Infamous ex-HB councilman Shaw joins OVSD supporters – apparently unaware they helped oust him from office


Former Huntington Beach councilman Joe Shaw, unceremoniously booted from office by voters in 2014, was chiming in last night on the “Comunidad” forum, the Facebook home of the local radical leftwing activists that go by the same name.

Shaw, who relocated to the midwest immediately after voters showed him the door, was joining the local social media fray over the controversial, embattled Ocean View School Board President Gina Clayton Tarvin.


Which is ironic, given that Tarvin, along with at least one of her supporters, a local activist named Janice Ugland, actually played parts in helping to unseat the shrill, polarizing Shaw, who once infamously arranged an OC Register photo shoot which provided plenty of fodder for political opponents.


I’ve never disclosed this publicly before, but in the weeks leading up to the election, Tarvin (whom I’d never even heard of at that point) began reaching out to me with emails that evidently were meant to portray Shaw in a negative light and serve as political ammo against his campaign. A friend of Tarvin’s, another local activist named Stephanie Green (according to Tarvin) suggested she get in touch with me.

I never used any of the material, and to be honest, once I learned who Tarvin was, the idea of a school board trustee trying to influence the council election struck me as highly inappropriate. At first I was intrigued, because I certainly wanted Shaw voted out, but in the end I wasn’t willing to play ball with a dirty politician to do so.

Here is a header from one of the emails:

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Janice Ugland, who was also in last night’s Comunidad Facebook discussion, also helped to thwart Shaw’s campaign, by digging deep into his online past to reveal a series of vulgar, questionable public comments that she later shared (and as one prominent Republican operative told me back then, the comments discovered were a huge part of Shaw’s political undoing).  A sample:

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While it is nice to have Shaw back on the local political scene, even if from afar, it does seem funny that some of the people he is choosing to be with, and even support, are part of the reason he is no longer here.

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More Facebook accounts suspended as a result of criticizing OVSD Trustee President Gina Tarvin

Last October I wrote about the increasing number of local citizens experiencing Facebook jail” as a result of any words of criticism for Ocean View School District Trustee President Gina Tarvin.

“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.”

As of today, the list continues to grow-

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I’e reached out to Tarvin for comment on this alarming situation – she has refused to answer any questions about this.




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OVSD Superintendent Hansen and Trustee President Tarvin refusing to answer questions over Herrera debacle

Earlier this week, I reached out to Ocean View School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and Trustee President Gina Clayton Tarvin for answers to these questions in the developing controversy over why they mislead parents and staff about their attempted restraining order against activist Raymon Herrera.

I wrote: I just saw Trustee Westwell’s release announcing that no other board members knew about the OVSD press release last week to staff and parents about Raymond Herrera – the one that left out the fact that a judge had tossed your complaint out a month ago.This seems outrageous.

Would you please answer the following:
1. How many staff hours were spent on the Herrera Restraining Order (RO)?
2. How many attorney hours is the District going to get billed for the RO? How much will that bill be?
3. Who is expected to pay for it.?
4. Who formed the statements in that RO Press Release?
5. Who authorized the statements to be released?
6. Why were Trustees not part of the process/
7. Were any other Board members were involved in the process?
Thank you
After not receiving any sort of response from the district, I requested a meeting with Hansen. This is what I received back:



I have aslo filed a CPRA request for the actual court case (case # 30-2017-00912081) against Herrera and have not received a response to that request either.

As we have seen from other sources also attempting to retrieve what should public information, clearly there seems to be stonewalling going on by the district. Details as they develop.

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Activist Raymond Herrera responds to OVSD bombshell about district’s legal action against him

FullSizeRender 3.jpgActivist/Vietnam vet Raymond Herrera has spoken out regarding the explosive announcement earlier today by OVSD Trustee Norm Westwell that evidently, the full board was not made aware or even consulted about the district wide press release issued last week regarding a restraining order they attempted to get against him. Mysteriously, any information regarding the fact the case had been summarily tossed out by a judge, was omitted from the release (which is attached below).

