SF electrician no longer employed after scheduled speech at Charlottesville white supremacist rally

A scheduled speaker at the deadly white supremacist rally in Virginia is no longer employed at an electrical company in San Francisco as of Wednesday, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

John Ramondetta, who is known as Johnny Monoxide of the white supremacist blog “The Right Stuff,” worked as an electrician for the San Francisco office of Rosendin Electric until Wednesday.

“His actions did not match our policies so at this point he’s no longer employed with us,” Rosendin Electric spokesperson Salina Brown said.

Ramondetta was a scheduled speaker at the Unite the Right rally last Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., where a reported neo-Nazi drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others.

The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., is facing charges in connection with the killing of Heather Heyer. A memorial service for the 32-year-old victim was held in Charlottesville on Wednesday.

This is at least the second time that a company in the Bay Area has separated from an employee in response to the white supremacist rally. On Saturday, reported rally attendee Cole White left his job at the Top Dog hot dog chain in Berkeley.

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In June, prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer shared an ad on Twitter for the rally featuring Ramondetta’s pseudonym. The flyer is covered in confederate flags and the Imperial Eagle of Nazi Germany. Spencer was also a featured speaker.

Efforts to reach Ramondetta by phone were unsuccessful. His Twitter account, @JohnnyMonoxide, is suspended.

The Southern Poverty Law Center considers Ramondetta a neo-Nazi.

“Never work for a fuckin’ Jew because you’re not gonna get your money,” Ramondetta said on Red Ice Radio last June after explaining that Italians, like himself, have a “natural racism” toward Jewish people, according to the SPLC.

Ramondetta was working for Rosendin Electric on the construction of the new Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center on Van Ness Avenue and Geary Street for at least three months, according to a former colleague.

Laborer Leoncio White said fliers calling Ramondetta a neo-Nazi were plastered around the worksite Wednesday morning.

“For his own safety I think it was better for him to quit,” White said. “The things that he said, how could he work with you and you look at him face-to-face?”

White said he confronted Ramondetta about the posters.

“I said, ‘Man, those are some ugly things coming out of your mouth,’” White said. “He said, ‘Well, these shouldn’t be here.’”

The posters were removed by the afternoon.

Brown said that Ramondetta was dispatched to Rosendin Electric through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 6 in San Francisco.

“These contractors that come to us from the union, they could be with us one minute on the job or with another contractor on the job,” Brown said.

In a statement Monday, union Business Manager John Doherty said the union “does not share the views and opinions expressed by John Ramondetta,” but the union’s authority to discipline or hold him accountable “does not extend to his views and opinions as an individual outside of the workplace.”

“Any questions on the views and opinions of John Ramondetta should be addressed to him personally,” Doherty said.

Doherty also condemned the “violence and murder” at the rally, white nationalism and white supremacy.

“The ‘Unite the Right’ event, and the actions that were perpetrated by those in attendance, are disgraceful examples of a small minority of bigots that seek to exploit the growing economic desperation of law abiding Americans,” he said.

Dean Fryer, a spokesperson for Sutter Health CPMC, said in an email that the hospital is “pleased that [Rosendin Electric has] a commitment to prohibit hate and racism on its construction projects.”

“Along with Rosendin’s efforts with its workforce, Sutter Health-CPMC will be reinforcing this issue with all of our contractors working to help build our new facilities,” Fryer said.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated from its original version to include additional information.

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