Los Santos

Los Santos is a fictional city located in San Andreas, and it is the first city encountered in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Los Santos is the biggest city of the State of San Andreas. Los Santos is based on Los Angeles, California. Los Santos translates to 'The Saints', a play on Los Angeles, meaning 'The Angels'. This also applies to the two cities' nicknames - "The City of Saints" and "City of Angels".
Like Los Angeles, Los Santos is a huge, sprawling co-mingling of cultures and perspectives, full of two-bit hoodlums and small-time actors. The population of over 3 million people is divided into 32 districts, which are home to movie and television studios, multi-million dollar estates, crack-ridden ghettos, and the fourth busiest airport in the world. Numerous roads and a central rail line connect Los Santos to San Fierro and Las Venturas. The most infamous street in the city is Grove Street, located in Ganton, southeast of downtown Los Santos, and just minutes south of East Los Santos, which contains a predominantly Hispanic population. Grove Street is home to the Families gang, a once powerful gang whose influence faded due to highly successful drug trafficking by the rival Ballas gang.

Los Santos' police are corrupt and the politicians avoid the streets like the plague. There is a motocross track, several basketball courts, and an observatory (modeled after the Griffith Observatory) to satisfy stargazers. Occasionally, independent drug dealers are seen carrying huge wads of cash from recent transactions. Graffiti is commonplace and gambling venues like the racetrack are frequented by many of the city's denizens. The suburbs nestled in the north hills (modeled after the Hollywood Hills) are home to wealthy businessmen, movie stars, and Madd Dogg, the killer rap artist, alike. The occasional shack or trailer park can also be spotted within this highly affluent district, testaments to the period prior to the gentrification of northern Los Santos.

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Los Santos is the hometown of GTA San Andreas protagonist Carl Johnson, who returns from living in Liberty City for five years, after his brother informs him of their mother's death. The game starts upon CJ's arrival in Los Santos, and the story revolves around a lengthy gang wars between CJ's gang, The Grove Street Families, and their fiercest rivals, the Ballas. Tensions between rival Hispanic gangs, Varrios Los Aztecas and Los Santos Vagos, also threaten the tenuous hold with which GSF clings to its paltry territories. However, due to the betrayal of senior members Big Smoke and Ryder, GSF leader Sweet Johnson is arrested and CJ is run out of town by C.R.A.S.H., causing the disbandment of the Grove Street Families and the mass takeover of Los Santos by the Ballas and Vagos, with the Ballas taking all of what used to be Grove Street territory.
The city is torn apart over the issue of gang warfare. The Grove Street Families and Ballas constantly spar over total dominance in Ganton, Idlewood, Jefferson, Willowfield, and even East Los Santos. In 1992, police officers Frank Tenpenny and Eddie Pulaski of C.R.A.S.H. (Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums) are charged with murder and sexual assault, after their extensive corruption becomes blatantly obvious, even to the general public. However, Pulaski had already been murdered by CJ in the Arco del Oeste area prior to those events, after he and Tenpenny, who were using CJ as their patsy, decide there is no more use for him. Alone at the court hearing, however, Tenpenny is released when the prosecutor inexplicably drops all charges. The entire city, outraged that Tenpenny walks free from horrendously heinous charges of which he is obviously guilty, erupts in riots. This is a reenactment of the L.A. Riots (also known as the Rodney King Riots) after the release of the police officers that brutally beat up Rodney King. During the ensuing chaos, CJ kills cocaine drug lord and ex-gang member Big Smoke. CJ then chases after Officer Tenpenny, who dies when his stolen Fire Truck careens off the side of the overpass over Grove Street. When news of Tenpenny's death reaches the people of Los Santos, the riots cease, and the Grove Street Families regain their spot as the strongest gang in Los Santos.


