4/30/13

EL SERENO RIFA




EL SERENO


“CITY OF THE MIST”

EARLY ON IN L.A. HISTORY, EL SERENO WAS CALLED “FARMINGTON”

IN THE EARLY 1900s THE TOWN BEGAN TO GROW NEXT TO THE TRACKS RUNNING ALONGSIDE THE OLD PACIFIC ELECTRIC RAILWAY, THEN AFTERWARDS IT CONTINUED TO BUILD UP ALL ALONG “THE DRIVE”(HUNTINGTON DRIVE)

FROM THE 20s AND 30s ON UP, THE COMMUNITY BECAME ETHNICALLY MIXED; WOPS, NIPS, HUEROS AND RAZA ALL MADE FARMINGTON THEIR HOME

FARMINGTON’s NAME WAS OFFICIALLY CHANGED IN THE MID-1940s

IT WAS RENAMED “EL SERENO” THE QUIET PEACEFUL SERENE PLACE



“CHANGED TO” ACCORDING TO ANGLO SOCIETY IN THEIR BOOKS, BECAUSE THE NAME FOR THE COMMUNITY SOUTH OF THE DRIVE, WAS ALREADY KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN EL SERENO BY THE OLD RAZA WHO HAD ALREADY RAISED A CHURCH FOR THE BARRIO THERE SINCE BACK IN THE MID-20s

BUT EVEN SO, THOUGH THE NAME CHANGED FROM FARMINGTON TO EL SERENO,THE PLACE WAS AFFECTIONALLY REFERRED TO AS “LITTLE TOWN," AND ALL THROUGH THE 40s and 50s THAT’S WHAT IT WAS STILL CALLED “LITTLE TOWN”




BY THE 1950s THEE “EL SERENO VARRIO” GOT ESTABLISHED SOUTH OF THE DRIVE, MOSTLY CONCENTRATED RUNNING EAST FROM EASTERN AVENUE, IN ALL THOSE STREETS LIKE, NAVARRO, TEMPLETON, GAMBIER, BALLARD, And LOMBARDY

..

THE VARRIO EL SERENO GREW UP IN THE FIFTY’s
EXPERIENCING THEIR FIRST DRIVE-BY IN 1958

EL SERENO RAZA GREW UP PARTYING IN PLACES LIKE THE AMERICAN LEGION HALL WHERE ART LABOE PUT THINGS TOGETHER, AND BANDS LIKE THE MIDNIGHTERS AND LOCAL BANDS LIKE EL SERENO’s OWN “THEE SKYLIGHTERS” WOULD PLAY THEE SOUNDS OF THE VARRIO.

BY THE 1960s EL SERENO HAD BECOME MAINLY RAZA POPULATED, AND BY THE 1970s EL SERENO RIFA WAS A WELL ESTABLISHED AND RESPECTED VARRIO, KNOWN AND HEARD ABOUT FAR AND WIDE.

IN THE 70s, EL SERENO HAD THE “MIDNIGHT CRUISERS” LOWRIDING CLUB, THEY ALSO HAD THE “BALLARD STREET” CLIQUE DOING CRAZY THINGS, AND THEN CAME OTHERS LIKE THE “GAMBIER LOCOS” AND THE “CYRIL STREET LOCOS” DOING THEIR COSAS.

BY THE 1980s EL SERENO WAS SO FULL OF HEADS THAT OTHER RAZA STARTED HAPPENING, LIKE THE STONER GENERATION; JP BOYS, HAVEN BOYS AND THE IRON BOYS.

BY THIS TIME EL SERENO HAD GROWN OUTSIDE ITS ORIGINAL BORDERS, AND THE HIGHLANDS, AURANT, HILLSIDE VILLAGE AND UNIVERSITY HILLS (METRO HILLS) GOT ADDED TO THE MAP.



EL SERENO RIFA WENT ON TO BE REPRESENTED BY THOSE LIKE..

