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BREAKING: Group of College View citizens launch recall petition against OVSD president Gina Tarvin

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November 16 – At a community town hall meeting tonight at College View school to discuss upcoming construction issues, a woman representing a group of neighborhood citizens announced during public comments their intention to launch a recall  petition against Ocean View School District Trustee President Gina Tarvin.

The news was met with a swift admonition by district superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen; citing the fact that the audience was gathered to hear solely about College View issues. The woman representative (who stated that her comments WERE relevant due to the fact the she thinks the district’s mishandling of certain College View issues helped predicate the recall) attempted to speak further but was shouted down, hooted and booed by what appeared to be a stacked teacher’s union crowd.

I spoke with two other gentleman involved in crafting the recall document, a part of the draft which is included above, and they both stated that Tarvin’s continued arrogance when it comes to College View and other school issues first made them suspicious about Tarvin’s tactics and motives. The recall petition cites other issues as well as an open FPPC investigation against her and her continued controversial personal behavior.

All of the parties involved in the recall are being given anonymity in this piece until the recall petition is presented formally at the next OVSD board meeting on December 11th, at 6pm.

All parties interested in signing the recall petition before the meeting may write me: chris@chrisepting.com

NOTE: Just yesterday I wrote an editorial for Tarvin to step down.

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Opinion: Gina Tarvin needs to resign as Ocean View School District Trustee President

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How much more evidence do people need? Some of the lowest test scores in the county. Dropping enrollment. And a trustee president that seems hellbent not on improving the district, but rather furthering her political career and going after private citizens that dare challenge her deeply political agendas.

There have been multiple lawsuits filed against the city and other entities, and it looks like another may be brewing:

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Time and time again, Tarvin has lied and misled residents. She helped create the radical activist group, Oak View Comunidad. She has created more false drama, tension, aggravation and pain in this city than any other politician in recent memory.

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A group of citizens is now preparing a recall effort against her. And her social media activism has sputtered into a litany of exaggerated, self-congratulatory nonsense that ever her most ardent supports seem to have tired of.

This morning I learned she is coming after me, requesting a bloated over-grab of information so disingenuous and over-the-top, it’s bordering offensive:

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In my opinion, for the good of the district and the city both, she needs to step down. Her destructive, seemingly diabolical thirst for power appears to have nothing to do with students – but everything to do with her.

Gina, we know, based on your extreme behavior in the past, that this simple call for you to resign may cause you to call for a restraining order, order another taxpayer funded armed body guard, call the chief of police – or worse. That is what you have done to mere critics in the past. But it’s over. Cut your losses and ours both. For once, do something for the good of something besides yourself and remove yourself from office.

 

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Is OVSD Trustee President Tarvin continually violating board bylaw 9121? Trustee Westwell: The board could care less

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Ocean View School District board bylaw 9121 (6) clearly states that the president will be “Representing the District as governance spokesperson in conjunction with the Superintendent.”

Which calls into question – all of these recent political endorsements and fundraisers that President Gina Tarvin has recently been making – ALL THE TIME WEARING HER TAXPAYER PURCHASED NAMEPLATE identifying her elected title – have they been voted on by the board or even discussed?

I reached out to trustee Norm Westwell who told me, “None of these events have ever been discussed. I have brought it to the board’s attention time and time again but there appears to be zero interest in the subject.”

Here are just a few of Tarvin’s recent Facebook posts – made on a page that appears to be her official OVSD page (again, not the presence of her official “shield”):

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(DOES SHE EVEN HAVE PERMISSION TO POST THESE STUDENTS IMAGES?)

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Where are the answers from the district on this? This is a trustee president out of control

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OVSD Trustee President Tarvin suffers major political losses, while still refusing to answer questions about silencing citizens

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Gina Tarvin, fresh on the heels of getting rejected by Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) central committee after getting nominated by Victor Valladeres, also just saw her Comunidad cohort Oscar Rodriguez get soundly (5-2) rejected by the Huntington Beach City Council after he was nominated to the environmental board. Her nominees Mark Bixby and John Briscoe were also rejected by the Community Service Commission. Apparently, Tarvin’s political toxicity is now spreading to essentially anything she touches.

