8/2/13

A SHOUT OUT TO LA's 1970's VARRIOS!




Back in the 1970's un guato de Chicano VARRIOS were already posted up since Olden Times representing the Old Stilo de Vida everywhere and in every SIDE and sub-division of the City and the County of LA.

Those varrios around from way back then were not nearly as numerous as they are today; especially since the Gang explosion that took place in the 1980's with all those varrios that got it together from the Football Teams, the Tag Bangers and the Stoner Locos generation eras..

Most LA varrios prior to the 1980's claimed a much larger territory; Mas Grande than those which followed up later in the decades of the 80's and 90's.,

Aside from the West Central LA, the East Side and the South Side LA areas, few other sections of the urbanized county streets were as congested with that many a mess of varrios.

The Harbor Area (HxA), the North Valley (SFV), East Valley (SGV), West Los (WLA), North East (NELA) and South East (SELA) had some very old old varrios representing from way way back, but there were whole wide tracks of streets in all those areas and parts of town hat were scant of any varrios claiming.

Back then, the same as nowadays ~> if a varrio was known about and heard about in all the crazy corners of the county, that carried some real heavy weight behind it; it meant that the varrio was recognized as being among the most chingone; So being in the list of the "heard about" varrios was of utmost importance; because in the varrio world ~> it is a sign that the varrio has made its mark ~> Se dejo caer and has been around!

 So, "Importa Madres" to get your varrio up on the roll-call; and it matters most of all that you hold up your Varrio with pride!

Most of those 1970's Varrios are still around still kicking up dust; so in a ways ~> a roll-call from the 1980's or 1990's varrios lista would seem like you're repeating the same old ones around since back then; Never-the-less, those 1970's varrios in my mind, and then maybe because of my generation, I feel like they deserve their own page in history; They deserve their names to be remembered., and a shout out for each and every one of those old varrio names with respects would be a start; Que no?

From the 1970's era ~> starting out with the North East LA area: A shout out to friend and foe Varrios alike

No Dis-Respect Meant

DOG TOWN RIFA
FROG TOWN RIFA
43RD AVENUES
CYPRESS AVENUES
CYPRESS PARK BOYS
NELA 13
TOONERVILLE RIFA
CLANTON 14 STREET
HIGHLAND PARK

From the Lincoln Heights and El Sereno area . .

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

From the Boyle Heights East Side area . .

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

From the Unincorp East L.A. area . .

LA ROCK MARAVILLA
JUAREZ MARAVILLA
LOPEZ MARAVILLA
MARIANNA MARAVILLA
HOYO MARAVILLA
LOTE MARAVILLA
ARIZONA MARAVILLA
LOMITA MARAVILLA PRIMERA
WINTER GARDENS
GERAGHTY LOMA
CITY TERRACE
LAGUNA PARK VIKINGS
LITTLE VALLEY RIFA

From the South East area . .

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

From the South Side of L.A. .

CLANTON 14
38 STREET
FLORENCIA 13
SOUTH LOS
WEIGAND COLONIA WATTS
WATTS VARRIO GRAPE
ELM STREET WATTS
HICKORY WATTS
TORTILLA FLATS
LARGO 36
CE VE SEGUNDO
ONE FIVE FIVE
CE VE SETENTAS
CE VE TRES
LOS PADRINOS
YOUNG CROWD
LYNWOOD VARRIO PARAGONS
BARRIO 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
VIVA BARRIO SAN PEDRO
VARRIO HARBOR CITY RIFA
VARRIO KEYSTONE
VARRIO LA LOMA RIFA
LA RANA (TORRANCE)
T x FLATS (TORRANCE)
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 RIFA
TE TOWN FLATS

From the West Side . .

WEST SIDE EIGHTEEN STREET
WEST SIDE CLANTONE 14
TEMPLE STREET
VARRIO VISTA RIFA
VARRIO ALPINE RIFA
ECHO PARK
WEST SIDE WHITE FENCE
WEST SIDE KING KOBRAS
LITTLE WEST SIDE
CINCO LOMAS (FIFTH & HILL)
PLAYBOYS 13
REBELS 13
DIAMOND STREET
SATANAS
HARPYS

From the West Los area . .

VARRIO CULVER CITY
VENICE 13
SOTEL 13
SANTA MONA (MONICA) 13

From the North Valley . .