Herrera told me:  “I cannot believe that board members were not made aware of that slanderous press release that was sent to everybody in the district about me. It is outrageous to think that a school board president and superintendent are spending such time and money to silence the voice of a citizen who did nothing more than speak out at two meetings. I have done nothing to this school board to warrant the attacks being made upon my character. And now it appears they are not just trying to silence my first amendment rights as well as other citizens, but they are also attempting to limit the speech of the board itself. This is America. Our freedom of speech without fear of reprisal from a government body is at the core of our constitution. Trustee Pres. Gina Clinton Tarvin and Superintendent Carol Hansen, in my opinion, should step down at once in light of these new allegations by Trustee Westwell. But they do not scare me. They cannot decide what meetings I go to or if I’m allowed to speak. I fought for my country on the battlefield and I will continue fighting for my country wherever I can. I will not be intimidated by this corrupt school board, and I would like to thank Trustee Westwell for his candor and transparency in these matters.

The impact on Free Speech and the right to seek Political Redress of the Body Political across America will be transgressed this day should OVSD succeed in their vile quest to subvert my Frist Amendment Rights. To restate, this immoral act of tyranny is an attack on America, Democracy in America, The American Culture and ” We The People. ” …….These are blatant violations of The America of The American Creed ……1. Republican Principles of Self Government…2. Equality of Condition …3. The Rule of Law …This challenge shall be met and “We The People. ” America will prevail .”


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OVSD Trustee Westwell makes devastating announcement regarding Dr. Carol Hansen, Gina Clayton Tarvin and the district.


Norm Westwell, Ocean View School District trustee has made some very serious charges against his own school board president and district superintendent. Remember that press release the OVSD released to staff and families last week that smeared activist activist Raymond Herrera? The one that neglected to mention a judge has tossed out their restraining order request MORE THAN A MONTH AGO? As Norm just announced in a press release- NO OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WERE MADE AWARE OF THAT RELEASE. And it gets worse. Norm’s accusations against the superintendent and trustee president are DEVASTATING. In my opinion they need to step down NOW.

I have just written the superintendent to ask the following questions:

1. How many staff hours were spent on the RO?
2. How many attorney hours is the District going to get billed for the RO? How much will that bill be?
3. Who is expected to pay for it.?
4. Who formed the statements in that RO Press Release?
5. Who authorized the statements to be released?
6. Why were Trustees not part of the process/
7. Were any other Board members were involved in the process?

Here is the full press release from Westwell:

Ocean View School District
Trustee Norm Westwell

Trustee charges Ocean View School District’s
Superintendent & Board President with collusion
& improperly taking action without Board
knowledge, direction or authorization, regarding
Restraining Order Press Release

For immediate release

Ocean View School District Trustee Norm Westwell, and previous Board President and Clerk, has issued an official statement regarding the district’s recent effort to have a restraining order placed upon activist Raymond Herrera. Mr. Herrera made two appearances at OVSD board meetings expressing his concerns about the District during
public comments. At the 4/25/17 Board meeting at which Herrera was present, Trustee Westwell publicly disclosed (as required) that the Board had committed a Brown Act violation at the previous meeting.

Agenda item D.2. for the meeting of 4/4/17 was improperly was listed as:
D.2. Government Code Section 54956.9(b): Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation: One case.

Court actions which are already filed are a matter of public record and that fact was not disclosed to the public in the public meeting agenda as required by the Brown Act. A week later, on 5/2/17, a press release was issued by the Ocean View School District and President Clayton-Tarvin. Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen also sent an email
communication to all the staff and families in the district, both announcing and defending the action. However, the press release failed to mention that the legal action had in fact been denied by a judge upon filing and the District
had later dismissed the action.

Trustee Westwell would like to clarify for the public, who elected him, that “I had nothing to do with the Ocean View Press Release of 5/2/17 regarding the Restraining Order (RO) filed by the District on 4/3/17 and denied by the Judge for lack of merit. The District never notified me it intended to release a press release regarding the RO, nor
did it seek my input on the matter. prior to the issuance of the RO press release. Not one word was ever spoken. Not one email. Not one text. I did not receive any kind of communication regarding the RO press release. I became aware of the RO Press Release on 5/2/17 just like everyone else. The Board is supposed to be the
governing body of the District.”

Trustee Westwell believes this action raises serious questions about who, in fact, is running the school district. It appears that the RO press release was not directed or approved by the Ocean View School Board who is responsible
for such things. It is improper to seize authority by fiat. The fact that this is happening in our local government, should be of great concern to everyone in the Ocean View School District.

This is a time line of the RO Press Release:

• 4/3/17 A case was filed: OVSD vs. Raymond Herrera. [case #30-2017-00912081] (a public document)

• 4/4/17 Board meeting.