LOCKE STREET BOYS
THE DITCH LOCOS
ITHACA STREET LOCOS
GUARDIA STREET LOCOS ~
~(NORTH PARK LOCOS)
HILL SIDE
AND LOWELL STREET LOCOS BEFORE THE GREEN..
WHICH THEN GOT SEMI-BROUGHT BACK IN AFTER THE GREEN

THE HISTORY OF EL SERENO CONTINUES TO BE WRITTEN…

ADD TO IT

BARRIO EAST SIDE TORRANCE

ESxT is the B'EST

B'EST main heart of the barrio lies off Western Ave between 224th and 227th streets in the Harbor Area

Plaza Del Amo, 224, 225, 226, 227 228, Harvard, Denker and Normadale Park is all Barrio East Side Torrance

B’EST boundaries

(N) 223rd
(S) Sepulveda
(E) Normandie
(W) Western


The original neighborhood started on Menlo Street off of 228th between Vermont, and Figueroa.

B’EST never had any ties to any other neighborhoods period!! Never broke off any other varrio, B’EST is its own original creation.

TxFlats, La Rana, La Loma, Harbor City and Keystone varrios have been around much longer than B'EST and so naturally there is going to be some speculation about ties or breakoffs. But B'EST are no one's rejects, followers, etc. B'EST is the Original neighborhood from East Side Torrance.

B’EST is really within the "Harbor Gateway”. Which is part of L.A., and not City of Torrance proper. And B’EST isnʻt even patrolled by Torrance PD!!! LAPD Harbor Division patrols. Only when LAPD Harbor Division requests assistance, is when Torrance P.D. rolls in.

Varrio Bandana or Color: Straight Blue or Black, and Baby Blue.

Varrio Logo or Lid: Anything with the Carolina Panthers.

B’EST adopted the "Panther" as Thee Varrio symbol. All the Homies sport Panther jerseys and lids. And once you have proven to be a well established solid vato, you can get your Pantera placa tatted on you. Most all the veteranos have it stamped on their left or right forearm. Anyone that's hit the torcida and met B’EST Homies will tell you all the veteranos BʻEST vatos have the Pantera.

The speculation is that the Panther is the same as the Jaguar, and as all Raza knows, the Mayans and Aztecs revered these creatures because of their power and mysteriousness they possessed.

Original Clika: East Side Torrance Peewees, aka Pequenos. From the 1970's thru the late 90's. Still around but have given ground to the younger generations. B’EST has homeboys in their 50's pushing the PWS clika.

2nd Generation Clika: East Side Torrance Diablos. From the late 80's thru the late 90's. Solid B’EST motherfuckers who held down the varrio and stood tall during the 80s and 90s era wars...

3rd Generation Clika: East Side Torrance Lil Raskals. From the late 90's to present times. B’EST newest clika kicking up dust in the varrio and keeping it going strong. The Raskals Clika started after the Homeboy Alejandro" Lil Raskal" Rivera was killed. That was in the late 90's when most everyone from B’EST was away, locked up, in retirement, etc. Lil Raskal was the one recruiting and keeping the varrio going in those days. After he passed, all the little Homies who kicked it with him wanted a clique started after his placaso. They had to earn it and they did.

Some Raza may hear "TORRANCE" and think white people and nice neighborhood. Those same Raza may hear IE or SB and think the same thing. Move my family out there and get away from the "life"..

But BESTrust ~> is down with the business

B'EST don't fuck round !!!

I guess if the varrio was named EAST SIDE HARBOR GATEWAY people would get off the Torrance niceness thing, Que No?

With the times come many changes, and in 2008 la jura got an injunction thrown on little B’EST Varrio.. L.A. City came down hard with the injunction on the Varrio, and ever since they've started building condos and nice apts in and around Plaza Del Amo, so who knows, B’EST might be wiped out by City redevelopment, but never by the enemigas!

B’EST has earned their reputation, and are well known in the Harbor Area, and today the Varrio walks every yard in the pinta.

