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Latest updates from the campaign:

Friday, January 24, 2020 12:15 PM

Thank you Councilman Al Austin!

Long Beach, CA-As the 2020 election season is just heating up, I am proud to announce an endorsement of my re-election campaign for OVSD Board of Trustees from Long Beach City Councilman Al Austin. Councilman Austin is a longtime friend and colleague and an avid supporter of quality public education. He’s up for re-election as well and I encourage all of my own colleagues in ABCUSD and my valued employees in OVSD to vote for him to continue on with the tremendous progress Long Beach has made.

Monday, January 20, 2020 8:27 AM

Observing the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Washington DC-One of the most inspired days of my life was to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington DC. MLK is by far the most important figure in the Civil Rights Movement in our nation and one of most inspirational humans to ever live. As a teacher himself, King believed deeply in the power of education.

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”-MLK

Friday, January 17, 2020 4:38 PM

Kinder Information Night 2020!

Huntington Beach, CA-It’s that time of year again, kindergarten information night is upon us in OVSD and we are so excited to have all our new (and returning) families join us at Spring View Middle School on January 23, 2020. Our staff will conduct an amazing presentation, and discussion on kindergarten offerings around the district like Transitional Kindergarten, Early Kindergarten, and Traditional Kindergarten. Everyone is welcome, whether from within OVSD or out of district, come on by!

Thursday, January 16, 2020 9:33 AM

OVSD Weekly Leadership Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-As president of the school district one of my responsibilities is to have a weekly meeting with superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen. I’ve decided to include Vice President Patricia Singer in our meetings with purposeful intention to train and mentor a new generation of leadership. These are stable, yet exciting times in Ocean View, and we look forward to continued success for our students and schools!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 5:35 PM

State of the City Address by Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia

Long Beach, CA-Thanks go out to our neighbors in Long Beach and especially to Mayor Dr. Robert Garcia for inviting us tonight, having Vice Mayor Dee Andrews introduce us to the crowd in the packed Terrace Theater, to participate in the annual State of the City address and for helping us to learn so much. I was pleased to be present with our OVSD VP Patricia Singer and Brea Olinda Board Clerk Keri Kropke. We learned a great deal about the City, the School District, City College, and CSULB. Long Beach has a great regional history that ties it to OVSD and to HB in general. Dr. Garcia highlighted many great accomplishments of the City and especially the new CSULB campus satellite and housing planned for downtown. As a multi time alumnus of Long Beach State, I was especially excited to hear about the progress. Always a pleasure to see my longtime friend LB Councilman Al Austin too. Great work folks, and GO BEACH!

Monday, January 13, 2020 6:30 PM

Endorsement of Ashleigh Aitken for OC Supervisor, District 3

Tustin, CA-Very proud and pleased to announce my endorsement of OC Fair Board Member and attorney Ashleigh Aitken for OC Supervisor, District 3. Now is the time to bring the needed change to the OC Board of Supervisors. As the president of the OVSD Board of Trustees I’ve had to represent children who’ve suffered the consequences of a dysfunctional County Board of Supervisor’s who turned a blind eye to innocent kids being polluted on their watch. With Ashleigh representing the people of OC, we can be confident that our students and the environment will be protected. Vote this March 3rd to move OC forward!

Friday, January 10, 2020 9:17 AM

My 1st President’s Message for 2020

Huntington Beach, CA-News for OVSD is out in the School News Roll Call newspaper, featuring Harbour View, always in print as well as online at, check it out today!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 7:08 PM

Guide Dogs of America visit OVSD Board Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight we convened for the first meeting of the board of trustees for the year 2020. I’m so proud to be able to serve as board president again, and happy to have my friend and colleague Trustee Patricia Singer our new Vice President. We were thrilled to welcome the Guide Dogs of America hosted by our very own Hope View teacher, Holly Sjogren. She has been working for years at the school itself while training these working dogs. What an amazing program and experience for our kids too. Thank you to all who came and shared their experiences with the Board.

Monday, January 6, 2020 8:10 AM

Welcome Back from Winter Break!

Cerritos, CA-We teachers are so happy to see our students back at school 🏫 from Winter Break. Let’s get learning!

Saturday, January 4, 2020 12:13 PM

Sophia Tse for Cerritos City Council


Cerritos, CA-As a longtime teacher in Cerritos, I know the impact of having a champion for students and schools on a board of education. Sophia Tse is that champion, she’s a nurse and a person we have counted on to serve students, teachers, and community members. It’s time to see her work for the Cerritos community as a city council member, to make health and safety a priority. She’s got the experience and the know how to bring our diverse community together. Vote Sophia!

Monday, December 30, 2019 4:30 PM

Visit Lake Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, CA-Did you know there’s a beautiful lake right in the heart of Surf City? That’s right, Lake Huntington Beach, in the Central Park is a great place to visit and while you’re here, have lunch at Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe, a wonderful local business that generates tax revenue for OVSD students and schools!

Saturday, December 28, 2019 7:18 PM

Happy Chanukah 🕎

Irvine, CA-Thanks go out to Lauren Johnson-Norris for hosting such a beautiful Chanukah celebration last night in her home in Irvine. Lauren opens up her home yearly to welcome so many to learn about the miracle of the holiday and to spend time with friends and family and welcome Irvine constituents. I support and endorse Lauren for Irvine City Council, because her spirit and generosity transcend all barriers and differences in the community. She knows how to bring people together. Her work in the community is truly a mitzvah!

Thursday, December 26, 2019 5:09 PM

When holidays collide!


Huntington Beach, CA-Celebrating the 1st night of Kwanzaa, the 5th night of Chanukah, both one day after Christmas was celebrated in our home. No matter what your faith, happy holidays to all!

Monday, December 23, 2019 2:52 PM

Happy Holidays OVSD!

Huntington Beach, CA-On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees and our dedicated staff, I wish you the happiest holiday season.

Thursday, December 19, 2019 4:59 PM

LA Times- Legal fight continues over H.B. blogger’s motion against Ocean View School District trustee

Santa Ana, CA-During Monday’s hearing, Associate Justice Richard Aronson said he was “at a loss to understand how the lower court denied the harassment petition.” “‘Be quiet or be killed,’” Aronson said, reading aloud from court documents. “I’m kind of curious why [Johnson] wasn’t arrested.” His honor continued on in rebuttal to Johnson’s attorney’s claims of threats being politics as usual, “Do you think threatening to kill someone is political debate?” Aronson said. “Is that what we’ve come to in this country?” (click link to read full article) 

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 5:10 PM

OCR-What’s for lunch? Ocean View School District debuts 13,000-square-foot kitchen

(click link to read OCR article)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 9:00 AM

Grand Opening of OVSD's Central Kitchen

Huntington Beach, CA-We held the Grand Opening of our new Central Kitchen this morning complete with tours and taste testing. Our new HB mayor Lyn Semeta was present along with reps from the offices of Congressman Harley Rouda, Senator Tom Umberg and Assemblyman Tyler Diep to present commendations. Our new kitchen has amazing capabilities and high tech equipment that will be used to serve our students fresh and tasty food 🍅🥦🍊🌽🍓🧀!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 8:08 AM

Shop with a Cop 👮 🚓!

Huntington Beach, CA-What an amazing morning we had at Target on Adams in HB for Shop with a Cop sponsored by generous community donors. HBPD including SWAT came out to shop with students in need from local areas schools including OVSD. Thank you HBPD and the generous philanthropists who made it happen, you’re angels in our community!

Friday, December 13, 2019 7:12 PM

72nd ADA Alliance Holiday Dinner and Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA- Tonight I had the pleasure of addressing the membership of the 72nd ADA Alliance in Huntington Beach for the annual holiday dinner and meeting. Thank you always supporting me and the OVSD.

Friday, December 13, 2019 2:53 PM

Notice of Reorganization and Meeting Dates, OVSD Board of Trustees, 2020

Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:51 PM

Goldenwest College Tour

Huntington Beach, CA-Thank you to GW College President Tim McGrath and Director Bruce Berman for taking OVSD Superintendent Dr. Hansen on a tour of the beautiful GW campus today. We toured on foot and in their famous golf cart. We saw many newly built structures funded by Measure M and heard about future plans to improve the campus as well. As president of the board of trustees, the thing that made me most excited about the improvements made is that GW leadership wants our K-8 students to experience them, and are looking to partner with OVSD!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 6:45 PM

OVSD Board of Trustees Reorganization

Huntington Beach, CA-I’m humbled and proud to have been voted as President of the Board of Trustees for the year 2020. What a happy occasion to be given the responsibility to serve once more in this role. This will be my 4th time serving as president, and I’m honored to work the constituents of OVSD. Tonight the board also voted for Patricia Singer to serve as Vice President, and Jack Souders to serve as Clerk. I give thanks to John Briscoe for all the hard work he did in his year as president for 2019.

Monday, December 9, 2019 9:48 AM

Happiness is Being a Teacher!

Big Bear, CA-On the bus this morning to the mountains in Big Bear for 6th grade outdoor science camp. It’s me, our amazing bus driver Ms. Rosemary, and 40 kids. Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 8, 2019 7:51 PM

Endorsement of Diedre TuHa Nguyen for Assembly District 72

Fountain Valley, CA-Pleased to be here tonight in support of fellow biologist and current Garden Grove City Councilwoman Diedre TuHa Nguyen for Assembly District 72. Get out to vote this March 3, 2020!

Thursday, December 5, 2019 1:03 PM

OVSD at CSBA in San Diego

San Diego, CA-We are here in San Diego for the CA School Boards Association annual conference and trade show. We have learned about the latest laws affecting our students and schools, got to sit behind the wheel of an electric school bus, and met with friends, old and new. I’m thankful to the voters of the Ocean View School District for allowing me to represent our children 🍎 👩‍🏫 📚!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 7:09 PM

Vista View Students Shine!

Huntington Beach, CA- Great work by our Vista View Middle School students. STEAM projects were presented and demonstrations occurred focusing on physical science concepts right in our very own boardroom, at our OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting.

Friday, November 8, 2019 9:00 AM

Harbour View Patriotic Veterans Day Assembly and First Responders Fair

Huntington Beach, CA-Harbour View Veterans Day and First Responders Fair! Harbour View Elementary students, staff, parents and community members were met by Military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. Huntington Beach Police Department K-9 and Mounted Police Units as well as Hawthorne Police Department SWAT unit and Gabby the Talking Police Car entertained. Our amazing federal agencies FBI, DEA, ATF and Homeland Security taught about their functions and more. The morning began with a Veterans Day Patriotic Assembly honoring our community heroes. The helicopter from the Huntington Beach Police Department made a grand entrance by landing on the school field to end the assembly and to kick-off the First Responders Fair. Students rotated through seven stations where the first responders explained what their jobs entail and how they help to keep our communities safe. I even got to play news reporter, when the Channel 7 cameraman allowed me “interview” our amazing students and staff for a segment. Active duty and veteran members of the military were honored and the experience was truly amazing for our OVSD students! (Click link to visit Facebook photo gallery)

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:00 AM

Golden View Farm Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting

Huntington Beach, CA-Golden View Farm Grand Reopening and Ribbon Cutting this morning! The GV Farm provides students with multiple, unique, hands-on learning opportunities. Caring for living animals help children understand life cycles, the reciprocity between animals and humans, and the importance of making responsible choices. Tending the garden allows students to plant, harvest and cook nutritious food using natural ingredients. Through the recycle, reuse and repurpose program, students learn how to be stewards of the environment. Key upgrades made to the farm include: new animal enclosures for sheep and goats, an outdoor exercise area for animals, hardscaping, and new interior and exterior fencing. Congrats GV! (click link to visit facebook gallery for photos)

Friday, November 1, 2019 12:00 AM

OC Register-Anonymous donor shares why he covered lunch debt for a Huntington Beach school district

Huntington Beach, CA-From the OCR, coverage of amazing generosity in OVSD! The OVSD Board of Trustees sends our deepest gratitude to the anonymous donor who took it upon himself to help hundreds of children whose parents were struggling to pay for their lunches. Not something we see too often in this day and age, an act of selfless giving and pure kindness. He donated $8K to cover unpaid lunch accounts. From all of us at the school district, thank you sir, your good deed will never be forgotten.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 9:31 AM

Cerritos Elementary School Pancake Breakfast

Cerritos, CA-Happening now, the 15th annual pancake breakfast sponsored by the Cerritos Elementary Educational Foundation. So great to see almost 1,000 community members present to celebrate our 50th anniversary of the schools opening. What better way to spend a Saturday morning than raising money for students and schools. I’ve been busy serving as cashier this morning but got a chance to say hello to students, families, and friends. Thanks to ABCUSD Board Members Maynard Law and Board President Ernie Nishii for supporting our school. They stopped by with Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu. Always great to see the deputies from the LASD Cerritos Substation who brought out LASD Explorers today too. Great program for our youth, check it out!

Sunday, October 20, 2019 6:00 PM

Golden View Trunk or Treat

Huntington Beach, CA-Golden View Trunk or Treat....a total success! Thanks to HBPD and HBFD for coming to the event, and making our students smile. They loved seeing the vehicles with the flashing lights. So many great families, teachers, and community members decorated their vehicles for trunk or treating and it was a great success! (Click link to visit Facebook gallery)

Saturday, October 19, 2019 7:45 PM

Boys & Girls Club of Huntington Valley Benefit Dinner & Auction

Huntington Beach, CA-Great to help raise funds for kids in need to support before and after school programs and full day programs for school age kids in OVSD and beyond right now at the Hyatt Resort. Serving more than 11,000 youth in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley. Amazing programs for amazing kids....Support Boys and Girls Clubs!

Friday, October 18, 2019 8:35 AM

In Solidarity with CTU, AFT Local 1

Cerritos, CA-Today, my colleagues and I in Cerritos, who are members of ABCFT, AFT Local 2317 wear red to support our brothers and sisters of Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), AFT Local 1. They are striking for reductions in class sizes, better wages, and most importantly to make sure more special education paraprofessionals and case mangers are hired. We support you Chicago Teachers Union all the way from LA County!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 6:00 PM

OVSD Board Meeting Tonight!

Huntington Beach, CA-Proud to be an OVSD Trustee! I am pleased to stand next to the iconic Ocean View School bell at our district office in Huntington Beach. Back in 1874, the bell, which was sent from England originally, called students to school from all over OC from as far south as Newport Beach all the way to Garden Grove and everywhere in between. They were picked up by a driver with a horse and wagon on their way to the original one room schoolhouse which stood at Beach Blvd and Smelzter Ave (now Edinger Ave). We ❤️ OVSD!

Monday, October 14, 2019 12:34 PM

California ❤️ Discovered!

