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Tarvin’s personal politics now dominating Ocean View School District

In the last several weeks, OVSD Trustee President has been all over social media. proclaiming her support of congressional candidates, and more. As she makes her endorsements, many have become concerned as to whether she is representing the full board or not – after all she is the district spokesperson and she is wearing her OVSD nameplate, so clearly she is there in an official capacity, not a personal one.

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I wrote the superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen to ask, is she representing the entire board with her endorsement? Was a vote taken? Were they even aware of this?

My messages have gone ignored.

Now this, from a member of the public requesting anonymity:

This report covers DACA comments made by the OVSD board president on 5 September 2017.  An audio recording of the OVSD board of trustees is available at the district web site:

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At the end of the 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 at the recording time of 02:19:35.  A listener can quickly get to this time by scrolling the audio bar forward.  Below is a transcribed version of her statement:

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.

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?

All good questions, it seems. And again, it seems clear now that Tarvin’s personal politics are at the forefront of her role as trustee president. Parents need to be aware of this, as does the general public, as it clearly seems that Tarvin has little to no concept for the fact that she represents an entire board. As well, are her personal politics taking weight over the needs of students and staff? At what point does the rest of the board attempt to stop her?

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OVSD Trustee President Tarvin publicly uses same “threatening” term that she filed a restraining over when it was used against her

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OVSD Trustee President Gina Clayton Tarvin (seen above with her taxpayer-funded armed security guard leaving a board meeting) earlier this year attempted, yet failed to get a restraining order against an activist named Raymond Herrera, a combat veteran who takes issue with her seemingly left-wing political stances. As seen here in the filed order, his term “take her out” was thought by Tarvin to be a threat of “physical harm.”

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However, in a recent public social media post, Tarvin used the exact same language when talking about representative Darrell Issa – see her last sentence:

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There are other obvious concerns with her photo/post- since she is wearing her official shield, did the entire board endorse Applegate? If not, is it right that she seems to be officially representing the district?

All of these questions have been asked of the superintendent, Dr. Carol Hansen, will update post if/when answers are received.

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OVSD spending school district money for gun-toting guard (perhaps through rest of year). Uses OC Weekly article to justify actions

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Tarvin leaving recent board with private, armed security. There were no threats evident.

The image has become all to familiar: Ocean View School District trustee president Gina Tarvin being escorted to her car by an armed guard as citizens attempt to ask her questions about an alleged campaign to have all of her critics silenced on social media.

New emails reveal that the district is spending what is presumably taxpayer dollars, $250 per meeting, and has committed that expenditure through the rest of the year. Forgetting how many school supplies that money might buy, the questions remain, why are they doing this?

June 28, I sent this letter to Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen: “Dr. Hansen: Last night a number of us observed President Tarvin with an armed security escort to her car. We’d like to know- does the district cover the cost of the guard? If so, how much does it cost and what was the purpose? Was there some sort of threat last night that warranted an armed guard? Thank you.”

She has never responded.

A citizen filed a CPRA and finally received these emails:

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Here is the invoice:

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What exactly is the threat? Nobody is quite sure. Is it the threatening tone used by Comunidad leader Victor Valladeres directed toward a board member? The assault upon another citizen by a supporter of Tarvin at a meeting that occurred last September?

No. Instead, this seems connected to the restraining order filed by the district against an activist, Raymond Herrera, that was thrown out of court immediately due to its lack evidence. After all, in their communication with the bodyguard service, the district actually cites a a disparaging, slanderous hit piece against Herrera written by the OC Weekly, which has been stirring the racial pot with the district (while working hand in hand with Tarvin and Valladeres) for more than two years.

Here is the evidence:

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Why would the district include such a piece against Herrera? To many eyes, it’s all part of their false narrative being peddled to destroy his name and reputation by demonizing him. As one district insider (requesting anonymity) told me, “In my opinion, Tarvin is like a crazy, out of control drama queen. She calls the cops when she reads bad things on Facebook about herself. Now she is hiring a guy with a gun so she won’t have to talk to parents after meetings. It’s lunacy. It’s out of control and she is wasting taxpayer resources left and right.”

Here is video of Tarvin leaving a recent meeting, protected by her armed guard.

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UPDATE- District refuses to answer question over who paid for Tarvin’s armed escort at school board meeting (or why she needed one) (INCLUDES VIDEO OF EVENT)

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(Tarvin, center, is escorted to her car, despite no apparent danger)

UPDATE – I wrote this to district Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen on Wednesday, June 28: Dr. Hansen: Last night a number of us observed President Tarvin with an armed security escort to her car. We’d like to know- does the district cover the cost of the guard? If so, how much does it cost and what was the purpose? Was there some sort of threat last night that warranted an armed guard? Thank you.

She has yet to answer.

JUNE 27: On a night at a school board meeting that literally saw virtually every single public comment tear into both she and the board, a grim-faced Gina Tarvin, Ocean View School District President, left the meeting with both a private armed security guard and a burly district grounds keeper.

At public comments, a number of residents, myself included, challenged Tarvin on the many social media “jail terms” being served for criticizing her. I mentioned at comments that I simply wanted to ask her on the record – yes or no – was she involved in the many online punishments being meted out. It seems the threat of that simple question may have caused her to actually ask for security detail to her car. I asked as she left if we might have a moment with her and she declined.

For once it was a relaxed scene outside the meeting; no police officers or bussed in radicals to speak on behalf of Tarvin. But as other board members, staff, parents, etc. milled about, chatting and laughing on this cool evening summer, a seemingly nervous and agitated-looking Tarvin was hustled out to her car by the pistol-toting guard and grounds keeper.