BARRIO x EASTSIDE x TORRANCE
TILL THE KASKET DROPS

4/5/13

WILMAS 13



WILMINGTON VARRIOS

EAST SIDE WILMAS
WEST SIDE WILMAS
NORTH SIDE WILMAS










THE VATO WEARING THE RED PENDLETON REPRESENTS EAST SIDE WILMAS, AND THE VATO WEARING THE BLUE REPRESENTS WEST SIDE WILMAS. . HYATT AND L STREET IS AT THE HEART OF EAST SIDE WILMAS.. AVALON BLVD DIVIDES ESW FROM WSW.. NORTH OF SEPULVEDA ALONG AVALON BLVD AS YOU HEAD INTO THE RAIL ROAD TRACKS NEIGHBORHOOD AREA THAT DIVIDE WILMAS FROM CARSON CAN BE CONSIDERED NORTH SIDE WILMAS, AND IN THE EAST SIDE ~> GHOST TOWN LIES NORTH OF PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY. . WILMAS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST, HARDEST AND OLDEST VARRIOS IN THE HARBOR AREA. . THEY WERE ONCE ONE HUGE VARRIO BUT WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIMES, DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFRENT FOLKS HAVE DIVIDED UP THE VARRIO AND VARRIO UNITY BECAME ALL BUT DEAD.

ONE OF THE OLDEST CLIQUES IN WILMAS IS THE "CHAIN GANG", SOME OF THE REST OF THE ESW WILMAS ARE AS FOLLOWS . . .

L STREET
MAHAR STREET BOYS
HYATT STREET LOCOS
LUMBER YARD MALOS
GHOST TOWN LOCOS
BANNING PARK LOCOS

SOME OF THE WEST SIDE WILMAS CLIKAS ARE . . .
THE OLD C STREET LOCOS AND DANA LOCOS
AND ONE OF THE HARDEST CLIKAS OF ALL WSW TIMES
~> THE WILHALL PARK LOCOS (WHPLS) ALSO KNOWN
AS THE WEST SIDE WILHALL.





THIS OLD ASS PLACASO SHOWS THE EAST SIDE AND WEST SIDE HITTING UP "UNITED". THAT'S HOW THEY WERE NOT TOO LONG AGO . . .

SAD TO HAVE SO MANY WILMAS RAZA FALL VICTIM TO THEIR OWN!

THE SAN PEDRO VERSUS WILMAS RIVALRY IS ONE OF THE OLDEST IN THE HARBOR AREA, BUT THE WSW VERSUS ESW PLEITO HAS BEEN ONE OF THE DEADLIEST BEEFS IN THE SOUTH BAY AMONGST WILMEROS.. THE NORTH SIDE WILMAS VIRTUALLY DISAPEARED BY THE START OF THE EARLY EIGHTIES, BUT I HEAR THEY STILL HAVE HEADS REPRESENTING.. THE ORIGINAL GHOST TOWN LOCOS WERE NOT ALL PART OF ESW., THEY WERE NOT THE SAME GTLS WHICH ARE A CLIKA FROM ESW IN PRESENT TIMES, THEY WERE OTHER VATOS THAT DID NOT ALL CLAIM ESW VARRIO, THEY JUST SIMPLY CLAIMED GHOST TOWN AS THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD GROUNDS AND THEY SHARED THE TURF WITH BOTH EAST SIDE WILMEROS AND WITH THE EAST SIDE PAIN BLOODS WHICH CAN STILL BE FOUND IN THE LAND.. THE WEST SIDE WILMAS WILHALL PARK LOCOS CAME OUT IN THE LATER 70s AND WENT ON TO CREATE A BIG NAME FOR THEMSELVES. WHPLS ARE STILL CARRYING STRONG.. IN THE DANA PROJECTS THE WATERFRONT PIRU’S CLAIMED THEIR SET ALL THRU THE 70s AND 80s UNTIL THE PROJECTS WERE TORN DOWN IN THE 90s.. IN THE LATE 70s AND EARLY 80s THE EAST SIDE WAS KEEPING STRONG WITH THE OLD “L STREET” LOCOS AS THE BACKBONE AND THE MAHAR STREET BOYS AS THE YOUNGER HEAVY FIREPOWER GENERATION. THE MAHAR STREET BOYS HEADQUATERED AT MAHAR AND DENNI STREET, ALL ALONG THE FRONT OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: WITH ONE HUGE CROWD AND A CRAZY ONE AT THAT. THE HYATT STREET LOCOS CAME NEXT IN THE MID EIGHTIES.




