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In new interview, Clayton-Tarvin mysteriously changes critical detail about her on-campus gunman tale

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Embattled Ocean View School District Gina Clayton-Tarvin is under new fire after a new interview with her was published on The Liberal OC. In the piece, she changes a critical detail from her breathless (and apparently false) claims about an active shooting situation where she once taught school. She is no longer claiming there was a gunman on campus – but rather the “THREAT” of a gunman. At left is the partial text of her speech made just five days after the brutal slaughter of 17 people at a school near Parkland. Florida. At right is the text from the recent interview with The Liberal OC.

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In the weeks since Clayton Tarvin’s dramatic claims about the on-campus gunman, she has gone on to claim that there were “countless” episodes of this sort at the Hawaiian Gardens school where she taught in the mi-1990s. The trouble is, several citizens have investigated the claims with police, school and local media outlets – not a shred factual backup has been discovered.

As writer Dan Chmielewski points out in his Liberal OC piece:

“I wanted to know more about the “multiple occurrences” at Fedde Junior High and I can’t find anything online. I consulted a family friend who was retired from a senior position at LAPD, and he said he can’t remember anything specific but wouldn’t rule out activity from LASD due to gang activity in that area; Hawaiian Gardens no longer has a police department and documenting these claims is difficult.

…but considering the details reported about the school lockdown in Irvine, I wanted more details on what happened in Hawaiian Gardens and I just can’t find it. If someone can, please send me links… I just wish I could find more details on these multiple events. Newspapers catalogue these sort of stories.”

It seems increasingly clear that Clayton-Tarvin’s stories were manufactured to simply allow her to promote her anti-gun agenda in the wake of the Florida tragedy. Until she can prove otherwise, with facts that support her tales, it seems certain the questions about her ethics, honesty and basic decency will continue to dog her – as they should.


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“I have huddled on the ground holding my breath in silence, lights out, with my heart pounding with 35 scared kids because there was a gunman on campus. This is real. It has happened to me.” Did Gina Clayton-Tarvin concoct an event to use the Parkland shootings for her political gain? She refuses to cite details about the event – which now does not appear to have happened.

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It may be her most egregious lie yet – actually making an event up out of thin air to try and use the horrific Parkland massacre to her political advantage.

A cross post today from HBSledghammer, which has done the original reporting on this deeply disturbing and developing story.


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Gina Clayton-Tarvin’s social media meltdowns continue…

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Embattled Ocean View School Board trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin’s reckless and emotional social media rants reached a new low this evening when she accused me of – in her own words – “sexual harassment.” Why? Because I posted a comment critical of her using public school property to help organize a political debate (including a candidate she has publicly endorsed). To me it seems rife with conflicts of interest – so I said so:

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In response, Tarvin has gone on yet another emotional, dishonest and quite disturbing social media rant:

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“Sexual harassment and worse.” Clearly she either lying or in need perhaps of some medical help. This is just too far beyond the pale. She is also apparently making legal threats behind the scenes against those that criticize her: 

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On her thread, other citizens are taking Tarvin to task – clearly not what she anticipated:

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And then – GULP – this – she “violated parental rights?” The MAYOR got involved? \

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Tarvin’s meltdowns are becoming both more frequent and more dishonest. Why many in Huntington Beach believe that for the sake of the district, herself and her family – SHE NEEDS TO STEP DOWN NOW.



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Superintendent Hansen contradicts Tarvin’s wild claims about $2000 CPRA requests (while Tarvin quietly backpedals on Facebook). Westwell: “She is no longer credible – she is creating and spreading misinformation.”

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December 13, 2017, OVSD Trustee Gina Clayton Tarvin stated unequivocally (her usual typos notwithstanding) on Facebook that “Each CPRA (public information request from citizens) costs the district almost $2000 in attorney fees…”

With zero back-up for her strange and seemingly false claim, the information was embraced by several of her supporters and several citizens were verbally attack for “wasting” tens of thousands of dollars.

One week later, Tarvin, according to the edit history on Facebook, went in and altered the language to read “can” cost the district… Was this backpedalling in reaction to the firestorm of criticism she received for her heavy-handed attempt to shut down public questions? Did her pricey, tax-payer funded lawyers insist she do it? We may never know – but here is the proof:

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Concerned, Trustee Norm Westwell wrote this several days after Tarvin’s outlandish claims:

“I have requested information from the district as to the average cost for the district to process a single CPRA request for the years 2016 and 2017 and am currently awaiting a responsive reply.  I have received  (see below) an approximate break down of the costs from Superintendent Hansen.  I hope this helps answer your question as to the high CPRA costs.”

Here is Superintendent Hansen’s reply:

“First, please keep in mind that the complexity of each CPRA request varies greatly.  We don’t keep metrics on the exact cost of each CPRA request.  Furthermore, most CPRAs require staff time from me, Executive Assistant Cindi Lee, and often times IT Director Rick Larson.  Due to the recent increase in requests (many times include multiple requests from one individual at or around the same time), we have had to pay additional employees overtime to research records and organize and compile required materials.   In addition, many CPRA requests require the intervention of an attorney.  For example, a CPRA request may require 6-7 hours of attorney hours (@$250 per hour) and staff overtime (3 hours at $60 per hour), plus the regular daily rate of the employee who is working on the request.  Just using this simple calculation, $2,000 is a realistic estimate for some of the more complex records requests.”

