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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p-BJ_ZDmF4

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vm-BYT-cLc&feature=youtu.be

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjCrbvP-SIY&feature=youtu.be

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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RIP, Huntington Beach’s Presidential Pilot, Lt. Col. Gene Boyer

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RIP the legendary local airman, Lt. Col. Gene Boyer, who passed away last week. I feel very honored to have become friends with him. Here is a story I wrote about this American hero:

If I’ve learned anything in the 11 years my family and I have lived in Huntington Beach, it’s that you never know who you’ll run into in Huntington Beach.

Take, for example, the man I sat with recently. He sat on a couch thumbing through a photo album.

“Here’s Dwight Eisenhower,” he said. “And LBJ, Gerald Ford, Leonid Brezhnev and Walter Cronkite.”

Renowned Army One helicopter pilot and Retired Master Army Aviator Lt. Col. Gene Boyer glanced over the images that defined his life. He stopped and recalled what it was like to get to know the writer John Steinbeck during the Vietnam War.

“He was amazing,” Boyer told me. “The great Steinbeck. And just look what he wrote about us helicopter pilots.”

Clearly, Steinbeck was impressed.

“I wish I could tell you about these pilots,” he wrote. “They make me sick with envy. They ride their vehicles the way a man controls a fine, well-trained quarter horse. They weave along stream beds, rise like swallows to clear trees, they turn and twist and dip like swifts in the evening.”

Boyer, a decorated war hero who started flying MASH missions during the Korean War and was shot down in Vietnam, is also a master storyteller. Lucky for us, he’s woven his rich, cinematic life into a wonderful new book, “Inside the President’s Helicopter: Reflections of a White House Senior Pilot.”

Boyer’s life, in one sense, can be measured in numbers. He had 6,900 hours of helicopter flight time, 368 combat hours, 580 “code one” presidential missions, 451 Richard M. Nixon flights, and 55 flights with at least one foreign head of state on board. Two forced landings. No crashes. He flew in 49 states and 17 countries.

But on another level, his story is more accurately framed by the people and places he encountered. His story starts in Akron, Ohio, where he grew from a Depression-era child into a football star at Ohio University. In the book, we travel with him through the Korean DMZ to the jungles of Venezuela, to the mountains of Peru, from St. Peter’s Square to the pyramids of Egypt, and everywhere in between.

Boyer flew five U.S. presidents, Gen. William Westmoreland, Henry Kissinger, Anwar Sadat, Hosni Mubarak, King Hussein, Charles de Gaulle, Robert Kennedy, Nguyen Van Thieu, Brezhnev, Steinbeck, Bob Hope and John Wayne.

He was also the first pilot to fly a sitting president and first lady into a combat zone and recruited the first three African American pilots to fly for the White House, one of which was his co-pilot the day Nixon resigned.

That memorable day when Nixon said goodbye, Aug. 9, 1974, it was Boyer who shuttled Nixon away from the White House.

Today, that very helicopter, Army One, is on display at the Nixon Presidential Library & Museum in Yorba Linda. It was found and restored by Boyer, who remembers that last day all too well.

“It was a sad one all around,” he told me. “And an extra-heavy flight given all the family luggage aboard. I think more people watched us take off that day than any other. I liked Nixon a great deal. He was very fair with us, and we stayed in contact. I flew him as a civilian later on.”

At 81, Boyer still recalls things in razor-sharp detail. A thoughtful, careful speaker, he’s also modest and unassuming in documenting his many dramatic missions that, more than once, could have easily resulted in the loss of his or his passengers’ lives.

Then again, when you realize that he was arguably history’s best, it’s no wonder he’s still here to talk about his life.

Recalling a death-defying goodwill trip to the mountains of Peru with Pat Nixon after a catastrophic earthquake, Boyer chuckles at the absurdity of the circumstances.

“Helicopters are not supposed to fly as high as we did that day,” he recalled. “But we made it in and out, and it’s still one of the most rewarding missions I ever undertook. In all that devastation, to see what the first lady accomplished was really something. She made a difference up there. She was a remarkably graceful person.”

The book, for all of its touch-and-go moments of peril and somber historic reality, is also punctuated with funny stories revealing how chaotic things can become within the chief executive’s inner circle. Boyer takes the reader inside the most exclusive of bubbles with an honest, no-holds-barred voice of reason that often makes readers feel as if they are co-piloting alongside this vaunted flyer.