^ ^ ^ ^ THIS IS HOW WILMAS BREAKS DOWN . . .

OF COURSE THE DANA STRAND PROJECTS ARE GONE NOW . . .
AND THE GHOST TOWN NEIGHBORHOOD IS NOT WHAT IT ONCE WAS.

RANCHO SAN PEDRO




SAN PEDRO

~~>“HARBOR AREA”

S.P = The Port of L.A.

S.P. flies the flag colors of Black & Gold and the SUR 13 Blue flag.

The Black & Gold comes from the High School football team, the Pirates.

Amongst the lids that S.P. has sported are the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Seattle Mariners, and others like the University of Southern California "SC" lid used by the RSP Santa Cruz Street Locos clique.

The hand signs is a double-handed Big “S” and several others depending on the particular varrio or clique.

The main Varrio is Rancho San Pedro, A.k.a. The Ranch!

The name taken from the Rancho San Pedro housing projects built in the early 1940’s located within the borders of . .

(E) Santa Cruz Street,
(N) Mesa Street,
(S) Harbor Blvd. and
(W) 3rd. Street,

. . centered around Rancho Park on Centre Street & 2nd. Street.
The Rancho San Pedro housing projects together with the Verdes Del Oriente apartments are also home to the Dodge City Crips.
The name Dodge is a mis-translated English equivalent for Rancho that was adopted by the Cuzzins who formed their own gang at the projects in the early to mid 1970’s.
The actual turf claimed by Rancho San Pedro incorporates basically all of San Pedro, south of Cabrillo Street all the way down to the Harbor waterfront..

Rancho San Pedro’s cliques are the following (incomplete list)

NITEOWLS
SANTOS
LOCOS
8TH STREET LOCOS
3RD STREET LOCOS
MIDGETS
16TH STREET LOCOS NUTTY BLOCK
14TH STREET LOCOS
SANTA CRUZ STREET LOCOS
12TH STREET TROUBLES
2ND STREET PROJECTS

The RSP hang outs were many and spread out, never in the same place most of the time. Peck Park, Leland Park, Rancho Park, 2nd Street & Centre, Royal Palms, Point Fermin, Averill Park (The Hole), Cabrillo Beach, Summerland/Rena Park, 12th & Palos Verdes, 16th & Centre or Mesa, 3rd & Cabrillo, Oliver & Center, all of them depending on what was happening out in the streets.



Rancho San Pedro semi-gets along with most other SP Varrios like Varrio Leland Park from the neighborhood north of the Harbor Freeway surrounding the park that carries the same name.

Leland Park old borders are more-or-less the following. .

(S) Gaffey Street
(N) Leland Street
(W) Sepulveda Street
(E) Miraflores Avenue

Their initials are;
LP, LxP, LPSP, LPH, and LPB
Their cliques are:Hoods, Boys and Locos

Leland Park is presumably a break-off from RSP. That area was commonly referred to as the Leland Park Neighborhood, hence the name taken by the Leland Park “HOODS” clique.




RSP also has a love-hate relationship with the olden Park Western Loma Varrio that originated on the hillside ravine off of Western Avenue and Park Western Drive. The PWL original residents lived on the San Pedro hillside facing the Harbor northeast of Leland Park over by Channel Street. These residents were later relocated into the new housing development Channel Heights complex built in 1942, with most of the lower-income residents being pushed into the Housing Projects section called “Western Courts.”

