orange County is a fine event. I have no problem with a “No weapons, no attitudes” policy. I think grown men should be allowed to dress themselves in the morning.


  21. Paladin Says:

    Vago 1%er,

    I want to thank you for the incentive I needed to add additional coils of concertina wire to the perimeter of my fire base.

    Long May You Ride,


  22. Primo RAY Says:

    Well over in Austin , TX we had a badd ass time at ROT RALLY with no issues hung out with some great people and drank my ass off and ate alot of good food .

    RESPECTS Rebel & to the regulars

  23. John Deaux Says:

    VAGO 1%er
    New Orleans hosts an annual event called Southern Decadence,. It’s a homosexual, leather, whatever thing in the French Quarter. My son worked right outside the quater for several years and told me there were things going on in public no one should see.
    Possibly that’s where that NOLA chapter of io wears their costume vests.
    Hope all is well in your world, much respect.

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