Here in Huntington Beach there is an activist named Janice Unger-Ugland. She likes to pass herself off as some sort of feel- good hippie that is constantly spewing 1960’s aphorisms (“Right on!”) and peace signs while in reality, in my opinion, actually uses her passive aggressive front to disguise a much different sort of person – one that is constantly digging into people’s pasts and working behind the scenes with local radical groups like Oak View Comunidad and dishonest left wing officials like Gina Clayton Tarvin. I first became aware of her when she approached me in 2014. She was proud that she had dug up many (what she considered to be) incriminating on-line public posts by then HB councilman Joe Shaw. She told me she found the vulgar posts by digging deep into his posting history on The Daily Kos web site and ultimately, I believe her work helped get him tossed from office in that year’s election.
I’m not sure what her problem is with me, but at several public events in the last year, I’ve noticed her photographing me with a zoom lens. This happened most recently at a rally she attended to protest a local congressman, and her behavior was also witnessed by Michael Daly, who runs the popular Huntington Beach Community Forum on Facebook (she was secretly photographing the two of us talking until Mr. Daly called her out).
I’ve never approached her to ask why she takes pictures as she does. When I make eye contact with her, she quickly stashes the camera and acts as if she was doing nothing. It’s odd to say the least. Also strange is the fixation her husband Tom has with me, for months, endlessly obsessing over me on his private Facebook page, posting on virtually anything I said or did publicly. I do not know these people (nor do I want to).
This morning at the Breitling Air Show here in town, before many people had arrived, my son and I were sitting in a private tent. I think we were the only two people in the entire tent at that point, though there may have been a few others. Imagine my shock when I looked about 100 feet away and noticed Ms. Ugland, camera trained right on me and my son. Now, she has every right to take pictures. Of me or anyone else. It’s a public event. But I also have a right to ask why she she makes a habit of photographing me and today, given that I felt she was intruding on my son and I, decided to ask her directly (she quickly ditched the camera when she caught me looking at her). It also felt weird and stalker-like.
I approached her and asked why, creating a video record of the moment with my iPhone – reason being I do not trust these people. She turned her back on me, refused to answer, and as usual pretended she wasn’t doing anything, and her husband chimed in that she was simply taking pictures of the booth.
That is absurd. A plastic white tent where my son and I were sitting alone in the front row of chairs? Give me a break. Plus, why did he answer for her? How did he know what she was shooting? To me it was clearly a lame cover up. They knew what they were doing. This is who they are. She actually decided that my question required that she go find security, and when I stopped taping and asked her again why she makes a habit of photographing me, she snapped, getting wild-eyed and furious, unleashing a barrage of angry, unhinged profanity. I will not repeat the expletives she yelled, but I do feel bad for any kids at the show that may have heard her outburst. So much for the hippie act.
I resumed taping and asked her to repeat what she had just called me. As you can see in the second piece of video – she actually smacks my phone with her open hand (while also trying to take it from my hands). Evidently she is allowed to document people, but nobody is allowed to do it to her. Throughout She got wild-eyes and hissed at me – You are full of SHIT..! She tried to grab my phone as I videotaped her, then soon after slammed it with her fist. I told them both I found their behavior sick, and her husband creepily repeating “We’re locals…we’re locals…” I’ve no idea what he means by that. But he constantly refers to me as a “tourist.” I’ve lived here almost 20 years. I raised my kids here.
I was NOT going to share these video clips. Then, I became aware of this post by Ugland:
She is lying. She is trying to use her phony Facebook persona to misrepresent what happened. I approached her “out of nowhere?” How on earth did she manage to be sitting so close to our private booth? Did she stalk us coming in? When she saw that I noticed she had her camera trained on us, she quickly put it away. What is her motive? She admits “cursing me out” – but she leaves out the “assault” she committed. How convenient.
Note that she does not even deny taking photos of me and my son.
And I was not “escorted” by anyone. That is ludicrous. A gentleman asked me what was happening and I said I was, in my opinion, being stalked by two losers. I walked back to our tent after making my point (and honestly, her anger made me nervous). As for her comment that I need “professional help,” I would remind her that lost her temper and actually STRUCK ME. When she says she wants security and I remind her I could show them footage of her striking my phone, she says “Have them arrest me.”
Again, I had zero plan to share her behavior. But what she wrote required an answer. That she chose to post something as dishonest as she did, to me, clearly illustrates that she knows what she did is very wrong and exposed her true self. She is in damage control mode if you ask me. I will not file a restraining order against this person just yet. However, I will continue to ask her in public, should she continue her habit of stealth photography, why she is doing what she does. Should she lose her temper and physically attack again, then I will re-assess the situation. But yes, personally, based on today’s outburst, I find her dangerous.
Video one is my initial question to her – despite her post, you will hear nothing “menacing.” It’s a simple question: why do I see you trying to secretly photograph me? And she refuses to answer. Video two is where she strike me. It’s all right there. Right on?
In her ensuing comments, I would argue that Ugland seems delusional – suggesting her husband “Take it out to the parking lot” (another threat?) is 100% false. Did not happen. She is lying once more.
There are other mounting lies now on her page. She is shameless. She’s dug her self a hole and now comes the hard part – trying to lie her way out of her violent behavior. For the record, I have written/documented her dishonest, unhinged behavior before.
A couple of years ago, while referring the “Put a Lid on it” comunidad rally, I made a typo, writing “”Puta Lid on it” – Janice actually took it to mean that she was being called a “Puta” (Mexican for “whore”) – she actually accused me of that – and continued to insist on motive even though I told her I’d never even heard the term “Puta.” It is crazy. When I wrote that I had interviewed the dishonest school board president Gina Clayton Tarvin, and that the audio lasted about ten minutes – well, when it turned out to be just eight minutes, she actually started a campaign that there were “TWO MISSING MINUTES!” Like I said – in my opinion – she’s dishonest and *very* sneaky.