The “Western Courts Projects” were located in the ravine area tucked-in just below Western Avenue and could be accessed through Park Western Drive. The name Park Western Loma was taken off the intersection of (if I remember correctly) Park Western Drive & Park Loma Drive streets that met up right in the middle of the neighborhood.

This neighborhood existed all the way up to 1980 when it was torn down and its residents scattered through-out the Harbor Area. Today, Capitol Drive runs right up the inclined hillside area, and new condominiums line the streets, but in olden times, the Chicano/Mexican community was nitty-gritty looking. There were horse ranches, dirt streets, spooky looking streets and homes, plus the old housing projects in the typical L.A. flats fashion. The streets were real dark and there were also plenty of pristine brush and greenery. The view over the L.A. Harbor below was magnificent, and the many steep dirt paths down the hill many times provided the PWL Homies an escape route from the juras. The place at the end of its days looked like a neighborhood straight out of the 40’s, a lil’ TJ you might say - at least, because the west side of the neighborhood west of Park Western Drive around Peck Park, that part of the neighborhood was very nice looking. Nevertheless, their Varrio was real tight-knit and a happy hood. Folks were friendly and everyone knew each other. La Raza from PWL was made up of both Chicanos & Mexicanos. Peck Park, many times heard referred to by the locals as Park Western was where the Homeboys and their familias would gather up on holidays & occasions. Carne asada, BBQ’s, lowriders, futbol, beisbol, quinceañeras, weddings, or simple weekend kickback, that was their park and that’s were other Raza from San Pedro could come up and get along with each other in peace.

Then came urban redevelopment; city government for many years prior had been working on tearing down the hood. They just could not accept this old Mexican enclave to continue to exist right dead smack in the middle of one of the wealthiest white communities in all of L.A. County. Park Western Loma existed tucked-in between Miraleste, Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, and the upper middle-class of San Pedro (up the hill as the locals say). No other Varrio bordered PWL. Their closest neighbors were all down hill in Leland Park and Rancho San Pedro. And so, with force of politics and law, the Barrio residents filled with empty promises -- just like the old Chavez Ravine Barrio in Elysian Park -- was destroyed, so too PWL was razed. Its residents scattered through out the Harbor Area. First the projects were torn down, then soon after all the homes, and in their place were erected rows of condo’s and townhouses; well-planned with lit and paved streets. Nothing remained to remind the passer-by of the Barrio that once was; not even the trees nor the natural greens remained. La Raza was not given any chance to move back into the newly built homes; instead, they had to struggle to find a new home for their families. Many moved to other far away places, some to near-by towns like Carson and Longo; anywhere where their economic situation permitted them. Fortunally there were plenty of Homeboys that were able to keep their clan in San Pedro, and these Homies moved down the hill into the main Chicano/Mexican Barrio which back then (1980), was mainly south of Pacific Avenue and predominantly belonged to Rancho San Pedro. There existed in these grounds plenty of other Raza not affiliated with RSP, and with more Raza flowing in on the regular, it made for some interesting times to say the least. Many of these old and newer un-affiliated Raza were constantly met with rejection and hostility by The Ranch, and so too the PWL Homies were faced with instant beef with RSP.

The PWL vatos of them times consisted mainly of the 2 clikas of Malditos & Locos, but within the following year or so, their youngsters created the Chicos clika, the first generation formed outside their original grounds and these Chicos were real Stoners, bien locotes and with a real defiant attitude. Soon thereafter, they began to get it on with the RSP Midgets; then it escalated between the PWL Malditos/Locos and RSP 3RD ST/Locos cliques. Fortunally most of the conflict did not involve fierros, puros putazos y fileros, and that’s because back in them tiempos, an un-written rule of no cuetes between S.P. Raza was observed by most. Even though things would heat up between some, nevertheless there were always others from both sides who worked hard to cool things off; beef would die down somewhat or pleitos with out-of-town varrios would unite S.P. raza against their common enemies like Wilmas or Harbor City.

