71-year staffer injured as “Resist” activists deliver “Valentines” to congressman’s office

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As the LA Times reports today, “Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) said a 71-year-old staff member was knocked unconscious Tuesday while protesters gathered at his Southern California office… They were jammed outside the door and the moment Kathleen cracked the door someone yanked it open,” Rohrabacher spokesman Kenneth Grubbs said in an email. Staunton was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital “after falling into unconsciousness,” according to a statement from Grubbs. She had a 2-inch bump on her head, Grubbs said.”

The group of activists, known informally as “Resist OC 48”, for weeks has been demanding that the congressman meet with them via a townhall meeting. The group organizes primarily within a private Facebook group, and leaks from within reveal a coordinated, aggressive and deeply angry underground movement that planned yesterday’s confrontation as a “surprise” on the congressman’s office:

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(note: his name is spelled incorrectly on the piece)

Additionally, the group created a series of “Valentine” messages emblazoned with infamous Russian mass murderer Joseph Stalin, creating a pun off of his name:

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The group is part of another, announced protest march on the congressman’s office on Monday February 20. Judging from some posts within the group from one of its more vocal members, they are not concerned about the negative press today, also covered by the Orange County Register. Quoting Angela Rainsberger from the Facebook page, “Actually, I think it is great press for us because it is clearly false, I meant an alternative fact based report. We have nothing to be concerned about. People should never be afraid of lies or staged events like this. We are peaceful and have plenty of evidence to disprove unfounded accusations. We are living in a world of alternative facts now, but the truth is self evident.”

After the incident, the congressman’s office released this statement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ken Grubbs, 202.225.0145
February 14, 2017

Rohrabacher Outraged by Assault on his District Director by ‘Indivisible’ Mob

WASHINGTON – Protesters swarming the corridor outside Rep. Dana Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach, CA, office Tuesday knocked unconscious the congressman’s district director, who was hospitalized after falling into unconsciousness. In the tumult, a two-year-old girl apparently brought along with the crowd was also hit by a swinging door.

When Kathleen Staunton, 71, who has managed the congressman’s office since his first term in 1989, attempted to exit through the front door to visit a restroom in the downtown office building, a protester yanked the door open, causing her to fall and hit her head. The door also pushed over the child, who was reportedly uninjured. Staunton was treated by paramedics and taken to a local hospital.

The protesters were part of a nationwide movement calling themselves Indivisible, who have vowed to resist President Trump’s agenda by trying to occupy Republican congressional offices, often demanding “town hall” meetings with the lawmakers. This action was billed as a Valentine’s Day event with Rep. Rohrabacher, even though the congressman was working in Washington with the House of Representatives in session.

Concerning the protest-turned-violent, Rep. Rohrabacher released the following statement:

I am outraged beyond words that protesters who mobbed my Huntington Beach office violently knocked down my faithful district director, Kathleen Staunton, causing her to be hospitalized. And, yes, deliberate or not, the incident came as part of a mob action that not only intimidates but coerces. Though the protesters think of themselves as idealists, they engaged in political thuggery, pure and simple. These people do not want, as they’ve claimed, to hold a town hall meeting with me. These are unruly activists on whom the lessons of civility and democratic participation have been lost. They have repeatedly disrupted the normal operations of my district office, preventing my staff from serving constituents with real needs, such as veterans’ and social security issues. They are part of a nationwide, anti-Trump mobilization, whose organizers call themselves, with supreme hypocrisy, by the name “Indivisible.” In fact, they are bent on dividing the nation, defying the will of voters and undermining the legitimacy of the election. These holier-than-thou obstructionists will be held responsible for this outrageous assault. They are exposing themselves for what they are — enemies of American self-government and democracy.

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Blue Angel Flyover in HB on January 12

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On Thursday, January 12 between 9:30-10 am, Blue Angel #7 will be doing a flyover across our city.

More details here:

 

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The Blue Angels Are Coming to HB

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BREAKING: OVSD candidate Gonzalez fully acquitted of Bixby FPPC charge; incumbent Tarvin remains under full investigation

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Kathryn Gonzalez, running for Ocean View School District school board, recently had a California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) complaint filed against her by former HB planning commissioner and failed 2014 city council candidate, Mark Bixby, for an alleged income reporting violation. Bixby, a self-appointed watchdog (and staunch supporter of OVSD incumbent board president Gina Clayton Tarvin) goes by the Facebook handle, “The Sentinel,” which he describes in part  as, “All of the things going on in local government in Huntington Beach, California that you didn’t know about but probably should be paying attention to.”

