Tarvin “speech cleansing” continues on Facebook as virtually any critical mention of the school board president earns a banning.

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Add it to the list- another Huntington Beach resident saw their Facebook account disabled today as a result of critical words about Ocean View School District trustee president. Gina Tarvin. The offending posts:

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A 7-day block for that. She refuses to answer questions about this continued and intensifying silencing of voices. In my opinion, she needs to step down from office. She is a disgrace. If she is not involved, let her answer questions about this. Let her share her opinions. She is an elected official. Yet in my opinion she acts like a hunkered down despot.

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MORE Huntington Beach citizens have their Facebook accounts blocked for daring to even type Gina Tarvin’s initials

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I’ve written here before about the increasing number of residents finding their Facebook accounts banned for even the most tepid criticism of Ocean View School District president Gina Tarvin.

As it got worse, I continued writing about it.

And now this just in – two more citizens banned from Facebook for these comments. In the latter, not how just her initials – GCT – we used:

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How does she do it?

On October 9, 2016, I sent this query to Tarvin:

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?

To date I have received no response.

 

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Question for Tarvin and Hansen: Should OVSD also file a restraining order against Oscar Rodriguez?

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When the Ocean View School District recently tried to obtain a restraining order against combat veteran Raymond Herrera in part for expressing his views at board meetings, they citing his “LIKING’ of certain Facebook comments as cause for their action (which was denied by a judge). Here is the language:

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But this would seem to present a problem for Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and board president Gina Tarvin. If “LIKING” a comment is to be perceived as dangerous, then what was their reaction in April 2016 when Oak View Comunidad co-founder and close Tarvin confidante Oscar Rodriguez “LIKED” a comment that suggested killing Donald Trump, who was speaking in Orange County that day? (“Hope someone kills that Bastard” is the exact comment liked by Rodriguez).

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A parent in the district had flagged that and contacted me, saying:

I received an unsettling message this morning: “My child is a student at Oak View. I follow the Oak View Comunidad Facebook group and this morning I became VERY upset. Someone I have never heard of posted a comment in a thread started by Victor Valladares about the Donald Trump rally today. They said, “Hope someone kills that Bastard.” Then Oscar Rodriguez, a person we are always being told is a leader in the community and who works closely with the school board actually “liked” the comment. He is agreeing that this person should be assassinated?? How can the district tolerate this? What can we do?”

I shared this message with Dr Hansen and the board.  I explained the concerns, especially given that Rodriguez often attends school board meetings.

And I received no reply.

Why was no action taken? Why no restraining order? I recently re-sent the screenshot to Hansen after the Herrera debacle. Still no reply.

Is it because of the relationship Rodriguez has with the district, and with Tarvin in particular? A couple of months after this incident, Rodriguez apparently arranged for a car for Tarvin to ride in the 4th of July parade:

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Yet apparently, Tarvin, even after being notified about Rodriguez’s “LIKING” of such a heinous comment, had no concerns about him. So why the concerns about Herrera? Is she simply applying a double standard because of her relationship with Rodriguez and radical activist group, Oak View Comunidad?

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In my opinion, the district, to be taken seriously, needs to address the double standards.

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Did an Irvine Rabbi compromise a Huntington Beach Congressman’s safety on Memorial Day?

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Prior to the Huntington Beach Memorial Day services at Pier Plaza, a Rabbi named David N. Young from the Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Irvine, posted this in the Facebook group Indivisible OC 48, which was created in part to help remove local congressman Dana Rohrabacher from office. 

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Indivisible OC 48, has been responsible for a series of controversial events including a protest at the congressman’s office which sent an elderly staffer to the hospital. They also stormed the front lawn of his house:

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Other comments on the site have encouraged other acts against the congressman. The infamous community organizer Monica Curca, who constantly derides Huntington Beach as being a hotbed of white supremacy, suggested this, and agreed that a light projection message on his house would be a good idea:

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Curca also suggested confronting the congressman at a local restaurant:

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So the question becomes, was it a smart/safe idea to post details of the congressman’s schedule on what some consider to be a hate site, and where a radical element clearly has a strong voice? Also, did the Rabbi really think the Memorial Day ceremony was the appropriate place to come ask policy questions?

Afterwards, the Rabbi posted this on Indivisible 48:

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I’m not sure why a man of the cloth would appear so judgmental toward the city that invited him to speak, nor why he would feel the need to post his feeling on Facebook. But he didn’t stop there. Within another Indivisible 48 conversation, he said this:

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Did Rohrabacher speak to the Rabbi and convey this? What was his point in sharing this information, along with “Keep fighting the good fight!” Why is a religious representative taking such an active political role at a Memorial Day celebration? Especially on such a hate-filled site that took his words apparently as a green light to bach the congressman.

What sort of religious figure does this, especially after being invited to deliver an invocation? I’ve reached out to the Rabbi for comment, but have yet to receive a response. 

But I did find this comment on his blog:

“Those of you who know me well know that I am a liberal. I am way to the left of just about every issue except Israel, about which I am just left of center. I also represent a 501c(3) organization, and as such I have stayed away from public political commentary. I am not perfect and probably slipped from time to time, but I avoided posting my presidential opinions on Facebook and other social media. Often these two values are in conflict—my liberal desires to shout from the rooftops when someone does something I find politically offensive verses my professional desires to keep my job and keep my congregation intact—but today they are working together, and I would like to express some of my views on some of what I have seen and heard regarding our new president.”

