Olden Name; GOLDEN HILL 13
1ST - GOLDEN HILL – Originals
2ND – LOMAS DE ORO – The Alley
3RD – LOMAS - Alley Locos and Juniors
4TH – LOMAS – Juniors and 26 Locos (previously Alley Ls)
5TH – LOMAS XXVI Locos, XXVIII Locos, XXX Locos
Today – LOMAS 26 STREET LOCOS (The Birthplace)
Old Main Hang-Out =
GOLDEN HILL RECREATIONAL CENTER
25 TH STREET PARK – THE VIEW LOOP
THE ALLEY – 25 ST and 26 ST + BROADWAY
Terreno; GOLDEN HILL and SOUTH PARK
West – Interstate 5
South – MLK 94 Fwy.
East - 15 Freeway
North – Juniper Street
A HISTORY of VARRIO LOMAS (Golden Hill) – SAN DIEGO
Varrio Lomas had its birth in the 1950s during an era when the predominant ones in the Golden Hill community were white biker stoner gangs – real tough mofo’s back then. Little by little, the vatos began to make a stand and consolidating their turf by battling the biker gangs in the area and soon their name began to be known all around.
The Chicano gangs from Logan and East Side San Diego were amongst the closest and most influential gangs all around that area. Back in those days, the main Chicano gangs in San Diego were Logan, East Side SD, Old Town NC, Sherman, Market Street, Encanto, Sidro, Otay, Shell Town, Posole, Encinitas and Lomita Village (later re-named Lomita Varrio 70s).
The first Original vatos in the neighborhood began to claim Golden Hill and later on also started calling their Varrio Lomas De Oro - or – Oro Lomas, but by the 60s the name was shortened to LOMAS, even though they would still use GOLDEN HILL.
These vatos first began to hang out at "The ALLEY” behind Broadway in-between 25th street & 26th street and began using the name THE ALLEY Locos. From this Alley they extended out to 25 Street Park – over to an area known today as Golden Hill Drive – a magnificent view loop overlooking downtown and the bay. This view loop was also common ground for all kinds of Lowrider Raza which cruised up and down 25th street, down to Crosby Street (later renamed Cesar Chavez), across National Avenue in Barrio Logan, all the way to 43RD (Shell Town) -south onto Highland Avenue in Old Town National City. The Hey-Dey of crusing, stretching from the heights to the bayside - in one big loop around.
It was during the later 60s that the vatos from Lomas kicked out East Side San Diego out of 25TH Street Park, and during this same time they also expanded out to the Golden Hill Recreation Center - which went on to become their main hangout during a later time.
After the Alley Locos took over the Rec Center, they still kept their Alley as their main spot, but their numbers were growing and lil’ brothers added to their ranks. However the Alley Locos kept their youngsters at arms length and these in turn kicked it mainly at the Rec Center where they eventually began to use the clika name of CHICOS; But the Alley Locos said “NO, WE HAVE TO KEEP IT ORIGINAL” and so “JUNIORS” was the name adopted officially by the youngsters Clika.
As the 1970s came around and Lomas continued to grow, The (Alley) Locos were kept busy fighting Logan who outnumbered them 6 to 1, while the Juniors kept themselves busy with East Side San Diego.
Lomas and Sherman found themselves more than once banding together against these two Big Varrios, but as the wheels of time crept up - by the start of the 80s the semi-alliance broke down and ceased to be; going on to become enemies – a sad chapter in their history of Varrio warfare...
The 1970s added numbers to all the Varrios and Lomas was no exception; it was during the 70s that Lomas adopted Roman Numerals alongside their Varrio initials thus continuing in keeping themselves original. The Alley Locos added XXVI to the LM, while the new generation of Locos started the XXVIII (28TH ST) Locos and XXX (30TH ST) Locos Cliques. These were difficult times; an era when battles were on the regular all around, therefore the Original Vatos & The Alley Locos got all the Cliques together and convinced them all to keep it only as LOMAS 26 STREET in order to avoid the insider wars surfacing in all the Varrios which were beginning to occur in-between them as well. From thereon after, the Varrio has remained named as such “LOMAS 26,” with the roman numerals dropped at the end of the decade and into the new 80s with only '1' Clika =LOCOS= remaining to represent the Varrio.
Lomas was originally started and organized by 5 familias of brothers. They never had any affiliation with Lomita Village as was confused by some in the early years, nor with the SGV Lomas in San Gra / Rosemead... However, a connection between them and La Puente/Puente Hills does exist on account that some of their early members had ties to the SGV. These early members together with the locals, hung out at the corner of 25TH Street and Broadway and they started a car-club which they named KORNER. These same members with their familia and car club ties subsequently started the car clubs KLIQUE in the SGV and NEW WAVE in S.D, and they have remained tight with each other ever since.
Family ties within these two Car Clubs remain strong even to this day, and VARRIO LOMAS as well has remained real close knit – not big like others, but they keep it together. Their neighborhood has never really been ghetto or run down, and today this community is clean looking in sharp contrast with Sherman or Logan; still they remain family and community oriented, yet keeping the style of La Raza on the front line in San Diego.
“SMALL BUT STRONG!”
By Lonewolf - Brown Kingdom