Why Is Placentia Councilmember Chad Wanke Facebook Friends with Neo-Nazis?

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Wanke: A wanker
Digging through Facebook late at night always brings out hilarious surprises, especially when it's the individual pages of our local politicos, where we can see their personal stupidity in all its glory. Who can forget Congresswomen Loretta and Linda Sanchez dressed as a sexy angel and banana, respectively, for Halloween, or Orange councilmember Jon Dumitru's anti-Muslim, anti-spelling rant?

And so that's how I found out Placentia councilmember Chad Wanke, he of the coded anti-Mexican language in claiming budget frugality, is Facebook pals with neo-Nazis.

One of them is Travis Wanke, who among the many neo-Nazis tattoos on his body has this precious ink:
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Screen shot from Travis Wanke's Facebook page

Wanke has an extensive criminal record, best of which was his 2007 arrest for allegedly assaulting an African-American man in Santa Clarita while shouting racial epithets. According to the Anti-Defamation League, Travis belonged to the Deadline Skins, whose members "'earn' a tattoo of a pair of combat boots with red laces on the left side of their torso after committing a violent act and spilling the blood of a non-white individual."

Fun! Chad's other friend is Carl Wanke:
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Screen shot from Carl Wanke's Facebook page
Carl, at left, with two other upstanding citizens

Check out those swastikas peeking out from Carl's wife-beater! Carl was once arrested for burglary, but those charges were dismissed. His FB page is filled with shots with other neo-Nutzis.

Now, given that Chad, Travis, and Carl share the Wanke name, I'm betting Fuhrers to SS that they're probably cousins, which is the excuse Chad will use when justifying why he's friends with neo-Nazis--blood is thicker than water, you know? Can't avoid family? Bullshit! I got cousins who are, um, shady, and I sure as hell don't talk to them, let alone let the world know I'm on friendly terms with them on Facebook. Wanke can befriend anyone he damn well pleases--but his critics also have the right to spin it whatever way they want. And you know they will! So let's see you repudiate your pals, Chad: the comments section is yours!

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Chevylover
Chevylover

I would love to know where this computer lab is and, if my memory serves me right, it was Mr. Nelson, not Mr. Wanke that fought for that Mexican Restaurant. 

Civil Servant
Civil Servant

Of course not, you provide a paycheck.......

Civil Servant
Civil Servant

You dont' work at city hall and hear his rants..........

Civil Servant
Civil Servant

I've been watching these posts for about a week and I have tried to restrain myself from taking exception to all the Chad lovers.  You see I work at city hall and I've heard his comments first hand.  It started with his comment, "The best thing that could happen to the downtown area is a train derailment" and then it went on to "The whole area is a slum and should be bulldozed".  That wasn't bad enough until he said he wants to "Gentrify that area".  Do you even know what "Gentrify" means?  It means the displacement of indigenous people in order to replace them with people of a higher class.  Tell me, how racist is that?  He also rants on a regular basis about the south end getting all the attention and the north end being ignored.  He was voted in to do what's best for the entire city not just the north.  Doesn't he even understand the basic economic laws that dictate if you increase business in one part of town the whole town benefits? I think not..........he would rather concentrate on "Gentrification"...........Wow............as another post stated, wake up citizens of this town!!!!  What did you vote in power??????  And, Mr. Yamamguchi, why is it you've hitched your wagon to this racist?  Is that what is says to do in your BS manual??   

Eg4594
Eg4594

tolder14, It's asume that it sseems that you must have blinders on....the reality we don't need like chad on concil ....It appears that he has may ties to this racsit group...which i agrre is very sad....it not a matter of going after him and make the public awar of him...this waht i call a truth ache .......suggest that put your basis behind you . We are not using the race card , however you fight fire with fire

Chris Rathbun
Chris Rathbun

The only way to combat racism is through communication. I would suggest talking smack about him and talk to him. He's not a bad guy. I went to school with him, and while SoCA is not great for harmony, I have learned as I got older is that you can't resolve conflict without talking. Try talking more before spreading vitriolic rhetoric.

