12/19/07

IN MEMORY OF THE BARRIO

ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A BARRIO

RIGHT THERE IN HOLLOWED GROUNDS

IN THOSE SACRED GROUNDS

BEYOND THE WHITE CITY LIMITS

PRACTICING A SLOWER LIFESTYLE

TRADITIONS FROM AN ANCIENT CULTURE

TIME HONORED TRADITIONS

IN A SMALL SETTLEMENT

WITH DIRT STREETS AND ALLEYS

SOON IT PASSED INTO HISTORY

PAVED OVER AND WASHED AWAY

BY SOME MEAN POWERFUL FORCES AT WORK

IN A LUCRATIVE LAND GRAB SCHEME JACK OF TRADES

CONSTRUCTING THE NEW MEGA CITY

TURNED THE BARRIO INTO A NEW CONCRETE CITY

ONCE A GRAND VILLAGE

WHICH ENDURED TIME EVERLAST

BUT WITH EVERY PASSING YEAR

THE OLD ADOBES WERE DONE AWAY

THE NEW WAS BUILT ATOP THE OLD

AND TODAY ONLY A HANDFUL OF BARRIOS REMAIN

. . .

A PAST BURIED

THE DANGER ZONES IS ALL THAT REMAINS

FILLED WITH CHAMUCOS AND DIABLOS

THOSE FROM THE LOST GENERATION

THE REASSEMBLED SOULS

RELICS OF THE PAST

THE DINASTY WHICH REMAINS

A CITY FILLED WITH GHOSTS

GHOSTS OF AN ENIGMATIC PEOPLE

GHOST OF THE MANY FALLEN ONES

GHOSTS AND ENIGMAS CARRYING ON

MIXED IN WITH THE NEW

WITH SO MUCH OLD THINGS TO SAVE

BUT WITH SO LIL’ TIME LEFT

12/5/07

LA 1970s VARRIOS

A SHOUT OUT TO THE VARRIOS!

Back in the 1970s, the Chicano Varrios were already posted up representing in every side and sub-division of the city and the county of Los Angeles. The Varrios were not nearly as numerous as they are today since the explosion of the 1980s Varrios which formed from the Football teams, Tag Bangers and the Stoners Boys and Locos generation.

Most Varrios prior to the 1970s, claimed a much larger territory than those which followed upon in the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, and aside from the Central L.A. the East Side and the South Side areas, few other sections of the urban county were congested with Varrios. The Harbor Area, The North and East Valleys, West Los, North East and South East had some very old Varrios representing, but wide tracks of all those areas were devoid of any Varrios.

Back then, the same as nowadays, if a Varrio was known about or heard about in all corners of the county, it carried some weight behind it. It meant that the Varrio was being recognized as being amongst the most chingones. Being amongst the list of heard about Varrios was of utmost importance, for it was a sign that the Varrio had made its mark in the world of the gangland. It was of most importance to get your Varrio up on the County roll-call, and it mattered most that you held up yours with pride.

Most of those 1970s Varrios are still around and in essence a roll-call from the 1980s or 1990s would seem like repetitive of the 1970s. Nevertheless those 1970s Varrios deserve their own page in history. They deserve their names be remembered and a shout out for each of those old names would be a start.


From the 1970s era starting out with the North East L.A. area, a shout out to friend and foe Varrios alike . .

CON RESPETO !!!

DOG TOWN
FROG TOWN
43 RD AVENUES
CYPRESS AVENUES
CYPRESS PARK
NELA 13
TOONERVILLE
CLANTONE 14
HIGHLAND PARK


From the Lincoln Heights and El Sereno area . .

DOG TOWN
EL SERENO
EAST SIDE CLOVER
HAPPY VALLEY
ROSE HILLS
EIGHTEEN STREET
BIG HAZARD


From the Boyle Heights East Side area . .

BIG HAZARD
EAST SIDE CHOPPERS 12
PRIMERA FLATS
CUATRO FLATS
ALCAPONE
EAST LA 13
EAST LOS 13
PRIMERA CHICOS
THIRD STREET
SOTO STREET
EVERGREEN
WHITE FENCE
NUEVO ESTRADA
VICKYS TOWN
LIL’ EAST SIDE
KING KOBRAS


From the Unincorp East L.A. area . .