All the S.P. Varrios and raza Locos never have actually bonded together to fight as one, they all just simply do their own dirt. Some harder than others, some caught up and forced into action, others acting on opportunity, but with many remaining true to the cause.

During those early 1980’s many PWL vatos (not all) began to kick it together with the SPLS (San Pedro Locos) and in particular with some of those who had started up the “Barrio San Pedro” V’BSP’R who were holding up a whole two street section of the RSP projects where Beacon Street and Third Street met, just two blocks south of the DCC Mob & RSP Locos on Second Street & Centre.

BSP consisted of a motley crew of Cholos, Stoners, Bikers & Paisas. All those who either were rejected by The Ranch or by those who refused to join RSP for whatever personal reasons. BSP was kick-started by a combination of people’s, but the main protagonists came from an olden S.P. Car Club called Los “UNITEDS” which was formed in 1973 by several old-school familias of brothers and primos from S.P.. . These older vatos never much cared about gang-banging and shit, and they were mostly about fixing up their ranflas, getting stoned on yesca and partying in the true spirit of San Pipas. Since these older vatos were also “futbolistas y guanteros”, nobody really fucked with them, but the changing times kept creeping up on them and soon, more and more raza was found revolving around them; their carnalitos came of age and then came some vatos who were mas locos whom at the same time did not carry the same weight or respect like the older vatos.



Before you knew it, the newer Raza and these youngsters from the Uniteds started up their own gang in response to pressure from The Ranch. These vatos had a decent attitude towards anyone who was cool people and it did not really matter to which San Pedro crowd they belonged to or what clika they claimed. Many of the San Pedro Locos and Park Western Loma Homeboys soon gravitated towards this motley crew and even more than a few vatos from RSP joined their ranks.

BSP ranks grew by the day with many gente closing ranks with them. The vast majority of non-BSP simply chose to get along with them. The BSP vatos got along well with the LP Boys and no beef ever sparked off between them, and when PWL moved down the hill, these vatos from BSP & PWL were an instant brotherhood. Both these groups had the same problems, and both these groups seemed to carry the same attitude towards “La Vida Loca” and the local street politics, so while the Rancheros and the Crips on Second Street were handling their business, the BSP, PWL & SPLS handled theirs down the street.

Not all PWL vatos were that firme with BSP, but those that were soon started up plaqueando under one roll-call with BSP and they began striking up like one big clika as “BSPWL” 3RD STREET. Their block down the street was always jammin’ and it rivaled that on 2ND ST held by the DCC Mob & RSP.

BSPWL down on 3 RD & Beacon was always happening; the block would be packed all the time and the crowd got so huge that the 2ND Streeters, mainly the Cuzzins eventually came to the conclusion that it was best to co-exist than to be rumbelling with each other. The Cuzzins would score their yesca from the Mexicans and the Mexicans would score their juice from the Cuzzins.

Then the rock begings to make a real impact and the raza Bikers from S.P. kicked-it up a notch with the acido y los Paisas go heavy pushing that black tar and ice. The vatos from Santa Cruz re-introduced La Carga and bam! Now everyone was on a trip, tempers flared up, hot summer nights adding to the numbers out in the streets, short fuses and uneasy minds, the whole damn Harbor Area seemed to explode into warfare all at once. San Pedro, WS Wilmas, ES Wilmas, Carson, TxFlats, Barrio Pobre, KeyStone, Victoria Park, Gardena, everyone was out gunning for someone, still the partying continued every week while bodies kept dropping.

Enter Raza activists like End Barrio Warfare, Barrios Unite and local Veteranos whom start mediating and setting up juntas between the battling camps. They sponsored gatherings at pre-arranged parks and meetings on neutral grounds began to take place. Enemy Varrios meeting up to play beisbol, futbol con refin y birrias began to take place. The Homeboys are encouraged to bring their familias and many do so. The madness amongst some calms down some, but not all vatos attend, nevertheless firme gente is plentyfull while others carry on . . and in San Pedro? History continues on the making.

