Ocean View Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin
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Huntington Beach, CA-Primary election ballots drop soon, February 5. Election Day is March 5. Vote by mail or in-person. I’m proud to represent residents, protecting democracy, and I humbly ask for your support and vote for the Democratic Central Committee, Assembly District 72🇺🇸!
Trustee Comments from 1-9-24Huntington Beach, CA-Last evening, our board of trustees met for the first meeting of 2024. We had a very productive session discussing various topics affecting students, teachers and the community at large. During my trustee comments I discussed my recent trip to Europe and about the widespread illness being experienced by many. We got to hear from Oak View’s principal and staff about their phenomenal work to increase student achievement while imparting a love for English language arts and writing competency. I also mentioned the exciting performances by Westmont VAPA students for the Winter Showcase in December. OVSD continues to impress me with outstanding and innovative programs for all!
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Legal Update (Clayton-Tarvin v. City of HB)
Santa Ana-Victory occurred today in my case against the City of Huntington Beach and City Attorney Gates in their breach of transparency and CA law. The court ruled entirely in my favor and OVERRULED all of their flimsy motions. They attempted to demurrer, to get my case thrown out, they lost. They also attempted to remove Michael Gates as a defendant, they lost. The original suit was filed to obtain the air show settlement agreement documents after a massive payout of public funds to Kevin Elliot of Code Four Productions. A source at the OC Registrar of Voters reported that at 1:00pm, City Attorney Gates, Van Der Mark, and Burns were down the street from the courthouse. They were filing to run for the GOP Central Committee and didn’t bother to come to represent the City at the hearing at the Central Court at 1:30pm. Their outside counsel attorney Savanah Skelton only appeared via zoom. We appeared in-person. As stated above, even before the hearing started, the judge issued a preliminary ruling and OVERRULED all of their arguments. Once inside the courtroom, he ruled again from the bench against the City and Gates sealing their loss. Justice has prevailed and We The People won today. Next up, a status hearing on Monday, December 4th at 9am to move the case forward to be heard on the merits and to close out this case once and for all. I am convinced that the City will lose ultimately and will have wasted precious taxpayer dollars instead of just producing the document as required under the CA Constitution and the Public Records Act. We will keep fighting for transparency and honesty in government and we will prevail.
VP Clayton-Tarvin's Trustee Comments
Huntington Beach, CA-Our board convened to discuss a myriad of important issues. President Singer was unable to attend due to illness, so I presided over the meeting. One of the discussions that we had centered around a report made by Clerk Souders in regard to the Superintendent’s Task Force on school consolidation. A lively debate ensued. Many community members came to the meeting last night and made compelling arguments and some even laid out a well thought out plan to save OVSD schools. I was particularly impressed with the Village View parent delegation, and I intend to be present at one of their future meetings to hear what they have to say. Community input is paramount, leading to greater understanding and transparency. One thing I know to be true is that the Ocean View School District is in good financial condition, we are in the black and always have been even through our toughest budget challenges. The discussion of doom and gloom by one of my colleagues is nothing more than a theatrical presentation to cement himself in a 2024 election. But this should not be about politics, it’s about our children. I happen to be a parent of an Ocean View School District student and it’s very important to me to make sure that accurate information is disseminated to the public so that there’s trust and respect.