And he remains a soldier at heart. On a table in his living room sits a small jar full of sand.

“I collected that in 1960 when I visited Normandy Beach,” he said. “Of all the interesting places I went, that’s the one that still stands out.

“When you consider what took place there, when you think about how courageous those soldiers were in that battle, well, I just had to bring some home with me. Just to remember.”

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Senate Approves Resolution Urging Justice for Dozens of 1976 Women Olympic Swimmers

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SR 88 Requests that IOC Give Justice to Deserving Olympic Women Swimmers for Competing Clean

Big news for my friend and co-author, Shirley Babashoff:

(Sacramento) – Today, Senator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) presented Senate Resolution 88, which requests that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) correct a mistake from 40 years ago and rightfully award dozens of women swimmers the recognition and medals that they deserved, had they not been cheated by the East German team, who used performance-enhancing substances. Senate Resolution 88 passed with a 39-0 vote.
The 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, should have been a monumental and celebratory occasion for Shirley Babashoff and the dozens of other female swimmers who competed. Instead, the games have lived under a dark cloud of controversy for the past forty years.
“The Olympic Games has had a long tradition of competition, honor and integrity that magnifies the ultimate in human ideals and physical achievement,” saidSenator Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa). “Forty years ago, the United States female swim team competed fairly and were denied their medals. Now, armed with truth, these courageous competitors deserve justice.”
The allegations that the East German womens swim team was competing under the influence of performance-enhancing substances were dismissed in 1976, but was later proven true. When the Berlin Wall fell, records were recovered that proved the East German team was involved in a state-sponsored performance-enhancing substances scheme. Due to this scandal, competitors who played by the rules were denied their true earned victories, and their countries denied their moment to celebrate with them.


“I urge the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to address this issue and recognize the competitors who played by the rules in the 1976 Olympic Games with their rightful medals and places in the record books,” 
Moorlach added. “The IOC has the power to honor these individuals. Let’s show today’s youth the importance and value of competing with honor.”
Senator Resolution 88 has gained widespread support from many groups and individuals including Michelle Simpson, former swimmer and teammate of Shirley Babashoff, Benjamin W. Lau, US-China Counsel, Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, Stephanie Rosenthal-Hamilton, Member of the U.S. National Team- Swimming 1987-1988, USA Swimming Foundation, Mike Bottom, Former member of the U.S. National Swim Team, USA Swimming, Jeffrey Goldman, Publisher at Santa Monica Press and TJ Liston, ASCA Member.

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Rare Huntington Beach film revealed

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Several years ago, I wrote about Leroy Jauman after we visited the home on Eighth Street where he was born, the abode with those two tall, slender palm trees in front of it. His dad, Andy, planted those trees in honor of his son Leroy’s birth back in 1924, and that they still sway in the ocean breeze is a marvelous thing: a symbol of everlasting parental love.

But the day we met there, Leroy tantalizingly shared some information about another piece of local history that goes back to his youth: a movie that was made by a teacher at what today is Dwyer Middle School (and back then was known as Central Elementary School).

Mrs. Elinor Greer was the teacher, and in 1937, when Leroy was 13, she decided to shoot a film as part of a master’s degree she was in the process of working toward. It ran 40 minutes and was titled “The Air Mail Saves the Day.” She cast Leroy, whom she considered her teacher’s pet, to star as “Leroy Brown,” a bit of a hellraiser who must find a way to help his family find money to pay the mortgage, lest they lose their house

It’s a storyline that could have easily been ripped from today’s stale-economy headlines, and in the film, Leroy decides to enter an essay contest that promises a big payout.

As Jauman described to me, the film was shot all over Huntington Beach and captured rare footage of the oil wells, Pacific Electric Red Cars, Main Street and more. But when he said he had a copy of the vintage film and was willing to share, it almost seemed too good to be true.

However, when I met him and his former classmates from Huntington Beach High School, class of ’42, recently for lunch, there was the VHS tape, brought by his friend and classmate Rosemary Robinson. When I arrived back home and popped it in the player, I was genuinely taken aback by what I saw, and thoroughly impressed with the efforts of Mrs. Greer.