• 4/25/17 Board meeting Trustee Westwell publicly discloses the Board’s Brown Act violation of 4/4/17.

• 4/26/17 Restraining Order dismissed by District.

• 4/28/17 Trustee Westwell provided the District a written request for an agenda item be placed onto the agenda for
the next meeting (5/9/17) as an item for closed session.

• Trustee Westwell had zero communication with Board members, district staff or the Superintendent pertaining to
the RO Press Release prior to it’s release on 5/2/17.

• 5/2/17 OVSD releases the RO Press Release. (a public document)

• 5/3/17 Trustee Westwell begins receiving inquiries from community members but was just as dumbfounded as
they were.

• 5/9/17 Trustee Westwell’s 4/28/17 agenda request was not placed on the agenda for Board discussion at the meeting of 5/9/17 as he had requested. In it’s place was item D1 which appears to be a closed session meeting to discuss Trustee Westwell, and not the underlying issue that Trustee Westwell had requested for discussion. Item D1
was agendized as: D.1. Government Code Section 65956.9(d)(2),(e)(2). Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation – Significant Exposure to Litigation Due to Demand for Cure and Correction By Trustee Westwell: Once case.  Although Trustee Westwell was in attendance for the public part of the meeting, was not
present for any discussion during the closed session meeting for agenda item D1.

The press release was not authorized by the Board, nor did the Board provide direction, despite the press release making statements such as, “The District and the Board President seek to clarify” and “The District and the Board President recognize…” and “The District will continue to pursue all legal avenues to protect the safety of its Board
President…”. This is misleading to the public as the Board did not authorize or issue the RO Press Release.

Trustee Westwell would like to publicly state for the record that, “the recent OVSD Press Release was not directed or approved by the Governing Board of the Ocean View School District. Trustee Westwell was neither contacted, noticed or participated in any decision or approval to communicate a Press Release about a Restraining Order (RO)
to the public for the OVSD. It is assumed that no other Board members participated but that has not been verified. If that were to have occurred, it would be another violation of the Brown Act. At this time is it not known who authorized the RO Press Release.

The public has a right to know why the School Board was not involved in the direction or approval of Ocean View School District’s RO press release of 5/2/17? How can taxpayers hold their elected officials accountable if they are intentionally and inappropriately kept removed from District business? Who is running this District?

Trustee Westwell has stated, “The OVSD RO Press Release could not have been authorized because I would have had to have participated in the discussion or at least be notified and as of 5/15/17, I have not. I cannot speak for the other Board members but if they are making decisions without the participation of certain Board members, that
would be quite troubling.”

Trustee Westwell has created a “Transparency Portal” on his website to document his concerns and provide hard evidence about District transparency and other issues. Included are the actual audio recordings of all recent board meetings so the public can hear for themselves what is actually occurring in their School District as well as
supporting public information regarding this press release. It can be accessed at:

Trustee Westwell is available for further comment, clarification
and interviews at : (714) 847-2551 ext. 1444
or District email:

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UPDATE: After nearly 8 months, Ocean View School District trustee president Tarvin still under FPPC investigation


Last August, a parent in the Ocean View school district filed a formal complaint against OVSD trustee president and Gina Clayton Tarvin with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). Details about the campaign finance laws she has alleged to have violated can be found here. 

Yesterday, an FPPC  investigator confirmed that the investigation against Tarvin is still open and active after eight months. They also said that they have no idea when the case will be completed but that the results will be posted immediately on the FPPC website when available. Updates to follow as they occur.




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“We have eyes EVERYWHERE…” – Oak View Comunidad co-founder Victor Valladares brags about the stalking of Trustee Westwell

In an April 20 Facebook post, Huntington Beach left wing activist Victor Valladares posted a message regarding how his “allies” alerted him of a “not so secret” meeting (whatever that means) between Ocean View School District Trustee Norm Westwell and Joshua Recalde-Martinez (a local conservative college student whom I wrote about for the Huffington Post after a professor of his went on a bizarre anti-Donald Trump rant that made national headlines).

