7/28/13

VICKYS TOWN


What's the story with VICKYS TOWN, do they still have a varrio on L.A's. East Side? Their varrio was up there by Juarez Maravilla, just on the opposite side of the freeway from Big Hazard, east of Soto Street by Wabash. Anybody have any history on them? VST is an old varrio, and they have set up chapters in other places, including up in northern California, but other than that, there's not much else that i can add to this dedicated pagina.

LYNWOOD VARRIOS

RUDE BOYS

A.k.a. RUDOS

Headquartered at ALMA (Ave) STREET

Their Varrio is centered at Norton & Califas Avenues

(N) Century, (S) Platt, (E) MLK, (W) L.B. Blvd.,

Although they are known to roam past L.B. Blvd into Poplar, Barlow and Oakwood, which at one time that area was considered to be LVPgs, but now LVTraviesos claim Oakwood Avenue.

RUDOS also roam south to meet up and even mix with the Lynwood MOB, south of Lynwood Park.

LYNWOOD MOB (1980s) is from the Lynwood Park neighborhood, south to Fernwood, and even past that, past the freeway all the way to Josephine and Virginia streets. FIR STREET would be the heart of their neighborhood.

RUDE BOYS and Lynwood MOB are rumored to have cliqued up, and now go by RUDE MOB (?) Hence the slogan “MOBbin’ with RUDEness”

North of the RUDE BOYS are the LYNWOOD DUKES

(N) Tweedy, (S) Century / Abbott, (W) State, (E) California

At one time the DUKES extended north past Tweedy with their Nebraska Chikos clique, but that clique went defunct, and the DUKES are no longer holding that area.

Originally the DUKES went by Lynwood Ghetto 13, or simply Lynwood 13, but then everybody around was claiming Lynwood Varrio this and Lynwood Varrio that, and then there came up also SOUTH SIDE LYNWOOD, over by the neighborhood surrounding the High School.

SSLWD13 (N) Imperial, (S) MLK, (W) Bullis, (E) Atlantic

Lynwood (Ghetto) 13 did not want to be confused with anyone else, decided on keeping it original and old school, and adopted their first generation name of DUKES for their varrio, but without adding Lynwood Varrio, just simply kept it as Lynwood DUKES. Their later generations have been the Morgan Cyklons, Nebraska Chikos and Criminals cliques.

South of L’DKS is the OSGOOD BLOCK headquartered at Osgood Avenue.

OBLS is a small hood tucked-in-between..
(N) Century, (S) Norton, (E) State, (W) Capistrano

They go by OBLS but are known to also add LV to their tags. The Locos was their first clique, followed by the Midgets.

Next to OBLS to the west are the SANTA FE LOCOS in all the “HUNDREDS” streets, along Santa Fe Avenue. Their neighborhood is on the opposite side of Alameda facing La Weigand Colonia Watts.

East of SFLS & south of OBLS are the LVTraviesos, a.k.a. Troublemakers, from Bellinger to L.B. Blvd, banging Oakwood Avenue with their Winos, Baby Locos and Tiny locos cliques.

All 3 varrios, OBLS, SFLS & LVTvs are in the area that once used to be part of LVParagons.

LVParagons is said to be the oldest and original Lynwood Varrio, going back to the late 1950s. LVPgs commanded an area that extended from (N) Century, (W) Alameda, (E) Bullis Road, (S) Euclid Avenue.

LVP used to control the HUNDREDS, Norton, Poplar, and Imperial west of MLK, but now LVP is mostly south of the freeway mixed in with BNG (BANNING STREET).

LVP and BNG have a love-hate relationship. They can be found partying together, but still beef it. The BNG crowd grew big and has reached numbers over a hundred strong with their 3 generations of gangsters Locos, Chicos and Crimeys (Criminals) cliques.

An anomaly in the BNG & LVP zone is Lynwood Varrio EL SEGUNDO on the little strip of El Segundo Blvd filled with trailer parks, apartments and a couple of rows of houses. LVES does not seem to have much of a presence in their birth grounds anymore, but are now spread out living all over Lynwood. Little LVES is known to blast on people, and has racketed up a documented membership of over a hundred.

So while LVP is the oldest and controlled most of the west side, on the east side of the city YOUNG CROWD is said to be the second oldest Lynwood Varrio. YOUNG CROWD is documented to be on Police maps since at least the early 1970s.

YC original neighborhood is located in the Lynwood Gardens community, but they spread up all the way to Imperial Hwy, controlling east of Atlantic Avenue. The construction of the Century Fwy split their neighborhood in to two halves. The northern part surrounds LUGO PARK, and the older part is down by Lwd Gardens HAM PARK around Rayborn, Wright, Clark, Lavinia, all east of Atlantic.

The Lwd Gardens part has had to contest with others like LVCompitas from the Carlin Avenue neighborhood area. LVCPTS have a decent representation with their Carlin Devils and Gangsters cliques.

North of Carlin, roaming around in-between Atlantic Avenue and Bullis Road you have the Krazy Katz (LVKZK).

Originally from South Central L.A. from back in the 1980s. Los Gatos Locos 42ND Street gang were rock-a-billy’s the same as the MLC Moonlight Cats.

SS38ST put the pressure on both the MLC and KZK to clique up. Some KZK cliqued up but most said chale and ended up beefing it with SS38ST. Some KZK moved to Lynwood, and they set up there since just before the Century freeway was opened up for trafico. The original KZK42 from SCLA faded or got locked up for jales, but the LV Crazy Cats have kept it going.