She was not threatened. She appeared to be in no danger. We simply wanted to know if she is involved in the dozens of Facebook “jailings” that have been mysteriously happening whenever her name is invoked by critics of the embattled, controversial district president.

Here is the video of Tarvin being escorted to her car by the security team.

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Evidence emerges of OVSD Trustee President Tarvin personally attempting to get someone removed from Facebook.

Recently, many Huntington Beach citizens have expressed deep concern with the fact that OVSD trustee president Gina Tarvin refuses to answer questions about the fact that many of her social media critics are being banned from Facebook, in some cases, simply for typing her name. But an interesting piece of evidence has just emerged that shows the elected official admitting to taking part in the reporting process that gets people banned from Facebook.

In a message sent to administrators of the OVSD Facebook forum all the way back on March 11, 2015, trustee president Tarvin not only appears to be gently accusing the admins of “condoning harassment” by allowing certain comments that criticize her, but also admits reporting the account to Facebook, due to her accusation that the account is fake. Problem is, she offers zero evidence that the person, “John Cambridge” is, as she states, “a fictitious alias set up by someone” to attack her. Here is the message:

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Another obvious questions is, why is Tarvin concerned with aliases? She never expressed any concern when a good friend of hers, Pat Mahoney, a Nashville resident who is an executive for Man Head Merch, started the cyberstalking harassment site, Garbaginati.com. The site frequently invoked Tarvin’s name and she regularly spent time on the site’s Facebook page. Here is some proof:

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Many believe she was an active part of the site, which obsessively attacked myself and many other local residents. Tarvin would never denounce the behavior. Or explain her relationship with Mahoney. Yet in the recently revealed message, she takes deep issue with someone allegedly posting under an alias.

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(Tarvin at left, Mahoney at right)

Once again, the trustee president appears to be playing two sides; against something when it hurst her, yet fully supporting the action when it serves her agenda.

For more stories on the people places in Facebook jail for daring to discuss the behavior of the controversial, embattled trustee president, I’ve written here, here, here, and here

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Tarvin critic earns THIRTY DAY Facebook ban for typing the words, “Crooked Gina”

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It seems Ocean View School District Trustee President Gina Tarvin’s social media reign of terror continues. How else to explain the constant Facebook failings of so many people that merely type her name? Outspoken Tarvin critic Jim Knapp (whom according to an HBPD officer Tarvin infamously accused of “forced imprisonment” after he asked her some simple questions at a local library event) is the latest victim  – and he’s been here before for criticizing the controversial school official.

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That’s what Knapp received for for commenting: “I think that’s why they call her Crooked Gina” on a Facebook post about Tarvin parking her car in the handicap spot (with a placard, it should be noted).

We have called on Tarvin multiple times to confirm or deny her involvement in shutting down free speech. She has refused to answer. I’ve alert the school superintendent no less than 7 times. I have yet to receive an answer.

I’ve written here, here, here, and here about this insidious problem.

But now, good news, it looks as if the Orange County DA may be getting involved after reviewing the patterns of behavior here.

Facebook users be warned – even mention the name “Gina Clayton Tarvin” – or typing the initials “GCT” leave you open to having your entire account shut down. Tarvin needs to address this situation. If she’s not involved, let’s hear it. If she is – in my opinion she needs to step down from office at once.

Either way – the people of Huntington Beach deserve answers.

Now.

For further information regarding the behavior of Ms. Tarvin, the web site http://www.crookedgina.com appears to be a reliquary or her words, thoughts and deeds.

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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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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.

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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:

5/15/17
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: http://tinyurl.com/lxk89v6

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

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Complaint against OVSD trustee president Tarvin alleges violation of campaign finance laws

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According to information provided by the citizen that filed the complaint, the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)  is investigating an allegation that Ocean View School District Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin accepted campaign contributions and reimbursements from the Ocean View Teachers Association.  The complaint alleges a violation in campaign finance laws including failure to report expenditures and contributions.

The citizen, who requested anonymity, explained to surfcitychronicles.com, “For months, I’ve watched Gina Clayton Tarvin make countless posts on Facebook, pushing a school bond that will ultimately cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Her hard sell approach has always made me suspicious as has what I consider to be her lack of transparency. Her supporters seem to try and cover for her all the time, and attack anyone that asks questions, so I simply decided to start looking over her filings to see how she handled money. Was she careful? Was she accurate? For the amount of money she is asking for, I think this matters. If we can’t trust her to even file properly, how can we trust her with hundreds of millions of tax dollars? Her relationship with the union concerns me too and these alleged violations involve union money. What will their role be with the bond money if Measure R passes? I started with her 2012 filing and found a few things that just didn’t seem to add up. It appears she failed to report thousands of union dollars contributed to her. I’m glad the FPCC thought there was enough there to look into this. Next I will be reviewing her more recent filings.”

As to the request for anonymity the citizen added, “I’m sure my name will come out soon but until it does I want to protect myself from the sorts of attacks I’ve seen people come under for simply speaking out at all about Gina Clayton Tarvin. Personal attacks, professional attacks, public attacks at board meetings, web sites created to shame people; it’s horrible. And she’s never addressed any of it publicly or distanced herself from it like I think any responsible elected official would.”

Surfcitychronicles.com reached out to Tarvin for comment about the FPPC investigation, but did not receive a response.

Attached is a portion of the filed complaint, along with the letter the citizen received from the FPCC (which appears to show that Tarvin was made aware of this investigation via email the same day the letter was sent, on August 26th of this year).

Updates as they occur.

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