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