Santa Monica 13

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Santa Monica 13
Founding location Santa Monica, California, United States
Territory Santa Monica, El Monte, San Gabriel Valley, Delano, Southern California. Others has spreaded to other states such as Arizona, New Mexico and Texas
Ethnicity Hispanic, mainly Mexican-American
Criminal activities Murder, drug trafficking, extortion, assault, auto theft, robbery
Allies Sureños, Santa Monica 17th Street, Venice 13, Culver City 13
Rivals 18th Street gang, Venice Shoreline Crips, MS-13, Graveyard Crips in Santa Monica, Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, Bloods, Pirus

Santa Monica 13 or SMG is a Mexican-American street gang located in Santa Monica, California (US). They reside mainly in the Pico Neighborhood of Santa Monica, which is said to be one of the last remaining ghettos of the Westside. Even though Santa Monica 13 is a Sureño gang, they wear their traditional black bandanas. The acronym SM17 refers to Santa Monica 17th Street, which is the gang's primary subset or "clique". They write up "SMG" or "Santa Monica Gang" to show solidarity[1]


The Santa Monica Gang was the first gang to originate on the Westside of Los Angeles back in the late 1920s, formerly known as the Santa Monica Tomato Patch Gang. They had given birth to all the surrounding gangs in the area. The gang simply became known as Santa Monica 13, with the creation of the Mexican Mafia in the 1950s.[2]


The only active clique remaining in the 17th Street gang are the: "Pee Wee Locos"[1] and the only active remaining clique of Santa Monica 13 are the "Little Locos". Meanwhile, other cliques have come and gone over time, including: 11th Street Chavos, 17th Street Tiny Locos, 17th Street Locas, 20th Streeters, 21st. Deadend Winos, Midget Locos and the Crickets.


The gang's graffiti includes the symbols: "SM" "SMG", "SM13" or "SMX3" and for the 17th Street gang, "SM17" or "SMXVII" plus "SMX7" or "SMXV2st".[3]


  1. ^ a b "Wallbangin' Graffiti and Gangs in L.A.", Susan A. Phillips, University of Chicago, 2010, web: Uch6677.
  2. ^ "The Pico Youth and Family Center opens in Santa Monica, California." Street Gangs Resource Center - Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Bloods | Crips | Surenos | 18th Street | Mara Salvatrucha. 15 October 2009, web: Alex Alonso.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles CityBeat - Gangster's Paradise Lost." Los Angeles CityBeat, front page. 15 October 2009, web: DRom-gangs.