And here is an update on my campaign to protect the many public voices that Tarvin appears to be silencing:

 

As some of you know, I have been investigating why many people lose their social media privileges simply for discussing an elected local official, Gina Clayton Tarvin.

For asking questions. For challenging. For criticizing.

DOZENS of accounts have been mysteriously shut down over this, and she has refused to answer any/all questions about her involvement in silencing public voices of opposition.

Well I am pleased to report, after working closely for weeks with Facebook, the problem seems to be over. The investigation continues as to how she may have gamed the report system, but Facebook understands all of the takedowns were in error and as of today, ALL accounts have been restored, as have ALL comments taken down originally after being reported. I walked them through every incident – every suspect – in painstaking detail – everything.

You may now write her name. You don’t have to be scared about typing her initials. I believe her power to silence public voices in this manner is now over (a full report is coming after I meet personally with Facebook reps later this month). That said – should ANYTHING happen as a result of discussing her, please let me know ASAP and I promise you it will be dealt with. I doubt she will give up.

Meantime, questions for her remain:

1. Did she orchestrate the takedown of voices by encouraging false, mass reporting?
2. Did she do this on work time? She is a government employee- we pay for her.
3. Were any taxpayer-funded devices (phones, computers) used for these actions?

She needs to answer. It is my hope that despite her ignoring this incredibly important issue, that one day soon she will be forced to answer – under oath.

 

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As he awaits sentencing for his fifth DUI, former HB muckraker Vern Nelson gets accused of sexual assault by Anaheim mayoral candidate

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Former HB muckraker/blogger Vern Nelson (pictured here with his good friend and confidante Gina Clayton Tarvin, Ocean View School District Trustee President) was dealt some bad news last week as he awaits his fate in connection with this FIFTH DUI arrest (this one carries felony charges): Anaheim Mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway posted this on Facebook:

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I reached out to Orange Juice Blog contributing editor, Greg Diamond, to confirm that Galloway was in fact writing about Nelson, who has owned the blog for more than five years. (Galloway since confirmed she was talking about Nelson). This was my email:

“Greg: I just saw this post and as managing editor would like to see what the OJB official response might be for a blog item I’m doing on Surf City Chronicles. The timing seems to match a time I gave Vern Nelson a ride home because he missed the bus. He was very drunk, didn’t attack me sexually (but made some rather odd racial remarks regarding Mexicans). Not sure if he remembers. Anyway, if you just address this particular item I would appreciate – thanks. (Also, Vern is listed as “Editor” in 2012) – Chris”

Here is Diamond’s full response:

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“I wrote on a piece on it late this afternoon, shortly after I learned about it. Vern is partly of Mexican ancestry, and has expressed the belief that he can discuss Latino culture with the latitude insiders have to be critical. As I think I remembered to include in the piece, drinking has been bad for Vern.  If this embarrassment becomes another reminder to him not to drink, it will have been a blessing in disguise.  He has sounded quite sober and reflective when I’ve spoken to him over the past month or two, so I am hopeful for him.  But while I’ve seen Vern be creepily lecherous at times, I’ve never even heard a story before this of his making a physical sexually advance on someone who was not interested in him — aka an assault. Are you looking for a quote from me saying that men should not sexually assault women?  Here you go: men should not sexually assault women.”

Bizarrely, after referring to Nelson here as “creepily lecherous,” he went on to The Liberal OC blog and offered even stranger defenses of Nelson:
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Nelson has gone on to deny all charges, calling Galloway a liar and accusing her making up her entire story because he mildly criticized her on his blog. In response to Nelson’s full frontal attack on her integrity, Galloway posted:
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Former OC Weekly editor on Huntington Beach Police: “A bunch of trigger-happy, drunk- a$$ corruption apologists!” Did Gustavo Arrelano’s obsessive hatred of HB help cost him his job?