ROCK MARAVILLA
KERN MARAVILLA
JUAREZ MARAVILLA
LOPEZ MARAVILLA
MARIANNA MARAVILLA
HOYO MARAVILLA
LOTE MARAVILLA
ARIZONA MARAVILLA
LOMITA MARAVILLA
WINTER GARDENS
GERAGHTY LOMA
CITY TERRACE
LAGUNA PARK VIKINGS
LIL’ VALLEY


From the South East area . .

CHOPPERS 12
SS MONTEBELLO
JARDIN 13
HORSE SHOE
SUNRISE
WHITTIER 13
WHITTIER VARRIO LOCO
POOR SIDE
QUIET VILLAGE
JIM TOWN
PICO VIEJO
LA MIRADA
LOS NIETOS
CANTA RANAS
NORWALK 13
CARMELAS 13
PEACEFUL NORWALK
DOG PATCH
PARAMOUNT VARRIO 13
HAWAIIAN GARDENS
ARTESIA 13


From the South Side of L.A. .

CLANTONE 14
WASHINGTON BOYS
38 STREET
FLORENCIA 13
SOUTH LOS
WEIGAND COLONIA WATTS
WATTS VARRIO GRAPE
ELM STREET WATTS
TORTILLA FLATS
LARGO 36
CE VE SEGUNDO
ONE FIVE FIVE
CE VE SETENTAS
CE VE TRES
LOS PADRINOS
YOUNG CROWD
PARAGONS
SOUTH GATE


From the South West area . .

HARPYS
LENNEX 13
LOS COMPADRES VARRIO 3


From the Harbor Area . .

RANCHO SAN PEDRO
PARK WESTERN LOMA
LELAND PARK
HARBOR CITY
KEYSTONE
LA LOMA
LA RANA
T x FLATS
VARRIO CARSON 13
VICTORIA PARK
EAST SIDE TORRANCE
EAST SIDE WILMAS
NORTH SIDE WILMAS
WEST SIDE WILMAS
NORTH SIDE REDONDO
WEST SIDE GARDENA
EAST SIDE GARDENA
DOG TOWN STONERS


From the Long Beach area . .

EAST SIDE LONGO
WEST SIDE LONGO
NORTH SIDE LONGO
BARRIO SMALL TOWN
BARRIO POBRE
LATIN TOWN PLAYBOYZ
BARRIO VIEJO
TE TOWN FLATS


From the West Side . .

EIGHTEEN STREET
CLANTONE 14
TEMPLE STREET
VARRIO VISTA
VARRIO ALPINE
ECHO PARK
WHITE FENCE
KING KOBRAS
LIL’ WEST SIDE
CINCO LOMAS
PLAYBOYS 13
REBELS 13
DIAMOND STREET
SATANAS
HARPYS


From the West Los area . .

CULVER CITY
VENICE 13
SOTEL 13
SANTA MONA 13


From the North Valley . .

SAN FER
LATIN TIMES PACOIMA
PACOIMA FLATS
PACAS 13
BARRIO VAN NUYS
CANOGA PARK
BLYTHE STREET
SOL TRECE
NORTH HOLLYWOOD LOCOS
CLANTONE 14
BARRIO BERBANK 13
EIGHTEEN STREET


From the East Valley . .

PUENTE 13
TOWNSMEN
LIL’ HILL
VALINDA FLATS
BASSETT GRANDE
EAST SIDE DUKES
HAPPY HOMES
LOMAS
SAN GRA
BARTLETT WOLVES
EL MONTE FLORES
EL MONTE HAYES
EL MONTE HICKS
NORTH SIDE MONTES
EL MONTE RIFA
NORTH SIDE PASA
SOUTH SIDE PASA
BOLEN PARQUE
DUARTE RIFA
SAN DIMAS
LA VERNE
POMONA 12 STREET
HAPPY TOWN
CHERRIEVILLE
CLARA MONTE



Feel Free to Add any that you know from the 1970s!

12/2/07

MI VARRIO RIFA

“RIFA”

Not an easy verb to translate and put into English form.

From age old Rifa has been incorporated into the Chicano Varrio structure . .

Used in both graffiti and street jargon . .

For many Varrios it is an integral part of their name . .

And for most others Rifa becomes of optional use . .

El Sereno Rifa, Varrio Alpine Rifa, East LA Rifa, Barrio Elmwood Rifa . .

Those are just a but a few of the Varrios in which Rifa
is an integral part of their “official name” . .

In essence “all Varrios” can add Rifa to their placasos . .

