San Juan Bautista, CA -- The owner of Hell Bent Custom Motorcycles, Ray Shott, shut his doors last week. He said he was forced out not by the tough economic times, but by a city hall that said this business doesn't conform to the city's general plan.
Shott said he got a business license in June and two months later city planners came back and said he needed to apply for an additional permit. When Shott refused, the city told him he had to close shop.
The motorcycle shop sells custom motorcycles. Some of them sell for $150,000 which could have meant huge tax revenues for the city of San Juan Bautista. But the city manager said money doesn't talk as loud as the law. Both the city and the shop owner have obtained lawyers.
The fight could end up in a courtroom.
The shop owner has a similar store in Hollister which has been open for 11 years.