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Former OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arrelano, pictured above with Huntington Beach radical community organizers Victor Valladeres (center) and Gina Clayton Tarvin (who also happens to be a school board trustee president) gave a hard-to-believe version of his ouster to podcaster Tom Leykis on the day he was allegedly ushered out of the offices by security: that he resigned when the paper demanded he cut staff. Would he really toss a career playground away over that? Wouldn’t he then lose unemployment benefits for quitting? And why was the new editor not required to do the same thing? Arrelano, strangely, would only speak to Leykis, denying other media queries.

This is a piece of Arrelano from the show that day a week and a half ago:

ARRELANO: They (the OC Weekly owners) never questioned our coverage, though I do have to say, we did our US Open of Surfing coloring book, and one of the illustrations was  the Huntington Beach police beating up a rioter, so the guy was like, ‘Why did you have to do that?” and I said – do you not know OC Weekly? We’ve been out before with the Huntington Beach Police Department, a bunch of trigger-happy, drunk-ass corruption apologists for 22 years. They despise us-we rip them specifically because, more and more  it’s the truth! And more importantly because all these cucks would be triggered with (mocking tone) “Oc Weekly is anti-cop, respect the badge blah blah blah ” – fuck them! Fuck them – we only report the truth. And a lot of people don’t like the truth nowadays unfortunately but as long as I was there and as long as Nick’s there that’s all we ever told, the damned truth.”

For those following Arrelano’s couple-of-year descent from a smart subversive journalist into a seething, foul-mouthed, Trump-obsessed social media troll, many mark a feature he wrote on an HB bunch of radical community organizers called Oak View Comunidad as a possible beginning of the end. It was catnip for Arellano, who more and more seemed to evolve less as simply an immigrant activist into a full-blown “Professional Mexican,” using his ethnicity as a cheap hook and hammer to pull in topics and then blast any/all critics as “racists,” “Chavalaxs,” “Pendejos” and worse.

Another clip from the Leykis appearance…

LEYKIS: Here is Oscar from Huntington Beach…

OSCAR: Heyyyy what’s up Gustavo?!

GUSTAVO: What’s up, man? Oscar Rodriguez, ladies and gentleman. A great activist going down at Oak View barrio and just because him and his friend Victor Valladeres, whose been on Tom’s show, just because they dare be Mexicans who don’t want to be peons in Huntington Beach, they are some the most loathed people in Huntington Beach – if anyone has problems with Oscar and Victor, FUCK YOU, fucking Chavalas, straight up – you’re only scared because these people don’t want to be your fucking dumb-ass Mexicans, and they dare talk against your fucking dumb-ass shit.”

Not sure when the Edward R. Murrow awards for journalism are handed out, they may want to flag this exchange for special recognition.

Arrelano, whom I was friends with at that point (he had written some nice pieces about several of my books and fairly covered my fight to save fire pits), took issue with me calling out Tarvin and her rabid mob of followers. When I let him know that she had directly been calling my editor at the LA Times to help have my voice silenced, and that SURELY I thought he would take issue with a politician doing that, he wrote me saying, “You are losing perspective. Asshole politicians who attack and smear reporters? Join the club.”

Ok, his spineless excuse making aside, he clearly has Tarvin pegged for what she is, but when I called out her two flunkies Oscar Rodriguez and Victor Valladeres for ludicrously applying their term “environmental racism” against Rainbow Environmental, he suggested I go back to school to take Chicano studies courses. In a follow up column, he tried walking that comment back by saying,  “I jokingly suggested to Epting in the comments of his column that he take a class in Chicano Studies at Golden West College to better understand where Rodriguez and Valladares were coming from,” but he most certainly was not joking when he said it.

From there, Huntington Beach became part of Arrelano’s obsession. How tied in directly did he become with Oak View Comunidad? Hard to tell. Several CPRA requests clearly create links between he and Tarvin, he refused all of my questions regarding his collusion wth her, and he soon hired Victor as a sort of lackey/intern, hired to hand out posters at an anti-Trump rally (featuring the Weekly cover that week of a donkey having sex with Trump). Then came the passing out of Trump pinatas to an angry mob and within days, Valladeres, out of shame it seems, had to resign from a city appointeeship (throughly embarrassing councilman Erik Petersen, who had appointed him). To many, it seemed like Arrelano used Valladeres to create a clickbait story for the Weekly of the chaos they helped create at the protest. Gone was the journalist it seemed; enter the hustling race baiter.