Other more newer locos have sprung up in the area, like the MWS MARIWUANOS on Agnes Avenue, and the LVSSG South Side Gangsters on Olanda Street, but they’re more recent and have yet to make it past the decade. And then there’s others little older varrios like the TRISTES (Lynwood Varrio Sad Boys) which are known to be active with their Harris Street Locos clique, but little is known about their history.

Lynwood Varrios even though they have main operating zones, the raza there moves around. Lynwood is like the typical big little town (city) where you kick it with some, but you live somewhere else. Lynwood is your town, and therefore Lynwood is your varrio., there ain’t no markers on the streets keeping one locked up to a corner. You roam around, and when you run into someone from out of town, you hit ‘em up, and if they ain’t from Lynwood, pues ya sabes, ponle!

This is just a little something on the Lynwood Varrios., add to it!

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VARRIO HARPYS

HPS HARPYS
BIG “ACHE 13”
1950s MC CLUB

HPS CONNECTIONS GO BACK IN TIME TO EPT

WITH A LONG STANDING VARRIO IN EL CHUCO
























HARPYS IS FROM THE OLYMPIC PARK & WEST ADAMS / MID CITY NEIGHBORHOODs. EL CORAZON DEL BARRIO IS CENTERED AT HOOVER PARK

LOS HARPYS CLAIM:
WEST SIDE” LOS ANGELES

THE HPS DOMAIN:
N; WASHINGTONE
E; FIGUEROA
S; 39TH ST / MLK
W; NORMANDIE
+ MID CITY 5TH AVENUE

THE VARRIO ROLLS THRU THE 20s AND 30TAs CALLES

MAIN ZONE OF OPERATIONS MAP:


BANDANA COLOR;
RED LIKE "SANGRE"

AFFILITIATION: SUR 13

EMBLEM: THE HARPY EAGLE
 



CLIQUES:
CALLE (20) VEINTE
25 ST TINY LOCOS
(25TH & HOOVER PARK)
27 ST CHICOS MALOS
(27TH & VERMONT)
28 ST DUKES TOWN
39 ST TOKERS
(39TH & BUDLONG)
5TH AVENUE MIDGETS

INCORPORATED:
WILD BUNCH
DEAD END 13

WILD BUNCH IS AN EARLY 80s FOOTBALL TEAM HQ AT HOOVER PARK (25TH & HOOVER) WILD BUNCH IS AN OLDER CROWD FROM THE EARLY OCHENTAS WILD BUNCH TOOK ITS NAME OFF THE 1969 WESTERN FLICK “A CLIQUE OF OLDEN OUTLAWS OUT TO MAKE A BIG SCORE” THE WILD BUNCH WERE ALWAYS AFFILIATED WITH HARPYS UNLIKE THE LATER DEAD ENDS WHICH WERE THEIR OWN FOR A MINUTE WILD BUNCH IS OLDER THAN THE DEAD ENDS

DEAD END 13 STARTED IN 1985 AS A STREET FOOTBALL TEAM AT JOHN ADAMS JR. HIGH IN EAST S’C THEY HAD AN OG SPOT AT THE 20TH STREET “DEAD END” BY HOOVER STREET DEAD ENDS ALSO HEADQUARTERED AT THE JULIET STREET DEAD END (SOUTH OF ADAMS) DEAD ENDS GOT HUGE AND SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE IN HARPYS NEIGHBORHOOD DEAD END EVEN TOOK IN VATOS FROM HARPYS JULIETTE STREET BOYS DEAD END THEN GOT ITS 13 AND HAD SOME PEDO WITH HARPYS BUT BEING FROM THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD AND HAVING LINKS DEAD END 13 AND HARPYS CLIQUED UP

SOME CALL IT HARPYS DEAD END
OTHERS CALL IT DEAD END HARPYS

AFFILIATED LOCOS:
PRIMO HEADS
KUSH HEADS
MIDNIGHTS
LIL TOWN
B*TCH KILLERS

EXPANDED TURF: GRANADA HILLS
(SAN FERNANDO VALLE)

TIJUANA (BAJA), SINCE THE 1970s
@ COLONIA LINDA VISTA (HPS PEEWEE WINOS)

HANDSIGN: DOUBLE HAND “FUSCA” FINGERS

CHICANO RAPPER: CONEJO
NOTORIOUS ENEMY RECORDS

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EAST SIDE BARRIO 13 STREET

EAST SIDE 13 de SOUTH CENTRAL L.A.




VARRIO EAST SIDE PLAYBOYS CAME TO BE ESTABLISHED IN THE SOUTH CENTRAL PART OF L.A. BACK IN THE YEAR 1980, AND SOON THEREAFTER EL VATO BEAVER (EX-MEMBER OF THE E.S. PLAYBOYS) CUT TIES WITH THE PLAYBOYS; AND SOON AFTER THAT, HE WENT AND STARTED OUT THE BARRIO EAST SIDE 13 (1980-81).

THE BARRIO ES13 WAS BORN ALL AROUND THE 28 STREET AND CENTRAL AVENUE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE THEY STILL REMAIN REPRESENTING UP ‘TIL THIS VERY DAY.

LA 28 STREET PROPER HAS ALWAYS BEEN BARRIO EAST SIDE 13 FROM THE GET GO, AND THERE WAS NEVER ANY ES13 CONNECTION WITH THE SOUTH SIDE 28 STREET DUKES FROM NEAR-BY 28TH AND MAIN STREETS; NEITHER DID IT HAVE ANY CONNECTIONS WITH THE OTHER VARRIO NAMED SOUTH SIDE 13 STREET, WHICH IS BASED AROUND THE 29TH AND TRINITY STREETS AREA. (NOTE: SS13ST WAS ORIGINALLY A PART OF CLANTON 14 STREET AND WENT BY THE C14 CLIQUE NAME OF 29 STREET JOKERS).