The film is silent, and title cards are interwoven throughout, helping to advance the narrative as we see a teenaged Jauman and his classmates chewing the scenery for almost 40 minutes — an epic for the time. The title cards appears to be typewritten pieces of paper simply filmed by the camera operator, as there were obviously no optic effects available for the class.

The scene is set with this opening card: “In the windy city of Pacific Beach is the home of the Brown family.” Then we see some establishing shots of oil wells, the ocean, and a house that bears a striking resemblance to the house Jauman was born in — and there is a small palm tree right in front. Did they shoot there? Jauman could not quite pinpoint all of the locales around the city, but he thinks that may be his house of birth.

Another card: “The mortgage is due in 15 days. Father cannot get work. Everything looks hopeless.” So the young Jauman gets to work when he hears about an essay contest in New York.

The film reminded me of something producer Hal Roach might have created in his Our Gang days, a bunch of ragtag kids running around town, trying to stave off the evil “villain” who can’t wait to evict the family.

Throughout the film, the viewer is treated to some remarkable footage of Huntington Beach. We see Jauman march up to a mailbox on Main Street near Pacific Coast Highway and mail his entry. We the post office on Main Street, the same one that is there today, as the letter gets sorted. Then we see the mailman place the mail sack on a Pacific Electric Red Car bound for Los Angeles, where it will be put on a plane to New York. The footage of the train car pulling away from the Main Street station, oil derricks as far as the eye can see, is a “money shot” if there ever was one.

Mrs. Greer even includes footage of a plane taking off that, presumably, was shot at one of several locals airstrips that existed before Meadowlark Airport.

Long story short, the essay wins, but Leroy also learns an important lesson on paying attention in class about how to send a letter. See, he forgot to include his return address, as he hears on the radio, which jeopardizes his winning entry. Nevertheless, things are sorted out, the money is sent, good triumphs over evil and the family home is saved.

My friend Maria Hall-Brown, with whom I co-hosted the “Forgotten OC” series on the PBSSoCal program “Real Orange,” was kind enough to digitize the movie footage and edit a condensed, nine-minute version of “The Air Mail Saves the Day.”

To experience this cinematic trip back in time to Huntington Beach, 1937, simply look alongside this article on the Independent’s website.

And make sure you watch the end to see the elaborate credits, to get a real sense of how sophisticated this production was and how many students Mrs. Greer involved in the making of it. Jauman told me as much and it seems obvious, but she must have been just a marvelous teacher to go to these lengths. I only wish she could have known how many more people will now get to enjoy her work.

And in honor of Leroy, who has since passed away – thank you for sharing this treasure.

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“Central Park is Dying”

My friend Shari Engel wrote me what I considered to be a very powerful not several days ago. It is included in its entirety here, along with some images she has taken. You may know that Shari, along with her husband Steve and a tireless, dedicated group of volunteers work hard to enhance, protect and preserve many facets of the park.

But it’s clearly not enough. There has been some great help offered by various people, elected and otherwise (as she details) but as a city I think it’s time to come together and start offering some concrete solutions, lest we wake up one day to a dead Central Park.

Thank you, Shari, for writing this…

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Central Park is Dying. Yes, I USED TO BE lured by the GREEN in my peripheral vision as I walked on the asphalt paths.

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But, when I became a ‘3 day a week’ volunteer in the park and got up close to the trees and vegetation I saw dying trees and plants.

For two years I have been part of a team, restoring the garden behind the Central Park Library (The Secret Garden).

It was known as the Xeriscape Garden, when it was planted 30 years ago. That was a widely used term, back then, meaning drought tolerant.

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The Xeriscape (Secret) Garden paths were uneven/unsafe and the plants were growing so close to the trail you had to duck and dive to get through. Most of the garden was so thick with weeds you couldn’t see in.

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Two encampments were removed. Much like Shipley Nature Center, it had become overgrown with invasives and the investment and design were nearly lost.

These two areas of Central Park represent how creating a park may be important and exciting, but maintaining it is imperative. Delayed maintenance is not a cost saving plan. If a park can not be maintained properly then we need to delay building them.unspecified copy.jpegThe concept of our 350 acre Central Park by a group of city visionaries began in the late 60’s. The park was opened in 1974. That is an amazing accomplishment!

http://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/files/users/library/complete/080118-2.pdf

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Just as we were cutting the ribbon for our Central Park, New York’s 843 acre Central Park was degrading due to minimal maintenance and misuse. New York’s budget crisis further hastened the park’s demise.

http://www.centralparknyc.org/about/about-cpc/

Central Park still has enough green to lull people into believing it is healthy and thriving.

Unfortunately, I only see the:

  1. Failing asphalt paths with large cracks. Recent, expensive Community Services Master Plan Survey said the most used city Facility, is Central Park.  And the number one activity is walking. Why didn’t we just spend that money on repairing the asphalt paths in CP instead?
  2. OLD rusted metal trash cans whose OLD metal supports are falling over.  40% of Central Park has no trash cans at all.
  3. Trees that have never been pruned or routinely maintained, ever. One worker, with the city parks maint. dept. for 30 years, attests to that and so do the dead trees.
  4. Irrigation system that is old and ineffective for maintaining healthy trees (bore beetle invades stressed/unhealthy trees). The park is watered with potable water. When the city had to cut back water, they cut back even more on watering the park lawn, thus the trees. If it had been non-potable water the trees might have been watered more.  http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7421.html
  5. Recently planted young trees, that are dead, but remain propped up (barely) by supports, as if there is hope for them, to come back to life.
  6. Over 140 mulch mounds, where there once stood a tree. There are now huge areas, barren of trees.
  7. Shipley temporary parking lot (which was on the master plan long before the Senior Center build) is a fugitive dust bowl (carcinogenic). 14,000 teachers and students breathe that dust yearly (10 years and counting). Plants on its perimeter are dead from the choking dust! Park Commission paints efforts to install the permanent lot (on 1990 master plan) now, as an attack on open space. https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline/
  8. Traffic hazard (on Goldenwest) quadrupled while Shipley parking lot driveway remains open, just a few yards north of new right turn into Senior Center. It was supposed to be closed and access was to be off of the new Talbert entrance….Accident waiting to happen?
  9. Huge grass areas destroyed by the ground squirrel infestation. Presently they are digging into root systems of mature trees and soon will topple them. They dug, till they exposed the irrigation pvc pipes and created holes that could cause a broken ankle. They have entered into the Secret Garden continuing their efforts to enlarge their intricate tunneling. The poor positioning (10 feet off the ground) of signage, educating the public about why they should NOT feed them, is NOT working. The most widely used areas for feeding have no signage.
  10. Two of the most poisonous plants grow unchecked in the park. Castor bean (the most poisonous plant on planet) grows alongside Poison Hemlock (the most poisonous plant in California).
  11. Invasive species like passion vine and bamboo are tolerated in the park. Passion vine curtains that envelop the now dead bushes and trees, create a false notion of a green/healthy park. The low level park maintenance contract (mow and blow) will invite more of our investment to be lost to invasives.
  12. Homeless encampments numbers are growing. The overgrown/unmaintained areas of the park are inviting the wrong use. Two cooking fires have occurred in the last year (latest in July). The relocation of the Interfaith Trailer has produced a worsening of the Central Park Library/Park homeless problem. Why did the city think it would be different at Central Park/Library? http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bcis-408925-library-city.html
  13. Fullerton had to close a library due to the homeless issue and San Bernardino had to close a park. How many more people will the library have to hire to keep order or will we have to close it? https://fullertonrag.com/2013/03/29/the-beginning-of-the-end-of-the-hunt/ http://www.pe.com/articles/park-677662-library-city.html
  14. No ongoing presence of authority in the park. Easter Sunday has thousands of people in the park. There was no policing, no extra restrooms, no extra trash cans, no one to deter the public driving on the trails. No citations of drinking in the park. Drinking and Driving Easter Extravaganza. The trash is still present from the yearly ‘un-event’ Free-For-All. But it isn’t free to taxpayers; our park is abused and someone has to clean it up and pay for litigation when someone gets hurt.
  15. The bathrooms are deteriorating and the overnighters misuse from them being open year round, 24/7 has taken it’s toll. If you ever see Lucina, cleaning them, please THANK her. She is a very nice, hardworking, petite lady (with a big smile) that probably isn’t noticed by many.
  16. Ongoing male prostitution and drug use in the park. Won’t say what I have picked up in the park from these activities. Disgusting!
  17. Our only Central Park sign fell down almost two years ago (wood rot, termites). It was just replaced after a very long wait.  The area surrounding the sign has NOT been improved, the years old planting is not maintained and looks sad.