Lejendarymusic
Lejendarymusic

Chad, keep your head up and keep doing your great public service work. Your a good man and have always been there for me. thank you for being a friend.... best, Lejendary

Santos
Santos

Dear ViVa, please get your facts straight. Councilman Nelson's initiative(supported by other councilman) was the reason that the mexican restraunt retained its license. Not Chad's (savior of the mexican people) lead. Again, those mis informed people only need to do a little research before trying to sell their point of veiw. However, your Chad did lead the recent iniative to delay/derail the pre approved/financed metrolink parking structure which would have set back economic recovery in downtown Placentia(and all of Placentia) for several years. He also recently proposed to shut down community centers in south Placentia(mostly mexican residents). At a recent council meeting a crying young girl pleaded to Chad not to shut down the centers. All this is on the city's website/video and you can email councilman Nelson for the facts on the restruant. Bottom line  Viva, Chad lies.Several business people in Placentia will no longer take meetings with Chad because of this. Come to a Merchant meeting and see the disdain the owners of the mexican restruants now have for your savior(Chad). Like you said Viva, Actions speak Louder than Words

Viva North OC
Viva North OC

Hear me out on this one.. So I just got off the phone with my buddy in LA talking with him about this post and my reply. I explained to him the situation and he asked me who wrote the post. I told him it came from the OC Weekly. He chuckled and asked "isnt that the paper with the hookers and pot shops in the back?" I chuckled and replied that yes that was the one. He then jokingly poked fun at me asking if i was cruising for "hookers and weed". He also shared that in his office they were not allowed to put the LA Weekly in the front office waiting room because his business serves children and families and it contained less then scrupulous advertisements  We laughed and finished the conversation and I hung up.  With the up most respect sir I believe you can see the point I'm making. The fact is Gus you are more then "associated" with a company that makes its money off "hookers and pot shops". The money that allows you to pay bills, eat, live and continue with your amazing journalistic talent is generated by advertisement revenue from criminal activities including human trafficking and drug dealing. However carnal I would be the first to stand up for your name sake and reputation based on who I think you are as a person and journalist. The work you do is the foundation of Democracy in this country and locally in the county. I feel compelled to stand up for Chad as well as he is not the kind of man portrayed in this post. Gus, your employer does not make you involved in human trafficking and drugs any more then a FB friend request from extended family makes Chad guilty of being an extremist or agreeing with their views. I hope you take this post as it was intended Gus. Please keep up the good work in our county.  When the mind comes to a conclusion, it stops working.  -Viva North OC  

Joe
Joe

Youre still a Gander.............

Viva North OC
Viva North OC

Gus, Another good example of fearless bulldog reporting Gus. I have followed your work for years now. Love the new foodie book! From the murals in Fullerton to your current series of exposing OC past clan members all is an important part of the history of my beloved county.  I have also known Chad for a number of years myself. To be honest the picture you are painting a picture of Chad is off the mark even though it is rightfully based in valid issues concerning his FB friends list.  It appears he is related, like many of us, to family with undesirable life styles. I went on his FB page and it doesn't seem active at all with his page. I think he posted like less then 10 comments in the past 2 years since hes had a FB? He is clearly a FB novice and probably just hit "accept" for a request from a family member. I doubt he "vetted" a family member even though sadly in this case it appears he should have. Most people in their 40's are still in their digital teens when it comes to FB. In other words understanding how a single click has professional consequences. I am not going to excuse his responsibility but at the end of the day actions speak louder then words. I believe Chads actions do speak louder then words or clicks. Some time back the Placenta police chief was trying to shut down a Hispanic restaurant business Mariscos Chapala on Chapman. The city manager and former police chief tried to financially harm the business claiming in a stereotypical fashion that the business brought crime into the city and almost were successful in taking away their entertainment business license. This took place in Council sessions and was before the public. Chad was the dissenting vote and reopened the item and publicly went against council, city manager and police chief! This was his first year in office and he took a stand for the people he was sworn to represent. This can not be the actions of a racist especially a closet racist or any of that sort. Chad's actions saved the business. He spent political capitol defending the same Hispanics he is now accused of hating.   His music studio business caters to mostly a very diverse hip hop crowd. He has also been instrumental in pushing for a computers to be installed in the community centers of Placentia. I would also point to the Yorba Linda anti Muslim protest in the recent past. Chad took no part of it and even informed local law enforcement of hate speech that was being passed around via emails he was receiving asking him to join the protest. These are not the actions of a man inclined to hate or racism.   Gus, I would invite you to meet Chad yourself and see the what those who know Chad know. He is a good man and I would guess your reporting will only make Chad more aware of his errors. Thanks again Gus. You provide a service to the whole county. - Viva North County

