White supremacists disrupt Pismo Beach City Council meeting

March 14, 2024


Clarification: A reporter named Bill Shaner wrote an article outing some of the members of a neo-Nazi group located in California. Since then, one of the leaders in the group is claiming his name is Bill Shaner.

White supremacists disrupted a Pismo Beach City Council meeting last week, espousing their hatred of Jewish and black people while supporting Palestinians in Gaza.

During public comment on March 5, there were about a dozen people online waiting to speak when a man who called himself Bill Shaner asked the council to pass a pro-Palestine resolution. Shaner wanted the council to be open about their opposition to the “raping and killing of children in Gaza.”

As Shaner became more divisive, Mayor Ed Waage argued the topic was not in the purview of the city council. Shaner responded saying a resolution was in their purview.

Shaner then began screaming “f**k the Jews” and “f**k the nig***.” Another speaker attempted to continue the vitriol when Mayor Waage called a five minute break. After the break, Waage moved the remainder of public comment to the end of the meeting. A handful of people waiting to speak, however, left before the end of the meeting.

Following the meeting, city staff sanitized their video record of the meeting, cutting out portions of public comment, including part of Shaner’s rant.


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Unfortunately, Anti-Semites have new tactic. Create chaos at city council meetings.

Disturbingly, antisemitic attacks are on the rise and infiltrating the mainstream. It’s time to shine a light on this dark reality. We must unite against hatred, reject discrimination, and work towards a world where diversity is celebrated, not targeted.

Sounds like the same South County I grew up in. No suprise.

Freedom of speech has limits. Profanity and slander of the innocent is not acceptable. The groups who hate various people groups also hate America.

Pismo cops, or somebody, should have taken down some license plate numbers.

Betting they did.

The uncouth racialist bigots violating common etiquette and decorum for citizen participation in local government did not attend the meeting in person. I believe they called in to the meeting or were participating via Zoom.

I think this should be titled “White trash trash meeting”.

What a terrible event, I hope something bad happens to people like that. We have no room for racists in our county and country.