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Then came the feature articles, the taunting of HB locals, and the Facebook trolling (using the OC Weekly handle for many of the baseless, vulgar attacks). Here’s an example – “Huntington Beach Mexicans”? “HB Losers”? Uhm, ok.

 

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The paper helped promote the cop killer vigil on the pier in the summer of 2016. Yours truly was named “one of the Scariest people in OC” for calling out the people that celebrated the cop killer, and then of course he took huge issue when some locals, so fed up with his taunting and attacks, began trashing the actual paper as a direct reaction to his reckless, wild-eyed attacks.

 

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Worse, when the HBPD actually flagged errors in his reporting, he would do nothing about it. It’s as if he was throwing away all journalistic integrity in the trash for the sake of supporting his now toxic, obsessive habit of targeting Huntington Beach. You almost have to wonder – did he WANT to get fired?

 

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Recent Reddit commenters seemed to have a sense of what had become of Gustavo, and had little love for his unprofessional antics:

“I remember this one OC Weekly story, and the argument it was making was totally undermined because it got the facts completely wrong…When readers politely pointed that out the facts were wrong in the comments section, any adult in the room would have verified those facts and then amended the original story like you see other journalists do. (Maybe, you would have to rewrite that story because the central premise was so wrong.) Instead, Gustavo, who didn’t write that particular story, responded in the comments section by attacking the readers who pointed out the factual inaccuracies as whiners, pendejos, and people with nothing else better to do.  And, then he ended his tirade by saying how he didn’t care about the facts as long as it brought the page clicks.”

“Go to the OC weekly Facebook and look at the comments on articles that he posts. The guy’s existance seemed to revolve around race baiting.”

“I remember one where i pointed out something that was to me completely valid. Gus chimed in and called me a chavala – i lost a little respect for the guy then…”

“I don’t think anybody likes to see other people get laid off, unless you’re Gustavo Arellano who gleefully cheered on the layoffs that hit the OC Register.”

 

And this apparently was his final F-you to the city he hates:

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We may never know the real reason Arrelano is no longer at the Weekly, but I for one believe that at least some of the dissatisfaction the paper’s owner, Duncan Macintosh may have felt toward Arrelano stemmed from his obsessive hate toward Surf City. And I also believe that Arrelano’s embarrassing, scorched earth Leykis appearance may keep him unemployed for some time. It’s one thing to have opinions, it’s another to abuse your editorial power and hijack a newspaper into your own personal attack platform – and then go out in such a blaze of vulgarity and seemingly maniacal hatred of so many things.

Whatever. Hopefully one day Gustavo Arrelano will rediscover his roots as a fair, thoughtful and honest writer, as opposed to the angry, agenda-driven smear merchant he became – a person who used his race as a business card.  Whatever happens, it certainly seems that HB was his trigger, and he still can’t let go. Here is a recent Tweet (Twitter had actually recently banned Arrelano, presumably for his extremism).

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“Facebook Jail” and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the silencing of one politician’s critics

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So you open up your Facebook account, all fired up and ready to check in with friends and family, comment on posts and basically use the social media platform the way its makers have designed it for you to use. But wait. Something is wrong. You have been logged off your account an ominous message is waiting for you.

“WE REMOVED SOMETHING YOU POSTED” Follow by this:

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The offending comment(s) you are being punished for seems innocuous and forgettable. But it doesn’t matter.

Welcome to Facebook Jail. With each occurrence like this, your jail sentence will grow. One day. Three days. Seven days. 60 days. Two months. Forever.

Nobody is quite sure how it works. But an increasingly number of people are learning day by day that it is unfair, inexplicable and impossible to appeal.

There have been a number of articles about it in recent years, but not the sort of attention you’d think it would garner given how dependent so many have become on the social media platform. In many cases, people run businesses, family matters, maintain archives; store their entire lives on Facebook. And then boom. One day they wake and find that they have no more access or ability to communicate.