San Francisco, CA-This weekend created an opportunity to visit some amazing places. Started out at our very own John Wayne Airport for a flight to Oakland, and then a drive over the new Bay Bridge to San Francisco. To my great surprise, the CTA was having their regional convention right in the hotel. So great to see these wonderful teachers who have supported me in all my election bids. Proud to say, our special interest is our students.
We then traveled south to Carmel by the Sea, Pebble Beach, Santa Cruz and beyond. We saw the Lone Cypress, the Felton Covered Bridge, and the glorious Henry Cowell Redwood State Park. California truly is the Golden State!

Monday, October 7, 2019 9:00 PM


Santa Ana, CA-Second guest appearance on ITZ HAPPENIN with hosts Joese Gloria and Dylan Thompson can be heard here. Hear our discussion on local, state, and national politics with a twist and some laughs, click link above to be redirected to broadcast. 

Monday, October 7, 2019 1:37 PM

Welcome Reagan Headrick to OVSD

Huntington Beach, CA-Reagan Headrick welcomed to OVSD as our new Executive Director of Special Education.

Monday, October 7, 2019 7:00 AM

Tonight on ITZ HAPPENIN!

Santa Ana, CA- I am honored to be asked back for a second installment of the ITZ HAPPPENIN video podcast on Facebook with hosts Joese Gloria and Dylan Thompson. I last appeared on their show in February 2019. See you all tonight!

Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:52 PM

Garden Grove Councilwoman Thu-Ha Nguyen endorsed in AD72

Garden Grove, CA-I’m pleased to be able to announce my support and endorsement of Garden Grove City Councilwoman and fellow biologist Thu-Ha Nguyen for Assembly District 72 in 2020. Like me, Thu has chosen a career in biological science. I’m a public school Biology teacher and impressively she is a Clinical Genetic Molecular Biological Scientist. She is absolutely equipped to understand the complex needs of our students and schools in CA and will be ready day one to govern in Sacramento!

Friday, October 4, 2019 8:00 AM

LA Tims-Ocean View School District superintendent gets new contract and 3% raise

Huntington Beach, CA-Dr. Hansen has received a salary increase and contract extension for excellent evaluation by the Board of Trustees. She is the longest serving CEO in OVSD since 2005, and created stability district wide. Click link above to be redirected to article. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019 3:00 PM

Be a Bestie, Not a Bully

Cerritos, CA-Be a Bestie, Not a Bully, October is National Bully Prevention Month. Teachers, parents, and care givers work to create safe and supportive learning environments for our young children. We will take a stand against bully behaviors. As a classroom teacher, I’ll be focusing on teaching my students how to navigate these situations as well. As a school board member I’ll be working to encourage positive behaviors in all of our OVSD schools!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:00 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorsed by OVSD Trustee Jack Souders

Huntington Beach, CA-I’m so pleased to be able to have the support of my fellow trustees going into 2020, and thank Trustee Jack Souders for his endorsement. We hope to continue our strong board governance team for the Ocean View School District. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 4:04 PM

Teach. Advocate. Care.

Huntington Beach, CA- As a classroom teacher myself, I’m proud to have the support of the largest group of educators in California, the CTA. It’s the highest honor to be endorsed by your own, to know that you are trusted, and to fight for the rights of students. As a trustee, I’ll continue to protect the children of the Ocean View School District moving forward. Thank you to CTA and OVTA for always backing me and our students!

Friday, September 27, 2019 8:08 AM

National Blue Ribbon School, Circle View

Huntington Beach, CA-Circle View School named National Blue Ribbon School! Congratulations to our amazing students, teachers, and community from Circle View. Our Circle View Elementary School has been awarded the most prestigious honor in our nation by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon. Only 30 schools in CA were named and OVSD is the only school in Huntington Beach, as well as all of West Orange County to be named. Such fun celebrating with our school community at Circle View this morning along with Principal Jessica Haag, the teaching and classified staff, students, and parents. Board President John Briscoe, Trustee Patricia Singer, and I thank you for all your hard work and for making us so proud!

Monday, September 23, 2019 4:11 PM

Thank you Assisstance League of HB!

Huntington Beach, CA-What do you get when retired teachers come together to raise money for kids? Over $47K in Links to Learning grant money for current teachers and their classrooms to support students and programs. President Briscoe and I welcomed the Assistance League of HB to our district office today where they presented checks to make dreams become reality for our kids!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:00 PM

OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight

Huntington Beach, CA-September 17, 2019, we’ve met to discuss district business to be able to improve education in the Ocean View. We approved contracts, passed policies, and heard public comments in regards to preschool programs, student heath, and safety. Pleased to be able to serve with president John Briscoe and our fellow colleagues, as well as employ both Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent and Dr. Julianne Hoeffer, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Great meeting tonight!

Saturday, September 14, 2019 8:31 PM

Surf City Optimist Club Fundraiser Tonight!

Huntington Beach, CA-With the amazing Shayna Lathus, fellow Surf City Optimist Club member in the HB Harbour tonight for the annual dinner and big band show to benefit children with cancer as well Ocean View School District students. Programs funded include pinewood derby cars/races at Miller Children’s Hospital and for Special Education students at Village View and many others in OVSD, including dozens of K-8 graders. Programs include league sports, fishing derby, oratorical contest and more. Proud to be an Optimist today and everyday!

Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:27 PM

Ocean View High School Back to School Night

Huntington Beach, CA-Trustee Patricia Singer and I made our first visit to Ocean View High School in HBUHSD last night as parents of students for Back to School Night. We both have 9th graders attending this wonderful school. What a nice campus, motivated staff, and great programs. As they say, you can’t spell LOVE without “OV”. Great work OVHS teachers and staff!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:25 AM

Patriot Day Observed in OVSD

Huntington Beach, CA-In remembrance of those lost on September 11, 2001, schools in the Ocean View School District will observe a moment of silence in commemoration. Never Forget

Thursday, September 5, 2019 7:00 PM

Back to School Night in Cerritos

Cerritos, CA- Tonight I had the pleasure of meeting all of the parents of my students at Back to School Night in my own classroom in Cerritos, in the ABC Unified School District in Los Angeles County. For me this 23 years and counting of teaching in CA public schools. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 8:00 AM

My Welcome Back to School Message for 2019

Huntington Beach, CA-My Welcome Back to School Video Message for OVSD. We are so happy to see all of our students, parents and dedicated employees today, Wednesday, September 4, 2019, the first day of school in the OVSD. We are excited to start the 2019-2020 school year with all of you.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 7:36 PM

Back to School Board Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA- As an elected trustee, one of my favorite board meetings of the year is the one that happens the night before the first day of school. For OVSD, tomorrow is the first day back for our students. Welcome back to school, 2019-2020!

Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:30 AM

Harley Rouda campaign kickoff at our Oak View Gym!

Huntington Beach, CA-I was proud to host Harley Rouda for his campaign kickoff in our brand new Oak View School gymnasium. Note that per the CA Civic Center Act, the gym can be rented for public use. This beautiful facility was funded by a litigation settlement with Republic Services, the trash hauler that was polluting our students, teachers, and community for far too long. Hundreds of community members were present to hear about what’s next for election 2020. So pleased to see strong community leaders Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley and Santa Ana Councilman Vincente Sarmiento there actively supporting Harley. I’m endorsing Harley for re-election for CA48 in 2020 because he believes in environmental justice for ALL his constituents. My mom, a lifelong Republican, has decided once again to cross party lines to support Harley who is a former Republican himself, not only with her vote, but with financial support too. We believe in his message and his actions in Congress thus far. He has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is dedicated and steadfast in his resolve. In his first 6 months, he is the most legislatively productive freshman member in Congress!

Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:00 PM

LA Times-Ocean View celebrates reopening of rebranded Westmont Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Academy


Westminster, CA-We commenced the grand reopening and ribbon cutting for newly reloaded and gorgeous school at our VAPA program here at Westmont School in Westminster in OVSD. It looks amazing, come on down to see our new OVSD school funded by Measure R, the first in the series to be remodelled. Students performed, tours were given and a ribbon cut all in the name of 21st learning in a high tech educational environment at Visual and Performing Arts magnet school, one of a kind in OC. Click link to read more from the LA Time's Lilly Nguyen.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:08 PM

Special Board Meeting in OVSD Today


Huntington Beach, CA-Discussed superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen’s Performance Evaluation. We met as a five member board to discuss the superintendent’s priorities and goals, proposed board presentation calendar and proposed board governance calendar. We aim to be transparent and service orientated toward our constituents and the community. I feel very positive about the direction of the District under the direction of Dr. Hansen and our board of trustees. Recall this Thursday we will be reopening Westmont School as a newly remodelled VAPA school in Westminster. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 2:29 PM

LA Times-Ocean View School District board appoints new leaders at four campuses

Huntington Beach, CA-New OVSD Administrators approved by the Board of Trustees. News from the LA Times about new hires for Hope View and Mesa View, and transfers for Spring View and Star View principalships for the 2019-2020 school year. See article by reporter Lilly Nuygen for the full details.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 11:00 AM

LA Times-Sycamore Creek Community Charter School to open at Oak View Elementary campus in H.B. this year

Huntington Beach, CA-As some of you may be aware, the Ocean View School District denied the charter school’s petition (two times) to operate their school as a school of OVSD. They appealed to the Orange County Dept of Ed Board of Education and narrowly got an appeal passed 3 to 2 so that now the County has chartered them. However, they used the Oak View residents to fraudulently obtain signatures to trigger a Prop 39 request to use our district facilities in a separate action. They lied to residents to obtain signatures and offered what was described as “bribes” in some cases. They claimed they had collected 80 signatures of actual OVSD parents. This created the trigger. As it turns out, they deceived everyone, just as I predicted they would. They said they would have 160 students lined up with a minimum of 80 as OVSD’s, when in reality they only have 90-100 total students enrolled and very few are actually from OVSD, as prescribed by law that they be. Deceptive, devious, and downright immoral. This is not how educators are supposed to conduct themselves.
See article by Lilly Nuygen for my statements and quotes on the matter. The charter school should be on notice that this sort of tactic is not acceptable to our OVSD taxpayers. We will re-evaluate in one year’s time, and I will be monitoring their actions to fulfil my fiduciary responsibility to the actual OVSD residents and taxpayers that I was voted in to represent.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 7:29 AM

August 2019 Board of Trustees Meeting

Back on the dais last night, after a month of summertime hiatus, we commenced our August board meeting at the Ocean View School District. This past month of July was filled with adventure and exploration, spending a month abroad in Europe with my family and friends. For July's meeting I participated by calling in from Rome, Italy, and last night I attended our monthly meeting for August in person and the board got so much accomplished. We hired several new principals and transferred others. Hope View, Mesa View, and Spring View will all be getting new principals at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. We learned about the OC Dept of Ed program CHEP, received multiple staff reports: construction, science textbook adoption, and Measure R. We discussed contracts, and voted to increase salaries to regain parity amongst employee groups. It was a productive meeting and we look forward to our next meeting on 8/20, a special board meeting to evaluate the performance of our superintendent, Dr. Carol Hansen. Hope to see you at Westmont on the 22nd for our grand reopening after modernization of the VAPA school site. Glad to be back!

(Pictured with OVSD Board President John Briscoe)

Thursday, July 4, 2019 9:04 AM

Happy Independence Day USA 🇺🇸!

Huntington Beach, CA-We are here at the annual HB 4th of July Parade, the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. I’m proud to be participating once again, this year with the Democratic Party of OC. We are here with so many great people on our “Coming to America” float. I happen to be a dual citizen with Italy so I’m here representing both of my countries today. Float participants are from all over the world, and here to celebrate. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Happy birthday to the greatest nation on earth......

Saturday, June 29, 2019 5:22 PM

Campaign Pop-Up for Cottie Petrie-Norris 2020!

Huntington Beach, CA-So great to be able to support Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris in her bid for re-election in 2020 for AD74 today at The Corner in HB. She’s working to support our public schools, protect our coastline, and more. With great supporters like the Huntington Beach Police Officers Association, Cottie can and will prevail. Public safety is of paramount importance to Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris, and this just one of the reasons that I support her.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 7:19 PM

Board of Trustees Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-Board of Trustees Meeting tonight. Trustee Singer joined us remotely via telephone for the entire meeting. The Board heard presentations on the yearly budget, modernization and voted on over 15 new business items including the labor contract for the Ocean View Teachers Association. Next meeting is July 9th at 6pm.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 3:22 PM

Promotion 2019 Mesa View!

Huntington Beach, CA-Promotion at Mesa View 2019 today. It was an honor to participate in promotion at Mesa View, not just as the VP of the Board, but as a mom. My oldest son Tony graduated and he’s off to Ocean View HS. I certified the class too. Thanks to Trustee Patricia Singer, Laura Oatman, District Director for Congressman Harley Rouda, and HB Mayor Erik Peterson for being there too. We appreciate your support for OVSD students and schools. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 1:19 PM

Promotion 2019 Vista View!

Fountain Valley, CA-What an amazing day, an end to a year and career for our 8th grade students in OVSD, who are ready to move onto high school. Happy to have Mayor Pro Tem Cheryl Brothers from Fountain Valley there and Shannon Limbach representing Congressman Harley Rouda as well. 

Monday, June 17, 2019 5:30 PM

Telemundo, Channel 52-Oak View Gym Grand Opening

Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks for always covering news in the Ocean View School District. This time, the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Oak View gym financed by Republic Services and OVSD via legal settlement on the previous Rainbow Trash Dump. We can always count on Channel 52 to get the story of out in a truthful and meaningful way. We appreciate you!

Monday, June 17, 2019 5:26 PM

Oak View Gym Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Today!

Huntington Beach, CA-Today serves as the culmination of a struggle for environmental justice in a community that began 6 years ago. The School District was so proud to work with the AQMD, our pro bono attorneys: Connor, Fletcher, and Hedenkamp, the media, the Ocean View Teachers Association, local activists Oak View ComUNIDAD, and most importantly the school’s neighbors and the Oak View community, who had been been suffering in silence for decades due to governmental apathy and lack of action. Trustee Briscoe and I were proud to lead this action and today will oversee the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new gymnasium financed by the legal settlement worth $26M with Republic Trash Services. Thank you to the OVSD Board of Trustees who supported me to handle this matter, litigate, negotiate, and settle on behalf of the them, the district, and the children.

Friday, June 14, 2019 12:00 PM

LA Times-2 Ocean View middle schools get new administrators

Huntington Beach, CA-On Tuesday night, our Board of Trustees unanimously voted to hire Dr. Rasheeda Gates as the new principal of Vista View and Cheri Daniels as assistant principal of Spring View to begin in the 2019-2020 school year. We are looking forward to the great work they will do to serve our students, staff, parents, and community. Welcome to Ocean View!

Thursday, June 13, 2019 7:28 PM

We Honored Our Own-OVSD Service Awards

Huntington Beach, CA-This afternoon at the Ocean View district office, we honored our employees for years of service and retirement. Employees that have served 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years plus retirees were given commemorative certificates and gifts, followed by a delicious spread of food made by our very own OVSD Food Service Staff. Amazing work all around and thank you to our wonderful, loyal, and outstanding employees. The Board of Trustees thanks you for your service to our children!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 11:31 AM

Cerritos-Sixth Grade Promotion 2019!