The Vinewood Sign
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Western Los SantosEdit
The "wealthy" side of town containing Vinewood, Rodeo and Mulholland, known around the world as the offices, studios, shopping destinations and homes of the rich and famous.
Rodeo (Beverly Hills)
Rodeo Drive (incorporated into Rodeo).
Century Plaza Hotel
St. Regis Los Angeles Hotel & Spa
Mulholland (Hollywood Hills) and Richman (Bel Air)
Stahl House (as the Mulholland Safehouse).
Hollywood Sign (as the Vinewood Sign).
Mulholland Drive (incorporated into Mulholland).
Market (West Hollywood), Vinewood (Hollywood) and Temple (North Hollywood)
Melrose Avenue
El Capitan Theater (as the El Dritch Theatre, across the street from Cathay Theater).
Randy's Donuts (as Jim's Sticky Ring).
Grauman's Chinese Theater (as the Cathay Theater).
Capitol Records Tower (as the Blastin' Fools Records Tower).
Walk of Fame
Whisky a Go Go
Carney's Express Limited
Hollywood Masonic Temple (located just beside El Dritch Theatre, across the street from Cathay Theater).
House of Blues
Hollywood Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
Hyatt West Hollywood
Argyle Hotel
Chateau Marmont Hotel
Santa Maria (Santa Monica), Verona Beach (Venice Beach) and Marina (Marina del Ray)
Santa Monica Pier (incorporated into Santa Maria Beach).
Muscle Beach
Venice Boardwalk
East Los SantosEdit
The "poor" side of the city, made up primarily of lower-class suburbs that are all subject to violent crime, marked by the Ballas-Grove Street War and the area where the Los Santos Riots started, which eventually spread to the entire Los Santos area..
East Beach (Long Beach) and Playa del Seville (Playa del Ray)
The Forum (as the Los Santos Forum).
East Los Santos (East Los Angeles)
El Corona (El Sereno) and Little Mexico
Union Station (as Unity Station).
Nickerson Gardens
Twin Towers Correctional Facility
Ganton (Compton) and Idlewood (Inglewood)
Imperial Courts (B Dup's house)
Shrine Auditorium (as the Alhambra).
Jordan Downs (crack house in Cleaning The Hood)
Jefferson (Watts) and Glen Park (Echo Park)
Watts Towers
Las Colinas (Los Feliz) and Los Flores (Boyle Heights)
Ocean Docks (Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro)
Terminal Island (incorporated into Ocean Docks).
Vincent Thomas Bridge (as the unnamed suspension bridge connecting the Ocean Docks island).
Willowfield (Willowbrook)
Los Angeles River (the sewer in Just Business)
Central Los SantosEdit
The middle section of the city, containing major corporate headquarters in Downtown, civic-minded buildings around Pershing Square, and their airport.
Pershing Square (Pershing Square)
Bonaventure Hotel (as the Atrium).
City Hall (at Pershing Square).
Two California Plaza
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Beverly Hills City Hall (as the Los Santos Police Headquarters at Pershing Square).
Biltmore Hotel (at Pershing Square).
Downtown (Downtown), Commerce (Civic Center), Conference Center (Convention Center) and Verdant Bluffs (Griffith Park)
Los Angeles Convention Center (as the Los Santos Conference Center).
Gas Company Tower
US Bank Tower (as Los Santos Tower)
Standard Hotel
Sunset Vine Tower
Figueroa Tower
Griffith Observatory
Los Angeles Freeway (as Los Santos Freeway)
Los Santos International Airport (Los Angeles Int. Airport "L.A.X.")
Mulholland Intersection (US 101 and SR 110 Intersection (Four Level Interchange)
North Broadway Viaduct
6th Street Bridge
Unity Station (Union Station)
Market Station (Wilshire/Western Station)
Gang Territory
Los Santos is the only city that has gang territories (without exploiting the Territory Glitch). There are 57 territories in Los Santos.
Sports TeamsEdit
Los Santos has a baseball team, the Los Santos Saints. Oddly, this is the only known sports team in Los Santos in 1992. In 1992, Los Angeles held a hockey team, the Los Angeles Kings, two basketball teams, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, along with two football teams, Los Angeles Raiders and Los Angeles Rams, with a baseball team, Los Angeles Dodgers and another baseball team in Anaheim, a suburb of Los Angeles not depicted in the game, the Los Angeles Angels, whom the Saints could very well be named after.
This article, or parts of it, are Speculation and may not turn out to be correct.
In spanish means The Saints
In Grand Theft Auto IV, there are a lot of references to Los Santos (in television, radio, different characters, etc.), confirming that it does exist within the GTA IV Era. They also confirm that "Vinewood" still exists as their Hollywood parody. Los Santos is still part of the State of San Andreas in the GTA IV era.
According to the last rumor, the next GTA will set in Los Santos [1], Rockstar should make a confirmation "soon".
Unlike other cities in San Andreas, this city is the least accurate city. For example Verdant Bluffs is near the LSX when in LA It's near the Hollywood sign. Also Santa Monica is to the west and not to the south.
The statement "you can't get there from here" applies more in Los Santos than in any other city in San Andreas, due to its often-confusing network of overpasses and bypasses, that are not always evident on the map provided with the game. Knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of the city's road network is an asset when attempting some of the odd-job missions such as taxi, ambulance and fire to avoid costly (and often mission-ending) detours.