THOSE TWO VARRIOS, 28ST DUKES & SS13ST CLIQUED UP IN THE VERY LATE 1970's AND BECAME ONE SINGLE VARRIO AFTER THEY HAD A FOOTBALL GAME WHICH THE 28ST DUKES LOST; THEREFORE THE WINNER ~> SS13ST WAS ABLE TO KEEP THEIR OWN VARRIO NAME, ACCORDING TO THE BET THEY HAD.

BOTH ES13 AND SS13ST WERE CREATED AROUND THE SAME TIME, BUT THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TWO SEPARATE VARRIOS. HOWEVER THEY DO HANG OUT TOGETHER AT TIMES AND THEY ALSO HAVE BEEF WITH SOME OF THE SAME ENEMIES, BUT THEY'RE STILL SEPARATE VARRIOS, EACH RUNNING THEIR OWN PROGRAMS.

IN THE LATE 1980's, EAST SIDE TRECE, 38 STREET AND A CLIKA FROM 18 STREET JOINED UP FOR A MINUTE, BUT IT DIDN'T LAST FOR TOO LONG AND ES13 BROKE ALL TIES WITH THOSE TWO VARRIOS; EVER SINCE THEY HAVE STAYED STANDING ON THEIR OWN, HOLDING UP THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH GROUNDS.

DURING THE EARLY 1990's, ES13 STARTED A BRANCH IN EAST SAN BERDO (VERDUGO) WHICH BLEW UP BIG TIME AND WENT ON TO HOLD DOWN THE TERRITORY AROUND THE BASELINE ST & FAIRFLAX DRIVE ZONE, BUT BEING THAT ES13 WAS FROM L.A. COUNTY, SOON THEY GOT INTO A CONTINUOUS WAR WITH ALL THE INSANE EMPIRE VARRIOS OF WEST SIDE VERDUGO AND MOUNT VERNON.

NEVERTHELESS, EAST SIDE 13 HAS BEEN KNOWN TO PUT IN SOME SERIO WORK IN THE STREETS OF BOTH SOUTH CENTRAL AND SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, EARNING THEMSELVES A BAD ASS REPUTATION AND A PAGINA IN THE CHRONICLES OF BARRIO HISTORY.

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VARRIO TEMPLE RIFA






TEMPLE STREET “WEST SIDE” L.A. ORIGINALS!


THE VARRIO TEMPLE STREET WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1923, THE FAMILY LAST NAME WHICH STARTED TST WAS “TEMPLEROSA”, AND THEY HAD CAME FROM MEXICO, TO TEXAS, THEN TO CALIFORNIA, ESTABLISHING THE VARRIO IN BOTH PLACES IN THE 1920s. TIME LATER IT BECAME “TEMPLE STREET” BECAUSE OF THE L.A. STREET THEY LIVED ON, AND EVENTUALLY, AS MOST VARRIOS IN L.A. BEGAN TO CLAIM “SIDES”, TST BEGAN TO ADD/CLAIM “WEST SIDE” INDICATING WHAT SIDE OF THE CITY THEY WERE ON THE WEST SIDE OF LOS ANGELES.

THE ORIGINAL VARRIO IS LOCATED IN THE CENTRAL L.A. AREA WEST OF DOWNTOWN, SURROUNDING THE NEIGHBORHOOD AROUND THE TEMPLE AND CORONADO STREETS AREA, IN THE COMMUNITY WHICH TODAY IS KNOWN AS THE RAMPART DISTRICT. BOTH THE TEMPLE STREET AND THE CLANTON 14 STREET VARRIOS ARE SAID TO BE THE TWO OLDEST WEST CENTRAL L.A. VARRIOS IN EXISTANCE TO THIS DAY. TEMPLE STREET WAS STARTED BY MEXICAN AMERICANS, BUT HAS ALWAYS HAD SOME CENTROS, PINOYS, HUEROS, AND EVEN A VERY FEW MORENOS HOMEBOYS. HISPANIC MEMBERS IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE MAJORITY MEMBERSHIP OF THE GANG, BUT NEVERTHELESS ALL THE DIFFERENT ETHNIC REPRESENTATIVES OF THE VARRIO HAVE REMAINED TIGHT, AND ALL IS SAID TO BE GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD BETWEEN THESE RAZA GROUPS.

THE VARRIO OVER THE YEARS HAVE ADDED NUMEROUS CLIQUES AND HAS STARTED OUT RECRUITMENT IN VARIOUS OTHER SECTIONS OF SOxCAL AS WELL AS IN OTHER FAR-FLUNG PLACES. IN ADDITION, OTHER WELL KNOWN CLIQUES LIKE SATANAS AND REBELS 13 WHICH WERE ORIGINALLY A PART OF THE TEMPLE STREET VARRIO, WENT OFF SOLO. SATANAS “STS” BECAME LARGELY MADE UP OF FILIPINOS WITHIN TST CLIQUE RANKS AND THEY EVENTUALLY BROKE OFF FROM TEMPLE STREET.