If he represents a 501c(3), why is he so active politically on Facebook- especially on a page as controversial as Indivisible OC 48? 

 

 

 

 

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Oak View Comunidad founder Valladares under fire for contacting controversial lawyer Shenkman, who is now pursuing major lawsuit against Huntington Beach

As a controversial Malibu-based lawyer prepares to sue Huntington Beach over districting, a local-left wing activist, Victor Valladares (pictured above, center with Oak View Comunidad co-founder Oscar Rodriguez and OVSD trustee president Gina Tarvin) has come under a ton of social media fire for originally reaching out to the lawyer, seemingly, based on his own words, to interest him in Huntington Beach as a target.

The lawyer, Keith Shenkman, has created all but a cottage industry out of suing cities, alleging, primarily, that city council election systems disenfranchise local Latino voters.

Valladares first posted this on the Oak View Comunidad Facebook page in April. Note the terms “our letter” and “we can file a lawsuit,” which would appear to indicate his group’s involvement.

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Since then, the Oak View Comunidad Facebook page has continued to update the threat, counting down the days:

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Many citizens began expressing online outrage over Valladares’ engagement with Shenkman, and soon after, some of Valladares’ supporters began posting a series excuses and explanations. Then, Valladares posted a video which seemed to confirm all basic suspicions – that he approached Shenkman for the potential case against the city.

Here are two clips from the video: 

 

On Tuesday, May 30, city attorney Michael Gates posted an article about the story and as Valladares received a blistering array of criticisms from dozens of citizens 9including many supporters), another Oak View Comunidad member, Katheryn Clark, attempted to fend off accusations – and also reacted by insulting some of the residents calling out Valladares.

Sample screenshot:

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Clark seems to be a newly-vocal member of the Oak View Comunidad group along with another controversial organizer, Monica Curca, who has, numerous times, declared Huntington Beach a hot bed of white supremacy and racism:

 

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Here is Clark, second from left, pictured in a public Facebook post with Curca and Valladares (person at far right unidentified).

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Clark’s full-throated support and defense of Valladares spreads across several Facebook forums, and while she initially claimed that Valladares and Shenkman merely attended a conference together and that Valladares didn’t really approach the lawyer with any substantive engagement, the Valladares video appears to counter those suggestions. Here she states, “Victor did not meet with him personally as in reaching out to him but did met him at an event they both attended.”

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Compare that with Valladares’ own words in the video: “I contacted Mr. Shenkman and I informed him about the small minority population here in Huntington Beach… I did take a picture with him…and he sent the letter…” Her version seems to contradict this.

More denials came from left wing blogger and Valladares sympathizer Vern Nelson, whose words, in light of the evidence, seem even more preposterously ill-informed than usual:

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They “stayed out of it”? Hardly.

Valladares is Delegate at California Democratic PartyCo-Chair Candidate Recruitment Committee West* at Democratic Party of Orange County and Cast member at Chicano Latino Caucus, California Democratic Party 2015. He also ran unsuccessfully in 2016 for the office of Orange Coast College Trustee.

More as it develops.

 

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: OVSD Trustee’s family confronts President Tarvin supporter over her lies on social media

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For the last year, a staunch supporter of embattled OVSD Trustee President Gina Clayton Tarvin named Naomi Anderson (pictured above) has posted wild, vicious and untrue accusations across social media about many local Huntington Beach residents (myself included). As well, she has appeared at several OVSD board meetings to speak during public comments, delivering rambling, hostile diatribes against many of the same people, all in the name of the controversial Tarvin, whom she regularly heaps what many consider to be bizarre amounts of praise, focusing on her “beauty” and “intelligence.” For her part, Tarvin seems appreciative of her friend’s support (despite her poor grammar):

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But recently, Anderson may have gone too far, allegedly suggesting in a Facebook post that current OVSD Trustee Norm Westwell had a restraining order placed against him – by one of his own children.

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In a dramatic confrontation at the May 23 board meeting, Westwell’s wife and two children confronted Anderson (who did not deny making the accusation). Anderson clearly seems to lie about what she shared on line and when asked why she did it, incredibly, says “Because I wanted to. I felt like it!”

The entire exchange was captured on video:

 

Later in the same meeting, Anderson took to public comments to deliver one of her typically angry, insulting rants – including what seems like an entirely inaccurate recounting of what had happened in the hour before with Westwell’s family – not even mentioning what she had shared.

 

Again, Anderson regularly attacks residents on behalf of Trustee President Tarvin, delivering blistering untruths that do seem, to many, to cross the legal lines of slander and libel. With this latest attack on Trustee Westwell’s family, and the confrontation that ensued, it will be interesting to see if she continues down this same path. Many people in Huntington Beach are fed up with her destructive antics and perhaps this confrontation will teach her a much-needed lesson about responsible behavior (though she certainly didn’t exhibit much of it later in the meeting, interrupting me several times during my public comments to a point where Tarvin had to order her to be silent).

In a follow-up piece, I will share attacks she has made on other citizens. As well, I am working on a piece entitled “The Dirty Dozen,” which profiles 12 of the most vocal Tarvin supporters.

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

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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