Cerritos,’s a wrap! Our students have completed their last year of elementary school and are off to middle school and beyond. So excited to see where their paths will take them. Thanks to the LA County Sheriff, Cerritos Substation for always keeping an eye on our school too. It’s always so nice to see my former students return to visit too, case in point, former student Cherelle, she just graduated from Howard University and is off to begin her PhD. Wow, time flies when you’re having fun. Teaching, it’s not just a job, it’s a passion!

Monday, June 10, 2019 11:30 AM

OVSD 2019 Robotics Competition Today!

Huntington Beach, CA-Ocean View School District elementary and middle school students met to compete in the annual Robotics Competition at Mesa View. Amazing work, awesome robots, and stellar effort. STEM curriculum is central to OVSD’s programs. We are proud of you, young engineers!

Saturday, June 8, 2019 11:00 AM

Interview KRON4 News in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA-At the CA Democratic Party Convention in San Francisco, I spoke with KRON4 reporter Catherine Heenan for the Inside Bay Area Politics Today show. We discussed Orange County and the Congressional gains made in 2018 and how to sustain them in 2020, while representing all constituents to ensure everyone has an opportunity to attain the American Dream.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:13 AM


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–The Ocean View School District (OVSD) proudly announces that six OVSD schools have been named to the 2018-2019 Educational Results Partnership Honor Roll for their high achievement in student success. Circle View, College, Golden View, Spring View Middle, Star View, and Vista View Middle Schools just received the good news. The Educational Results Partnership (ERP) Honor Roll Program, sponsored by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE), is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools that are improving student outcomes. These schools are among 1,834 public schools in California to be recognized.

Saturday, June 1, 2019 9:21 PM

Recap of the of CA Democratic Party Convention

San Francisco, CA-It’s been a great first 24 hours here at the first of two CA Democratic Party Conventions for 2019. I’ve seen so many great friends, colleagues, leaders and 2020 hopefuls. Brea trustee Keri Kropke and I traveled together and we ran into Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox at John Wayne. I did a TV interview with Channel KRON4's Catherine Heenan about the gains we made in 2018 and how to sustain them in 2020. We attended the Chicano Latino Caucus hosted by Norma and Carlos Alcala, they put together an amazing program filled with big names including several presidential candidates including Bernie Sanders, Beto O'Rourke and Amy Klobuchar. Candidates for the party Chair spoke as well and Rusty Hicks won the caucus endorsement, as well as the Chair's race, congratulations to him, a fellow teacher and CFT member. Saturday morning I had the pleasure of attending a breakfast hosted by my own union California Federation of Teachers, and heard from our new President Jeff Freitas as a well as CA Treasurer Fiona Ma. CA Controller Betty T. Yee along with her husband who’s a rabbi, conducted an impromptu wedding ceremony for two UTLA teachers too....mazel tov!

Monday, May 27, 2019 11:00 AM

Moving remembrance for Memorial Day 2019

Huntington Beach, CA-Pier Plaza ceremony by American Legion Post 133, and the City, a memorial held to honor those that served and lost their lives. Good to see our U.S. Congressman Harley Rouda present along with many community members, and most importantly the families of those lost, as well as veterans. HB Mayor Erik Peterson who is a U.S. Marine Corp vet himself did a great job in mc’ing the ceremony to honor those who have fallen in the line of duty while serving our nation. Lest we forget the sacrifices many have made to protect and defend our great nation.

Sunday, May 26, 2019 3:41 PM

Oak View Gym Ribbon Cutting!

Huntington Beach, CA-It’s finally here, the day we have been waiting for over 5 years, the culmination of a struggle to bring clean air, healthy learning conditions, and environmental justice to the children of Oak View. This gym project was made possible by the work of the community, teachers, Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, the AQMD, and our pro bono legal counsel at Connor, Fletcher and Hendenkamp. We were a team and got this done. Republic Services ultimately settled with the school district and we negotiated this beautiful gym to shelter the children for lunchtime and playtime. Please join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Oak View gymnasium on June 17th at 5:30!

Saturday, May 25, 2019 1:38 PM

Remembering the fallen, Memorial Day 2019

Huntington Beach, CA-With members of the American Legion, Post 133 in HB at Trader Joe’s selling poppies in remembrance of those lost in the line of duty. As a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary, I invite you to come purchase a flower, the proceeds benefit veterans’ programs. Please join us at Pier Plaza this Monday at 11am for the annual memorial service with a 21-gun salute and ceremony.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 6:30 PM

Open House at College View tonight!

Huntington Beach, CA-Great work displayed in Huntington Beach, California with students, parents, and teachers on hand to enjoy the community gathering. An auction occurred, Duck Donuts was on hand to serve up delicious treats, and I got to visit all the classrooms. Great evening College View Elementary.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 7:35 PM

OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board meets to honor volunteers and more. At our OVSD Board meeting at Spring View Middle School last night, we began with an amazing performance by our youngest OV students from OVPP/Pleasant View to delight us all. We also had an awards ceremony and gathering of our school volunteers who are an integral part of our schools, our positive learning environments and student success. Thank you for all that you do. We also honored Mesa View for becoming a CA Distinguished School. Good work OVSD!

Monday, May 20, 2019 11:33 AM

Circle View-Patriotic Musical Performance

Huntington Beach, CA-Circle View Elementary shines. Wow! What an amazing performance by our 4th and 5th grade students at Circle View School today. They performed all American tunes inspired by CA State curriculum for Social Studies. Their music teacher Mrs. Greer did a phenomenal job preparing them for this day and boy did it show. OVSD is the making arts come to life and Circle View made the light shine the brightest today!

Monday, May 20, 2019 7:25 AM

Senator Tom Umberg, Legislative Update (SD34)

Santa Ana, CA-Senate District 34, Legislative Update.This morning, Santa Ana at OCEA, retired US Army Colonel, Senator Tom Umberg gave an update on bills he’s working on for our District 34 and CA as a whole. Great to see friend Michael Sean Wright from Human Rights Campaign there too. Proud to have our senator representing us in Sacramento.

Sunday, May 19, 2019 11:39 AM

Ocean View Little League at Angels Stadium

Anaheim, CA-At the Big A for MLB Little League Day with Ocean View Little League (OVLL) and my son’s team, the River Dogs. Angels took on the Kansas City Royals. Also, thank you to the amazing couple who were in the car in front of us as we entered the stadium parking lot, they paid it forward and gave us premium parking, great folks exist in OC. We even got to walk the field with the entire team!

Monday, May 13, 2019 7:36 PM

ACSA 2019 Dinner Awards honor OVSD Employees

Irvine, CA-At the the Association of CA School Administrators (ACSA) Awards Ceremony 2019 for Region 17. It’s the 29th Annual Celebration of of Excellence. Our very own Assistant Superintendent Felix Avila and Mesa View Principal Randy Lempert have won in their categories!

Friday, May 10, 2019 7:31 PM

OCLCV Annual Dinner and Awards 2019


Costa Mesa, CA-Attended the 20th Annual Environmental Leadership Awards Dinner hosted by the Orange County League of Conservation Voters to see great activists from the HB Huddle, Aaron McCall, and the Surfrider Foundation receive awards for working to safeguard our environment. Shown with Lauren Johnson-Norris, Irvine Commissioner and Shayna Lathus.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:40 PM

LA Times- Ocean View School District rejects proposed cuts to preschool work hours and classified staff

Huntington Beach, CA-I feel that at this time, because it doesn’t look to me like on paper [the savings are] all that much – $181,155? That’s not enough savings to hurt human beings. People are more important to me than dollars and cents. I do feel that this is not the year for this, but it will come. See article for more details and quotes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:22 AM

OC Register-With outcries all around, Huntington Beach councilwoman removes board appointee who attended a rally

Huntington Beach, CA-Although I disagreed with Councilman Patrick Brenden’s decision last year to leave Van Der Mark as his appointee on the commission, at least investigated for a number of weeks, not two days.

Monday, May 6, 2019 6:30 PM

Speaking out on removal of Shayna Lathus by Kim Carr

Huntington Beach, CA- At tonight, at the @HBCityBeach Council meeting, I spoke about the unjust partisan attack on beloved teacher and community member, Shaya Lathus who was stripped of her CPAB position by Councilwoman Kim Carr who gave no due process. Click link above to hear my comments to the HB City Council. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019 3:27 PM

OVLL Hit-a-thon today!

Huntington Beach, CA-OVLL Hit-a-thon today! Our World Series winning little league in HB, the Ocean View Little League has its annual hit-a-thon today and garnered lots of community support. The OVSD Board of Trustees is proud to house OVLL at our Park View School!

Saturday, May 4, 2019 2:21 PM

Latinx Young Democrats Celebrate!

Orange, CA-Today in Orange at the lovely home of Beatriz Valencia (Betty) and Laura ValVilla, we celebrated the achievements of the Latinx Young Democrats with a special fundraiser to get young folks to the CA State Party Convention in San Francisco in May. Thanks to Luis Aleman and Giovanni Chavez for all their hard work to set this up. Saw so many great friends including Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley, Walnut City Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Rodriguez, Buena Park City Council members Sunny Youngsun Park and Connor Traut, Irvine City Councilwoman Melissa Fox, and Commissioner Lauren Johnson-Norris. Also in attendance were Congressman Gil Cisneros, Santa Ana Councilman Jose Solorio, Anaheim Trustee Al Jabbar, and Fullerton Councilman Jose Silva and of course his lovely wife and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. Thank you to Betty and Laura for inviting us into their home and hearts to all of us, it truly was a great day.

Friday, May 3, 2019 6:11 PM

Taste of Cerritos!

Cerritos, CA-Taste of Cerritos happening now. So happy to see all of my students, their parents, and the community at our Cerritos Elementary School’s Annual Taste of Cerritos event. CES parents and families have come out to represent their cultures and countries and sell a taste of the Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Mexico, El Salvador, Portugal, Vietnam, India, Italy, and more. Amazing food shared by amazing people. Thanks to LA County Sheriffs deputies for stopping by and having some fun with us too, we appreciate you. From 5-8pm, hope to see you here!

Thursday, May 2, 2019 6:55 PM

Open House at Mesa View

Huntington Beach, CA-At last night’s Open House, many groups were present to share their experiences serving the HB community. Scout Group 568, led by OVSD parent Jodie Merkle was there to talk about their successes. They are the group with the most female participants in HB, good work scouts!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:30 PM

CSBA Annual Dinner and Awards 2019

Huntington Beach, CA-Dinner and awards in the City of Irvine last night, OC School Boards Association celebrated. So pleased to represent OVSD with Dr. Hansen, President John Briscoe, and Trustee Singer. Happy to see OC Board of Education Member Jack Bidell and Brea Olinda Unified School District Trustee Keri Kropke!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 1:26 PM

Oak View Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Huntington Beach, CA-from Oak View School for Cinco de Mayo celebration. So great to see Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen, Executive Assistant Cindi Lee, and Trustee Patricia Singer at the event along with all of our students, their parents, teachers, and staff. Homemade flautas de papas (rolled tacos filled with potato), aguas frescas, gellatinas, and more were made by the Oak View parents and so delicious. Thanks to HBFD and HBPD for being there to show students your vehicles and equipment too!

Saturday, April 27, 2019 1:24 PM

Kowabunga Huntington Beach!

Huntington Beach, CA-Great community event in HB today on the pier to showcase 131 amazing VW buses that lined the entire length of our famed pier all the way to Ruby’s. Saw so many friends including organizer Don Ramsey, Ken Ramsey, and city leaders councilmen Michael Posey and Patrick Brenden.

Friday, April 26, 2019 8:30 AM

Village View-A memorial to Everett Whitney

Huntington Beach, CA-Village View Remembers.This morning at Village View School, the patriotic flag assembly honored retired OVSD employee Everett Whitney, who passed away earlier this year, and revealed the school's new art project. Our OVSD Board members, Superintendent Hansen, staff, families and friends all attended. Over the past several weeks, each student painted an individual rock in bright colors around the theme of “Only One You,” a book students had read by Linda Kranz Books. The rock art was carefully placed around the school’s central dolphin sculpture🐬 and a new memorial stone. Village View's dolphin was originally donated by Mr. Whitney while he served as the school’s head custodian. Members of Mr. Whitney’s family attended, as well as many members of the OVSD Facilities team, who assisted with the art display. Great work Village View!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:53 PM

Oak View and Westmont Schools Present at Board Meeting

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Students Shine! At tonight's student presentations, we heard from Oak View Elementary 5th graders and Westmont School students. Oak View students spoke confidently about their 14th Colony projects, and impressed the audience with their knowledge, and creativity. We applauded their work. Bravo to Westmont VAPA School students and staff for a fantastic performance of “The Lion King Kids!” We also applaud teachers Martha Sipkovich & Kim Robles. We hope you enjoy this video glimpse of the production. Great work OVSD students!

Saturday, April 20, 2019 7:25 PM

Endorsement of Harley Rouda and Katrina Foley for 2020!

Huntington Beach, CA-Very pleased to be able to support and endorse these two great leaders. Congressman Harley Rouda is running for re-election in CA 48th district and Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley is running for CA State Senate District 37. A winning team to move our schools and communities forward in 2020!

Saturday, April 13, 2019 3:50 PM

Melissa Fox for Assembly 2020, AD68

Irvine, CA-Brea Olinda USD Trustee Keri Kropke (center) and I are here for Melissa Fox, Irvine City Council Member (not pictured)  for AD68 in 2020. Great event featuring CA State Treasurer Fiona Ma (left) and Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (not pictured) who is running for Secretary of State in 2022. Great women leaders doing amazing things in OC and beyond. I wholeheartedly endorse and support Melissa for assembly!

Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:00 PM

Town Hall in HB for Congressman Harley Rouda

Huntington Beach, CA-Excellent turn out for Congressman Harley Rouda. First 100 days Town Hall for CA48 at the HB Senior Center was a complete success. Thank you to Rep Rouda for discussing issues important to constituents and for taking questions to hear directly from the people. This is how it's done, this is what democracy looks like. Proud of his accomplishments and to endorse him for re-election in 2020!

Thursday, April 11, 2019 2:00 PM

Advocating for children and schools in Sacramento

Sacramento, CA-I spoke at a joint press conference about the effects charter schools have on our public schools. As an elected school board member and teacher, I spoke out on the matter with CFT President-elect Jeff Freitas and leaders from CTA, NAACP, CSEA, as well as Senators Durazzo, Smith, Skinner and Assembly Member Bonta in support of AB1505, 1506, 1507, and SB756 to fix CA’s broken charter school laws. Follow link above to watch CTA's video and hear my comments. We need CA charter school reform now. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:45 AM

Elected women support Harley Rouda for re-election in 2020!