When something is removed from Facebook, it is not as if Facebook itself has some sort of on-line police force monitoring content. Those removals are prompted by reports that anyone can make when a comment or post bothers them. Reports are 100% anonymous and you can report anything. As you will see in just a bit, if people begin reporting in an organized, calculated way, even the simple word “whatever” may be enough to get you tossed in jail.

But when people file reports, what exactly happens at Facebook?

Some minor media attention

The New York Times wrote about it back in 2015. Sort of.

In the piece, the Times reported that:

Facebook will still rely on users to report violations of the standards. Ms. Bickert said that the company had review teams working at all hours of the day around the globe, and that every report was examined by one of them before a decision was made.

But Facebook wants to take into account the full context of a post, Ms. Bickert said. For example, a victim of a violent attack might post images on Facebook as a way of raising public awareness. “Sometimes the best way to share information about atrocities in the world is Facebook,” she said. “We recognize that is a very challenging issue.”

Facebook’s rulings can also be appealed. “If a person’s account is suspended, those appeals are read by real people who can look into the specifics,” she said.

So here, Facebook (which amazingly allowed someone to be quoted on the record- given their penchant for corporate secrecy) shares that there are actually “review teams” “ reading each complaint. But think about that. How much would they actually read? Would they go back weeks, months, even year to get the full context of what might have sent a discussion into the danger zone? Doubtful. And I can tell you from firsthand experience, the claim that Facebook’s rulings can be “appealed” for content branded as offensive or inappropriate is simply not true.

The Washington Post took on the topic to some degree and the Guardian also spent some time on this issue.

In their piece, the Guardian wrote: “When it comes to public figures, Facebook maintains that it allows “open and critical discussion” of celebrities and people featured in the news, while warning that it will remove “credible threats to public figures, as well as hate speech directed at them – just as we do for private individuals.”

Huntington Beach, we have a problem

“Open and critical discussion… of people featured in the news?” That’s when I had to chuckle. See, here in Huntington Beach, California, where I live, there is an elected public official that has sent a chill through a large swath of the community because mysteriously, critiques of her or her performance seems to mysteriously get removed from Facebook, resulting in dozens of Facebook jailings.

Her name is Gina Clayton Tarvin and she is the head of the Ocean View School District. She is very polarizing. Some support her rabid community organizing and frequent Facebook presence. Others find her political machinations and public attacks on private citizens beyond the scope of her elected duties. I fall into the latter category. I’ve blogged about the silencing of her critics on multiple occasions, posting the exact comments that resulted in people’s Facebook accounts being banned. You can read some of my coverage hereherehere and here. None of it has ever been formally challenged by either Tarvin or the district.

She is someone that has, on occasion called my editor at the local newspaper where I once wrote a column. In my editor’s view, she was applying pressure when she read something she took issue with on social media. It frustrated my editor to receive calls from an elected official regarding public expression, but he did cite some arcane Los Angeles Times social media guidelines (written in the 1990s) as a reason that I should not discuss her on Facebook. He didn’t want problems, but her calls made him uneasy. She was, in my editor’s own words, “Clearly trying to suppress opposing voices that disagreed with her.”

But was she now extending those same efforts to actually shut down Facebook accounts?

Here is a collection of some of the comments about Tarvin by a variety of critics that all had their accounts suspended. In most cases these are parents that live in the district and concerned citizens. There are no threats, no language I would describe as profane, and no personal information given out. I’ve masked the names of all private citizens, leaving only the names of Tarvin and other elected officials.

This first one is something I posted myself. There was a discussion with her supporters saying she was being “smeared” when people merely asked her questions. Ironically, this comment got me banned for one full month:

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It goes on and on and on and on…

There are MANY more of these examples. All of them regard Tarvin. In some cases her name is typed out. But even when referred to by her initials, “GCT,” like in the last image, accounts are being taken down. How could Facebook possibly justify banning accounts over comments like this? Again, this doesn’t happen by accident. Those comments were reported by the public, Facebook did not go looking for them. It doesn’t work like that.

Locally, citizens (myself included) have attempted to ask Tarvin about what exactly is going on. I’ve sent these questions to her personally numerous times – each email has been ignored:

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?