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Today, Ms. Gonzalez was completely exonerated of the Bixby charge (see letter below).

Reached for comment, Ms. Gonzalez was both relieved and also curious about Bixby’s motivations.

She told Surf City Chronicles, “First I want to thank the FPPC and ROV for assisting me all the way through this process as a first time candidate.  I am very happy to announce I am in compliance with the FPPC and totally cleared of Mr. Bixby’s accusations.  The facts are that I personally answered all of Mr. Bixby’s questions relating to this, and yet he still filed.  One has to wonder what his true motivations are when he selects one candidate and not all? This comes as no surprise to me that I would be cleared of the accusations made by Mr. Bixby.  The truth is that Mr. Bixby has a past practice of doing this to select candidates.  One has to wonder why he would sign a document under penalty of perjury and he would continue to pursue a complaint knowing the facts which is a complete waste of tax payer money.”

As of this writing Mr. Bixby has yet to update his Sentinel Facebook page with a copy of the letter or any other update information.

We recently wrote here about another FPPC investigation involving the OVSD, charged against current trustee president and candidate Gina Clayton Tarvin. According to information provided by the citizen that filed the complaint, FPPC  is investigating an allegation that Ocean View School District Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin accepted campaign contributions and reimbursements from the Ocean View Teachers Association.  The complaint alleges a violation in campaign finance laws including failure to report expenditures and contributions. That investigation, according to the person filed, remains wide open, despite this a claim during a recent Facebook Q/A where Tarvin stated that there “is no violation.”

The complainant reached out to the FPPC for clarification and was told that the investigation remains ongoing, thus seeming to contradict Tarvin’s statement.

Updates as they occur.

THE LETTER:

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Increasing number of Huntington Beach citizens mysteriously banned from Facebook for criticizing OVSD and in particular, the board president.

UPDATE – There has been another Facebook banning as a result of criticizing the school board president:

 

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Anne Boyer.

James Rodriguez.

Chuck Johnson.

Jeff Hanlon.

Jim Knapp.

Shawn Hubler.

Bridget Johnson.

Denise Kavanaugh.

John Redmen.

The list just keeps growing. Huntington Beach and local-area citizens are being suspended from using their Facebook accounts, “banned” as it were, for simply criticizing the Ocean View School District and in particular, board president Gina Clayton Tarvin. I’ve seen many of the offending comments and they are not profane, threatening, libelous or anything even approaching dangerous. Yet thanks to seemingly dedicated brigade of speech police that would appear to understand how to efficiently make Facebook abuse reports, voices are being silenced.

For presenting an opposing point of view.

Nobody’s quite sure precisely how it is being executed, but how could they be? Everything regarding Facebook reporting is anonymous.  More likely than not, this is an example of “mobbing,” whereby a group of people dedicated to a single agenda start “swarm reporting” to Facebook at the same moment to create the illusion that something is seriously wrong. It’s not as a Facebook have someone sitting there in every case reading the comments. Rather, according to reports, they use an algorithm which simply measures level of complaints.

HB resident Shawn Hubler told me she received her Facebook jail sentence after asking Tarvin in a public Facebook forum why she would run a report on a friend of Hubler’s and post her personal and private information. I wrote about that incident here.

In the last few days, John Redmen sent me this, as he received a Facebook banning:

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According to Jim Knapp, who has been highly critical of Tarvin, he is currently serving a 30-day sentence for merely typing the words “Crooked Gina” in a Facebook post.

I myself also received a 30-day banning for, ironically, calling out the fact that the trustee president has apparently been making efforts to shut down opposing voices. In the midst of a discussion whereby I was accused of “smearing” the trustee president, I responded and received this:

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On October 9, 2016, I sent this query to Tarvin:

Ms. Tarvin: I’m writing a piece for my blog. surfcitychronicles.com, regarding a growing number of HB residents actually being banned from using Facebook after posting critical comments of you. I have approximately 8 people involved thus far, with several more being researched. 

I have two questions for you:

1. Are you involved at all in the campaigns against these people, either by directly reporting them or encouraging surrogates to do so?

2. Would you care to make a statement as to your opinion of these actions and what is happening to these residents?I reach out to Tarvin to ask if she was aware or involved in any of this behavior.  

To date I have received no response.

