El Monte Hayes
El Monte Hayes was originally called Hayes Town, named after John Hayes (1836 – 1917), who was an early settler of this area purchasing 300 acres. Hayes arrived in California in 1868 and settled in El Monte in 1878, and worked as a teacher and a farmer that grew walnuts.
Over the years, a section of El Monte was a camp known as Hayes Town where Mexican immigrants began to settle after 1915. Other camps in El Monte included Wiggins, Flores, Granada and Hicks (first camp). As the youth of their immigrant parents began to click together, they did so according to the camp they were from, then over time these organizations became gangs. The girls from this neighborhood would even themselves the Hayes Cats or Las Gatas de Hayes.
Hayes has four clicks, Hayes Town, Little Locos, Tiny Locos, and Los Jokers, named after Joker Two, a member who was killed during the 1990s.