Again, zero response after multiple queries. What sort of elected official ignores questions as important as these?

I went to numerous school board meetings to speak at public comments about the Facebook situation (as others did, too). The topic was ignored, so I’d try to ask my question after the meeting as Tarvin would walk to her car. But by then, she was being escorted at meetings by an actual armed guard – ignoring all questions as she left (and who wants to challenge an armed guard? This felt like another intimidating tactic to silence critics).

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At another public event, at a library, a citizen attempted to ask her about what had been with his account when he criticized her. Her supporters formed a human barricade around her, and the police were called. The man asked questions. That was it. The police told him he was being accused of trespassing, assault and, astonishingly, false imprisonment (he had cat-called his questions to her outside as she left, after being tossed, and evidently she felt unsafe leaving the building. I wrote about the incident here.)

Then this happened. One night after I spoke at a school board meeting, which was being live-streamed via Facebook Live, a viewer wrote the following in response to myself and others that questioned Tarvin:

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This was something I wanted to report to Facebook. I mean, if accounts were taken down for gently critiquing Tarvin, surely this one crossed the line. So I reported it. I soon received this message:

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That’s right. Facebook Community Standards had no problem with that comment. Under their review system, whatever that may be, it violated nothing.

With no way to actually reach a Facebook representative, I tried posting in one of their “help” forums. This was ignored.

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But I did find this post in a Facebook “help” forum, and discovered a bit of Orwellian language that intrigued me:

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“Facebook receives signals from the community and may establish limits to prevent behavior that other people on the site may find unwanted and annoying.” Really? What exactly constitutes “Signals from the community?” Perhaps an organized group that acts in tandem to erase comments (and people) that don’t fit their political narrative?

Some opinions about what is happening

All of the people I’ve spoken to that have had their accounts banned for talking about Tarvin ask the same question, “How does she do it?” Or “How do her supporters do it?” There are no easy or definitive answers. As I said, I have tried reaching out to Facebook many times, to no avail. A friend of mine who has worked with the company before reached out to a contact there in regards to shedding light on the company’s banning policy. They were told, “Nobody is allowed to discuss any banning policies. That is 100% off-limits.” When I learned that an old friend of mine had taken a job at Facebook, I queried them about the same topic. I was told essentially the same thing. “Don’t even bother going there. They will not engage on that subject.”

Someone requesting anonymity here in Huntington Beach shared with me that there is a group of locals that “mob reports” on behalf of the school board trustee president. My source was unwilling to say what the president’s involvement was because they weren’t sure. As it was explained to me, “There are no physical trails of this stuff for obvious reasons. It’s phone calls, private texts and in-person meetings. But they definitely figured out that if a “community” of people begins reporting something, then they can be very effective. It seems that once Facebook recognizes somebody as a culprit, they seem more apt to ban them no matter how innocuous their comments. And once Facebook decides that a term like “Crooked Gina” is offensive, it seems there’s no un-doing that action.” It seems clear that there is some kind of algorithmic formula that, once triggered, is hard to undue. Also, given that people can create as many false profiles is that like, exponentially, a handful of people can report something hundreds of times, setting off potential Facebook alarms. That’s the key – the “mobbing” – mass reporting against a comment or post, no matter how innocuous it may be ,

Another person within Tarvin’s network said to me, “Look, she may have some kind of tacit involvement here without getting her fingerprints on it. It’s hard to believe that the person named in many of the reports is not taking part. Facebook seems to respond strongest to complaints when the person reporting matches the name of the person being attacked. So draw your own conclusions.”

In my opinion, the bottom line is this: any elected official that sees this going on on their behalf, is not part of it, and refuses to issue any sort of public distance from this kind of silencing, is suspicious. People are being punished for voicing their opinions, period. If an elected official is involved in that, it matters.

If Tarvin and/or her supporters have indeed figured out how to game the Facebook banning system, I think the public deserves to know. That’s just my opinion. When elected official try to stifle dissent, I do think it becomes a first amendment issue. But voters here in Huntington Beach will have to decide what they think about this. We as voters have the power to remove her. The rest of the school board, I’m sure, could also force her exit.