 

The board president blocks people on Facebook (including myself) and also prevents me even viewing her Twitter account:

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While that is certainly her prerogative, in my opinion it does not reflect well upon elected officials that stress the importance of openness and transparency. But as far as this recent spate of Facebook bans that all involve mentioning either she or the district, as an elected official and someone who’s currently running for office, I think it would be good to know her opinion of this practice. And if she has nothing to do with it,  I think it would be appropriate for her issue a statement saying as much.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Taste of the Upcoming Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow

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This past week I had the incredible opportunity of being taken into the skies by renowned stunt pilot Elias Corey. He’s one of the many personalities that will be appearing at the much anticipated Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow coming up October 21-23. This will be a unique chance to witness the spectacular stunts of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, the Breitling Jet Team plus lots more. Airshow. This family-friendly, free community event is scheduled for October 22 – 23 with a practice day on the 21st.  The Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow is the only beachfront airshow scheduled on the West Coast. It is also the first airshow to take place in Huntington Beach since the 1990s.

I hope you enjoy this video from my adventure with Elias. I’ve never been in a plane like this and the sensation is intense. It’s truly like riding a Ferrari in the sky. Again, the air show is free to the public, but there are some terrific VIP viewing opportunities you can check out at hbairshow.com.

Huntington Beach may never by the same. After this flight with Elias, I know I’ll never be.

 

 

 

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Complaint against OVSD trustee president Tarvin alleges violation of campaign finance laws

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According to information provided by the citizen that filed the complaint, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)  is investigating an allegation that Ocean View School District Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin accepted campaign contributions and reimbursements from the Ocean View Teachers Association.  The complaint alleges a violation in campaign finance laws including failure to report expenditures and contributions.

The citizen, who requested anonymity, explained to surfcitychronicles.com, “For months, I’ve watched Gina Clayton Tarvin make countless posts on Facebook, pushing a school bond that will ultimately cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Her hard sell approach has always made me suspicious as has what I consider to be her lack of transparency. Her supporters seem to try and cover for her all the time, and attack anyone that asks questions, so I simply decided to start looking over her filings to see how she handled money. Was she careful? Was she accurate? For the amount of money she is asking for, I think this matters. If we can’t trust her to even file properly, how can we trust her with hundreds of millions of tax dollars? Her relationship with the union concerns me too and these alleged violations involve union money. What will their role be with the bond money if Measure R passes? I started with her 2012 filing and found a few things that just didn’t seem to add up. It appears she failed to report thousands of union dollars contributed to her. I’m glad the FPCC thought there was enough there to look into this. Next I will be reviewing her more recent filings.”

As to the request for anonymity the citizen added, “I’m sure my name will come out soon but until it does I want to protect myself from the sorts of attacks I’ve seen people come under for simply speaking out at all about Gina Clayton Tarvin. Personal attacks, professional attacks, public attacks at board meetings, web sites created to shame people; it’s horrible. And she’s never addressed any of it publicly or distanced herself from it like I think any responsible elected official would.”

Surfcitychronicles.com reached out to Tarvin for comment about the FPPC investigation, but did not receive a response.

Attached is a portion of the filed complaint, along with the letter the citizen received from the FPCC (which appears to show that Tarvin was made aware of this investigation via email the same day the letter was sent, on August 26th of this year).

Updates as they occur.

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Bloggers Vern Nelson and Greg Diamond Attack, Malign, Misrepresent HB Citizens Apparently on School Board President’s Behalf

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September 24th, 2016, left wing blogger (and staunch school board president Gina Clayton Tarvin advocate) Vern Nelson posted an article on his “orange juice blog” recounting a recent incident at Huntington Beach Central Library. At a concert being given by Nelson, he had invited a myriad of local candidates to come speak briefly about their campaigns. These included both city council and school board candidates.

A citizen, Jim Knapp, who has been critical of the Ocean View School District board and in particular of Board President Gina Clayton Tarvin, purchased a ticket and took Nelson up on his publicly posted offer to come ask the candidates questions.

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Knapp was bothered by what he perceived as an inconsistency in terms of Tarvin’s public claims that newly remodeled schools in the district were now completely free of asbestos. During intermission, Knapp approached Tarvin to pose this question. What resulted remains open to interpretation based on a variety of witness accounts. But these facts are clear: Knapp was removed from the event by security and waited outside to try and get his question answered. Cat-calling her from approximately 50 feet away as she exited the venue with an escort, a 911 call was then made and a pair of Huntington Beach police department officers explained to Knapp that he was being accused of three things: trespassing, assault and remarkably, false imprisonment. Viewing several of the videos, while it’s clear that Knapp is aggressively pursuing an answer from the elected official, he does not seem to cross any legal lines. Rather, it appears that friends and supporters of Tarvin deliberately attempt to shut down his ability to even follow up his question by putting their hands in front of his camera and forming a sort of protective security circle around her.

