The Coded Anti-Mexican Language in Placentia Councilmember Chad Wanke's Proposal to Close City Parks and Rec Centers

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Earlier this month, Placentia councilmember Chad Wanke--the politician who can't be bothered to show up to OC Vector Control board meetings like he's supposed to, or offer an excuse--made a little girl cry.

The scene was during a city council meeting, during which residents--children and their parents, mostly--implored councilmembers not to close down community centers or parks while the small city figures out how to close a six-figure budget deficit.

Wanke's solution? Screw over the city's Mexicans, just like every previous generation of pendejo politicians in the city have tried.

Of course, Wanke didn't say this out loud. The Orange County County Register reported that Wanke "believes the closures of the Gomez and Whitten community centers would allow the city to invest in recreation in the north end of the city, which is overdue for an upgrade." Whatever young college graduate the Reg now has covering Placentia obviously doesn't know the area's history, and would've grilled Wanke for his blatant racism.

A Placentia history refresher course for the rest of Orange County, who only gives thought to Placentia when wanting to go to the Bruery: it's historically one of the most segregated cities in Orange County, with the majority of Mexicans situated south of Chapman Avenue (where the old orange packing houses used to be) and with the city pouring millions of dollars into the richer neighborhoods north of Chapman (where most of the gabachos traditionally lived) over the decades. South Placentia has been willfully neglected by city fathers, in order to declare it blighted and gentrify the area--but the residents of the barrios from here have successfully fought off idiot councilmembers over the, oh, past 60 years, ever since Placentia's many World War II Latino vets came back and beat down segregation.

So when Wanke talks about improving the north and proposing to neglect the south, it's all code for "Fuck the Mexicans." But in a way, this is a positive thing: For Wanke to openly declare a closure of the south (Wanke and his allies want to completely fence off Santa Fe Park, which is right in the middle of a barrio) is fighting words against the city's Mexicans but also any people of good conscience, the type of people who staged the county's only true people's revolution nearly a decade ago (you upstarts in Fullerton have NOTHING on Placentia people power). Be warned, Wanke: the dustbins of Placentia are filled with politicians who tried to mess with the South Side, only to get the pimp hand at the ballot box. Congrats! You're now on my radar of idiots to keep tabs on--stay tuned...

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johnrose7588
johnrose7588

Just because one is mexican and they dont agree with antiamerican pro requonquista views does not make them self hating. Im mexican by race but my nationality is american. Yes america did take this land from the indians. Yes and california was taken both by spain and america. FUCKEN YEARS AGO MAN! Gustabo, bitch, bitch, bitch, about poor mexicans, thats all you are good for. The world evolves. And yes sometimes cultures and countries fuck up. Shit myan culture used to sacrifice and eat human flesh to please a stone statue. Poncho villa was a murderer. What you dont get is that people who live in a country should be pro that country. Dont come to the U.S. and have a mexican flag hanging off your chevy, sending portions of your income back home to the motherland to support your family there. meanwhile hurting our fucked up economy just so your peeps can migrate over here. Gustabo you truelly are the Know Nothing! Self hating lol. Your a fucken idiot. OC WEEKLY... please replace this shitty reporter

gustabos papi
gustabos papi

Ive worked in every street in the city of placentia. The whole place is a shit hole. And there are few whites left in that city. The majority are gooks. And gustabo... you could donate millions to the mexican side. They will find a way to fuck it up. Look at what mexicans have done with mexico. After all these years its still a 3rd1 world country

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

And Gustavo thinks that WE are the racists. Thank you Rojolatino--from one of us we'd just get a race-hating response...

Rojolatino
Rojolatino

I used to live at Chapman and Angelina. and yes. most everything south of Chapman is a shithole. I couldn't even go outside for a smoke because of the vato trash walking around. The pastk in the area are always trashed after the "paisas" have their weekend parties becasue they don't feel it necessary to clean up after themselves. Have you ever been to a hispanic dominated neighborhood or apartment complex? Trash and blight everywhere. I agree that money should go to where it will be appreciated and not to people with a sese of entitlement.

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

My God, the dilemma: If ya ignore the area, it's "Fuck the Mexicans," but the residents oppose gentrification. So... What can ya do but DEPORT!!!

Rojolatino
Rojolatino

Gustavo, you're just as racist as the the one's you point fingers at. Try writing an unbiased piece for onmce where you aren't calling anglos mocosos or pendejos. It would help your credibility. by the way, my family comes from Durango and Aguascalientes and don't feel it necessary to play a "race card".

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