How to fix the problem

All that said, this kind of free expression abuse takes two, and Facebook’s draconian, woefully inconsistent policies regarding being banned are 100% to blame. They created the system which is being abused, and I have two suggestions that I believe would fix these problems immediately:

  1. Remove the anonymity for people who report problems.After all, if you’re going to be placed in jail, are you not entitled to know who your accusers are? I know the anonymity is probably put in place to protect people. But when the rule ends up actually protecting the bad guys, what does that say about it the policy?
  2. Start suspending the accounts of those who abuse the “report” button. For instance, let’s say you report 10 things and none of them rise to the standard of punishment – I think that should result in some Facebook Jail time.

Facebook strives so hard to create “community” yet allows, even facilitates a chilling brand of speech policing and punishment.

Oh and lastly. This really happened. A local mom who has been critical of Tarvin had a terse but lighthearted exchange with one of Tarvin’s most vicious, vociferous supporters. She ended the chat with the words “(NAME), Whatever you say! Lol” – and was banned for a month. Mr. Zuckerberg, free these people.

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Are Tarvin’s political aspirations more important to her than dismal district test scores? If so, then she needs to step down.

What exactly is her end game? For months on end, Ocean View School District Trustee President Tarvin’s leftist, community organizing roots have been on full display. When not pushing for single-payer health care, she is endorsing a litany of left-wing congressional candidates, spearheading strange campaigns at city hall against what she perceives are unnatural odors in the air and continuing to cozy up to radical groups such as Oak View Comunidad and Comunidad.

Some of her recent activity:

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According to citizen Jim Ball, at the end of a recent board meeting, after final public comments and therefore no opportunity for public rebuttal, board president Gina Clayton-Tarvin provided a rambling soliloquy of her own views on the DACA issue.

I’m just going to say very quickly, I’m very disappointed in our President of the United States of America.  He has stated today that he wants to and is going to, he plans to end in six months the DACA program.  This will affect our students.  I don’t think it’s a good idea and I think our congress needs to intervene and do something that they haven’t done in the past I don’t know how many years even under President Obama.  Lawmakers need to make the laws, the President should be there to either accept or veto.  I think things are a little out of balance right now.  We have a lot of Dreamers in our country who have served the military, have served … are taxpayers, have done what they needed to do because they were told they have the promise of being able to someday have a path to citizenship, and I think that it is shortsighted to want to expel an almost a 800 … what was it 800,000 people, almost a million people.  I am totally opposed and I wanted to have that on record because you don’t even know who the Dreamers are, you don’t know who the people are.  You may have them working for you, you may have them in your family, you may have them at your school sites.  And it’s unfortunate this has arisen as a … being used as a political tool.  I think it’s awful.

Per Ball, Trustee Tarvin made a number of comments needing clarification:

1.)  Ending DACA “will affect our students”.  How?  We are an elementary district.  How many Dreamers are students in OVSD?

2.)  She is disappointed in President Trump, yet he is doing his constitutional duty by reversing the illegal legislating done unconstitutionally by President Obama.  That’s inconsistent!  She later even points out the proper role of the President.  Obama’s DACA executive order was unconstitutional, and now Trumps is correcting that.

3.)  She seems to support selectivity in obeying laws.  Is she an anarchist?   Can I just ignore the 3-minute rule for public board comments because I believe my views justify it.

But what about the school district she was elected to help lead? Test scores were recently posted by the Orange County Register and appallingly, the numbers at Oak View, a school that Tarvin has propped up for more than two years, are some of the lowest in the county, if not the state. How can Tarvin continue to push her own political agenda while a school as needy as Oak View sits at the bottom?

Simple answer? She needs to be held accountable by the school staff, fellow board members, district parents and community at large. Unless Tarvin can prove that she actually has the district’s best interests at heart, in this writer’s opinion, she needs to step down.

Look at these numbers. What do YOU think? Is she ding the job she was elected to do? Or using the position of trustee president to each higher office?