Huntington Beach, CA-We were present last night in HB for Harley Rouda First 100 days in Office Town Hall. Great to see Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley and HB City Council Member Kim Carr there to hear about all of the successes our new congressman. What’s more exciting is that Mayor Foley is running for CA Senate in District 37, and we look forward to seeing her prevail. Great things happening in coastal OC!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:06 PM

Support of Charter School Reform in Sacramento

Sacramento, CA-I was pleased to support Senator Maria Elena Durazzo and other lawmakers today to vote yes on AB1505, 1506, 1507, and SB756 in regards to charters school reform. I spoke at the press conference about the impacts of the loss of local control and what it has meant to school boards making decisions about what’s best for our own students, schools and community. 

Friday, April 5, 2019 8:48 PM

School News Roll Call-March/April 2019

Huntington Beach, CA-Latest Roll Call Edition News from all OVSD schools and the Board of Trustees. President John Briscoe reports on the OVSD Blueprint and Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent reports on the latest district news as well. Check out this edition.

Friday, April 5, 2019 12:00 PM

Visiting Artesia Leader Councilman Taj

Artesia, CA-Thanks to friend and colleague Councilman Ali Sajjad Taj, the best mayor Artesia has ever known, for lunch at Wok n Tandoor, an Indian, Pakistani, and Chinese fusion restaurant. We talked politics and civic engagement. Proud of his service to our community, and appreciate his support and endorsement for election 2020. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 4:40 PM

LA Times-Huntington Beach takes step toward ending ‘evergreen’ contract with trash hauler Republic

Huntington Beach, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin, vice president of the Ocean View school board, urged the council to terminate its contract with Republic Services, like the school district did. “We vowed not to give them one more taxpayer dollar until they did the right thing and mitigated the unbearable conditions at the dumpsite,” she said. “At OVSD, we don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk and do what’s right.”

Monday, April 1, 2019 7:25 PM

OVSD VP speaks about Republic Services Contract


Huntington Beach, CA- My public comments from HB City Council Meeting. I spoke about the proposed cancellation of the evergreen contract for Republic Services, encouraged the City Council to follow OVSD’s lead and do what is right for residents and the City. HB ratepayers deserve a fair contract with reasonable rates, just as they deserve to live in a City with a fully mitigated transfer station and dump in a clean environment. Click YouTube link above to hear my public comments on the issue.

Friday, March 29, 2019 6:05 PM

LA Times-Huntington Beach considers terminating longtime trash-hauling contract



Huntington Beach, CA-Republic Services’ relationship with the city and residents has been rocky. The facility, which is located near Oak View Elementary School, came under fire in 2013 when the Ocean View School District took legal action, alleging that dust and odors from a waste transfer station at 17121 Nichols Lane were making schoolchildren and residents sick. A settlement was reached three years later brokered by Republic's VP Dave Hauser and me, as then president of the board of trustees. Now, Mayor Erik Peterson and Mayor Pro-Tem Lyn Semeta propose to cancel Republic's evergreen contract on Monday night.

Monday, March 25, 2019 8:00 AM

Liberty Revealed Episode 17 with Gina Clayton-Tarvin

Huntington Beach, CA-Interview by Libertarian Michael Mahony reveals life as an elected official with guest OVSD Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin. The story unfolds beginning in 2012 though today to uncover the dark side of politics in Huntington Beach. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019 11:29 AM

Last day of CFT Union Convention!

Los Angeles, CA- Here again in the Union Hall for 2019 #CFT100 centennial convention at the Los Angeles Biltmore for floor debate in general session. With teachers and union leaders from my local, AFT, Local 2317, AFL-CIO. Working for kids, Union Strong!

Saturday, March 23, 2019 8:25 PM

CFT 100 Year Anniversary and Gala (1919-2019)

Los Angeles, CA-We celebrated the centennial of the California Federation of Teachers, 1919-2019. This year, we are commemorating with a wonderful convention and gala event. Last night, we heard from labor leaders like AFT President Randi Weingarten, and educator and president of the LA County Federation of Labor Rusty Hicks who is running for Chair of the California Democratic Party. Thanks to UNITE HERE Local 11 hotel workers too, amazing service provided here at the Biltmore Hotel!

Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:30 PM

Presenting at CFT Convention

Los Angles, CA-So honored to have been asked to be a presenter to educate CFT - California Federation of Teachers brothers and sisters about what it takes for public school teachers to run for office and win. Presented with Ventura College Trustee Josh Chancer, who won in 2018. Elections matter! #CFT100

Friday, March 22, 2019 3:19 PM

California Federation of Teachers Convention 2019

Los Angeles, CA-Today we attended the CFT - California Federation of Teachers annual convention and also celebrated the centennial of its founding in 1919, #CFT100, at the Millennium Biltmore in LA. As a long time teacher and now an elected school board trustee, I’m proud to work for our students, teachers, and schools. The time is always right to advocate for kids. Students are our special interest!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:08 PM

OVSD's Farm at Golden View!

Huntington Beach, CA- Golden View first graders impressed the crowd with a presentation on their school’s new environmental science program. The Board learned about the school’s 2.5-acre farm with live animals and gardens, and the launch of the new E-STEM Lab. Amazing!

Saturday, March 16, 2019 2:00 PM

Wintersburg/Furuta Fountain & Courtyard Dedicated

Huntington Beach, CA-A beautiful public artwork by Michael Davis at LUCE in Huntington Beach at the Dedication of Elements for recognition of Historic Wintersburg and the Japanese American pioneer Furuta Family. So pleased to see the Consulate General of Japan, Shigeru Kikuma, there to honor the site with the fountain dedication. OVSD is proud to support the preservation of the actual Historic Wintersburg site, and look forward to its full restoration.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:25 AM

CSBA Legislative Lobbying Day

Sacramento, CA- Legislative Action Day, and we are here on behalf of the California School Boards Association (CSBA). Representatives from Huntington Beach Union High School District, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Tustin Unified School District and Long Beach Unified School District. Along with my colleague Trustee Patricia Singer, we are proudly representing the Ocean View School District today. We have had the opportunity to meet with Senator Tom Umberg, Senator John Moorlach, Assemblyman Tyler Diep and Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris. We urged our representatives to support AB 39, which will increase the size of the LCFF base grant, while retaining local control for our specific districts priorities and student needs. We discussed AB 428, Special Education funding. This bill would remedy several long standing deficiencies in California's special education finance system. Advocacy for all of our students is our top priority in OVSD!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:25 AM

LA Times-Ocean View School District admonishes trustee on allegations of sexually harassing another board member

Huntington Beach, CA-Censure of Trustee Norm Westwell occurred on Tuesday night. The OVSD Board of Trustees voted to publicly punish via board resolution of censure, Norm Westwell for his sexual harassment of me and inappropriate behavior toward Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and other board members. We will not tolerate such behavior and actions in our school district. Read more on this matter from the LA Times reporter, Priscilla Vega.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:16 PM

Oak View Park rebuilt by Kaboom!

Oak View, Huntington Beach, CA-What an amazing event at Oak View Park today. The playground was built anew with a generous grant from Kaboom. OVSD and the City of HB were there along with 100’s of volunteers to build from the ground up. We are so excited for our Oak View Community!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 7:00 PM

CA ADEM Delegate Election Reflection Meeting

Irvine, CA-As a current State Central Committee Member appointed by CA48 Congressman Harley Rouda, I attended the CDP ADEM Reflections Meeting to discuss how the Democratic Party can reform the State Central Committee election process and make it better. Great to see so many friends and colleagues including Dennis Bress there working hard to make our county, state, and nation a better place for all!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 12:21 PM


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, February 26, 2019–The Ocean View School District is pleased to announce that Mesa View Middle School, Ocean View’s Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) magnet middle school, has been named a 2019 California Distinguished School. In a California Department of Education News Release, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced that 162 middle and high schools throughout California are being honored for “achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years.” The release notes that these schools “represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolutions to positive behavior intervention.” Dr. Carol Hansen, OVSD Superintendent said, “Mesa View students, leadership, teachers, and support staff have worked diligently to achieve new academic heights and an overwhelmingly positive school climate, so we are thrilled that their commitment and actions are being awarded today.” This year, California used a multiple measures accountability system to identify eligible schools based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as spelled out in the California School Dashboard. “I’m so proud of our students and staff for creating a school environment that promotes positivity, collaboration and achievement,” said Mesa View Principal Randy Lempert, who was recently awarded the 2019 Administrator of the Year for Middle Grades Principal from the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 17 in Orange County. Mesa View Middle School will be recognized at a statewide awards ceremony on April 5, 2019, at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Mesa View Middle School is located at 17601 Avilla Lane in Huntington Beach.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:35 PM

Iconic Esther's Place as moved!

Huntington Beach, CA- Had an amazing lunch at Esther’s Place, with the always positive and beautiful Esther who not long ago moved her iconic lunch counter in HB from the vitamin shop on Warner (next to the main post office) to Old World Village. Her menu is amazing, and she has been a local business owner in OVSD for almost two decades. If you go to see her, ask for the "Ester’s Special," it’s simply delicious. 

Monday, February 18, 2019 2:00 PM

See me on ITZ HAPPENIN! show tonight at 9pm

Santa Ana, CA-Tonight on ITZ Happenin! I will have the pleasure of being a guest on the ITZ Happenin radio show in Santa Ana at 9pm tonight. Tune in to hear what is occurring in OVSD, HB, CA, and our nation. I look forward to discussing all the amazing things that go on in our schools, and the work we have done to make OVSD the best it can be. We will discuss the issue of bringing environmental justice to our students in Oak View, cleaning up asbestos and modernizing OVSD schools, our rejection of charter schools, and more recently, fighting against bigotry and prejudice in our community. Lots to talk about, hope to see you there!

*Click link above to go to the site for the show.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 2:30 PM

Walter Muneton for Garden Grove School Board

Garden Grove, CA- Trustee Walter Muneton is a proud graduate of Santiago High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from California State University, Dominguez Hills and his Master of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. His professional experience has revolved around serving his community as a Social Worker for children and families. Knowing the importance of school counseling, he has been instrumental in bringing licensed social workers to each high school in the district. Mr. Muneton also served one term as a Neighborhood Improvement Commissioner for the City of Garden Grove, as well as serving as a Citizens Oversight Committee member for GGUSD. Elected in 2016, Walter's present term expires November 2020 and he is seeking re-election. Visit his website to learn more  at www. (or click link above).

Friday, February 8, 2019 11:30 AM

Chúc mừng năm mới.....Happy Lunar New Year!

Midway City, CA-Chúc mừng năm mới.....Happy New Year! Feeding the dragon for the New Year and good luck on Tet at our Star View School in Midway City. Amazing student performances by Westminster High School Vietnamese American Club dancers and drummers. What a beautiful cultural event shared by our Vietnamese community.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7:45 PM

Harbour View Shines

Huntington Beach, CA-Harbour View Shines! At this week’s Board meeting, Harbour View Elementary students, accompanied by Principal Dr. Joy Harris and theater teacher Jennifer Van Holt, shared elective class descriptions and projects with our Board. They showed us their yoga, theater, sewing, robotics, art, and more. These amazing classes were among Harbour View’s elective offerings. Impressive presentations!

Sunday, February 3, 2019 7:38 AM

Sign petition by Lake View PTO President Amanda Mink--Deny Sycamore Charter School

Costa Mesa, CA-We are asking that you read, comment (on the petition itself), and sign to stop the deceptive Sycamore Creek Charter School. OVSD Baord of Trustees has denied this petition and school two times (2016, 2018). We must demand that the Orange County Board of Education DENY this appeal on 2/13/19 in Costa Mesa. This school program is unsound, a drain on local tax dollars, and its organizers used the Oak View community in a discriminatory way. Please click petition link above now to take action.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:30 PM

LA Times-After denial from Ocean View district, charter school seeks approval from county

Huntington Beach, CA-Orange County Board of Education, deny Sycamore Creek Charter School on 2/13/19. The Ocean View School District (OVSD) Board of Trustees voted unanimously on 11/27/18 to deny the petition of the Sycamore Creek Charter School. This was our second denial of this charter, the first occurring in 2016. The charter school petition is educationally unsound and should be denied by the Orange County Board of Education as well. This school will not have fully credentialed teachers in every classroom, nor will they be required to provide mandatory Physical Education. They will be exempt from specific parts of the CA Education Code and have presented a poor educational plan. The Journey School in South County, the sister school of Sycamore Creek and its model, is failing on all measures by the State of CA, per the CAASPP reporting system. This is wholly unacceptable. What’s most concerning about this school and its organizers are their deceptive tactics, frequently used by “Parent Union” members in Santa Ana and elsewhere. They used Oak View families whose English language fluency is limited, to trick them into signing the charter petition, which triggered a property demand of OVSD by Sycamore Creek. Parents have reported to me directly that the charter organizers attempted to “bribe” them with the offer of free books in exchange for signatures. None of those who were out gathering signatures on behalf of Sycamore Creek could speak Spanish proficiently, and worse off they did not present the petition in Spanish language at all. Deception at its worst. The Oak View parents and families were used for a “parent trigger,” yet the Sycamore Creek school can legally pick and choose any students they want, and enroll few students from Oak View itself. This charter and its deceptive tactics represent all that is wrong with the State of CA and its overreach, this is an attack on local control and the wishes of the OVSD community.

*Join us in standing against the Sycamore Charter School on February 13, 2019 at 9am at the OCBE meeting at 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Sunday, January 27, 2019 4:00 PM

CDP ADEM Delegate Results for AD72

Huntington Beach, CA 

AD 72 True Blue Team Winners/Alternates
Trustee Jamison Power
Rabbi Stephen Einstein
Oscar Rodriguez
Nathan Searles

Shayna Lathus
Libby Frolichman

Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin
Dr. Hans Furtado Laursen

CDP Convention Bound!

Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:00 AM

Fullerton Observer-Brea School Board To Vote on Fanning Name Change

Brea, CA-For the past year and a half, a debate has raged in the Brea School Board chambers and on social media over whether to change the name of Fanning Elementary School, over allegations that the school’s namesake, William E. Fanning, was a member of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. On January 28th, the Board is set to finally take a vote on whether or not to change the school’s name. OVSD President John Briscoe and VP Gina Clayton-Tarvin spoke out about the controversial name change. Read article for more details. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019 11:05 AM

Women's March 2019


Santa Ana, CA-Women’s March OC, today we marched for women’s rights, equal rights, and human rights in Santa Ana. I was proud to have been asked to stand on the main stage with many elected women, Democrats and Republicans alike in honor of women and forward moving progress. I also had the honor of being with labor leader, civil rights activist, and moral giant Dolores Huerta on stage and in the streets. The highlight of the day was seeing students, parents and community members all coming together in unity!

Monday, January 14, 2019 3:17 PM

LA Times-New Oak View Elementary gym on track to open in May

Huntington Beach, CA-Oak View Gym Update. The Ocean View School District is proud to announce that the Oak View Gymnasium project is on-track and on-time for a May 2019 grand opening. Thanks to the efforts of our 2016 team of teachers, staff, community members, attorneys, who worked so hard to bring environmental justice to Oak View. Special thanks to Trustee John Briscoe and for assisting me as we secured a large settlement that included $4M from Republic Services to build the gym for the children of Oak View. Please read this article by Charity Lindsey at the LA Times for more details and my official comments on the project.

