Steve Petzold, a local Realtor Associate at Keller Williams VIP Properties, who lives in Santa Clarita Valley, is actively organizing a protest at Santa Clarita City Hall on Easter Sunday from 2-5pm.
Important to note, in 2016, the Santa Clarita Signal reported that Petzold had a restraining order placed against him and was ordered not only to stay away from then COC chancellor Van Hook but also to turn over all their firearms and ammunition to the court. It is unclear if Petzold can own a gun.
The message reads in all caps, “NO MORE LOCKDOWNS, GLOBAL MARCH FOR FREEDOM, Sunday April 12, 2-5PM.”
One of his Social Media posts, as seen below included, “City Hall on Sunday….No Fear.” including a message with a raised white fist with a what appears to be a lightning bolt.
Constance Werthe, the wife of Santa Clarita City Council Candidate, Chris Werthe, states, “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this! Of all the ongoing inequality in this country, this is what these morons choose to protest? Not wages, health care, education, environment, taxes, etc.? They’ve sat on their ass for years bitching about things while never once protesting. If you’re going to risk your life protesting, do it for fundamental, far-reaching changes. Unbelievable.”
According to the Anti-Defamation League: Fighting Antisemitism and Hate, “By the 1980s, white supremacists in the United States and elsewhere had appropriated this symbol, substituting a white fist. White supremacists frequently claim that they use the symbol to represent “white pride” or “white power.”
The post, along with the message contained within the image, has been circulating throughout Santa Clarita.
The message continues in all caps, “EVERY CITY HALL, VILLAGE PIAZZA OR TOWN HALL IN EVERY COUNTRY, ORGANIZE FRIENDS AND JUST SHOW UP, FILM, MARCH YOUR STREETS & UPLOAD YOUR STORIES BECAUSE THERES MORE OF US THAN THEM!!!”
Petzold states on his facebook page that he manages the Citizens’ Committee to Re-Elect TimBen to City Council.
It is unclear what the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Health Department, and the City of Santa Clarita intend to do.
Steve Petzold began to write in german to Jewish former Santa Clarita Candidate, Stephen Daniel‘s, as seen below. Daniel’s wrote back, “wow. Quotes from Auschwitz!”: