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


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


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

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


    Epting? Wanna know why you’re stonewalled? It’s because you’re a sociopath and nobody wants anything to do with you. You take on women and women only because you’re a weak, spineless, poor excuse for a man. And Knapp… How original, “Crooked Gina.” Did you think of that one yourself? Maybe you should find a hobby so you have less time to show up at a grand opening where children are excited and be a fuckin grinch. Keep attaching women, you two are gutless.


    • I want to point out the fact that the incoming email address says “” but the ID is “Epting is a Fraud” – if in fact it is the same person as it appears, he is a big supporter of Gina Clayton Tarvin and I think his vulgarity, anger and lack of common sense are indicative of many of her most rabid followers.


  2. ephearn

    Wow! I see a lot of fundamental issues (Ethics) and dirty laundry on both sides. Chris, based on your observations, I do not plan to support Gina. While I realize this is your website and freedom to post content of your choosing, I would like to see you write feature and historical stories. I feel you need to set yourself apart from the negative elements. I don’t want this to be part of your legacy.


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