Friday, January 11, 2019 1:41 PM

Walk-in for #RedforED for UTLA

Cerritos, CA-Support UTLA teachers and students! We teachers here in Cerritos, CA are wearing #RedForEd today to support our brothers and sisters of United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA). We are all united as educators to stand up for students and schools!

Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:32 PM

AD72 News-CA Democratic Party ADEM Election Announcement

Huntington Beach, CA-Vote for Democrat State Party Delegates. It’s time for all registered Democrats living in Assembly District 72 to come out to vote for CA Democratic Party Delegates for the Statewide Central Committee. Vote for the AD72 True Blue Slate to represent your voice and votes at the yearly CA Democratic Party Conventions in 2019! Vote will occur on Sunday, January 27th at 10am at IAMAW District Lodge 725, 5402 Bolsa Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Proudly endorsed by Congressman Harley Rouda!

*Note all titles used for identification purposes only. This post was not made in cooperation with the OVSD Board of Trustees.

Thursday, January 10, 2019 6:00 PM

Swearing-in of State Senator Tom Umber (District 34)

Santa Ana, CA-Swearing in of Senator Tom Umberg. Last night we had the pleasure of witnessing our new senator for District 34, Tom Umberg sworn-in amongst family, friends, and supporters. Senate District 34 almost exclusively encompasses the Ocean View School District, and we are so pleased to have him as our representative. We heard the amazing student mariachi band from Santa Ana HS, and saw the fascinating exhibits at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana operated by Cal State Fullerton that were art installations. Congratulations to Tom Umberg, we look forward to the great work you will do for SD34 and all of California!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 6:16 PM

OVSD News-Administrative Positions Announced!

Huntington Beach, CA-New Administrative Positions Announced. At the OVSD Board meeting tonight, it was officially voted upon and announced that current Circle View Elementary School Principal Kristi Hickman is named as the District’s new Coordinator of Teaching and Learning and current Spring View Assistant Principal Jessica Haag is named Principal of Circle View. Ms. Haag, a former student and teacher at Circle View, will be at Circle View on Wednesday to greet students and families at 12:30p.m. We congratulate both and look forward to their work with students and schools!

Thursday, January 3, 2019 8:40 PM

Swearing-in of the 116th Congress

Washington D.C.-Trustee Patricia Singer and I headed to the Capital today in Washington D.C. to witness our new Congressman Harley Rouda be sworn-in. We visited his office at the Rayburn Building, which was Dana Rohrabacher’s old office. We met with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as well. We also had the honor of attending the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reception invited by our friend Michael Sean Wright. It’s a great day for our country and we are excited for our Congress to get to work in a bipartisan manner for the good of all, especially our students.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 12:00 AM

Happy New Year 2019!

Huntington Beach, CA-Happy New Year from OVSD! We look forward to a new year filled with happiness, health, and great accomplishments for all of our outstanding students. See you back at school on Monday, January 7th.

Friday, December 28, 2018 9:00 AM

LA Times-2018 in review: Top stories of the year in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, CA-HB year in review, including our work to stop bigotry from proliferating in our community. My work concerning this past election is covered by the LA Times.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018 12:31 AM

Merry Christmas from the OVSD Board of Trustees!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the OVSD Board of Trustees and Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen!

Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:00 AM


 Santa Ana, CA-Protecting Women in OC Courts is not always easy. However, Judge Timothy J. Stafford is gone. The judge who presided over my restraining order case against Chuck Johnson has been “retired” after only 5 years on the bench. Initially Stafford granted a temporary restraining order in my case, but the made a reckless ruling to extend for a permanent order. He made another dangerous ruling including a denial of a restraining order for a woman in a case who had been not only harassed by the perpetrator, but then further victimized by Judge Stafford. The ruling was overturned by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which ruled the judge “abused his discretion.” The commission adds that Stafford’s “conduct violated his duty to be dignified and courteous to those with whom he deals in an official capacity.” Reported by Matt Coker at the OC Weekly.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 6:20 PM

OVSD News-Trustees Sworn-in and vote for officers for 2019

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD trustees Patricia Singer, John Briscoe and Jack Souders were sworn-in tonight by fellow board member Gina Clayton-Tarvin. Following the oath of office, a vote for 2019 officers of the board commenced and yielded, President John Briscoe, Vice-President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, and Clerk Jack Souders. Shown above, the entire board of trustees from left to right, Norm Westwell, Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, John Briscoe, and Gina Clayton-Tarvin. 

Friday, December 7, 2018 8:15 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin addressees the ADA72

Huntington Beach, CA-Democracy in Action in HB organized by Ray Cordova and the other volunteers for tonight’s event. Clayton-Tarvin was honored with addressing constituents at the 72nd Assembly District Democratic Alliance Holiday Dinner. She spoke about the importance of protecting our democracy and freedoms, and to work to bring back decency and bipartisan cooperation in our government.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:40 PM

LA Times-New school ratings show local districts surpassing state standards

Newport Beach, CA-OVSD and other local district outperform State averages. As was stated during the 2018 campaign season, Ocean View School District students have once again outperformed cohorts in other school districts statewide, well above the State (and County) averages. Congratulations to all our area school districts that also performed so well. OVSD is a great place to learn!

Thursday, December 6, 2018 2:37 PM

OVSD News-Hope View Holiday House

Huntington Beach, CA-At the Hope View Holiday House, amazing volunteers of the Hope View PTO have once again set up the magical “Holiday House” this year for the children to browse and buy gifts in. Thank you to all who are involved in making this happen. Trustee Patricia Singer, Dr. Hansen, and I enjoyed visiting, and seeing the joy. It’s like having the North Pole right here in HB!

Friday, November 30, 2018 5:50 PM

LA Times-Oak View Elementary students travel through space in mobile planetarium

Huntington Beach, CA-Oak View Elementary School students take a trip into the universe via a mobile planetarium. Read more from the LA Times to learn about this amazing experience. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018 5:21 PM

OVSD New-Return to School

Huntington Beach, CA - Classes resume at all schools from Thanksgiving Recess tomorrow, Monday November 24, 2018 for all students. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 6:39 PM

OVSD Board News-Circle View Student Performance

Huntington Beach, CA- Circle View Elementary School 5th grade students for your performance of patriotic songs and musical stylings under the direction of teacher Angela Greer!

Monday, November 12, 2018 6:35 AM

OVSD News-Veterans Day

Huntington Beach, CA-Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.
Thank you veterans, for all you have done to preserve our freedoms.

Friday, November 9, 2018 12:10 PM

OVSD News- Hope View Hosts School-Wide Veterans’ Day Flag Assembly, Military Families, American Legion

Huntington Beach, CA-Hope View School held a special Veterans’ Day Flag Assembly in November.Approximately 75 veterans and active military men and women who are relatives of Hope View students attended the assembly, as did members from the American Legion Post 133 and Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Cub Scouts led the pledge of allegiance, followed by a speech from Principal Kraft. The entire student body then sang “Proud to be an American.” Military and special guests were treated by the PTO to a delicious breakfast in the MPR. A special thank you to the PTO for organizing the event. (Photo: Students from Mrs. Sidell’s fifth grade class along with members of American Legion Post 133.)

Friday, November 9, 2018 12:00 AM

OC Register- possible Long Beach berthed culprit cited in mysterious rotten egg odor that has drawn complaints from Redondo Beach to Newport Beach

Long Beach, CA-Oil Tanker is Source of Gas Stench

As I have previously conveyed, the likeliest culprit for creating the nauseating gas odors which have sickened HB and other area residents has been confirmed today as being created by offshore oil tankers and “off gassing.” South Coast Air Quality Management District inspectors have issued a violation to a crude oil tanker berthed in Long Beach for fugitive emissions in an action aimed at identifying and mitigating elusive coastal odors. AQMD officials have confirmed that at least one tanker has caused the nuisance and they will be citing the operator with a Rule 1142 violation and seeking a monetary settlement as a punishment.If you smell the noxious hydrogen sulfide stench in the future, please call the AQMD at 1(800) CUT-SMOG to immediately report it, and make sure to specify if you’ve suffered any ill health effects.Note, I’ll keep advocating with the AQMD and other agencies to make sure this issue does not get neglected, and our health and safety ignored. Next AQMD Governing Board Meeting in December 7th at 9am.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 11:24 PM

Election Night Results

Newport Beach, CA-At the Harley Rouda for Congress CA48 victory party in Newport Beach with Courtney Long, a voter from OVSD. So happy about the early returns. My colleagues trustees Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, John Briscoe will win this evening too.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:30 AM

Endorsements from CA Teachers

Election Day Information: Consider for your votes!

Huntington Beach Union High School District (HBUHSD)

Dr. Duane Dishno
Martin Salgado

Huntington Beach City Council

Shayna Lathus 

Westminster City Council 

Jamison Power

CA Congressional District 48

Harley Rouda 

Ocean View School District (OVSD)

Jack Souders
Patricia Singer
John Briscoe

Other Races:

CA Senate District 34
Tom Umberg

CA Assembly District 72
Josh Lowenthal

OC Sheriff-Coroner
Duke Nguyen 


Tuesday, November 6, 2018 7:00 AM

Vote Today for Souders, Singer, and Briscoe for OVSD

Huntington Beach, CA-Election Day is upon us. School board races are non partisan and are about students and schools. This election has brought to light many challenges facing HB students today. There are proven leaders in our community who have produced results. Please review my bipartisan education focused mailer. Consider for your OVSD votes today:Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, John Briscoe. 

Friday, November 2, 2018 6:00 AM

TPM-After 30 Years In Congress, Dana Rohrabacher Is In The Race Of His Life

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD and CA48 voters please beware. We have a major ethical dilemma facing us today in CA48 and across our nation. When did it become acceptable to cavort with Neo-Nazis and Holocaust Deniers? When did it become ok to create riots and physically attack others who have a different letter after their names? This past year, we have learned that our Congressman participates in all of this, and what’s more? He endorses it. Please read this article I was interviewed for and spread the word, a vote OVSD candidate Gracey Van Der Mark is a vote for anti-Semitism and Xenophobia. We must get behind and vote for OVSD candidates Jack Souders, Patricia Singer, and John Briscoe who are all registered Republicans, and Democrat Harley Rouda for CA48. Vote this Tuesday to retire bigotry in CA48.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:32 PM

OVSD News-2018 Test Results

Sacramento, CA-Statewide Testing Results Released for HB Students

There has been a lot of discussion on HB student test scores by candidates this election season, including those in Ocean View where my two sons attend school at Hope View and Mesa View. I serve as a member of the board of trustees and am pleased to be able to report this great news! OVSD students test scores have come back as some of the highest in the County and State. Congratulations to our students, teachers, and parents who give their all to make HB schools outstanding, create a stable community, and keep our property values high. Although OVSD has the highest level of Low Income, English Learners, and the most sensitive Special Education students in HB; I am proud to report that all of our students are achieving at an excellent rate. This is cause for celebration. As our teachers participate in official professional development today and our children enjoy the day off, I thank our staff for their part in educating our children and making HB and OVSD great, just like they've been since 1874. If you have specific questions about these scores or interpretation of them, please don't hesitate to comment. Great work OVSD!

Friday, October 12, 2018 8:00 AM

LA Times-Election 2018: Meet the candidates for Ocean View School District board

Huntington Beach, CA-Five candidates running for the OVSD Board of Trustees are highlighted in this article by Priscella Vega. Due to a late filing of his bio, president Jack Souders is not featured. He is a veteran middle school teacher in Long Beach Unified School District, he is a husband and father, and holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees as well as a CA Teaching Credentials. He is a bilingual Spanish speaker and has lived in OVSD for over 20 years in the Haven View area. In this race, I am endorsing sitting board members: Jack C. Souders, Patricia Singer, and John Briscoe. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 2:00 PM

OC Register-What we know about the coastal ‘rotten egg’ smell, and what it means for your health

Huntington Beach, CA- Noxious odors have plagued our coastal communities for too long. These odors have caused illness and distress amongst residents, particularly effecting children, the ill, and the elderly. The HBFD has given misinformation on their Facebook page. The odors are NOT coming from a natural "methane plume" according to the AQMD. The City of Costa Mesa reported that the smells are originating from offshore oil platforms. However, until we hear from the lead agency, the AQMD on the matter, the exact origin of the odors is unknown. I will be speaking before the AQMD Governing Board on Friday, October 5, 2018 to relay the complaints of residents and to demand further action and investigation be taken. We must find out who is creating these offensive odors, and make them stop. If you have a comment you would like to relay to the Governing Board, please contact me via the "contact form" on this website and I will deliver your complaint to the AQMD.     

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 8:11 AM

HB Leaders will not follow OCGOP Endorsement in OVSD Race

HB City Leaders Take a Stand Against Bigotry

Local Huntington Beach elected leaders Mayor Pro Tem Erik Peterson, and candidate for HB City Council Ron Sterud have rejected division in our community, and will not follow the Orange County Republican Party (OCGOP) in endorsing bigotry. None of these local Republican leaders will be endorsing Republic Trash Services (PAC) financed and controversial OCGOP candidate Gracey Van Der Mark for OVSD Board of Trustees. In April of 2018, she was removed by the Huntington Beach City School District and the Ocean View School District from their Citizens Oversight Committees for anti-Semitic postings and actions. Van Der Mark is unfit to serve on the school board. I ask that you join the Anti Defamation League and myself in rejecting her candidacy at the ballot box this November 6th to oppose bigotry and racism. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 8:45 PM

Uncovering Hate: OC

Irvine, CA-

Thank you to organizers of Uncovering Hate OC. I was invited to speak on a panel for a discussion after a screening of, “Documenting Hate:
Charlottesville” from PBS and ProPublica. The film shines an unflattering light on the rise of hate groups here in Orange County, including Huntington Beach. I spoke about the effects of extremism in our community and schools. It was an honor to sit on the panel with Hope Jackson, Human Rights Campaign; Marwa Rifahie, Civil Rights Managing Attorney, Council on American-Islamic Relations; Rabbi Peter Levi, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League; Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, LGBT Center OC; Miliana Singh, Health Care and Transgender Services Coordinator, LGBT Center OC; Katie Porter, Law Professor, UCI; Don Han, Hate Crime Prevention Program Coordinator, OC Human Relations; Gabriel San Román, OC Weekly; and the Irvine Police Department.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 4:00 PM

Important OVSD Election Update

Huntington Beach, CA-Beware of false advertisements, sent by candidates for the Board of Trustees to purposefully deceive you. As a longtime trustee of the Ocean View School District, and public school teacher, I’m obliged to get accurate information out to parents and community members. I’m dismayed to see a new candidate for the OVSD board, Gracey Van Der Mark sending fraudulent emails to voters to mislead the community. See screenshot photo below from an email sent from her to thousands of voters, as unsolicited spam.

