Clanton 14th Street is a predominately Hispanic gang originally from Los Angeles’ eastside. The original Clanton varrio started in the early 1920s on Clanton Street which was located between San Pedro and Central Avenue. The territory of Clanton varrio once went from Olympic Blvd (north) to Santa Barbara Avenue (south) which is now known as Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and they shared their turf with Primera Flats 23rd Street.
During the early 1950s the city decided to change the name of Clanton Street to 14th Place in an effort to discourage the Hispanic gang from continuing their gang activities. There was the Sleepy Lagoon murder of Clanton member Jose Diaz in 1942 and the shooting of Clanton member Frank Torres in 1942 at the coliseum and then the Zoot Suit Riots in 1943 which were connected to gang / pachuco activity in the area. After the street name change, the neighborhood just embraced the new street, 14th Place, and added 14th Street to their name.
People have falsely identified Clanton 14 as a Norteño gang from Northern California, but the 14th has been used with this gang since about 1952 or 1953 representing 14th Street. Although Clanton are a Sureño gang, they have never identified with the number 13 in their graffiti. Many Southern California gangs have been identifying with the 13 since the early 1960s. Clanton is not alone in this regard as several other gangs from Los Angeles also do not identify with the 13, such as Choppers, East Side Clover, Primera Flats, White Fence, 18th Street and 38th Street.
This original eastside varrio has split into distinct areas in recent years. On the north side Clanton occupies the area from Washington Ave (s) to Olympic (n) between San Pedro (w) and Alameda. To the south they occupy the area between San Pedro (east) to Main Street (west) from 30th Street (north) to 36th Street (south). Eastside Clanton is a much smaller turf today than the one they controlled during the 1960s and 1970s but its location is still consistent with the core area they originally covered.
The Eastside hood of Clanton 14th Street is their most historic of its five neighborhoods. This community has undergone some significant changes as the neighborhood has changed from a residential community that once occupied the streets of Essex, Paloma and San Pedro to an industrial and commercial zone during the 1980s with very little residential population. The clicks of the eastside include the 25th Street, 31st Street, 32nd Street, 35th Street, Adair Street, Maple Street Locos, Pee Wees (PWS), Night Owls, Trinity Street Gangsters, and Jokers (JKS).
The Mexican Mafia as inducted members from Clanton including Bill “Hoss” Frisbee and Corwin “Sloppy” Elmore who died of AIDS in prison in 1991.
The Coca-Cola Bottling company and the City of Los Angeles’ first all black fire department occupy the area of 14th Street and Central in the original Clanton 14th Street neighborhood.
Other Clanton neighborhoods in Los Angeles
- Clanton 14th Street 1st Hood: in the Pico-Union Westlake area of Central Los Angeles
- 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
Deceased members of East Side Clanton
- “Flaco” Nazario ( – February 10, 2010)
- Jose “Filero” Torres (1919 – 1942)
- David “Crow” Rivas
- Flaco ( – 1952)
- Antonio “Perico” Galicia ( – 1943)
- Oscar “Wino” Flores, 23, (Feb. 8, 1964 – Oct. 1, 1987)