ANOTHER VARRIO “R13” REBELS 13, ALSO SPLIT OFF FROM TST AND THEY WENT ON TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN THE EAST HOLLYWOOD AREA. BUT UNLIKE THE RANKS OF SATANAS WHICH WERE FILLED UP MAINLY BY FILIPINOS, THE REBELS 13 VARRIO BECAME AND REMAINED PREDOMINANTLY MEXICAN, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, THEY TOO HAVE REMAINED ON COOL RELATIONS WITH THE OLD TEMPLE STREET VARRIO.

THE TEMPLE STREET VARRIO OVER TIME HAS EXPANDED OUTSIDE ITS ORIGINAL TERRITORY AND HAS ESTABLISHED ITSELF IN FAR CORNERS OF L.A. COUNTY, NORTHERN CALIFAS AND IN LAS VEGAS NEVADA, SALT LAKE CITY UTAH, PENNYSYLVANIA, WASHINGTON, AND OREGON. AND IN ADDITION TO HAVING ESTABLISHED GROUNDS ON THE WEST SIDE OF L.A. TST HAS HEADS REPRESENTING THEIR VARRIO IN SOUTH CENTRAL, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, PALMDALE, LANCASTER, ANTELOPE VALLEY, CERRITOS, GLENDALE, LONG BEACH, POMONA AND OAKLAND. TST HAS EVEN GONE INTERNATIONAL, HAVING A PRESENCE IN CITIES LIKE LONDON IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES LIKE AUSTRALIA AND BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO AND SANTANA EL SALVADOR. TEMPLE STREET IS ALSO WELL REPRESENTED ACROSS-THE-SEA IN THE PHILLIPPINES WITH THE PINOY LOCOS CLIQUE.

THE TST PINOY LOCOS 13 CLIQUE WAS ORIGINALLY STARTED OUT IN THE EARLY 1980s IN THE HOMEGROUNDS OF WEST CENTRAL L.A. BUT EVENTUALLY WITH THE DEPORTATION OF MANY OF THE FILIPINO MEMBERS OF THE CLIQUE TO THE PHILLIPINES, THE CLIQUE BECAME LARGER THAN EVER OVER IN THAT COUNTRY.



CLOSER TO HOME, TST FOR A SHORT TIME ESTABLISHED AN EAST SIDE TEMPLE STREET IN EAST L.A., AND LATER THEY WENT ON TO ESTABLISH THEMSELVES IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (NORTH SIDE) WITH THEIR VALLEY TOKERS AND SUR DEMONS KLICK. TST ALSO SET UP CAMP IN THE SOUTH SIDE OF L.A. (SOUTH CENTRAL) WITH THEIR 52ND ST TOKERS [TKS] CLIQUE.

IN THE EARLY 1980s TST ADDED TO THEIR RANKS THE PARK DILLON LOCOS CLIQUE. THESE PDLS VATOS WERE ORIGINALLY A STREET-FOOTBALL TEAM GANG. THIS TOOK PLACE DURING AN ERA IN L.A. THAT WAS RIPE-FULL WITH FOOTBALL TEAMS ALL OVER THE PLACE WHICH WERE ALL EVENTUALLY EITHER CLIQUED UP TO THE OLD-GUARD GANGS OR THEY HAD TO SADDLE UP AN BECOME THEIR OWN GANG. THE PARK DILLON LOCOS PLAYED AND HANGED OUT AT THE PARK DILLON APARTMENTS LOCATED ON 2ND STREET AND DILLON. THESE APARTMENTS ARE STILL THERE TO THIS DAY, THEY JUST TOOK OFF THE OLD ENGLISH SIGN THAT SAID PARK DILLON. NEVERTHELESS, THE PARK DILLON LOCOS CLIQUE STILL LAYS CLAIM TO THEM AND THE SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOOD.



VARRIO TEMPLE STREET GANGSTERS WHETHER THEY ARE IN THE PHILLIPPINES OR ON THE HOMEFRONT; WHETHER THEY CLAIM WEST SIDE, NORTH SIDE OR SOUTH SIDE, THEY ALL FALL UNDER THE “13” FLAG, AND ALL THEIR CLIQUES REPRESENT THE VARRIO WELL.

= VARRIO TEMPLE STREET 13 GANG CLIQUES =

PARK DILLON LOCOS [PDLS],
MOUNTAIN VIEW LOCOS [MVLS],
PEEWEE LOCOS [PWLS],
TINY LOCOS [TLS],
PINOY LOCOS [PLS],
PARTY LOCOS [PLS],
MIDGET LOCOS [MLS],
MICHELTORENA LOCOS [MTLS],
ROSEMONT LOCOS [RLS],
DUKES [DKS],
VALLEY TOKERS [VTKS] --SAN FERNANDO VALLEY,
SUR DEMONS KLICK [SDK] --
-- SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, PALMDALE, LANCASTER,
CORONADO STREET [CST,
NIGHT STALKERS [NSK],
CUT THROATS [CTS],
MANIACS [MNS],
LOS MALOS [LMS] --PENNSYLVANIA,
TOKERS 52 [TKS] SOUTH CENTRAL,
DEATH BOYS LOCOS [DBLS],
CHARROS [CHS],
BAGOS [BGS],
SATANAS [STS]
REBELS 13 ~> DIABLOS [DBS]
AND THE REST. .



By FLAKO TST PDLS

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VARRIO FROG TOWN RIFA





Thee FROG TOWN neighborhood was born in the early part of the 1900's. This old barrio lays tucked in-between Elysian Hills and North East L.A.

The area was oldenly known as LITTLE RIVER VALLEY because this area is like a small valley wedged in right next to the LA River, in-between the Glendale Narrows (Verdugo) Wash and its tributary the Arroyo Seco; jammed up against the Elysian Hills, hence the reason why back in history, the place was also referred to as "Elysian Valley."