The message began, “I am all for having open dialogue with individuals to help better our community/city but when folks have other motives, I draw the line.” It’s unclear what “motives” he is referring to, or what standards he uses to determine such things, nevertheless, Valladeres went on to publish private communications with Recalde-Martinez and seemed upset that his close confidante, OVSD Trustee President Gina Clayton Tarvin, had been the subject of the conversation, which had been eavesdropped on. As you can see- she is even tagged in the post by him:


Strange that he would take issue with Tarvin being criticized- Tarvin herself has no problem lambasting Westwell on public Facebook Forums:


Several days later, at the April 25 OVSD board meeting, Valladeres spoke about this “monitoring” Westwell, referring to him as a “cockroach” and stating “We have eyes everywhere…” The strange, rambling diatribe struck many in the audience as very strange and at least a little bit threatening:

The relationship between Tavin and Oak View Comunidad, whose increasingly threatening behavior and tactics in Huntington Beach have become a concern for citizens and city officials alike, is well documented:

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The question for the district now is, is Tarvin involved with monitoring/stalking/harassment of private citizens and other school board trustees. Why is she tagged in that post? Just how close is she working with Oak View Comunidad?

Parents in the district and citizens alike have a right to know.





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Reminder to HB locals: it’s ok to hold elected officials accountable. In fact it’s imperative.


Last year, as I wrote about, there was an incident at Central Library when a citizen named Jim Knapp attempted to ask Ocean View School District Trustee president Gina Clayton Tarvin (pictured above as a surrogate attempts to block a camera for her) a number of questions.  He was quickly hustled out of the public event and police were called.  Moments later, Knapp was informed that Tarvin was accusing him of trespassing, assault and even more incomprehensibly, forced imprisonment (a felony).

Evidently for asking questions she did not want to hear. Was he being direct and demanding answers? Yes. But had she been stonewalling him and were her supporters harassing him for daring to challenge her? Absolutely.

Knapp, along with many other citizens, has also had his Facebook account suspended for daring to criticize or question Tarvin.   While it is not known exactly how the social media platform is being manipulated a Tarvin’s behalf, clearly there is an orchestrated process in place. To many people have been banned for it to be coincidental.

While these events have certainly sent a chill effect through the city, it’s probably a good idea to remember that there are protected systems in place for questioning and challenging any and all elected officials.

Number one, and probably most important, is the  freedom to use your voice at public meetings, whether it be city council meetings or school board meetings. Now, naturally there are limits imposed within these forums and you certainly are not free to make direct threats against someone.  The problem is, occasionally you will find an elected official who seem so scared of the public’s voice that they will begin reacting as if even a question constitutes a threat.

Don’t be thrown by this. If you have a concern about an elected official,  you are free to express that concern.  They cannot call the police to have you forcibly removed simply because they disagree with you.  Similarly, they cannot file restraining orders simply because they fear you may be exposing them on some level that would be beneficial for voters to be aware of. More and more, we see politicians feigning fear to try and silence public voices.  But you have every single right to attend meetings to voice your opinions.

Number two, you’re also able to request any and all communications between public officials,  from emails to physical paperwork to texts.  All you have to do is file a CPRA (public request act) with the scope of what you are looking for.  Those are public records.  Emails that officials receive at work do not belong to them.  They belong to the public and you’re entitled to request them.

The bottom line is, in an age where there is less and less media to hold public officials accountable,  it becomes even more important for the public to get involved and demand answers.  Again, occasionally you will get an official who will act as if what you’re doing is not legal. But if you’re simply demanding answers about policy and their behavior, you’re well within your rights and should not be silenced.

So don’t be intimidated.  You pay for these people and you have every right to ask questions and demand answers as it affects their responsibilities as elected officials.

Now more than ever.

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OVSD Trustee President Tarvin Continues Bizarre Campaign of Apparent Denials and Misrepresentations


Ocean View School District Trustee President, Gina Clayton Tarvin, has once again taken to Facebook to attack private citizens and misrepresent what can only be described as her vindictive, dishonest and obsessively destructive behavior.

These were her publicly posted comments this past weekend in response to a discussion on the Huntington Beach Community Forum criticizing her for her politically driven behavior within the district and community.


Actually, ANYONE even half-paying attention knows what has driven myself and others to expose the lies, manipulation and intimidation by this elected official whom a growing number of residents are now seeing as corrupt and quite dangerous.

As I have documented, it started when she accused me of attacking she AND HER CHILD after I interviewed her in May of 2105. To expose her lies, I posted the audio of the discussion and a transcript.

Then there was the time she dug up personal information to try and destroy the reputation of a local citizen.

Then there was this, perhaps her most heinous efforts to date to try and suppress free speech.

An open investigation (two of them actually) remain against her.

Her false endorsement claim.

