El Corona is a neighborhood in the city of Los Santos, California.
El Corona was first established during the early 1930s as an enclave for Hispanic workers. The neighborhood operated using racially exclusive deeds which only allowed Hispanics and Whites to live in the neighborhood.
In 1954, racially exclusive deeds were deemed unconstitutional and forced to be repealed.
The Channing Projects were built in the neighborhood in 1958.
Racial tensions during the 1960s caused many Hispanic residents in the neighborhood to become hostile against African Americans attempting to move into the neighborhood. Violence was not at all uncommon in these efforts which led to the arrest of many Hispanics in El Corona.
Many residents returned to El Corona from correctional facilities in the early 1970s, sporting affiliation to Hispanic prison gangs, most notably the Surenos, a gang backed by the Mexican Mafia. Gang violence contributed to the decline of El Corona during the 1970s and 1980s.
However, gang violence reached an all time high during the 1992 Los Santos Riots. El Corona street gangs were considered to be heavily armed during the riots, and used random acts of violence to maintain dominance in the area. Violence during the riots resulted in a rise in crime rates immediately afterwards.
Today, El Corona is statistically the poorest area of Los Santos. Ethnic tensions are still present in the neighborhood - African Americans are often subject to violence in El Corona. However, as tolerance and income levels increase in the neighborhood; crime has been decreasing and African Americans are becoming more welcomed into the neighborhood.
Median income in El Corona in 1999 was $16,742 for households.