The problem with Nelson’s reporting on the incident begins with the original headline:

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For starters, I had nothing to do with Mr. Knapp’s appearance at the library. Zero. I interviewed him after the fact, but to suggest I “sent” anyone to anything is absolutely untrue- Nelson never even reached out to myself or Knapp to vet that accusation. As for offensively tagging Mr. Knapp as a “suicide bomber,” while that is certainly consistent with Nelson’s penchant for hyperbolic fabrication, in this case, even by his own reckless standards, he appears to have crossed the line. Has Nelson ever seen what true suicide bombers due to innocent people?

And that was just the beginning. In addition to maligning Knapp, there was a false claim made about another Huntington Beach resident, Chuck Johnson, suggesting he had been present at a recent school re-opening (while even stooping so low to mock Mr. Johnson’s weight by referring to him as a “morbidly rotund hate vessel”). I contacted Mr. Johnson who said he had written the blog’s “managing editor,” Orange County lawyer Greg Diamond.

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Johnson told me: “Mr. Diamond displays no journalistic integrity whatsoever. But then that can be expected from somebody that is almost universally loathed for his comments and viewpoints even by people that share his political party affiliation.  His piece restated the lie that I was present at the reopening of Lake View school and that I was terrorizing unsuspecting children. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have no interest in Gina Tarvin’s political grandstanding. She does it daily on the backs of poor kids in the Oak View neighborhood. Mr. Diamond’s response to my request to remove the lies was to simply leave it up and use a strikethrough font to “correct” the situation.  In addition, Diamond and his coeditor Vern Pat Nelson, selectively edit comments to control the narrative in an intellectually dishonest fashion. Lastly, they resorted to body shaming and poking fun at my weight when they were unable to successfully spar with me on an intellectual level. That didn’t bother me. I quite comfortable with who I am.”

Here is how they “Edited” their error – rather than delete the false claim:

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For the record, I also contacted Diamond to express my dismay about lied about in such a manner. The response? Diamond re-wrote his headline to this:

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Note that they are still accusing me of orchestrating an event with someone I do not even know, while allowing the original headline to exist. Diamond also wrote this to me: “As to whether you sent (or slid) this gentleman into Vern’s concert, that is an argument that I would happily engage in almost any fair venue.”

I hereby accept Diamond’s challenge to debate the absurd lies he now appears to be defending and will update here if/when the event is arranged.

And for more background on Diamond, you may read here, where the LiberalOC writes in part, “Disgraced former DPOC North County Vice Chair Greg Diamond has been twice described by this blog as a cancer in the Democratic Party in Orange County. His commentary leading up to and post June 7 primary season only reinforces it. It’s Stage 3 in the cancer that plagues the DPOC…”

Back to the dishonest mess that is the Orange Juice Blog, never missing an opportunity to accuse someone of racism, Nelson also included this in his hit piece: “I skipped the fact that Stephanie Erickson, a Mexican-hating harpy allied with Epting, had been calling the library for a few days to complain that I shouldn’t be allowed to play there, and Gina shouldn’t be allowed to speak there, because “The Mexicans in Slater Slums get EVERYTHING for free.”

“Mexican hating harpie?” I contacted Erickson. She herself is of Hispanic descent.  And she is no way “allied” with me. Another lie. And petty, baseless, deliberate insult. And does Nelson source the quote he assigns to Ericsson? Of course not.

It goes on and on, lie after lie, false accusation after false accusation. All apparently in defense of school board trustee president Gina Clayton Tarvin, who is now now up for re-election (and has been feverishly using social media to try and drum up support for her massive, $169 million taxpayer funded school bond known as Measure R).

As to why this elected official would not distance herself from these kind of smear merchants, that is anyone’s guess. But she seems to handpicked Nelson and OJB as her own little media mouthpiece the last several months, and the outlet has responded by liberally going after anyone that dare criticize her. She went to exclusively Nelson to break the news of Rainbow/Republic being fired by the district, as well as her scheme to unite all local districts against the company, among other items.

Through it all, Nelson and Diamond appear to remain unapologetic, if not defiant, when it comes to these dishonest attacks they are waging upon private citizens. Their sloppiness, and apparent personal agendas and lack of fact checking speak volumes in my opinion.