Obviously, Hansen’s version of the CPRA pricing system does not jive with Tarvin’s claims – at least the first, incendiary version that Tarvin posted. But this is simply her way of spreading destructive propaganda on line, as she did recently when she accused Westwell of “organizing” a “wasteful” recall against her (why is it “wasteful” if citizens want rid of her?)


I reached out to Trustee Westwell and received this reply:

If those are indeed Trustee Tarvins’s words, then  she is again creating and spreading “mis-information” as she likes to say.  In my experienced opinion they are called lies. And, in my opinion, all well calculated to try to save her increasingly toxic political persona from further corrosion.  When things to wrong, it is her MO to play victim.  She has over used this ploy rendering it as useless as the boy who cried wolf.  She is not longer credible. For the record;  How can I be more clear?…. I did not say what she has written below.  Period.  In my opinion, she has repeatedly demonstrated she does not have any problem just making things up to suit her needs and she has done so yet AGAIN in this case.

More as this develops.

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Trustee Westwell: “She’s lying.” Gina Clayton-Tarvin’s frenzied Facebook campaign continues to crash and burn under a barrage of lies and misrepresentations

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Even by her own grim standards, OVSD trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin’s social media smear campaigns this week have reached all new lows. It’s hard to process. Never before has this city witnessed such a thin-skinned, paranoid, dishonest politician take to Facebook to launch so many baseless attacks and accusations.

She recently went after her fellow Trustee, Norm Westwell, accusing him of “organizing” a recall effort against her. The citizens that actually did organize it told me Westwell had absolutely nothing to do with it. But that doesn’t stop Tarvin from smearing, and in the process inciting her small-but-rabid band of supporters (more on that in a moment):

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I reached out to Westwell, who flat-out denied Tarvin’s smear:

Westwell: “She’s lying. That conversation never happened. We did discuss social media, she made some outlandish accusations but I then simply wished her a Merry Christmas and moved on. I think it’s unfortunate she is spending so much time on social media saying so many untrue things about so many people. Citizens in Huntington Beach deserve better. She is not elected to attack and lie about people on social media. If the district would simply answer questions and meet with the citizens that are requesting some time, none of this mess would exist. The district has brought it on itself and in fact it’s their behavior that is costing taxpayers a lot of money.”

Tarvin continues to insist she is being “harassed,” “attacked” and worse, driving her supporters to believe to buy into to her fantasy, and then begin their own attacks.

Here is Tarvin conversing with one of her confidants, Bob Barnett, who casually informs her that he was “trolling” me the day before:

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Here is an example of Barnett’s “trolling.” THIS is who the school board trustee associates with? Then again, after watching her over the years with Pat Mahoney, Vern Nelson, Victor Valladares, Gustavo Arellano and other unsavory characters, maybe it’s just par for the course:

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Gina must be very proud. But then again, I’m sort of used to this from her close stable of “supporters.” Here was a message from Pat Mahoney to me:

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Welcome to the low-rent world of Gina Clayton-Tarvin. These are her friends. These are the people she directs. And she is STILL denying that she blocks local citizens on Facebook, giving a typical legalese excuse to cover the fact that the account she uses to attack myself and others is OFF LIMITS to those she attacks:

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This is not about having access to a campaign page, and Clayton-Tarvin knows it. She KNOWS it’s about being denied access to the account that she uses to attack, as I illustrated this morning:


And here is how it looks on Twitter:

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Westwell is correct in my opinion. She is a liar. And a sleazy one at that. An elected official that blocks citizens not from just engaging with her on policy – but on simply defending themselves against incomprehensibly false and manipulative  attacks. She is dangerous, in my opinion. She will say what she has to publicly to incite her followers, but then privately she states the truth. Several examples:





See how it works? If she is going to make accusations about being “libeled” then she needs to be specific – and not just have an emotional meltdown whenever someone says something that exposes her dishonest. Another example:

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Gina Clayton-Tarvin’s problem, is Gina Clayton-Tarvin. There are new, formal complaints I have become aware of that will too be filed against her. As well, I will have another LARGE expose coming up to illustrate how she lied about my interview with her, actually using her child as a political prop to craft a new lie. What kind of mother does that? In my opinion, one that put politics one everything – even her family.

Stay tuned.


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$2000 per public records request? Embattled Ocean View School District needs to account for that spending – NOW

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Ocean View School District trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin has been on a Facebook-posting frenzy in the wake of her stepping down as trustee president. Through a series of rambling, inherently dishonest posts that, as usual, attacks private citizens for daring to challenge her, Clayton-Tarvin has also begun citing a $2000 per public request fee that has many in Huntington Beach demanding a dollar for dollar accounting of that almost comically astronomical fee.

The California Public Records Act allows the public to request ANY public communications involving government officials. There is no limit to what the public may request – although requests may be denied due to information not covered by the act. What Clayton-Tarvin’s newest strategy appears to be is to demonize people that make requests she does not approve of, perhaps to send a message to other citizens – DON’T YOU DARE.

Also, suspiciously, supporters of Clayton-Tarvin are now newly armed with information regarding citizen requests – but did they request that info themselves or is Tarvin simply circumventing the process and feeding it to them? We will have answers to this as ASAP I can assure you.

Meantime–how to account for this?



Where is “Paula Jean” getting her information to try and smear people with? Did she request it herself? And most importantly, again, when will the district justify and account for every dollar spent? $2000 per request? I have reached out to the superintendent Carol Hansen and new President, Jack Souders, for answers and will post as they become available.

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


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:


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.


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

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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


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:


“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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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.



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:

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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