Much in the same way that all Varrios can opt to add and use the
V/B for Varrio/Barrio . .

But only a handful officially incorporate Rifa into their official name.

What does Rifa mean?

Where does it come from?

Why is it used by all Varrios?

Where it comes from is easy . .

It comes from the Spanish language . .

It is not a Calo slang word . .

And it was not invented by Chicanos.

It was adopted by the Chicano world . .

And incorporated into it’s gang jargon . .

But it was already in use by the average Mexican . .

In particular when a physical dispute was involved . .

And that is because Rifa comes from the verb “RIFAR” . .

RIFAR means “to quarrel” and “to fight” . .

In Mexicanisms . .

A vato can say for instance “YO ME LA RIFO”

Which loosely translates as . .

“I’LL DARE TO” or “I’LL GET DOWN” . .

With the added implication of being down for
anything or against anyone, anytime and any place!

The same application can be said of its plural form . .

“SE LA RIFAN” or “RIFAN” (Roll the dice & Fuck 1t!) . .

Or as some in the Chicano world are most familiar with
~> “RIFAMOS” . .

To which the addition of ~> “CONTROLAMOS” makes it . .
~> in a sense “complete”.

=RIFAMOS Y CONTROLAMOS=

~> We’re in the mix . .

~> We’re down for anything . .

~> We roll the dice . .

~> We don’t give a fuck . .

~> And we control!

Why the “roll the dice?

Because Rifa also means “Raffle” . .

But Raffle in the underworld form application of . .
~> not knowing the outcome but takes the risk and plays!

A gamble . .

A Russian roulette you might say.

Roll the bullet chamber and pull the trigger . .

CRAZEE!!!

All the above mentioned and the like . .

All which plays a part in the Chicano world . .

. . is what gives Rifa its “universal meaning” . .

Therefore everyone can claim it . .

Not just A Varrio . . But all the Varrios . .

Not just An Individual . . But all the Individuals!

Rifa can be plural or singular . .

It can be used in the context of the Varrio . .

Or it can be used in the context of an individual(s) Life . .

Hence the reason why you can see it written . .

Next to or under a Varrio’s name/initials . .

Or under an individual(s) name who may or may not
~> claim a Varrio.

For it is “not” exclusive to the gang world!

Rifa is used with or without affiliation or reference
to the street gang world “anywhere!

This is something that has become somewhat lost in the
Chicano world . .

But one that “still” lives on in the Mexican Side.

In the Chicano world Rifa lost some of its original meaning . .

And morphed into the present times understanding . .

And application of “RULES” ~> as in governs!

An erroneous concept which got crossed with the other . .

Oldenly used but long lost . .

“RIGE” or “RIJA” . .

From the Spanish “REGLA” . .

To Rule and “To Manage” . .

“REGIR”

“To Control” and “To be out in force”

“REGIRSE”

“To go by” and “Be guided by”

Rules and Regulations per say!

An indication of how the Varrio was to live by . .

~> and by extension its membership!

Even to this day . .

Some Homeboys can still be heard making mention of . .

“REGLAS” or “RIJAS” in reference to the . .

“unwritten rules” that govern the Varrio and The Life!

Regla (Rules) or Rije (Governs) in essence was substituted by Rifa . .

And Rifa now carries the same applications of Rules and Governs!

And so it is understood today by the many . .

Nevertheless . .

Rifa original meaning in the Varrio and prior history . .

~> is non-other than “RUMBLE” !!!

DOG TOWN RUMBLES!

HAPPY VALLEY RUMBLES!

BIG HAZARD RUMBLES!

FROG TOWN RUMBLES!

LIL VALLEY RUMBLES!

WHITE FENCE RUMBLES!

They’re in the mix!

They roll the dice and play!

They’re down for anything!

They don’t give a fuck!

Exclamation at the end . .

Same exclamation you used to see in many placasos . .

Right next to a Varrios initials . .

Same one that goes unnoticed by many today . .

The same exclamation which served as decoration and shaded . .

But one that gave insight to the . .

~> “WAR POWERS” of “RIFA!

MI VARRIO RIFA Y QUE?

MY HOOD IS DOWN FOR IT AND WHAT OF?

RIFAMOS Y CONTROLAMOS!

WE RULE AND WE CONTROL!

= MI VARRIO RIFA =
"MY NEIGHBORHOOD IS WORTH IT"