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The Culver City Boys 13 (CCB13) is a vicious Mexican American Sureño street gang that was founded in the area of Bay City Ave in Vespucci on the Western side of Los Santos in the late 60s. The gang has expanded all over the district of Bay City Avenue and Vespucci during the early 80s. Due to the gang’s expansion, the Culver City Boys 13 accepts members of all races due to the lack of Hispanics in certain areas in Vespucci. They have been known for terrorizing the area of Vespucci since they became into existence in the late 1960s. The gang’s main income comes from several illegal activities, with cliques extending from Bay City Avenue to North Vespucci, the gang took advantage of their turf’s location to sell narcotics in beach parties, extorting businesses, racketeering, armed robberies, and grand theft auto. THE NAME Even though the red color is worn by the Norteños, the Culver City Boys identify with red. The Culver Boys have been known to wear red before going under the Mexican Mafia and still identify with red to this day, nowadays, the Culver Boys refer to themselves as the “red ragging Sureños” and the “City Gees”. Before the Culver Boys became Sureños, they were known as the “Bay City Boys”, the gang took its first steps in front of a famous and well-known market in Bay City Avenue in the district of Vespucci called Gregory Culver & Sons market, the market’s location was the kick-off to the Culver Boys. The posse’s illegal activities kicked-off from the Culver market, drug dealers from the Culver City Boys took advantage of the market's popularity and sold narcotics to those who exit the market. The gang adopted the name “Culver” off the market’s name and replaced it with “Bay”, calling themselves the Culver City Boys 13. VESPUCCI Culver City Boys 13 were founded along Bay City Avenue but expanded their turf as time went by. The gang has developed cliques from Bay City Ave all the way down the alleyway attached to Melanoma street. The organization's rise in power can be traced back to the growth in Mexican immigration in the late 1900s. Many of the immigrants chose to settle down on the south side of Vespucci together in order to preserve their culture. Vespucci is the perfect mixture of wealth and poverty. Half of Vespucci’s population is living in a five hundred thousand dollar mansion while the less fortunate half barely manages to make ends meet. The social divide has only gone up in recent days and in turn, the groups rarely interact, leading to the formation of small neighborhood-based communities. The groups are typically formed on the basis of race and social class. The less wealthy communities quickly turned to crime to make up for their poverty. The crime soon was organized into small cliques, and cliques into gangs. Gangs began to control Vespucci in around 1980, the Hispanics being the most frequent of these members. Vespucci’s gangs rarely get along with each other as a result of the constant drug turf disputes. These disputes occur when a gang decides to spread its market and push into another cliques’ territory. Territory disputes are often solved by one gang conceding the turf or being forced out of the area, but occasionally the conflict gets so large that it requires a third party to who supplies both of the gangs with drugs to define who gets what turfs. An example of conflict based on turf is the war between Vespucci 13 and Culver City Boys 13. The tension started when the Culver Boys pushed local teenager Jose ‘Oso’ Avila to sell drugs on a corner located in Vespucci’s turf back in 1994. The teenager was jumped and all of his possessions were stolen, but this wasn’t the end of the conflict. Culver City sent the same boy to the same corner but this time he had nothing in his pockets and five of the Culver members were watching from afar. The kid, yet again, was assaulted and robbed but this time only seconds after the first hit the Vespucci member was rushed by five Hispanic teenagers, who proceed to take everything on his figure. As time went on the conflict only grew larger and more deadly. Even in the modern-day, the intersection is claimed by both groups and a cease-fire has not been negotiated.by both groups. CULVER CITY BOYS 13 The Culver City Boys 13 gang was formed back in the late 1960s in Bay City Avenue in the district of Vespucci, like many Hispanic street gangs, the gang was born as a group of young Mexican-Americans that offers protection to the Mexican immigrants and other people of the Hispanic descent who live in the area of Bay City Avenue and Vespucci. The Bay City housing projects became the gang’s main hangout area by the late 1970s. The Culver City gang was known to be one of the most dangerous gangs on the westside. During the 80s and the 90s, the gang’s cliques conquered other territories in Vespucci, one of the most active and recent cliques is called the Project Boys, the Project Boys territory extends from Bay City Avenue in La Puerta to Melanoma Street, cliques like the Diablos (DBS) and Melanoma Locos share territories with the Project Boys, other Culver City Boys cliques like the Pee-Wee Locos (PWLS) recruit young members and is known for sharing territories with other several cliques such as the Puerta Locos and the Winos clique that is active on Rub Street. The Culver City cliques are known for dealing in a wide range of crimes. The gang’s activities include drug trafficking, robbery, extortion, and murder for hire. The Culver City gang is also one of the active gangs in prison, the Culver Boys would clique up with other Sureño prison gangs to obey the Mexican Mafia. Despite being an anti-African-American gang, the Culver Boys recruit African-Americans and accepts members of all ethnic groups due to the lack of Hispanic immigrants and Hispanic-Americans in Vespucci. The first African-American gang war was conducted by the Culver Boys against the Vespucci Shoreline Crips. The two gangs were sharing Rub Street Housing Project in Vespucci, the war escalated between both gangs when the Culver Boys claimed controls of the Rub Street projects. Numerous members of Vespucci Shoreline Crips drew back into the Tug Street projects for protection. Despite the rivalry with Venice 13, the Culver Boys and Venice 13 united against the Venice Shoreline Crips who eventually took control of the drug trade in Tug Street. The Culver Boys were responsible for the 1993 Thanksgiving fire bombings of the African-American homes and cars. One of the gang’s largest rivals was the Del Perro 13 gang, the Culver Boys had this long rivalry with the Del Perro 13 over territories. During October 1998, series of shooting in Tug Street and Del Perro has been allocated by LSPD to a war between the Culver Boys and Del Perro 13. On June 4th, 1999, Del Perro’s Superior Court judge issued a preceding injunction that bans the Culver City gang along with other street gangs like Vespucci Shoreline Crips from involving in what the authority described as the gang’s La Puerta drug trafficking turf, the court hearing, which was stocked with over 40 gang members, maintain that the gang itself and 75 individuals specifically listed in the suit, were a threat to public safety. The injunction created a safe zone between Vespucci, La Puerta, and several neighborhoods surrounding the district of Vespucci. This injunction brought the war with Del Perro 13 and the Vespucci Shoreline Crips to halt, even though the Culver City Boys suffered during the injunction, they remained active and kept their business going under the shadows CULVER CITY BOYS TODAY Even though the Culver City Boys 13 gang suffered from an injunction during the 90s, it remains strong and active to this day and is still considered one of the largest gangs on the western side of Los Santos with active cliques scattered all over the district of Vespucci and several in Del Perro. The Project Boys is one of the active and recent Culver City Boys cliques, the clique shares their hood with several Culver City Boys cliques and white gangs in Vespucci. The Project Boys clique oppose being an anti-African-American clique, the clique actively recruits teenagers from of all ethnic groups and races from Vespucci.