FACT: OVSD is transparent and accountable. 
FACT: OVSD is NOT deficit spending per OCDE.
FACT: OVSD ranks as one of the highest scoring districts in OC and CA.

Please click on the link above to read the full article, including fact checked information from the Orange County Department of Education, the California Department of Education, and the Ocean View School District. Only trust verified state and county agencies for data in regards to claims made in regards to OVSD.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 12:00 PM

Metropolitan News-Orange Superior Court Judge Displayed Apparent Gender Bias

Los Angeles, CA-The Fourth District Court of Appeal has reversed an order denying a woman’s bid for a civil harassment restraining order, finding that Orange Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Stafford, even if not actually biased against the plaintiff based on gender, at least created the appearance of being so through inappropriate comments. Also, on On May 9, Stafford denied a restraining order sought by Ocean View School District Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin against a blogger who allegedly threatened her at board meetings and via social media, saying that the plaintiff had to have known of consequences inherent in holding public office. Stafford has stepped down from the bench.l 

Thursday, August 16, 2018 12:00 AM

LA Times-Candidate lineups firm up in races for area school boards


Huntington Beach, CA-From LA Times, this look at races in Orange County. Featured for Ocean View School District are three candidates that I know, support, and endorse. OVSD Baord President Jack Souders, Vice-President John Briscoe, and Trustee Patricia Singer should be returned to office, all dedicated to students and schools. Please read here by clicking the link above, scroll to the bottom for OVSD coverage.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:00 PM

Interview with Ed Higgins-HERE!

Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks go out to Ed Higgins for speaking with me back in July. We got to talk about a myriad of local, state, and national issues today. We touched upon past matters affecting OVSD including discovery and abatement of asebestos in schools, and the previous dispute with Rainbow/Republic Trash Services that led to children in Oak View finally being able to breath clean air. We spoke statewide matters, elections, the Supreme Court and more. Click link to listen in to Ed Higgins-HERE!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 12:00 AM

OC Weekly-Gracey Van Der Mark, Peddler of Racist Conspiracies, Runs for School Board in HB

Huntington Beach, CA-With sadness, I regret to inform the Ocean View School District Community in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, and Midway City that this coming General Election in November, the District will be faced with a choice, to reject hate or to allow a known anti Semitic person who works with white supremacists onto its Board of Trustees. Disruptive HB resident Gracey Van Der Mark, has filed to be a candidate for the board. This past April, Van Der Mark was removed from both the Ocean View School District’s Measure R Oversight Committee, and from the Huntington Beach City School District's Measure Q Oversight Committee as well. Both school districts expelled her for bigoted and racist social media postings and for physically disrupting meetings of elderly Jewish residents. Gracey Van Der Mark is not the right fit to hold public office, especially one involving young children. I implore all voters of OVSD to join me and the Anti Defamation League in firmly rejecting her at the ballot box this November. Our school district does not need an extremist on its board to disrupt the education of our children. Please share this post to inform your neighbors.

Friday, August 10, 2018 6:00 PM

LA Times-Judge denies H.B. blogger's motion against Ocean View School District trustee

As I have maintained throughout these very stressful proceedings, and as the California Supreme Court has repeatedly stated, threats of violence are not constitutionally protected speech, and there has never been any merit to Johnson's Anti-SLAPP Motion. I am pleased to report that justice has been served and I prevailed in the ongoing case of harassment and threats by blogger and hate group leader, Huntington Beach resident Chuck Johnson. Johnson had threatened to kill me, attack my children, and bomb school district meetings, because said he during his court appearance, he had “Became aware of Ms. Tarvin’s various far- or progressive, left-leaning ideology. I am very conservative and I began to take offense to it.” This is America and although one can be offended by another, we don’t threaten to harm each other. Therefore, Judge Sheila Recio ruled this past Thursday to deny Johnson’s Anti SLAPP motion, essentially slapping down his violent threats and trying to cash in on them. Next up for Johnson, being arraigned on drug charges on August 22, 2018 in CA Superior Court. See LA Times article for details.

Monday, July 9, 2018 10:21 PM

The Kitchn-How Parents Across the United States Are Talking About Family Separation at the Dinner Table

Santa Ana, CA-This from our friend Gustavo Arellano, an article at The Kitchn about mealtime and Family Separations. He was kind enough to ask me about our mealtime conversation in the Clayton-Tarvin household, and how I approached the difficult topic of with my two young sons. We discussed the awful situation at the border occurring to innocent children at the hands of our federal government. 

Thursday, July 5, 2018 2:50 PM

LA Times-Demolition clears way for new multipurpose room at H.B.'s Oak View Elementary School


Huntington Beach, CA-Last Monday the OVSD Team took a tour of the newly completed Rainbow/Republic Transfer Station and Trash Dump. We were pleased with the progress made, as it is a major improvement on what was there previously. The new enclosures and buildings cost roughly $18M as part of a global settlement. Another piece of the settlement included funding a brand new gym/mutli purpose room for the school, so that students can eat and play in a sheltered area. I spoke with the LA Times reporter Priscilla Vega on the matter.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 7:14 PM

OVSD-Measure R Update/Timeline

Huntington Beach, CA-Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Westmont Elementary School, which houses our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Academy, will be modernized. The Westmont students and staff will move to the Sun View Elementary School campus. Sun View will serve as our interim/temporary campus during each schools’ modernization project. Construction at Westmont will be completed in time to welcome everyone back for fall 2019. Next will be College View Elementary School in the 2019-2020 school year. During construction, College View students and staff will safely attend school at Sun View. Our District team has prepared a tentative timeline for modernization at our remaining campuses. This amended approach maximizes Measure R cash flow and expedites physical improvements at more schools, such as fencing and field projects. Our Board of Trustees voted to support an expedited fencing plan. It is anticipated that safety fencing will be installed at all of Ocean View’s campuses by the end of the 2020-2021 school year, using an attractive tubular steel panel system at a height of eight feet, and supplemented by interior fencing, using two-inch chain link fencing at a height of six feet. Perimeterfencing for our campuses located adjacent to “pocket” parks will also use a tubular steel panel system ata height of eight feet to enclose the school grounds.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 6:38 PM

Ocean View Little League-TNT Stand

Huntington Beach, CA-Come on by to visit the Ocean View Little League fireworks stand on Bolsa Chica St. and Heil Ave. in the Albertsons parking lot in HB to support our kids and League. Great prices on fireworks at a convenient location and proceeds will got to benefit our World Series winning league!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 12:31 PM

OVSD News-Summer Lunch Program is Back!

Huntington Beach, CA-June 26, 2018, OVSD offers free summer lunches as part of the 2018 Summer Community Lunch Program. As of this week, OVSD is providing lunches to all children 18 years of age and under, free of charge, from our Oak View Preschool campus located at 17131 Emerald Lane in Huntington Beach. The program runs Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through August 31 (closed only Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day). Acceptance and participation requirements for the program are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals must be consumed on site premises.

Monday, June 25, 2018 6:26 PM

Harley Rouda wins second spot in November General Election-CA 48


Santa Ana, June 25, 2018- In a stunning victory Harley Rouda has clinched the second spot on the General Election ballot in November facing off with incumbent Dana Rohrbacher. Congratulations to Harley Rouda on a hard fought victory by just 125 votes ahead of Hans Kirstead. I believe in Rouda's message for children and schools, and his plan for education is solid. That is why as a teacher and elected school board official, I’ve endorsed him. Join me in voting for Harley Rouda this November 6, 2018. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018 10:33 AM

Today-HBPD Surfs with OVSD Students

June 23, 2018-Huntington Beach Police Invite OVSD Schools to Surf Day! Today, approximately 15 students from Marine and Spring View Middle Schools have been invited by the Huntington Beach Police Department to learn to surf as part of the PD’s “Surf Day.” Partnering with Huntington Beach City Lifeguards and Hurley Surf Co., police officers and students will be surfing together throughout the day. Lunches are also being provided. So exciting, thank you HBPD, Marine Safety and Hurley!

Friday, June 22, 2018 10:14 AM

OVSD-Measure R/Construction Update

OVSD Construction Update:
Now that school has concluded, Westmont, Sun View, and Oak View have varying degrees of preparation work for their respective schools. All teachers and staff have until end of next week, June 29 2018, to complete packing their classrooms.

Here is a brief summary for each school site:

Sun View (Interim Housing Site)
• Teachers and staff are packing materials that need to stay or be transported to new teacher assignments (new schools)
• Facilities staff to move boxes and furniture on campus or to other schools, disposing of broken/damaged, unneeded furniture and equipment.
• Start of construction project – demolition of old portables started June 21

• Teachers and staff purging, packing materials that need to be transported to Sun
• Facilities staff to move boxes and furniture to Sun, useable furniture and equipment to Park, disposing of broken/damaged, unneeded furniture and equipment.
• Contractor bids due to District July 17; Board approval of contractors August 14; construction starts August 27

Oak View (Gym/MPR project)
• Teachers and staff in portables 30, 31, 32 are packing materials that need to be moved to new classrooms inside main building
• Oak View teachers and staff packing materials from P1, P2, P3, and P4 portables, MPR and Community Services portable - these buildings are going to be demolished
• Construction begins for the Gym

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 10:24 AM

Juneteenth-June 19th

Huntington Beach, CA- June 19, 2018- It’s June 19th, known as Juneteenth. It marks the annual observation to commemorate the end of slavery in America. Learn more about here.

Monday, June 18, 2018 10:26 AM

OVSD-Preschool Offerings

Huntington Beach, CA- Preschool enrolling now for the 2018-19 school year in the award-winning Ocean View School District! Support your child's social, emotional and physical development with our free preschool program. Call us at (714) 843-6938 for details.

Thursday, June 14, 2018 7:30 AM

Flag Day 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA-Today, June 14, 2018 is Flag Day. During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all government buildings. We honor the Red, White, and Blue!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 5:36 PM

Calling all Volunteers-Golden View Farm!

Huntington Beach, CA-Calling all farmers! We need your help at the Golden View Farm this summer. There is a lot of work to do and community volunteers are needed. Please review the flyer for details. We appreciate and thank you for helping out- OVSD Community.

Monday, June 11, 2018 7:41 AM

Important Safety Information

Huntington Beach, CA-Please important announcement from the Ocean View School District about that Huntington Beach Safe Schools Coalition in cooperation with HBPD. If you have any questions, please contact your school principal or Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen for more details.

Friday, June 1, 2018 2:15 AM

LA Times-Supporters of Rouda and Keirstead urge voters to turn the 48th from red to blue

Huntington Beach, CA-As Americans, we must choose country over party. We must choose new leadership on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Monday, May 28, 2018 11:46 AM

In Remembrance for Memorial Day

Huntington Beach, CA-On this Memorial Day, May 28, 2018, in remembrance of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, all Ocean View Schools and departments are closed and will reopen tomorrow.

Sunday, May 27, 2018 9:22 PM

OVSD News- Social Emotional Learning Continuum



OVSD Social Emotional Learning Continuum:

As identified in LCAP Goals 1.2 and 4.3, the District is committed to exploring additional educational supports for student success. This includes the ongoing development and implementation of school climate programs and services to support our diverse student population. With an intentional focus on supporting the diverse needs of the whole child, two experienced Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) will be joining the OVSD team. They possess the training and expertise to systematically identify the social emotional needs of students and families, provide therapeutic interventions within the educational setting, and connect families to the appropriate resources within the community. A multi-disciplinary team is being assembled which will include teachers, administration, school psychologists, the school counselor, counseling interns, and our new LCSWs. This team of experts with diverse experience and skillsets will begin the development of a comprehensive social emotional learning continuum.

Saturday, May 26, 2018 6:23 PM

Primary Election-Upcoming on June 5, 2018

Election Day is upon us, Tuesday June 5, 2018 is coming quickly and it is time to think about getting out to vote for candidates who will best support students and schools. As some of you may know, besides having the honor of serving on the OVSD Board of Trustees, I am also a classroom teacher in a nearby school district. Therefore, It is critical to me as an educator, that we have representatives at all levels, Federal, State, and County that will author, support, and vote for legislation that makes children their number one priority. With that in mind, I would like to offer to anyone who is interested, a list of bipartisan candidates that I am supporting this June. Feel free to comment below and I can PM you the list or ask any questions in the post, if you feel compelled. I also have recommendations for statewide propositions as well.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 4:35 PM

Asian-Paciifc American Heritage Month

Huntington Beach, CA-May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Huntington Beach is home to an Asian American heritage site at Historic Wintersburg, in Oak View. With work. this historical site can be saved for all to visit, enjoy, and learn from. We look forward to its preservation.

Monday, April 16, 2018 8:25 PM

OVSD News-Parent Survey out now!

Huntington Beach, CA-Please take the opportunity to complete the OVSD Parent Survey before April 27, 2018. Then link to the survey was sent to you via email. Hope to hear from you soon!

Friday, April 13, 2018 5:36 PM

OVSD News-HB Art Show in downtown a success!

Huntington Beach, CA-Phenomenal evening for the Ocean View School District Night at the Gallery Huntington Beach Art Center with our incredibly talented, young artists and musicians. Board President Jack Souders, Trustee Patricia Singer, Superintendent Carol Hansen, Arts Coordinator Lynn Silver, Spring View Spartans Jenna Landero, teachers and music directors were all there to honor the young artists and their beautiful work. Strong showing OVSD!


Thursday, April 12, 2018 8:38 AM

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2018

Huntington Beach, CA-On this day, let us never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust. Its remembrance must be sustained by an ocean of scholarship, testimony, literature, and education. Never forget.

Sunday, April 8, 2018 9:00 AM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Harley Rouda for Congress CA48

Huntington Beach, CA-I am proud to announce my full support and endorsement for technology entrepreneur and attorney Harley Rouda for Congress. He will stop offshore drilling, work to safeguard our coastline from pirate projects, and aggressively demand cleanup up of the Super Fund Dump site at Ascon in Huntington Beach. You know me and the work I do to stop environmental abuses like the open air trash dump that plagued HB schoolchildren and teachers. My number one priority is the health and safety of our children and Harley is committed to stand with us to fight for our kids. Join me in voting by mail this May or at the polls this June, 5 2018 for Harley Rouda, a champion for our environment.

Monday, April 2, 2018 8:02 AM

OVSD News-Circle View and Star View named CA Distinguished Schools for 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA- We want to share some wonderful news about two of our elementary schools. Circle View and Star View have been named as 2018 California Distinguished Schools by the California Department of Education. We are so proud of these two amazing schools. More information to come. Great work OVSD!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 6:30 PM

OVSD News-Patricia Singer named as Provisional Appointment to the Board of Trustees


Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board of Trustees Community News Update. The vacancy created on the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees on February 21, 2018, following the resignation of Trustee Joseph Gaglione, was filled when the Board selected Mrs. Patricia Singer as its Provisional Appointee by majority vote on March 27. Mrs. Singer will fulfill the unexpired term through December 7, 2018, following the November 6, 2018, General Election. The Oath of Office will be administered at the next regular Board meeting on April 10, 2018. Mrs. Singer has two children in the District, one at Vista View Middle School and another at Lake View Elementary School, where she is the current PTO president. Hope to see you at the swearing in!