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I look at the pictures of Central Park New York in the 70’s and wonder where were the park protectors when it was not maintained and sad?

It got soooo bad before someone grabbed a shovel and started to take back what had been lost.

If you can’t grab a shovel, at least write your council and ask for a plan for Central Park.

It takes years for a tree to provide a shade canopy. We are now the visionaries for the future of our park.

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We can not afford to wait any longer for a plan. WE NEED A PLAN NOW!!

Thank you Michael Gates, Barbara Delgleize and Eric Peterson for helping to improve our beautiful Central Park!

Thank you to the Parks Maintenance Dept. for producing the needed changes requested on Surf City Pipeline, in a professional and timely manner.

Thank you to the Police Department for trying to stem the tide of the negative activities in CP. We know you can’t be the answer

to every problem. The answer is good laws, ordinances and a Park Ranger.

Thank you Jean Nagy, President of the HB Tree Society for continuing the effort to beautify HB and plant trees.

http://hbtrees.org/

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The Henry Huntington – Jefferson Memorial Connection

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We just returned from a visit to the lovely Huntington Library in San Marino to celebrate our son’s 23rd birthday.

The estate, which of course belonged to the man our city is named before (even though it’s never been proven that he ever actually visited here) is also the site of he and his wife’s final resting place – and the tomb has an amazing bit of history attached to it:

From my friends at find-a-grave: “Railroad tycoon and noted collector of art and rare books. The Mausoleum of Henry Huntington and his wife Arabella is considered to be the model for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. John Russell Pope designed the Mausoleum before he won the commission that made him famous. Henry intended the Mausoleum to be a Greek temple, erected on the spot Arabella chose for her gravesite. The Mausoleum is made of Colorado Yule marble, and its circular peristyle has four bas-relief sculptures with literary quotes alluding to the four seasons. Surrounded by orange groves, the Mausoleum was completed in 1929, two years after Henry’s death and five years after Arabella died.”

Many of you have probably seen the Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. But did you know that Huntington’s mausoleum was the model for the iconic U.S. landmark?

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Helping a Courageous HB Mom

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Many of you may already know (or know of) my friend  Jacque Balbas-Ruddy. I first got to know her when I wrote about her in September.  She had recently been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer and as the courageous, vibrant fighter told me then, “In a way, getting breast cancer the first time was one of the most amazing things that ever happened to me,” she said as we drove. “Without it, I’d never have met the most incredible people or would be in a position to help others like this.”

Well now, after bravely (and successfully) battling the disease once again, she is up against another obstacle. This one, we can all help with simply by lending our collective voices.

She sent this out yesterday to a number of us:

My dear friends, we are reaching out for help. The boys and I are facing homelessness at the end of September. Would you please consider writing a letter to our property owner on our behalf?

We currently live in an apartment building owned by Orange County Community Housing Corporation (OCCHC) at 313 11th Street, Huntington Beach. OCCHC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is as follows:

“OCCHC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to transition extremely low income families to greater self-sufficiency by assisting with housing and education.  Its founding in 1977 was based on the principle that our low-wage families deserve safe housing and safe neighborhoods so that their children would have the same education benefits as those from more affluent neighborhoods”. (Taken from OCCHC website: July 27, 2016) 

During my undergraduate studies at UC Irvine, Caden (13), Liam (7), and I became residents at the OCCHC property in November 2013. I have concluded my UCI program and will begin the final leg of education for my career in the Master of Social Work program at USC, at the Orange County Campus.  Kathy Nutter, the Leasing Director at OCCHC and the rest of the managing staff have known since we became residents in their building, that my educational program would need to include a Masters Degree in order for me to become gainfully employed. (Kathy Nutter herself is a former client who lived in OCCHC housing during her undergraduate and graduate programs.)

 On their website, OCCHC describes the success of their program and states their residents spend an average of seven years in their housing: 

“OCCHC offers an impressive track record of performance. All of our projects are 100 percent occupied at completion, they are finished on schedule and within budget, and our residents remain over seven years on average. Rent collection problems are a rarity and tenant deposits are usually returned when families move on to ownership or to other locations”. (Taken from OCCHC website July 27, 2016).