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

From the East Valley . .

VARRIO PUENTE 13
TOWNSMEN
LITTLE HILL RIFA
VALINDA FLATS
BASSETT GRANDE
EAST SIDE DUKES
VARRIO HAPPY HOMES
VARRIO LOMAS
SAN GRA RIFA
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 COLONIA PARQUE
LA VERNE RIFA
POMONA 12 STREET SHARKYS
HAPPY TOWN RIFA
CHERRIEVILLE RIFA
CLARA MONTE RIFA


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

THE FIRST L.A. BARRIOS

The first Chicano Varrio Gangs in Los are said to have evolved from the Palomillas (Boys Crowds) of the Barrios & Colonias (Neighborhoods), many of which first emerged in those immediate neighborhoods surrounding the old Plazita Village of Los Angeles – present times affectionally named “La Plazita Olvera” located in-between Cesar Chavez on the north, 101 Freeway on the south, Broadway on the west, and Alameda Street on the east. The first Barrio that sprung out of this town/village was called Sonora Town, and it lay just due northeast, centered on Spring Street. But the Mexican community was never solely limited to any one particular area or section of the city, and many urban villages existed spread out all over the L.A. basin. Nevertheless, many of the Central Los Varrio Gangs that can be counted in these present times can in some way or another trace back their lineage to those early 1900’s Mexican communities which expanded out from the Central L.A. area.

This Central Los area quickly became inhabited by both Mexicans and other ethnic groups, such as Filipinos, Jews, Russian Molokans, Chinese, Italians, Blacks and others. But within a very short time span between 1900 and the 1940’s, the Mexican population became predominant above all the others and turned the Greater East Side --which in old white-Anglo terms, included everything east of Broadway/3Rd Street and Elysian Park Hills—into one continuous Mexican/Chicano Barrio per say.

The white-Anglo ruling elite basically relegated all the non-white ethnic population into the most undesirable lands and crowded them into the poorest sectors of the ever growing metropolis. To the Mexican/Chicano population, the ruling elite’s self-serving urban development programs and reclusive residential laws became known as “Barrionization”. The young Mexicans in these Barrios and Colonias faced with a hostile environment of discrimination and living in contested grounds, soon bonded together and formed tightly-knit groups for mutual assistance and cultural survival. They cliqued up for self-preservation if you would. It suffice to refer you, the reader, to the much documented historical data which sheds much insight as to the reasons which not only forced these young Chicanos into such a stance, but also as to the cultural pride that demanded no less from them. Out of this Barrionization process emerged many of the Varrio Gangs which adopted and carry the particular name of their original neighborhoods. These Varrio Boys went on to structure themselves with codes of conduct and rules of warfare, together with a style an attitude that survives even onto this present day.

In the world of Chicano Varrio Gangs, much value is given by many, as to the age and generational lineage of their respective Varrios. Those Gangs that can trace their origin to the earliest of times, pre-dating their neighbors, their rivals, other ethnic groups or even their allies, “proudly boast” of their olden history and hold it close to their heart as a badge of honor. These olden Varrio Gangs have endured with the test of times many trials and tribulations. They have suffered dear loses, but they have also grown strong and hard by enduring such hardship and pains. They have come together and forged a “family” of Homeboys and Homegirls, young and old, happy and mean, independent but dedicated to one another, surrounded by friends and relations, raza from all walks-of-life which serves them well as a social support group. This camaraderie of the extended family fills them up with ever good times and beautiful nostalgia.

But which are some of those Barrios that go back to them early times? Which are the Gangs that trace back their roots to those early urban villages? It is extremely hard to be able to pin down all of them in a chronological timeline order, and that is due because when dealing with Chicano Varrio Gangs, most have not and do not leave a written record of their events and happenings on account of the underground aspect involved in their history which for obvious reasons “must fly under the radar”. Most Varrio Gangs do however have a decent record of their history which is passed down by word of mouth amongst the gang membership, and shared with associates and those trusted faces from the Barrio. Other than that, one is hard pressed to learn-up about the individual Gangs origins. Therefore, keeping in mind the aforementioned, I don’t assert to be 100% correct with the following information, for it is merely an attempt to reconstruct a path of evolution of some of those early Barrios. Hopefully it will stir up some memories from those who have first hand knowledge and serve to encourage them to share some firme story, so that it can be placed down for the ages “in letras”. Maybe then, all we who have come up in them streets of Aztlan can join up in minds and be all together proud of our common Varrio heritage, so that we may never become “a dyeing breed” nor forgotten by the generations to come, que no?