Diamond’s LinkedIn bio states that he is currently a “county coordinator and regional ambassador” for Kamala Harris’s current US senate campaign (and that he also supervises other ambassadors). Readers wishing to express their opinion to the Harris campaign about this fact and may do so by writing: sarah@kamalaharris.org.

And in the meantime, if you find yourself maligned or misrepresented but anyone writing at the orange juice blog, please feel free to contact me so that you can be given a true platform to expose the dishonesty, maliciousness and perhaps even defamation.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: I reached out to Diamond for a quote to use in this piece: “Greg – I’m writing a piece for surfcitychronicles chronicles on you and Vern and your blog – as managing editor – would you please explain what your policy is regarding first person sourcing and fact checking? Also, do make an attempt to verify accuracy with the subjects you are writing about/accusing?”

There was no response.

 

 

 

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UPDATE: PETERSON ENDORSEMENT DISAPPEARS FROM TARVIN WEB SITE Endorsement Mystery: Did Councilman Peterson Lend His Name To Gina Clayton Tarvin’s Campaign? Sources Say NO.

AS OF 2:30 PM ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – THE NAME OF COUNCILMAN ERIK PETERSON HAS BEEN PULLED FROM THE OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN WEBSITE OF GINA CLAYTON TARVIN. WE HAVE REACHED OUT TO HER FOR COMMENT AND WILL UPDATE IF/WHEN WE HEAR BACK.  IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT LONG BEACH COUNCILMAN AL AUSTIN’S NAME HAS ALSO BEEN REMOVED.

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Recently, the name of Councilman Eric Peterson has been listed on Gina Clayton Tarvin’s official campaign page (Tarvin is running for School Board Trustee).

This raised more than a few eyebrows within some conservative groups in Huntington Beach, who were taken aback that a staunch right-wing advocate like Peterson would throw in with someone that, in many conservative eyes, is a left-leaning community organizer.

Phone calls and emails began buzzing around Huntington Beach looking for answers from Republican leaders and advocates.

At Monday night’s 9/19 City Council meeting, a resident named Chuck Johnson spoke at public comments about the issue and queried Peterson for an answer (which  by rule he is not allowed to give during public comments from the dais).

I myself have reached out to Peterson for clarification via email but have not received a response. However, in the last 72 hours a number of sources have contacted me citing first-hand that Peterson told them personally that no, he has absolutely not given the endorsement to Tarvin.

I have also reached out to Tarvin for clarification but have yet to receive a response.

As of this writing, the endorsement remains on her official page, ginaclaytontarvin.com.

UPDATE: Another new source has confirmed that Peterson has NOT endorsed Tarvin.

 

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Citizen Accused of “Trespassing,” “Assault” and “False Imprisonment”- for Attempting to Question a Huntington Beach Elected Official

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(Caption: Video still of a Gina Clayton Tarvin supporter attempting to prevent the recording of her on Saturday, September 1o, at an event where candidates gathered to speak and take questions from the public)

“Did i give you permission to turn your phone on and videotape me, sir?”

That was the question asked by Ocean View School District Trustee President Gina Clayton Tarvin when a citizen, Jim Knapp, approached her during a candidate meet and greet Saturday, September 10, at which many other people were videotaping. (Tarvin has been actively campaigning to defend her seat on the board, while also feverishly promoting the $169 Million-Dollar  Huntington Beach tax increase known as “Measure R.”)

Certainly there was no expectation of privacy, yet still, she was demanding permission. As it turns out, that’s probably because she had no desire to answer the citizen’s questions, as illustrated by what happened next. In the following audio interview, Mr. Knapp takes me through the event, which incredibly, saw him being forcibly removed from the public library where the event was held (after her surrogates attempted to stop any recording). Moments later, the Huntington Beach Police Department was summoned and Knapp was answering accusations of trespassing, assault and false imprisonment.

All for simply asking a question of an elected official. Here is our discussion:

 

Additionally, here are links to videos posted by Mr. Knapp that he shot on the night in question:

OVSD Board President Gina Clayton Tarvin Denying Asbestos at Lake View School

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OVSD Board President Gina Clayton Tarvin won’t answer questions about asbestos

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OVSD Board President Gina Clayton Tarvin walks away from asbestos questions by community member

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Some more images from videos at the event: Comunidad representative taping Jim Knapp:

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Above, a President Tarvin supporter attempts to block Knapp’s video camera.

 

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