In May 2016, my family received a 90 Notice to Terminate (eviction) from OCCHC by August 31. I have been a resident for less than three years. The attached letter was written in response, hoping that the Notice was an oversight.  Ms. Nutter is now giving me until September 30 to vacate. OCCHC is claiming that because I have earned my BA and will be ending my client-relationship with another organization, Project Self Sufficiency (PSS), they were also ending my tenancy. However, when we moved into our home, I was specifically advised by Ms. Nutter, that when my PSS relationship ended (upon award of BA degree), that I could remain under the OCCHC residency program. She explained that we could remain in our home for at least four years, and that OCCHC would work with me through completion of my master degree and transition into new housing. 

I am in good standing as a tenant. My rent is, and has always been, current. During my 2.5 years of tenancy, there have been no complaints against me. I am a good tenant and neighbor.

With this email, I am asking that my friends, community leaders, business professionals, professors, and those who are inclined to lend a hand, please write a letter to OCCHC, on my behalf, asking them to keep Caden, Liam, and me in our home until the completion of my graduate program. 

We have nowhere to go and will be homeless, should OCCHC insist we move in September. The boys and I request you to write this letter based on OCCHC’s statement on their website that residents stay an average of seven years, that I was lead to believe I would be able to live here through my educational program, and that I have been an upstanding tenant. If you chose to write a letter, I ask that you present what you know about our family, me as a parent, breast cancer survivor, student, community leader, volunteer, advocate, and future licensed clinical social worker. I am working toward a degree in a helping field so that I can provide financially for our family and be of service to others. 

I humbly thank you for your assistance in this regard.

Jacque 

Please send your letters to:

Allen Baldwin, President/Operations

Nora Mendez, Executive Director

Kathy Nutter, Leasing Director

Their email addresses are:

 

Kathy@occhc.orgnora@occhc.orgallen@occhc.org

Please send a copy to me:

Jacqueline Ruddy – ruddyj@uci.edu

 

I’m writing my letters this morning. If you have a moment to write in support of this amazing woman, she’d really appreciate it.

 

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Radical Left Wing Blogger Threatens on Behalf of Anti-Cop Organizers in Huntington Beach

Update from the other night, when my son and I confronted the radicals that wrote the name of the Dallas cop killer during their “vigil of peace.”

In my opinion we have since been threatened  by a local leftist blogger – Vern Patrick Nelson – who also suggests I posted the phone numbers of the anti-cop organizers. As you can see – the OCWeekly posted the numbers publicly-the day before they themselves wrote a blistering and clueless attack on our local police force. This is an organized, anti-cop movement – plain and simple.

See what is happening? This person calls me on behalf of the organizers, then says “there’s gonna be trouble” if I don’t take orders and remove publicly posted numbers (which I never even saw).

Now they are saying my son and I were “racist” for raising our voices in support of law enforcement and challenging why they held this rally not 24 hours after Dallas, in our city, and then chalked the shooter’s name on the ground (next to Kelly Thomas – whom I feel was unjustly killed by the Fullerton police). They were equating two “victims,” they got called out and have now embarked on a shameless smear of my son and I.

These people are race baiters. Just looked at how the event organizer “reflected” the next day:

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“White supremacy.” See how fast and loose they play the race card?

This is how the radical agenda works. This is why it is so important to push back. radical community organizers first need a community to plant their agenda. Clearly this bunch has chosen Huntington Beach, with the aid of Vern Nelson and the unctuous weekly throwaway, OC Weekly, which wrote the DAY AFTER the vigil, “For far too long, Huntington Beach cops have had a well-deserved reputation for being arrogant, unfriendly pricks—testosterone-addled jocks with guns who shoot people.”

This voicemail was sent to the police. And I’m posting it in case any “trouble” now happens to me and my family. Please share.

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Air Show Looking for Volunteers

Passing along a message from our friends at the upcoming airshow this fall – be a part of it!

 

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Please join us for the second Huntington Beach Airshow “WINGMAN” Volunteer meeting this Tuesday, June 28th at 7:00PM.

The meeting will be hosted at the
International Surfing Museum,
located at 411 Olive Avenue  Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714-337-9176).

We invite you to give back to your community in a fun and educational way! As an early volunteer you will be instrumental in the planning this year’s event.

Feel free to invite your friends.

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