This area because of the thick vegetation growth along the wandering river bed and its river banks, allowed for a large gnat and insect infestation which in turn, sustained the growth of a sizable Frog population. During those early decades along this River Side community one could hear the sounds of Bullfrogs singing all through out the nights. These nightly serenades of the Bullfrogs gave rise to the moniker for the area <~ baptized with by the Mexican gente who lived right there around this pantano marsh locality.

The Frog Town ganga that sprang up in this area in the early 1930's was, has been, and remains a very close tight-knit varrio. Frog Town Rifa is from the old list of City of Angels varrios keeping it going -small but strong- still representing on the calles!



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VARRIO EAST SIDE CLOVER


EAST SIDE CLOVER

Initials: ESC, C19, CST

213 Area Code

Bandana Color: GREEN

Logo: THE 3 LEAF SHAMROCK, aka LUCKY CLOVER.
The plant most often referred to as shamrock is the clover and has served as a good luck symbol since the earliest times.

Hand sign: Big C (Pending Art)

The Varrio is from the later 1920s or early 1930s.

1950s Car Club: Thee Phantoms

Original clique: Leprechauns (Duendes)

Later cliques:
Jokers
Tiny Jokers
Calle Sichel Locos
19 Street (Avenue 19)

Irish and Mexicans where the first membership, but as the years went by, it became predominantly Italian and Mexican. But today, even though there still remains a sizable Italian population in The Heights, the Mexican/Chicano population by far supplies the majority of members to the Varrio ranks.

Varrio name origin stems from: “CLOVER STREET” proper; obviously named because the Irish first settled in Clover Heights or possibly from the large clover fields which existed there. Clover fields and wild mustard grew rampantly in those early times.

The EAST SIDE part of the Varrio name stems from the fact that when this section of greater East Los Angeles became officially renamed Lincoln Heights in 1917, as endearing as the new name was to become, it was still common for residents to refer to their neighborhood as “The East Side.” To this day, when older residents talk about The Heights, they’ll often say
~> “You know, The Eastside.”

Even the old LAPD quarters located by the Five Points (the intersection of Pasadena Avenue, Avenue 26 and Daly Street), was known as the East Side Police Station, until the Police Commission in 1919 changed the name to Lincoln Heights Police Station, so as to reflect on official records.

Another remnant of the name “Eastside” was the Eastside Brewery, which then became Pabst/Eastside Brewery, then Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, and in present times referred to solely as The Brewery. This is where the locals got their cold long neck bottles of “Eastside Beer”, it was really good stuff and cheap too.

The Old Clover Street community was bounded by the railroad on the south, the L.A. River on the west, North Broadway to the north, and EastLake (Lincoln Park) on the east. It was a close-knit community and everyone knew everyone else.

Officially, the Varrio East Side Clover, as well as the Varrios of East Lake 13, Happy Valley, Rose Hills, East Side 18 Street and Varrio Lincoln Heights are all located within the greater Lincoln Heights district surrounding Lincoln Park, aka East Lake.
But CLOVER itself is located in an enclave that was oldenly known as Clover Heights which stretched from North Broadway, all the way along the East Side of the LA River, south to the vineyards and railyards.

NORTH BROADWAY was formerly DOWNEY Avenue, renamed in 1910, it stretched from the LA river to Mission Rd. Named after John Gately Downey an Irish Catholic pharmacist who had served as the 7th governor of California from 1860 to 1862; In 1874 Downey Avenue was a 100 foot long street bisecting “The Eastside.” Since almost all horse car and cable lines were conceived to promote land development, Downey’s partner John Griffin began running a used omnibus along Downey Avenue to promote local home sites. North Broadway (Downey) became a busy commercial strip, which it remains today. This is where the heart of CLOVER HEIGHTS was established.



Clover Heights is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, dating back to the 1870s. Perched on bluffs above the L.A. River, it was originally home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents, who built a large number of Victorian mansions in the district (many of which can still be seen standing today as you stroll through the neighborhood). By the turn of the Twentieth Century, however, the rapid industrial development along the riverbanks made it less appealing for wealthy Angelinos, who then began to move out to other areas, first to the Arroyo Seco area, then from the 1920s on, to the rapidly developing Mid-Wilshire area. As the wealthy residents moved out, Clover Heights became home to a large Italian population as well as an ever greater Mexican population. It and its cross-river neighbor “Little Italy” (what is now Chinatown) formed the heart of the Southern Califas Italian-American community. But beginning just after World War II, Italians and Mexicans alike began to also move out from the immediate areas next to the River. This process accelerated during the 1950s, with the construction of the Golden State Freeway running parallel to the river, which split the Clover Barrio right down the middle and devastated the neighborhood. Ever since, Clover Heights has been a poor-to-working class Chicano neighborhood.

In present times, The Heights can roughly be considered to be bordered by the Los Angeles River on the west, the San Bernardino I-10 Freeway on the south, and Soto Street on the east; the district's northern border is unclear due to the area's uneven terrain. Adjacent communities include El Sereno on the east, City Terrace on the southeast, Boyle Heights on the south, Dog Town and Solano Canyon on the west, Cypress Park on the northwest, Mount Washington on the north and Montecito Heights on the northeast (The Hills, as the area is referred to by the locals). The Hills are connected to Lincoln Heights and go under a small valley behind Montecito Heights. Many of the hills in this area have no trees and much dry grass, but the area also shows amazing panoramic views of the entire city. Many northeast L.A. communities have been formed and defined by the many hilly areas that run through this northeast area. So while the freeways may surround The Heights, there are larger, natural forces that have created and defined the community.

