San Ysidro is a San Diego County neighborhood located in the very most south section of the county.
San Ysidro is home to the what is often stated to be the world’s busiest land border crossing, where U.S. Interstate 5 crosses into Mexico at Tijuana; however, the U.S. government only states that it is the busiest in the Western Hemisphere.
Varrio San Ysidro is bounded in the east by the hills and canyons below Otay Mesa. To the west is the Tijuana River Valley, a vast wetlands area that reaches as far west to the Pacific Ocean. To the south is the International border; Tijuana on the other side of La Linea (The Fence). Bordering on the north side is the 905 Freeway which separates Sidro from the communities of Nestor/Otay. These natural and man-made boundaries have served the Varrio well over time in helping it to keep its unique identity; however the cohesion of this community over the decades, has been fragmented by the construction of Interstates (5), (805), (905) and the San Diego trolley.
The Barrio in the 1950s was very much all-along San Ysidro Blvd. in particular, further to the west side –west of today’s 805 freeway– stretching all the way to Dairy Mart Road. Most of the neighborhood Vatos (some 50 in those days) worked and kicked it at the empacadoras (the packing plants) also on the strip, over by where SY Blvd and Dairy Mart Road meet. By the late 50s, these Vatos had become straight-up a “VARRIO” in all sense of the meaning.
During the mid-to-late 70s, the LOCOTES clika sprung up in the Park Ave neighborhood. During this time-era, the Surfo (Stoner) stilos came of age on both sides of The Fence. Cholo & Surfo gangs exploded in Tijuas, and in San Ysidro the young crowds of Raza, –which many have always kept up ties with families south of the border—their Surfo counterparts also staked claim to hang-out spots in Sidro. The SY PUNKS surfaced during these years; then LOS BIKERS (both Surfo crowds). The SY Punks gradually fell in-line with the Cholo stile and joined up with SYR. Los Bikers used to hang around where today’s Beyer Blvd Trolley Station exist today on Beyer and Cottonwood Road. They adopted their name from the simple fact that their members all had those old-school 16 inch spoke wheels bikes. At the turn of the 80s when the Trolley system was built in 1981, their spot was razed and with the Surfo stile becoming a dying breed, it didn’t take long for them to disappear from the scene. Nevertheless, some from Los Bikers joined the main SY ranks.
With the arrival of the 80s decade, new clikas were formed.
In the mid-80’s the SY GANGSTERS formed up and kicked it at The Alley (Cypress Dr.) behind West Park Ave in the street-alley where it meets up with Blanche Street.
The LOCOTES clika continued-on, but they took up a spot further north on Cypress, up the next block where it dead ends with the Trolley tracks.
The VILLA LOCOS continued staying up as well, but their numbers were greater on the north side of the tracks.
By the mid-to-late 80s, the LIL LOCOS clika sprang up, sponsored by the LOCOTES, and then the TINY LOCOS, followed up by Los MALOS in the 1990s.
By the 1990s, all the SYR clikas were inter-mixed. They kicked it here there and everywhere. The MALOS began to make more of presence on the south side of the 5 Freeway over by Sycamore/Larsen Field as well as the LOCOTES. The TINY LOCOS remained closer to the center of the Barrio along the community center, even so, all the clikas continue to hang-out together.
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Artists who have prospered from San Ysidro:
P.O.D. (short for “Payable on Death”) is a American band that originated in 1992 in the San Ysidro neighborhood of San Diego. The band was signed to Atlantic records in 1998, after independently producing their own records for six years prior. P.O.D. came out with their first popular CD titled “The Fundamental Elements of Southtown” in 1999, which produced a lot of popular singles such as “Rock the Party” and “Southtown.” In 2001 they came out with their sophomore album which became their biggest global success called “Satellite” which was scheduled to be released on 9/11/01. They faced a tough choice that day of whether to go ahead and release it that day. Today all four members are married men and live in the San Diego area. Sonny still lives in his home town of San Ysidro, California with his wife and daughter Nevaeh (heaven spelled backwards, and born in 2000).
I Flew from Omaha Nebraska to San Diego on July 3rd 2007 and sonny was my seat mate on both of the flights to daygo, we talked the whole trip about growing up in san diego and how he has chose to stay in san ysidro to build his family.
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