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Why I absolutely will dine at Captain Jacks – and why I hope you will, too

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As many of you read in the last day, I took huge issue with the way I was attacked by a server at Captain Jack’s, a popular seafood restaurant in nearby Sunset Beach. I wrote that I would not be returning to the restaurant because I did not trust the server, whose name I did not reveal. Clearly her politics drove her rage as it seems to do with a lot of people in the Indivisible OC 48 private Facebook group. But their recklessness and irresponsibility has absolutely nothing to do with Captain Jack’s.

I just got off the phone with one of the owners of the restaurant and the first thing I did was apologize to him for any blowback his family’s establishment might have received in view of my blog piece. I never wanted anybody to turn against the restaurant. My point was, I was more interested in exposing the reckless radical left that exists in our area but in doing so, I may have inelegantly made it seem like the restaurant was somehow part of her political diatribes.

They are not.

As Tim Haley just expressed to me, they were just as appalled as I was by the activity, and they knew absolutely nothing about it. Tim and his family have served our neighborhood communities for more than 50 years. Their integrity and commitment to excellence is well documented and appreciated by many. I look forward to returning to Captain Jack’s in the near future and I would encourage everybody else to do the same. Then again, you don’t need my recommendation. They have worked hard to achieve their own exceptional reputation but that said, I still encourage you to patronize this popular establishment. They have handled the situation with seriousness, action and dignity and I am deeply thankful for their more than professional reaction.

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Why I won’t be going to Captain Jack’s again anytime soon

 

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Captain Jack’s in Sunset Beach is one of our most venerable local establishments, renowned for their King Crab legs.

But we won’t be going there anymore.

This week, I received a private Facebook message from someone I’ve never met (I’ve removed the person’s name). The “blue” are my responses. (Below her name on top of the message, her place of employment was identified).

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She was referring to a photo that was posted over the weekend of myself and local congressman Dana Rohrabacher, whom I became friendly with years ago when my late mom worked as a volunteer for him.

Dana and I had been enjoying the air show. Her message to me identified her as a server at Captain Jack’s restaurant. Then, before engaging anymore, I noticed she was part of the Facebook group Indivisible OC 48 – who were formed to attack the congressman just after last year’s presidential election. I’ve written about them before – in particular when they marched on the congressman’s property (scaring his kids) and when they put an elderly woman, one of his staffers, in the hospital when they were creating chaos in his office hallways. This screenshot is from the night they stormed his property.

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I, along with many others, have been shocked at the threats and anger that the group has embraced in the last few months. The controversial, race-obsessed activist from Garden Grove, Indivisible OC 48 member Monica Curca, actually seemed to suggest taunting, stalking and harassing him. Oh, and need a gay slur? Indivisible OC 48 seems happy to oblige:

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Then I saw what the person writing me was responding to – the photo of Dana and I, altered to insult us in the typically childish, hateful tone that has come to define the group this group of fanatics:

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And there was the Captain Jack’s server, calling us a “A disgusting couple of guys.” Fine, whatever. But I don’t even know this person.

Still, it made me wonder about something. So I engaged her again, with a question. The answer is why I will no longer spend my money at Captain Jack’s.

 

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She called for back up, because she didn’t want to serve him, presumably over his political beliefs. That is discrimination, plain and simple.

It bothered me enough that I called the manager of the restaurant and explained my concerns, and that I was cancelling all future plans to dine there. I also wondered, given how clearly maniacal some of these anti-Dana activists are, if his food was even safe that night. The manager was professional, extremely concerned and agreed strongly with every single point I made. He apologized profusely and I thanked him for his time.

Not ten or so minutes later I received an apology from the server. This is the rest of our conversation:

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I do appreciate that she reached out as she did. However, had I not complained, I’m fairly sure it never would have happened on its own. And the congressman, in my opinion, absolutely was discriminated against when he dined there. For that reason, I will not return. I don’t care what side of the political aisle someone is on. I would not patronize any establishment where this took place – where someone’s beliefs caused them to be punished.

Also, I do not trust the motives and tactics of Indivisible OC 48, which seems to grow angrier and more volatile each day. When people, in this case me, are attacked by total strangers for simply posting a photo with a friend, something is wrong. But when the behavior crosses over into the real world and actually affects job performance, something is, in my opinion, crazy.

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