Clanton 14th Street – 1st Hood
Clanton 14th Street is among one of the oldest Hispanic gangs in Los Angeles, beginning during the early 1920s. It’s early history would not be characterized as a street gang in the modern sense of the term, but by the 1950s, members were self identifying as gang members. The neighborhood was named for an east-west street, Clanton, that undergone a name change to 14th Street during the 1940s, hence the term, Clanton 14th Street.
In the first Westside Clanton barrio in the Pico-Union area near 18th Street, new members attempted to start a click called Clanton 18th Street, which most members rejected, creating a division between Clanton 14 members on the Westside and the original Clanton neighborhood on the Eastside with those wanting to create Clanton 18. Rather than dropping the 18, these new members decided to drop Clanton, becoming a separate identity; 18th Street in 1959.
As a result of this split, 18th Street began to spread its influence in the Pico-Union area, and by the late 1970s, Clanton had lost half of its 1st westside neighborhood and by the 1980s, gang members were looking to join new neighborhoods and as Clanton was slowly disappearing from the Pico-Union area.
During the 1970s, the apartment on 11th Street and Albany was a Clanton hangout commonly referred to as the White House.
Today, the old Clanton neighborhood is occupied by two different 18th Street neighborhoods, Burlington Street Locos, Crazy Riders, The Orphans, Witmer Street, Rockwood and Wanderers. Even though the first hood of Clanton is now defunct, there are several veteranos still around from this old neighborhood.
The clicks from this neighborhood include the Midgets and Pico Union Dukes.
Other Clanton neighborhoods in Los Angeles
– Eastside Clanton 14th Street: in the area from 14th Place and Central south to Santa Barbara Avenue (Martin Luther King Jr Blvd)
– Clanton 14th Street 2nd Hood: in the Mid City section of Los Angeles along Western Ave between Pico & 3rd Street.
– Clanton 14th Street 3rd Hood: in Hollywood around Normandie & Melrose
– Clanton 14th Street 4th Hood: in the North Hollywood area in the San Fernando Valley
Westside Clanton 1st Hood deceased members
- Rudy “Big Chino”
- Big Country
- Big Dragon
- Ernie “Gato” Guillen ( – July 5, 2010)
- Jap ( – 2006)
- Jimmy “Lobo” Palacios ( – 2009)
- Big Lucky
- La Negra