MORE attempts to destroy citizens.

And it goes on. She has even claimed to be in touch with local gang members, while making up more lies about me. FullSizeRender.jpg

And let us not forget this bizarre rant she made against me at a public meeting–actually assuming me of ATTACKING HER CHILD. Of course- there is never any evidence- just her words.

And now, evidently, criticism of her behavior is being equated with that of Nazi tactics:


Despite her (false) claims here, I’ve never accused her of costing me my column. Did she contact my editor numerous times to complain about my criticism of her? According to my editor, yes. Do I find that outrageously inappropriate? I do. But she won’t address those facts. How she attempts to intimidate and influence. Instead, she will create a false narrative to make herself look like a victim.


Rather than believe a single syllable she says, I will take to hear the message I received from a high-ranking district official in response to my initial column on Tarvin:

“Big Cheers for you! Finally her lies and manipulations are being exposed. She is evil and this has to stop!”

Much more to come.

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Organizer that condemned Huntington Beach as racist, plans counter-protest to March 25 pro-Trump rally

Monica Brasov-Curca, who just weeks ago described Huntington Beach as “sunsets and White Supremacy” is apparently heading back to her favorite staging ground, this time to combat a planned March 25 rally in support of President Donald Trump. The screenshot below, which clearly shows her organizing a counter protest, was posted recently on the (private) Indivisible CA 48 Facebook forum.


The Garden Grove-based Curca, who describes herself as “peacebuilder and strategic communications specialist” staged, along with left-wing organizers Oak View Comunidad and Indivisible CA 48, a recent President’s Day protest in Huntington Beach. By all accounts, the protest was peaceful and the city, including the police department were all accommodating.

I attended the protest myself and outside of a small group of counter demonstrators, nothing of note occurred that would lead anyone to think that the city had behaved anything except decently.

However, within twenty four hours, Curca posted the following:


This is not the first time that Curca has used incendiary language regarding race in the face of zero supporting evidence. In fact, many of her public comments paint the portrait other young woman apparently obsessed with race and perceived racial divide. The problem is, she never cites a shred of evidence. To many observers, it appears that she is nothing more than a race baiter who uses her outrageous false claims and inflammatory terms to do nothing more than selfishly create her social justice platform.

Here is just a sampling of her public pronouncements:

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Again, she NEVER cites anything she is referring to. Just drops her verbal bombs. As well, she regularly uses race as a linchpin for her opinions:

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And despite her constant claims for “peace,” it was Curca helping to lead the charge in the Invisible CA 48 forum with ideas on how to harass Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, suggesting flash mobs, stalking him at social establishments, even projecting bright lights into him home (not sure what to make of the group’s “gay bar” comment): Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 6.31.45 AM.pngScreen Shot 2017-02-22 at 6.31.04 AM.png

The city of Huntington Beach was introduced to this organizer last July when, not even 24 hours after a brutal police massacre in Dallas, she staged an event on the pier whereby she and her band of supporters, including Victor Valladeres of Oak View Comunidad, formed a prayer circle around the mass murderer’s name, which had been chalked onto the ground. My son and I were at the event, and called them out for what they were doing. They concocted a quick series of lies as a cover story, blaming a woman they claimed they didn’t even know for just showing up and writing the name down out of the blue. Problem was, we observed that woman meeting with Curca 45 minutes before the event, comparing notes and clearly working together.

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And of course after that episode, she also claimed to have been a victim of white supremacy in Huntington Beach.

What was even stranger was the threatening phone call I received from a good friend of hers, infamous local left wing blogger Vern Nelson. He falsely accused me of posting her telephone number online so that people could complain to her, when in fact her number was included in every single press release she posted herself. I had zero to do with it.  This is the phone call:

As to why Curca has even chosen Huntington Beach to stage these events, as opposed to where she lives on Garden Grove, the reason seems fairly clear in this post of hers. It’s all about the amount of foot traffic:

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After that controversial “vigil” last summer, a local newspaper reporter called me for a quote. However, the reporter was very concerned about Curca. Having just hung up with her, the reporter told me that Curca had called them “racist” for asking basic questions about the event- that she had been called “racist” a second time for asking about Valladeres’ involvement – and that Curca had also called *me* a racist for calling out their orchestrated (and later lied about) stunt. 

“Everyone that doesn’t agree with her methods and motives is a racist, according to her,” the reporter told me. “It’s crazy. I find her very dangerous.”

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