Friday, March 16, 2018 6:57 PM

OVSD News-More than 550 Student Art Pieces to Appear in HB Art Center

Huntington Beach, CA-More than 550 OVSD Student Art Pieces to Appear in HB Art Center Exhibit! For the past four years, Ocean View students have participated in the HB Art Center student exhibit. We are increasing our participation this year with more than 550 student art pieces in the community-wide event! The HB Art Center exhibit, “Creative Visions,” will run March 23 to April 14, 2018, with a special closing reception for OVSD families and staff on April 13, 5-8 p.m. The event will feature student artwork and performances by various OVSD performing groups. More details to come!

Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:09 AM

OVSD News-District names two teachers as Teacher of the Year for 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA-Congratulations to elementary and middle school Teachers of the Year in OVSD! The 2017-2018 Teachers of the Year are Mrs. Sandi Lewis, grades 3-4 teacher at Lake View, and Mrs. Niki Hoang, a math teacher at Vista View Middle School. Mrs. Lewis is a leader at Lake View who has trained the staff on the NGSS standards, Project Based Learning, engineering instructional design, and comprehensive cross-curricular lesson design. Mrs. Hoang has been with Ocean View School District for over 14 years and teaches math, algebra, and media technology. Following the announcement at Lake View, were were able to share that Mrs. Lewis will serve as the District’s nominee for the county-level Teacher of the Year program, which commences in the spring. We will honor both Teachers of the Year at the Board meeting on April 10, 2018.

Saturday, March 3, 2018 10:30 AM

Women's Rally Appearance by G. Clayton-Tarvin

Huntington Beach, CA- Today I had the honor of speaking at the Women's Rally kicking off Women's History Month in Huntington Beach sponsored by the HB Huddle. The Huddle is a non partisan group whose mission it is to educate the community.

Friday, March 2, 2018 10:00 AM

OVSD News-Trustee Joseph Gaglione resigns, board votes to make provisional appointment

Huntington Beach, CA-Effective February 21, 2018, Trustee Joseph Gaglione resigned his position on the Ocean View Board of Trustees due to health and personal reasons. Last night, during a Special Board Meeting, our Board voted to fill the vacant position through a Provisional Appointment process, pursuant to Board Bylaws 9222-9223. Interviews and the appointment vote will be held in open session of a Special Board Meeting on March 27, 2018. Additional information and the Board Vacancy-Provisional Application Packet are available on our website. We wish Trustee Gaglione well and thank him for his years of dedication to OVSD.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:00 AM

OVSD News-Support for Historic Wintersburg builds as site owner considers sale options

Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District brought together all pertinent stakeholders last Friday including Republic Services to discuss saving the historical site. I am encouraged that Republic Services is considering options to sell the property. The preservation Task Force and partners restated their offer to purchase the endangered historic site for fair market value through the Trust for Public Land. With the School District's ability to exercise its rights for up to five years in regards to the site, this gives renewed hope to preservationists. More news to come in upcoming weeks. Please read the following press release for details. Note: This post is not an official press release written by OVSD.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:00 PM

KTLA 5-Incensed Community Members Rally in Support of Gun Control Near Huntington Beach High School

Huntington Beach, CA-As a teacher in nearby Los Angeles County, I have laid down on the floor with my students for "lockdowns" too many times in my career. I have huddled on the ground holding my breath in silence, lights out, with heart pounding with 35 scared kids because there was a gunman on campus. This is real, it has happened to me, to colleagues, to our students. This can happen in any county. It must stop.
On President’s Day right here in Huntington Beach there was a rally held by Moms Demand Action where I spoke out for our children to stop senseless gun violence in our schools. While I fully support the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution, I believe there should be a ban on AR-15 military style weapons. Not one more child should die, guns should not take precedence over people.Campus safety is of paramount importance to me and I look forward to increasing security on all campuses during Measure R modernization. We are taking action in OVSD to protect our students and we can make our voices heard from Orange County to Washington DC!

Monday, February 19, 2018 8:42 AM

OVSD News-New Improvements at Golden View!


Huntington Beach, CA- Thank you to OVSD Facilities staff members for building the new chicken coop at Golden View Elementary School. Our Facilities Staff are skilled craftspeople and artisans who create amazing things. The coop looks great! Upgrades to the school farm are coming as we get ready to launch the Environmental Science program at Golden View this fall.

Monday, February 12, 2018 2:00 PM

OVSD News-ACSA Awards for 2018

Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District announced today that the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 17 has awarded two District leaders and a school-community partnership in its annual recognition program. Ocean View and the Assistance League of Huntington Beach will receive the Partners in Educational Excellence Award; Dr. Michael Conroy, Deputy Superintendent, has been named the Administrator of the Year for Business Services; and Marine View Middle School Principal William Lynch has been named the Administrator of the Year for Middle Grades Principal. According to ACSA, these recipients demonstrate exceptional leadership, collaboration, and a commitment to quality education programs and student achievement.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018 2:03 PM

OC Register-Republic agrees to sell ‘National Treasure’ Wintersburg to self-storage company

Huntington Beach, CA-Announcement about Historic Wintersburg Site in Huntington Beach. American History is about to be bulldozed, destroyed, and lost forever right here in Surf City, USA. Republic Services, the trash hauling giant whose major stock holder is Bill Gates is intent to enter into an agreement with Public Storage to demolish and remove the historic buildings on the 4.5 acre parcel at Warner Ave and Nichols Lane in Huntington Beach, known as the Historic Wintersburg. This property shares a property line with the Ocean View School District and sits mere feet from the Oak View Preschool. Public storage plans to erect multi-story storage units there in opposition to the current zoning.
Republic Services has the ability to work with the Historic Wintersburg organization who is partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Trust for Public Land, to preserve the site as a Heritage Park for all to enjoy, and are refusing to do so. The collective groups have approached Republic Services in formal talks to purchase the land and Republic has rejected their offer, opting instead to bulldoze history to allow for more urbanization in our Southern California community. To erect the storage facility, Republic Services will have to get a zoning change from our HB City Council to change the current zoning from Residential to Industrial. This is in direct opposition to the Superior Court ruling from 2015 in which the School District prevailed against Republic Services and the City of HB. I oppose any proposition to destroy structures of historical significance and allow a business of this sort just mere feet from 3 and 4 year old children.Furthermore, this project is unneeded development being encouraged by the City and not what we need. Disclaimer: this post is not made on behalf of OVSD, and represents my independent opinion as a concerned resident of Huntington Beach.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 11:10 AM

LA Times-H.B. school trustee’s legal victory in effort to see city job applications stands after appellate court declines to review case

Huntington Beach, CA-Student safety is of paramount importance to me. When students are in a safe and healthy environment, they can learn, achieve and grow. During the School District’s dispute with Rainbow Environmental, multiple agencies inspected the transfer station for compliance with City, County, and State law. The AQMD did its best to make sure students were protected and safe. The County of Orange and City of HB inspectors were not as diligent and in the case of the City, they did not inspect at all over many years. I don’t always agree with my colleague and fellow trustee John Briscoe, but support his right to gather information about City and County Inspector qualifications, it’s the public’s right to know if those charged with the great responsibility of safeguarding our children are qualified to do so. See this LA Times article about Briscoe’s prevailing on behalf of the students and staff of Oak View for the third time in this matter. He has prevailed against the County of Orange, the City of HB, and now the City again as the Appeals Court agreed with Briscoe and summarily denied the City’s appeal just days ago. It’s time for the City to stop appealing and using tax dollars to fight a battle that can’t be won, and time to start inspecting. The children are counting on all of us. For clarification, this case and the previous were not filed, supported, litigated or paid for by the School District. Trustee Briscoe himself filed and paid for these suits.


Friday, January 12, 2018 5:29 PM

Measure R Update

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Measure R bond funds will modernize 11 campuses including 7 elementary and 4 middle schools. Student safety improvements including camera systems, security fencing, emergency systems, fire-life-safety, etc. will be included in the modernization plans. Plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and other infrastructure projects are set to begin as well. Educational technology, playground equipment, play areas will be upgraded. During modernization, OVSD will provide Interim Housing at the Sun View and Pleasant View Schools. Installation of temporary prefabricated buildings, at these two sites, to house students from campuses undergoing modernization will occur. The School District will be developing sequencing plans for next phases of school modernization projects. Lastly, phase one will begin with College View and Westmont Schools in fall 2018.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 2:54 PM

OVSD News-Check Us Out!

Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD is hosting a variety of family information nights throughout January and February about kindergarten, transitioning to middle school and high school, and our innovative programs, including a new Environmental Sciences program! You're invited to our informational nights to learn more about what is going on in OVSD. Please share these dates with your friends, co-workers and neighbors. We hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 4:40 AM

LA Times-New Oak View Elementary gym on track to open in May

Huntington Beach, CA-Oak View Gym Update. The Ocean View School District is proud to announce that the Oak View Gymnasium project is on-track and on-time for a May 2019 grand opening. Thanks to the efforts of our 2016 team of teachers, staff, community members, attorneys, who worked so hard to bring environmental justice to Oak View. Special thanks to Trustee John Briscoe and for assisting me as we secured a large settlement that included $4M from Republic Services to build the gym for the children of Oak View. Please read this article by Charity Lindsey at the LA Times for more details and my official comments on the project.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 2:19 PM

School News Roll Call-Great New Achievements for 2018

Huntington Beach, CA- A message from Gina Clayton-Tarvin:
As the outgoing OVSD Board President and incoming Board Clerk, I penned my last article for the School News Roll Call. I’m pleased to have been able to share news with the OVSD, HBCSD, FVSD, and WSD communities for the last three years through this publication. I look forward to reading updates from our new board president, Jack Souders and to continue working for our students in 2018. For the full article and news from all of the OVSD schools, please follow this link above.

Monday, January 1, 2018 12:36 PM

Happy New Year 2018!

Huntington Beach, CA- Happy New Year 2018, school resumes on Monday, January 8th!

Saturday, December 23, 2017 3:20 PM

Happy Holidays from OVSD!


We wish all of you, our OVSD family, happiness and joy this Winter Break. Happy Holidays from your Board of Trustees!

Sunday, December 17, 2017 1:49 PM

CA Nurses Association and G. Clayton-Tarvin endorse Harley Rouda for Congress CA 48

Huntington Beach, CA-Why is the Harley Rouda the right choice for Congress CA 48? The reasons are clear to me as a teacher, elected school official, and now thousands of CA nurses too. He has received the support and endorsement of the California Nurses Association for his strong stance on healthcare for all. Nurses and teachers trust Harley, he is the right choice for the 48th Congressional District, and the right choice for our country. Please join us in supporting and voting for Harley this June 5, 2018! (click link for video)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 5:54 PM

OC Register-Ocean View district trustees say they hope new leadership will reduce tensions in community

Huntington Beach, CA-Report by Greg Mellen of the OC Register about changing of board jobs, failure of opponents who threatened a recall, and increased stability in OVSD. Thank you to HBPD for investigating the ongoing threats lodged at me by extremists intent on disrupting. As always, I remain focused on the safety of children and schools.

Monday, December 11, 2017 6:10 PM

OVSD News-Reorganization of Board of Trustees Leadership

Huntington Beach, CA-On Monday, December 11, 2017 the OVSD Board of Trustees met to reorganize at its yearly meeting. The board voted and the new officers for the 2018 year are President Jack Souders, Vice President John Briscoe and Clerk Gina Clayton-Tarvin.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 3:55 PM

OVSD Board Reorganization Meeting

A Message from Gina Clayton-Tarvin:

As many of you know, I have served as the president of the OVSD Board of Trustees for the past 3 years. Although no one has every served for this long as president of the school district; I was honored to be chosen in multiple years in a show of support by my colleagues. I was chosen to oversee important projects and initiatives, including the rebuilding of the district after the asbestos issue, for overseeing development of new academic programs like the Lake View STEAM school/Westmont VAPA program/new after school programs at middle schools/expansion of music programs around the district, for bringing conclusion to the litigation with Republic Services to protect the children and staff at Oak View, and finally, to spearhead the efforts to see all schools be modernized via Measure R. Every December, the OVSD Board of Trustees meets to reorganize and choose a new president, vice-president, and clerk. I believe that at this time there are others ready to lead the OVSD board. I will be able to take a much needed rest, yet continue on serving on the board in another capacity for the 2018 year. My term is not up until 2020 and I look forward to the next 3 years serving the community. Therefore, I am proud to announce my support for current OVSD Vice-President Jack Souders to become president of the Board of Trustees for the 2018 year! He is a strong leader with years of work on our board and has served as its Vice-President for the past two years. He is a veteran classroom teacher in a nearby school district in LA County, just as I am. We share the same lifelong dedication to children and schools. I trust Jack Souders and know he has what it takes to lead. Please join me in supporting him tomorrow night at the OVSD Board Meeting.

Friday, December 1, 2017 11:55 AM

OC Register-Huntington Beach trash hauler misses deadline to enclose operations but appears to be mending fences

Huntington Beach, CA-Republic Services has missed its deadline for completing the trash enclosures ordered by the SCAQMD in the 2015 Stipulated Abatement Order. Even so, two of the buildings will be ready for occupancy soon, one ready within days. Although it is disappointing, we remain positive about the ongoing improvements at the facility, and look forward to seeing the completion of the much needed Construction and Demolition Dump area being built and enclosed by May 31, 2018. Most positively, the School District came to an agreement through collaboration with Republic Services that they will permanently prohibit the crushing of concrete at the facility. This is a major achievement and it came through simple discussion and cooperation by neighbors. The children of Oak View will never again be exposed to noxious materials from concrete. Lastly, we hope to see Republic work with the City of Huntington Beach and the Ocean View School District to change the trash truck turn-in area so that idling vehicles which emit fine diesel particulate matter are relocated away from the most sensitive receptors, the preschool students, whose playground sits just mere feet away from the hundreds of trucks that enter and exit the transfer station every day. 

Friday, November 17, 2017 8:24 PM

Oak View Students, Families and Staff to Benefit from Funding Provided by Barona Grant.

Huntington Beach, CA-Oak View Elementary School recently became the recipient of a $5K technology-focused Barona Grant, which will benefit the students and staff at Oak View Elementary School and the Oak View community through the Family Resource Center (FRC). The grant was announced and a large $5K check presented by California State Senator Janet Nguyen to Principal Dr. Rosa Guerra in front of more than 800 students during the morning's Patriotic Assembly. The Barona Grant provides for the purchase of nine Chromebooks for Oak View Elementary students, as well as several more Chromebooks and desktops for Oak View families to use at the FRC. We are pleased to have the opportunity to partner with the Family Resource Center and provide new technology tools for our Oak View students. The laptops provided by this grant will benefit an entire community. We greatly appreciate the hard work of State Senator Janet Nguyen and the generosity of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. Thank you to Senator Nguyen from the OVSD Board of Trustees.


