Temple is a middle-income neighborhood. The area is characterized by low-rise buildings, with the notable exception of a residential skyscraper located in the northeast of the district, on the corner of Mulholland Drive and Market Boulevard. Many businesses are also located there. Although there is gang activity in Temple, their presence is less prominent than in the eastern parts of the city.
Gang violence has started getting national recognition back in the 1940s when Varrio Vinewood was established. Varrio Vinewood was a Sureño set created by Javier "Big Payaso" Fernandez, a Mexican Mafia affiliate. The gang started expanding from the Vinewood area to the Temple area and the gang's numbers started increasing. Affiliates started making sub-cliques under the gang. In the early 50s, local youngsters of the area started joining the gang on the mission for money, respect and power, and the gang started mass-recruiting. Varrio Vinewood had numerous cliques under it controlling the whole area like Midget Locos(MLS), Tiny Locos(TLS), 24ST, 18ST and the Street Tokers
Gangs under the umbrella of Varrio Vinewood started growing hatred towards each other and the first clique that broke out of Varrio Vinewood was the 18th Street clique, where they became independent in the late 60s and called themselves the Temple Drive Cycos(TDCs). The gang violence in Temple and Vinewood started rising ever since some cliques became independent due to lack of proper leadership, and they launched a full-scale war on each other which resulted in many homicides and violent crimes. The most violent murder that happened because of these wars was the murder of Rene "'Lalo" Enriquez, an ex-MLS soldier, who was murdered in cold blood where he took seven shots to the chest while driving on Temple Drive presumably by members of the 24th Street Tiny Winos clique.
Law Enforcement filed multiple gang injunctions in the early 80s on the Sureño gangs in the Temple and Vinewood area and wiped out many sets from the area including the Temple Drive Cycos, 24th Street Tiny Winos, 21st Street Locotes and Vinewood Drive Street Tokers, where they all cracked under pressure and most of their high council was locked up for life due to the 3-strike policy.
Some Temple and Vinewood areas continued being clean of any gang violence until the summer of 1996 when former Varrio Vinewood 13 member Ricardo "Five Eyes" Ayestas started recruiting locals of the Temple area to form a new clique Varrio West Side Temple Street 13. The youngsters started calling themselves the Temple Street Tiny Gangsters 13 after some time but they quickly died out due to having no proper leadership. Temple Street 13 was quickly revived in the early 2000s and now are calling themselves Varrio West Side Temple Street 13 Pachucos, which literally translates to "Juvenile Gangsters" because of their young ages.
The TST13 gang continued being active on the streets ever since. They're known to be low in numbers but they took advantage of the fact that they're living in a now predominately white neighborhood and started committing crimes of robbery, burglary and distribution of narcotics to the locals.Local gang members posing in front of their gang art to pay respect to incarcerated "Five Eyes" Ayestas