Originally the CLOVER STREET neighborhood was founded by a growing affluent class which chose to move away from the hustle and bustle of downtown LA. Griffin Avenue was named after one of the founders and investors in the area. Other streets such as Workman and Sichel were also named after original settlers. Around the 1930s the immediate area surrounding the old barrio became a working class neighborhood adjacent to the EastSide Brewery and the San Antonio Winery on North Main and Lamar Streets. Back then, there were houses between the brewery and the LA River which separated Barrio Clover from Dog Town on the other side.

The Clover Street Barrio was a close-knit community and everyone knew everyone else. Houses were seldom locked. Of course not everyone was rich with material things and there was really no reason to lock anything. Nevertheless, if you had a bike, it was prudent to lock and secure it at night. Although protected by natural boundaries, outsiders may sometimes wander through the streets at night.

Albion Street Elementary School was nearly at the center of the community, which made a short walk for all of its students. It was one of the first schools to be built in the city of Los Angeles in 1891 opening a year later. The wooden schoolhouse was initially on Albion St, but later new classrooms were added and the administrative offices were moved to Avenue 18. But, it still retained the original name. There were after school activities like kick ball, softball, and outdoor basketball. These were complemented with activities at the Downey playground (Clover Park) across the street. During the summer there was baseball and in the fall touch football. Many of the young Clover Boys that graduated from Albion who then proceeded to Nightingale Jr High were tempted to ride the rail to Figueroa Street(The Espee railroad tracks ran along the LA River on the west edge of the playground and underneath the Spring Street bridge). However, this never became a habit with anyone. There were always stories of someone getting tangled up and forever living with the nickname of peg leg. After graduating from Nightingale, the youngsters would continue their education at Lincoln High School at the east end of North Broadway. Besides developing minds-- In the fall, football was the event. Although the teams were competitive, the school was small and it was a challenge to develop championship teams. Nevertheless, on occasion the right mix of players and coaches would come together and the school would march to the city playoffs --there used to be a lot of social events like Sock Hops and Sports Nights. There was the acrobatics of the jitterbug in the late forties, the Latin rhythms of Richie Valens and La Bamba in the fifties, and the gyrations of the twist in the early sixties.

Most of the homes in the neighborhood had cellars. Some youngsters liked to hang out and there they would assemble in an effort to be cool like James Dean or Humphrey Bogart, secluded in the cellar, they would experiment with cigarettes and sneak a Lucky Strike from an uncle or in some extreme cases grab a Coors from the ice box or a nickel 8 ounce femininely shaped bottled coke from one of the local stores and hang out in the cool shade of their front porch.

Hidden at the south end of Lamar St is the San Antonio Winery. In 1917 Santo Cambianica left his home in Italy and settled in Clover Heights to open up the winery. While many wineries went bankrupt during Prohibition, he cleverly survived by making sacramental wines for the Catholic Church. His family still makes wines for the church today as well as wines for the general public. It is one of the last wineries in Los Angeles and has been declared a cultural historical monument.

Today, most of the old houses on Clover St have been demolished. The land was converted to parking lots for the Piggy Back trailers of the Union Pacific railroad that bought out the Espee. Later, this land was sold to The United Parcel Service, which built a distribution center for their growing delivery service. The Golden State Freeway now borders the east side of the community. The old Clover Street birth grounds became increasingly an industrial hub, which even to this day still has turn-of-the-century workers' cottages near Main Street just blocks away from the Southern Pacific rail yards.

The railroad was built by immigrants who were mostly Chinese and Mexicans who laid railroad tracks over the High Sierras and Rocky Mountains into the plains of the Midwest; And in some cases they tenaciously bored tunnels through the mountains to lay their railroad tracks. Along the Clover Barrio, there were machine shops and rail yards to support the railroad. These facilities maintained and managed the distribution of locomotives, box cars, and cabooses. They were constantly serviced, taken apart and put back together to keep them running. The Southern Pacific Taylor yards and shops were located at the south end of Clover Street. It attracted many workers in the local area that consisted of machinists, apprentices, their helpers, and laborers. It was a convenient area to live. In the morning many of the workers in their overalls would walk from their nearby homes to the shop swinging their lunchboxes in rhythm with their stride. At 7AM the Espee (Southern Pacific) whistle could be heard throughout the neighborhood signaling the start of the work day. On the weekends with a 15-cent token one could take the streetcar downtown to go to the movies at the big theaters, or take in a live show at the Million Dollar Theater. Otherwise, one could just walk to the Starland Theater on Broadway a few blocks away or to the San Carlos Theater east of Daly Street on Main. On Sunday, after going to Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians, many would take the streetcar east to Lincoln Park. They would get their thrills on the various rides of the amusement park, try to catch the gold ring on the merry-go-round, or just go fishing at the lake. Sweethearts might rent a boat and cruise the lake taking care not to scare the fish away. Unfortunately, there weren't many places for the fish to hide in the small lake.

