A temporary use permit to allow weekly bike nights to continue at Route 66 Classic Grill in Canyon Country will be issued by the City of Santa Clarita, with the caveat of bringing the issue back to the planning commission in September.
The permit had initially been restricted to one bike night a year due to concerns that bikers from outlaw gangs involved in criminal activity were in attendance. The four-month extension was granted as a test period to monitor activity during the popular gatherings.
Route 66 owner George Thomas met with Assistant City Manager Ken Pulskamp on Tuesday to discuss the situation and told KHTS that he offered to underwrite the cost of having on-duty sheriff’s deputies on the premises to avoid any problems. At the end of the meeting, Thomas felt that things were not going to change, but the agenda item and staff recommendation was revised today.
Thomas said that several groups of motorcycle enthusiasts, including those with firefighting, law enforcement and religious affiliations, were ready to support his bike nights at the Planning Commission if the permit had not been granted.
Additional details of the four-month temporary use permit will be revealed at the Planning Commission meeting Tuesday night.