The California Penal Code 186.22 defines
a criminal street gang as:
"Any organization, association, or group of 3 or more persons, whether formal or informal, that commits one or more criminal acts listed in 186.22 PC as one of it primary activities; and uses a common name or common identifying sign or symbol; and whose members individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity."
In North County (Santa Cruz) Sureños out-number the Norteños. In South County (Watsonville) it is the opposite- the Norteño gang members out-number the Sureños.
In South County (Watsonville) the Norteño gang members out-number the Sureños. In North County (Santa Cruz) it is the reverse—Sureños out-number the Norteños.