The lake was originally named Eastlake, but the name was also changed in 1917 to Lincoln Park, reflecting on the new official name for the community; And Eastlake Park Avenue was also changed to Lincoln Park Avenue. This grand street was the "red carpet" leading to the main entrance to the park in its day. A hundred years ago Lincoln Park was the city limit and people crossed bridges by foot, horse, trolley, etc. over the LA river down N. Broadway and turned south on Eastlake Park Avenue. In 1913 William N. Selig (1864-1948) purchased 32 acres of land next to Eastlake Park at a reported cost of $1 million. The property was turned into a zoo for the animals that he used in his films. By 1915, 700 animal species were residing at the Selig Zoo. The Selig Zoo is gone, but Lincoln Park and the Lake remain. And so does the San Antonio winery at its original location. The San Antonio Winery, continues to operate today, albeit with non-local grapes, and Lincoln Park is now used to celebrate Chicano culture and Mexican heritage. Cinco de Mayo at the park, is now an event that brings Raza from all over, down to The Heights!

Like most other inner city LA neighborhoods, the 1970's and 1980's saw the rise of "white flight" and "brown flight" too, as established Raza moved onto the growing and more prosperous suburbs of Los Angeles.

In a City of Angels that often disdains the old for the new, Clover Heights is a tough old neighborhood where 26% of the residents live below the poverty line and timeworn beauty hangs in the balance.

.. History yet to be completed, pending further revision!

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VARRIO DIAMOND RIFA



DIAMOND STREET

Claims = WEST SIDE =

Old Initials; VDR,

Newer Initials; DST,

Diamond ChicoS; C<>S

The Varrio is located;
At L.A's. Rampart District
~> Temple-Beaudry Area

El Corazon del Varrio
"THE STAIRS"
Court Street and Boyleston





Homeboy’s cliques;
DIAMONDS (Originals)
WINOS
PEEWEE DUKES
TINY VETS
CHICOS

Home girls clique;
PEARLS

La Rola del Varrio
“DIAMONDS AND PEARLS”



Varrio Diamond is one of the oldest Varrios on the West Side, as well as one of the hardest and most respected all around. The greater Varrio was located dead smack in the middle of the other olden neighborhoods like Bunker Hill, Palo Verde/Alpine, Angelino Heights and Belmont Heights. Over to the east was the Varrio Alpine and to the west the Bunker Hill Barrio stretched all the way to meet with the Market Barrio on 3RD and Broadway. Bunker Hill together with the Temple-Beaudry greater area were Varrio Diamond was born, survived until the late 50’s when the area was targeted for urban renewal. The build up of the Civic Center and the subsequent construction of the 110 Freeway, destroyed not only a good chunk of Bunker Hill but a large section of Varrio Diamond as well. Today, the birthground "DIAMOND STREET" proper, is cut off in half by the freeway. The Varrio nevertheless has maintained itself strong ever since on the West Side of the freeway; even with the destruction of part of its neighborhood and the build up of adjacent areas. Some claim Diamond was started in the very early 60s, still others claim the orgins of the Varrio go back to the 1930s. But whether Varrio Diamond is from the 30s, 50s or 60s, the fact remains that Diamond is an original West Side Varrio that is hardcore to the bone and has represented the Chicano style to the fullest!



Ps. Special gracias to Martinez for his contribution for Diamonds History.


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VARRIO FLORENCIA 13



When most gente think of L.A. Varrios, they think of East Los, Boyle Heights, the San Gra Valle or Central Los Angeles. They would be surprised to know that much of Los Angeles Varrio history actually happened in SOUTH L.A., Although South L.A. has been known primarily for its Black gang activity, there have existed from time ever olden many enclaves of Raza scattered throughout the South Side.

Before the Second World War, many immigrants and Raza Locals were hired by the railroad and the "Red Line" electric car company to lay track and work on the rail lines between Los Angeles and the Port/Harbor Areas of San Pedro + Wilmington and Long Beach. Some workers settled in various areas of South Los Angeles. Here the small markets and businesses catered to the Spanish speaking communities. Many of the Raza Varrios which were spawned before and after the war take their names from the colonias/barrios and streets in this greater South Los area.




Amongst the very olden and greatest!!!

FLORENCIA 13

Name derives from their birth grounds around Florence Avenue and the Community of Florence in South Los Angeles.

Florencia allegedly started near Florence and Atlantic and at one old point back in time they’ve actually said to have claimed the whole stretch of Florence Avenue from Inglewood to Santa Fe Springs.

Thus the F13 Varrio got its name from that same Avenue, “Florence Avenue,” which runs east and west, parallel and between Slauson and Firestone Avenues.



Official initials “F13”

Other forms . .
FX3, EFE13, EFEX3, and SSF13

The 13 is meant to signify that FLORENCE was/is CRAZY!

The 13 stood for the letter M in the Alfabeto . .
and M stood for Mota . .
A.k.a. Mariguanos = Locos (Crazies) !!!

“VIVA LA CRAZY FLORENCE” !!!




The Florencia Varrio from the onset has used the "13" in their name, but its original meaning has now morphed to show their strong allegiance to the Mexican Mafia which also adopted the 13 numeral in the Fifties, but in a twisted form of the original letra “eMe” which then went on to signify and stand for the “Mexican Mafia”.

Many early members of the notorious Mexican Mafia were recruited from the Florencia Varrio. All the Varrios from the South L.A. area are veteranos de un chingo de batallas with Black gangs. Often outnumbered by rival Blacks, the local OriGinal South L.A. Varrios like F13 (amongst many others) went on to earn up a reputation for fierceness and this made them prime recruits in the Mexican Mafia's war against Black gang members in the prison system.

Pero serio pedo Holmes . . ALL Raza from whatever Varrio, if they're hard enough, and cling to the old stilo . . can get themselves sponsored and initiated into La eMe. Just like so many Vatos from so many Old Varrios like the Avenues, White Fence, Hazard, y simon, tambien "Maravilla"!!!