Santos
Santos

It is the good ol' days NOW for some wankes.Tholder, just google travis wanke and you'll see his felony hate crime. On the ADL (anti defammation league) the article says wanke attacked and shouted racial slurs at a African American. The website defines the skinhead tattoos,locations and groups. Chads facebook friend also has a photo of Chad,Travis and Carl wanke arm in arm. Another photo shows a group of skinheads(including travis and carl posing while giving the heil hitler salute. Coupled with Chads turn face actions and public coments against the Mexican Americans in south Placentia leads to one conclusion. The Mexican restraunts in Placentia have disdain for His recent behavior. Come to a Merchants meeting for yourself and ask. Talk as we say is cheap, actions speak louder than words. I hope that you do get involved and find out for yourself. For  all our childrens sake.

Santos
Santos

The Facts as you know them with limited information Dwayne. fI you seriously want to know, than gather all the facts(not just whats convenient for you). Read Santos Reply above, Wanke  has made proposals that would negatively impact the pre -dominatly mexican south Placentia, made negative comments in public towards these people. And continues to switch stances on topics he supported during his election campaign. Wanke now paints a picture thru his actions in Placentia politcs as favoring gentrification of the south Placentia area and its people.  You Can Find On Tape- Placentia budget study sessions and city council meetings(where a crying young girl pleads with Wanke to keep her community center open). How would you handle that Dwayne? Get more facts to plead your case, than maybe that crying little girl and the people of south Placentia  can understand what Wanke is trying to do.

Howard_X
Howard_X

Thunder? More like a fart in the wind.

Howard_x
Howard_x

Sounds like a great first post on your new blog.

Jenni
Jenni

Skinhead? now it makes sense when wanker would wear the skinhead threads and boots in school.

Howard_x
Howard_x

is that pronounced "wank" or "wanky"?

Streets
Streets

Well Wanke my Wanker !

intrigued
intrigued

 Absolutely right about Mr Nelson leading the fight for equity and fairness on the Mexican restaurant's entertainment/business/license.  FYI, the name of the restaurant was not Mariscos Chapala, it is Mariscos Playa de Corales.  Councilman Nelson's courage and ethics to do the right thing and go against the Chief of Police recommendation to deny the business continued permits, paved the way for Yamaguchi and Wanke to follow him. 

Chevylover
Chevylover

Chris, if you went to school with him then you know how he was even then.  I've heard stories from people recently that up until shortly before getting involved with the city he even wore the same boots that are tatooed on his cousins neck!!!  Hitler was a nice guy to his friends but that didn't stop him from his racist agenda and how many people talked to him????.........By the way, I've seen pictures of him sitting and partying with his neo nazi cousins.  If he's not into the neo nazi thing, why does he associate with them???

Santos
Santos

Talking is good. Maybe Chris you should have talked to CW before he did a 360 on some of his campaign promises, made proposals, and used language that have been harmfful to mexican americans. It could have been much worse  to the residents that he was elected to represent.Including the minority children who he has hurt(see tape of city council meeting). Just a suggestion Chris, maybe you should research your friends(CW) actions and how it affects Placentia's people and talk with him on how to resolve his actions so that they do no more harm.Fortunately for Placentia, the majority of the city council doesn't see things as Chad does. But the Facebook friends issue(neo nazi article) does provide the public with a clearer understanding about his recent turnabout. Again talking (truthfully) would have been better BEFORE his  harmful actions and questionable affiliations. By the way, Placentia Mexican Americans have fought racism in Placentia for a very long time. They(world war two veterans) fought and WON to desegregate Placentia schools in 1948, thus allowing them to go to our high schools. Ths pre dated the 1954 national act, Brown versus the Board of Education. So Placentia People are well versed in spotting and fighting racism.

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