Previously we left off with Sonora Town as the first Barrio in Central Los.



Sonora Town in turn gave rise to the Barrio Palo Verde located around the area of present time China Town on the southwest part of the Elysian Park Hills. Here in these hills emerged the Chavez Ravine (Lomas) community which was born out of the many displaced residents of Palo Verde and an older Mexican Village called Las Animas. This Chavez Ravine A.k.a. Lomas Barrio was in essence “3” separate Barrios that grew out in different sections of Chavez Ravine. The first was around the old Palo Verde Las Virgenes Road and became known as Varrio Alpine. The second was located over by present day Cathedral H.S. around Bishops Road and became known as Varrio Bishops. The third one was centered in the Solano Canyon area next to Elysian Park off of Broadway; this last one became known as Varrio La Loma. The main Chavez Ravine community was displaced in 1953 by the shysty evil-minded city urban redevelopment scheme which turned over the land for the then Brooklyn Dodgers to build their stadium, as enticement to move to Los Angeles. The older Las Animas west side ravine hillside was turned into mostly parkland. South of Solano Canyon before crossing the river was the Barrio Buena Vista. This Barrio is now all Elysian Park off of Broadway.

Over to the west of Palo Verde/Varrio Alpine, the Bunker Hill Barrio stretched all the way to meet with the Market Barrio on 3Rd and Broadway. Bunker Hill together with the adjacent Temple-Beaudry area emerged the Varrio Diamond. Bunker Hill 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 Bunker Hill but a large section of Varrio Diamond as well. Further west of the Temple-Beaudry area arose the mixed Filipino and Mexican Gang of Varrio Temple, born in an area previously known as Lindero and Triunfo Canyon’s. Due northeast of Varrio Temple and Varrio Diamond, the Echo Park community grew to become largely Mexican and from it the Varrio Echo Park emerged. On the riverside of Echo Park, in-between Elysian Hills and the wandering L.A. River, the Varrio Frog Town was born in the Elysian Valley A.k.a. Little River Valley extending all along from Figueroa Street, north up to present day Atwater Village.

Northeast of La Plazita was “The Cornfield”, covering an area that stretched almost all the way to the Buena Vista Barrio next to the L.A. River by North Broadway. This Cornfield in time gave way to the ever growing rail yards of Mission and Naud Junctions. South of the Cornfield was the community called Dog Hell A.k.a. Dog Town, which gave birth to the Varrio Dog Town that stretched all along the riverside from Buena Vista to the Macy Street Varrio. Due east of La Plazita, the Varrio Macy Street grew extensively in the immediate area until it too was hit with urban redevelopment and it’s residents relocated far east across the river to the newly emerging Belvedere community. Both Varrio Macy Street and Varrio Dog Town (except the DT projects off of North Main) were torn down to make way for the new Union Station, the Department of Water & Power plant, the growing rail yards and warehouses, the many industrial plants and the L.A. County jail over by the Clara Street neighborhood.

South of the Varrio Macy Street lay the First Street and Eight Street neighborhoods in-between The Flats and Alameda Street. These neighborhoods too were forced to relocate to the east side by the ever growing industry and rail yards. Both the First and Eight Street neighborhoods lay due west of The Flats A.k.a. Russian Flats, along the wandering riverside areas which were prone to flooding until the L.A. River concrete levee was built. When that happened, The Flats Barrio was relegated solely to the east side of the river, west of El Paredon Blanco (the hillside facing west off Boyle Heights). It is here that the Aliso Village, Pico Aliso and Pico Gardens Housing Projects were built to accommodate the displaced residents from The Flatlands, and it is here that the Varrios Primera and Cuatro Flats arised. From all those Varrios of Macy Street, Dog Town, First Street, Eight Street, Clara Street and Russian Flats, people moved eastward up to Brooklyn Heights, Boyle Heights and Belvedere (Wonder City). The displaced families numbered in the thousands.



To be continued . . .