F13 history is one that dates back to at least the 1950s, with some even claiming their Varrio dating back to the 1940s.

In the Fifties the F13 Varrio adopted a 1950's Doo-Wop" song, "Florence" by the Paragons, as its theme song. This rolita was said to often be requested and played by DJs like Huggie Boy or Wolfman Jack on the radio to let everybody know Florencia was in town as an implicit challenge to rivals. La Florence rolita was also played at Mexican weddings, quinceaƱeras, bautismos, y borlos, wherever Florencia Varrio members were present in any numbers.

F13 Homeboys have always been adamant about their allegiance to the South Side, and have refused to claim any other Side no matter where they live or where they set up camp. They have always claimed South Side and never ever any other L.A. Side!



They are a very large Varrio and have many klikas throughout South Side Los Angeles and the South East Side, stretching from East Sur Centro, Huntington Parque and Florence onto South Gate, Paramonte, Downey, Bellflower and beyond.

Florencia tambien tiene un chingo de klikas outside of L.A.County, mainly towards Orange County where they may be the largest L.A. Varrio claiming terrenos y calles en el Condado de Orange.

They also have cliques in Las Vegas and in other towns and cities of the U.S.A. in particular on the West Coast from Oregon and Oakland, down to Sur Califas and even Tijuas where they have numerous Vatos claiming eFe 13 all over the Colonias (Neighborhoods). They are also said to be amongst the largest L.A. Varrio in Mexico City (the biggest city in the whole wide world) where they are neighbored and rivaled by other transplant L.A. Varrios like Dieciocho y La Mara Salvatrucha.

F13 like so many other L.A. Varrios in the last 2 or 3 decades (80s and 90s), they have cliqued up (incorporated) other Gangs and Krews into their ranks. These Krews and others have not only served to swell up their membership, but give testimony to the strength and power that F13 exerts all around the grounds.

F13 has traditionally beefed against any Varrio from the West Side, especially and particularly Barrio Eighteen STreet. Florencia and 18ST have long been rivals but the situation got worse when 18ST, a West Side Varrio started a South Side clique which consolidated ground and grew in numbers in South L.A. around the late 80s.

Florencia 13 has always been and continues to be one of the biggest Varrios in all of L.A. and they have kept up a reputation for being one of hardest Varrio throughout the years tambien.



F13

The Cliques!!!

DIABLOS
MALDITOS
NIGHT OWLS
TERMITES
MIDGETS
TOKERS
JOKERS
BAGOS
LIL RASCALS
PEEWEES
EAZY BOYS
MIDNITE BOYZ
DREAM BOYZ
FRONT HOOD
ASSASSINS
MATONES
MALOS
LOCOS
TINY LOCOS
SOUTH SIDE LOCOS
HOLMES GANGSTERS
NEIGHBORHOOD DUKES



RUNNING THE STREETS FROM THE FIFTIES TO THE OCHENTAS
57TH, 62ND, 64TH, 66TH, 67TH, 68TH, 75TH, 81ST, 84TH, 85TH, 87TH Y MAS!!

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VARRIO SOTEL 13


Initials “S13”

Varrio hand sign is the backwards two handed “S”
Left hand over the right hand

Bandana Color: Brown

Varrio claims WEST LOS

Started out in the 1950's

Started out as a Car Club

OG name "THEE FALCONS"

Stoner Park = the heart of the Varrio

Clikas:
Diablos/Devils
Niteowls
Dukes
Chicos Locos
Peewees
Pachucos

Borders:
N ~> Santa Monica
S ~> Pico
W ~> Centinela
E ~> The 405

UNI HIGH
University High School





Sotel 13 is an old West Los Varrio, which dates back to the 1950's.

The Varrio name is derived from the West L.A. community/neighborhood of  SAWTELLE

SOTEL is very much in line with the old school Pachuco way of baptizing their barrio names with; for example..

WILMAS for Wilmington
LONGO for Long Beach
PACAS for Pacoima
BOLEN for Baldwin Park
SAN GRA for San Gabriel
so on and so on..

 

Sawtelle was always a mix of lower and middle-income residents but it was never a barrio as we tend to perceive places like East Los or Sal Si Puedes in San Jo. Their neighborhood consisted of primarily lower-income housing, but due to real estate values jumping up, they are slowly losing their streets to richer folks moving in and buying up more and more properties. There are still a lot of Latino residents in that area despite the gentrification and re-development but little by little, they're being pushed out.

Sotel has always been a fairly small but tight knit Varrio. That's their strength. I can't imagine Sotel the Varrio dying out. Some other cliques and clubs have come and gone in that area, like the West Side Crazies, West LA Trippers, West LA Party Boyz, West Los 13 and West Side Locos 13, but Sotel has always survived.

Sotel started out in the 1950's as Thee Falcons de Sotel, which was more of a Lowrider club. It is said that in the 1960's the Chicano cliques of the West Los (Santa Monica, West L.A., Venice, Culver City/Mar Vista and Sawtelle) caught on to the East L.A. cholo style and reinvented themselves as Varrios. Thee Falcons became SOTEL 13 and some of the other cliques became Venice 13, Santa 13, Via, etc. Most Sotel Homies live around the Brockton Avenue and Norris Terry elementary school neighborhood, centered mostly around Stoner Park, at least that is "historically". They're a very spread out Varrio, so you will only catch them together only at their hang out spots. Their main click now is the Diablos and they usually wear the San Diego Padres lid, which stand for Sotel Diablos.

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