The DCC Mob & Rancheros semi-alliance breaks down and the whole shit on Second Street takes a turn for the worse. BSPWL reach their fullest, seems like they grew so quickly, adding so many to their confederation that their differences and loyalties between them went unnoticed. No real unification ever occurred and they whole scene breaks down. PWL never really goes on the recruiting, while more of their vatos keep moving out, out of town and out of state.

BSP breaks down, the clikas they had incorporated like the original Santa Cruz Locos (Guayabos) and the 11TH Locos turn towards RSP. The youngsters from Santa Cruz go on to become the RSP Santa Cruz Sreet Locos in the later 1980’s, and the 11TH Street locos merge with RSP 12TH Street; amongst those are some from S.C. ST. . . RSP’s Midgets mostly disappear, and their small short-timers 14 Sreeters clika also disappear. . Leland Park also stops recruiting and somewhat disappears, but being that their hood remains, they continue on, small but still around.. RSP then begins to loosen up on it’s recruiting policy, and more and more raza begins to claim RSP. Before you know it, everyone and their cousin is claiming Rancho.

The years go by and everyone who claimed BSP or PWL get’s torcido, OD’s, commits suicide, gets smoked or turns hypo, the rest calls it quits and fade away in the general scene. Even the big ass RSP 3RD ST clika with it’s dominance over the grounds by the YMCA dies down big time, having suffered many casualties to the same reasons; and their customary out in the open show of numbers and faces jumps in with the low-profile new times. This is where I leave it at . . . more S.P. drama would be nice to learn up on, but maybe it is best to leave the most current news from the hood out; maybe for another time in the future, on account that the entrance by Young Crowd, Calle Oliver, PJS Locos and the rest of the internal problems between some RSP clikas, still somewhat touch on delicate homegrounds issues, besides that “I’m out of the loop”!!! Which is another way of saying "I don't know what the fuck"!!!

This was part of the scene in San Pedro during the later 1970's and early 1980's.


To be continued . . .


The PoolHalls - on Pacific Avenue between 1st Street & Santa Cruz

The Car Wash - at Pacific Avenue & Sepulveda

Peck Park (PWL Park) - off of Western Avenue & Summerland

Leland Park (LPSP)- off of Summerland overlooking Gaffey Street & the 110 Freeway

Cabrillo Beach – off of Pacific Avenue, down 36th street

Royal Palms – down the cliff off of Paseo Del Mar

Point Fermin Park (The Lighthouse) – Gaffey & Paseo Del Mar

Sunken City – down the “cliffside” of Point Fermin Park

Angels Gate (The Lookout) – at the end of Gaffey & overlooking the town and the Pacific Ocean

Daniels Field – home of the PIRATES between 12th & 13th streets on Cabrillo Avenue

Parke De La Ocho / 8th Street Playground (Wino Park) on Mesa and 8 th Street

The Projects (RSP) – (N) Mesa Street, (E) Santa Cruz Street, (S) Harbor Blvd. (W) Third Street

Rancho Park (DCC) - at 2nd Street & Centre Street

Tobberman’s – at Santa Cruz & Grand Avenue

Averill Park (Stoner Park) aka The Hole – at 13th Street & Averill Park Drive

Friendship Park (The Top) – overlooking all of San Pedro & the Harbor off of 9th Street on Friendship Park Drive

Harbor Park – on Beacon Street between 7th Street & 13th Street overlooking Harbor village (Port’s-O-Call Village)

Spiro’s Burgers – on Pacific Avenue and 3rd Street

PWL Projects - (torned down) - off Western Avenue down the cliff off Park Western Drive. (Now fully redeveloped with Capitol Drive running through it)

These were the main gathering places and crusing spots to congregate at, but by no means the "individual clikas hangouts" - Each clika had its own spots, but those mentioned above were the spots that all could come together and party hardy. Pacific Avenue was the crusin' Avenue for all and there were several dance halls to kick it as well, such as the Dancing Waters, The Aquarium and the Army Hall.

VIVA SAN PEDRO!