Friday, November 17, 2017 6:23 PM

OVSD News-Felix Avila named ACSA 2018 Negotiator of the Year!


Sacramento, CA-OVSD Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Felix Avila, has been named the Association of California School Administrator's 2018 Negotiator of the Year! The announcement was made today by ACSA. Mr. Avila is being honored for his outstanding contributions in the areas of labor relations and negotiations as our District's Chief Negotiator with the Ocean View Teachers Association and CSEA Chapter 375. ACSA will honor Mr. Avila as "2018 Negotiator of the Year" at a special awards ceremony during ACSA’s Negotiators' Symposium in San Diego on January 17, 2018. He will be presenting at the Symposium in partnership with Mr. Leipper on the topic of, “Improving Labor Relations and Negotiations through Collaboration and Partnership.” This will be a special day for Mr. Avila and the entire school district. Congratulations from the OVSD Board of Trustees.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 11:00 PM

KNBC 4-Middle School Student Attacked by Man on Way Home From Huntington Beach School

Huntington Beach, CA- Critical Safety Information from OVSD. Gina Clayton-Tarvin spoke with KNBC4 about the need for parents and guardians, to speak with their children about the importance of being vigilant in awareness when walking to and from school. There is a predator in the community who attacked a 7th grade Spring View student and assaulted her, touching her in an inappropriate manner. We encourage parents and others to share with your child the importance of walking home in pairs or groups, safe school routes, being aware of your surroundings at all times, and avoiding cell phone distractions while walking. Please take a moment to watch this report and share. If you have any information to report regarding this incident, please call the Huntington Beach Police Department Crime Tip Line at 714-375-5066. Description of assailant: White Male, 25 yrs of age, 5’7” – 5’8” tall, 150 Lbs., brown wavy hair, scruffy facial hair, and driving a small black car with tinted windows with dark rims.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 12:10 PM

Measure R Community Meeting

Measure R Community Outreach Meeting – November 16th at College View. As the superintendent and staff shared during the Special Board Meeting, the School District has developed a communication plan for each phase of the modernization. The first meeting is next week at College View on Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 p.m. in Room 4.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:52 PM

OVSD News-Veterans Day Observed

Friday, November 10, 2017 will be observed for Veterans Day. Please take a moment to pause and think about the many veterans who have honorably served our country. 
OVSD thanks all who have either served or have family members who are currently serving in our armed forces. All district schools and offices will be closed in observance.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 5:58 PM

OVSD-Board President's News

President's Message to OVSD Families
Ocean View Is Keeping Student Safety at the Forefront

In my roles as mother, teacher and Board President, I am always thinking about student safety. Not a single day goes by that I am not reminded about the many ways we take care of our students in the classroom, on the playground, and as they travel to and from our schools. In Ocean View, there are many programs, drills and policies in place to keep our students safe, so they can focus on their number one job – learning.

Schools and districts from across the nation recently recognized three important safety programs, National Bullying Prevention Month, the Great Shakeout and Red Ribbon Week. These programs allow our OVSD personnel to interact with students, families and community organizations to promote safety and educate students about these critical topics. Our Board of Trustees updated its policy on bullying earlier this year, and Ocean View schools are actively practicing bullying prevention throughout the year, with programs such as Where Everyone Belongs, a middle school program that enables seventh and eighth grade students to support sixth graders as they transition into middle school. Other schools celebrate with Kindness Week and Be A Buddy, Not A Bully Week. Our schools also participated in the Great California Shakeout on October 19 at 10:19 a.m. Earthquake safety drills were held at our schools and District offices, so students and staff could practice what to do in an actual earthquake emergency. This year’s official Red Ribbon Week was held October 23-31 under the theme of, “Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” Our Board of Trustees passed a resolution recognizing Red Ribbon Week, and schools hosted weeklong activities raising awareness about drug use prevention.

As Board President, one of my highest priorities is to find ways to do what is right for our children, and this includes the maintenance of our school grounds. This past year, I worked closely with District staff to focus on long-term pest prevention through approved Integrated Pest Management best practices. Ocean View is the first public institution in Huntington Beach to begin using organic pesticides and stop using Roundup.

You may have heard educators mention Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS. We use PBIS in Ocean View as a way to support our students socially, emotionally and academically. By creating clearly defined expectations for behaviors and outcomes, students feel supported and a safe, positive learning environment is cultivated.

In November 2016, our community showed its support for the Ocean View School District by passing the District's first-ever general obligation bond in the amount of $169M. As part of our school modernization priority projects, safety and security issues, like perimeter fencing and security systems, are being discussed. In fact, this summer, Maintenance and Information Technology staff successfully installed a new Shoretel phone system in all classrooms, schools and District offices. These phones will provide an added level of safety and reliability in an emergency situation and every day.

As an added measure of safety, we always encourage families to talk openly with their children about safety. It is a good idea to discuss safe school routes if children are walking to and from our schools. Safe school routes, developed with our surrounding cities, can be found under “Families” at

I am proud to say that Superintendent Carol Hansen, who has been in her leadership position for just over two years, is setting an outstanding example for all. You may have read that the National School Public Relations Association recently recognized Dr. Hansen as a “Superintendent to Watch 2017-2018.” She was one of only 21 superintendents nationwide to be honored, and I am proud to have supported her nomination.

As a strong team of educators, families and community leaders, we will continue to make going to school and learning a positive, safe experience for all students.

Gina Clayton-Tarvin
Board President

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 2:50 PM

OVSD News-Halloween Festivities at Oak View Preschool

Huntington Beach, CA-Great things are happening in and around the OVSD for Halloween. Dr. Hansen and I made our third stop around the district to visit the preschool and see all of the great artwork, a parade, class performances and more. What a wonderful day for students, parents, and staff alike!


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:00 PM

OCDE Newsroom-Classroom superstars shine at Orange County Teachers of the Year awards dinner

Anaheim, CA-The Ocean View School District applauds one of its own, Vincent Saporito, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Special Day Class Teacher at College View Elementary School, who was honored as a finalist at last night’s 2018 Orange County Department of Education Teachers of the Year Ceremony. Deaf and hard of hearing himself, Mr. Saporito has taught in the Ocean View School District for more than nine years. One of only six finalists in Orange County, Saporito received special recognition last night, as well as a table for 10 at the dinner celebration courtesy of SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, prize packages, and a cash award provided by the Dr. James Hines Foundation. The event, held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, brought together educators from Orange County school districts and community colleges, as well as family, friends and peers. Congratulations Mr. Saporito!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 PM

OVSD News-Visit to Vista View

Fountain Valley, CA-Superintendent Hansen and I visited Vista View Middle School this past Tuesday. Thank you to all of the amazing staff for allowing us to spend time in your classrooms and get a glimpse into the life of middle school. Thanks go out to fabulous leader and tour guide, Principal Mooney, for sharing the highlights of his school programs and for the comprehensive tour of Vista View Middle School. He noted that at Vista View, the unique needs of students are the driving motivator for the staff.

Monday, October 23, 2017 12:00 PM

OVSD News-District Quick Facts

Huntington Beach, CA- Latest district data for Ocean View as of October, 2017. The OVSD CEO is superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and the CFO is deputy superintendent Dr. Michael Conroy. The Board of Trustees is headed by President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, accompanied by Vice-President Jack Souders, Clerk John Briscoe and Members Joseph Gaglione and Norm Westwell. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017 7:56 PM

OVSD News-Circle View Elementary Hosts ‘Be A Buddy, Not A Bully’ Activities and Assembly

Huntington Beach, CA- Circle View School is full of buddies, who are well-equipped with the tools and strategies to prevent bullying at their school and in their lives. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so to kick it off, Circle View chose to participate in a "Buddy Bench" assembly. As part of the assembly, students learned what it means to be a buddy instead of a bully. They reviewed what it feels like to “fill a bucket” and make others feel good through kindness. Circle View Eagles also practiced strategies to prevent bullying, such as “stop, walk, talk.” Upper grade students discussed digital citizenship, a digital footprint, how to respect privacy, and how to prevent cyber-bullying. We’re proud of our schools for promoting this important anti-bullying message in October and throughout the year. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017 1:00 PM

KCBS 2/KCAL 9-State Commission Gives OK To Divisive Huntington Beach Desalination Plant

Huntington Beach, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks to reporter Michelle Gile at the State Lands Commission about the consequences of approving the proposed Poseidon desalination project in Huntington Beach.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8:36 PM

OVSD Teachers Awarded Grants by Assistance League of HB

Huntington Beach, CA- at the Ocean View School District Board Meeting, 107 teachers received $40,000 in Links to Learning HB Awards from the Assistance League of Huntington Beach. These awards will fund all types of special hardware, software, programs and field trips to enrich OVSD students' learning experiences. Great work OVSD teachers!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:00 AM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at SCAQMD vs. Rainbow Hearing (Video)

Diamond Bar, CA-After years of battling the trash dump across the street, the Rainbow Transfer Station is almost complete. Republic Services is requesting an extension in the matter vs. SCAQMD. Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks on behalf of the School District.

Monday, October 16, 2017 11:02 PM

Hearing, SCAQMD vs. Rainbow Transfer/Recycling Inc

Diamond Bar, CA- Tomorrow, Tuesday October 17, 2017 at 9am at the South Cost Air Quality Management District, a hearing will occur at 9am to discuss the extension of a Stipulated Abatement Order for the Rainbow Transfer Station and Public Dump. Tune in by using the link above to view in real time to see the live feed. OVSD President Gina Clayton-Tarvin and Trustee John Briscoe and will both address the Hearing Board on the matter.

Monday, October 9, 2017 7:00 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks on behalf of Harley Rouda at Climate Change Forum

Irvine, CA-Gina Clayton Tarvin speaking for Harley Rouda on climate change policy at the Orange County for Climate Action (OCCA) 2017 Candidates' Climate Change Forum in Orange County, CA.

Sunday, October 8, 2017 1:20 PM

Introducing the OVSD Writing Continuum


The OVSD Writing Continuum (TK through Grade 8):

In the Ocean View School District, we wish to partner with families in the education of all children. To this end, we have introduced the OVSD Writing Continuum and I would like to share it with the entire community here. As part of the 2017-2018 school year, the Ocean View School District officially launched its Writing Continuum across all of its elementary and middle schools, from Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through Grade 8. We believe that just as phonics, decoding and fluency are essential to reading comprehension, so are printing, cursive writing and typing to students’ written abilities to effectively communicate thoughts, ideas and concepts. Students are better able to focus their attention on successfully composing written materials in all subject areas and across all grade levels when they possess the confidence to read and write fluently.

In line with California State Standards, our Writing Continuum provides direct instruction for students in grades TK-2 in printing and grade 3 in cursive writing. Explicit instruction in cursive begins in grade 3 and is reinforced in grades 4-8. In both printing and cursive, students learn proper grip, posture, paper placement, and correct letter formation.

With the increased use of electronic personal devices, typing has become a critical skill in the 21st Century; therefore in Ocean View, our earliest learners are introduced to the keyboard and then progress into learning proper hand and finger placement, developing home row typing skills, and then practicing increased speed and accuracy. The benefit of our instruction is that each typing program is accessible from any device connected to the Internet. With this feature, students are able to continue practicing and developing skills at home, while we are able to provide students, parents and teachers with personalized reports on student progress.

Friday, October 6, 2017 10:16 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Army Lieutenant Colonel Armin Reyes for ABC School Board, Area 3

Cerritos, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin wholeheartedly endorses Armin Reyes for the ABC School Board, Area 3. As an Army Lieutenant Colonel and labor leader, he has been a proven lifelong advocate for children, teachers, and parents. His dedication to the families of ABCUSD is evident. Please join Gina Clayton-Tarvin in supporting Armin Reyes on November 7, 2017.

Friday, October 6, 2017 6:00 PM

OVSD Board of Trustees honors Permanent Teachers

Huntington Beach, CA-Congratulations to our 7 new OVSD permanent teachers. Deborah from Pleasant View School, Jessica from Spring View, Sarah from Mesa View, Sarah from Hope View, Tyler from Hope View, Marianne from Spring View, and Laurie form Marine View were honored at Tuesday night’s Board

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 12:03 PM

OC Register-Huntington Beach council steps forward to help in search for cause of foul odors

Huntington Beach, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin has asked that a City wide task force be formed to further investigate the issue and come to a conclusion about the nature of the gas itself, the levels at which it is being recorded in the ambient air, its origin, and to get to the bottom of who is allowing it to escape into the environment to sicken residents. To this end, she spoke out in support of said committee and laid out an action plan for the City Council. Councilman Billy O'Connell chose to listen and adopt a similar plan, and put forth an agenda item last Monday night. It passed unanimously and was adopted by the full council. An Ad Hoc Committee of the Council shall be formed and an investigation of sorts will commence. Clayton-Tarvin has been asked to attend the first scoping meeting by the City of HB's Ad Hoc Committee and looks forward to assisting in this manner. See article for comments by Gina Clayton-Tarvin.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 11:35 AM

LA Times-Committee will help investigate foul odor in Huntington Beach, City Council decides

Huntington Beach, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin has asked that a City wide task force be formed to further investigate the issue and come to a conclusion about the nature of the gas itself, the levels at which it is being recorded in the ambient air, its origin, and to get to the bottom of who is allowing it to escape into the environment to sicken residents. To this end, she spoke out in support of said committee and laid out an action plan for the City Council. Councilman Billy O'Connell chose to listen and adopt a similar plan, and put forth an agenda item last Monday night. It passed unanimously and was adopted by the full council. An Ad Hoc Committee of the Council shall be formed and an investigation of sorts will commence. Clayton-Tarvin has been asked to attend the first scoping meeting by the City of HB's Ad Hoc Committee and looks forward to assisting in this manner. See article for comments by Gina Clayton-Tarvin

Monday, October 2, 2017 6:50 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at HBCC on Community Services Commission and noxious gas odor plaguing Coastal Cities


Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at the HB City Council Meeting on October 2, 2017 in regards to several issues including the make up of the Community Services Commission and the formation of an Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the Hydrogen Sulfide Gas stench in Huntington Beach that has negatively affected residents.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 12:00 AM

School News Roll Call-OVSD Update

Huntington Beach, CA-See the latest edition of the School News Roll Call. Updates from superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and president Clayton-Tarvin, as well as from each OVSD School.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 12:10 PM

Supporting Cub Scouts Pack 506 Fundraiser

Huntington Beach, CA- At Stater Bros on Goldenwest and Warner, it's Cub Scout Chase Atkinson, 2nd grade student from Golden View. He's hard at work this Sunday raising money for Pack 506, today until 2pm. He will back this upcoming Tuesday, the 26th from 2-6pm selling delicious popcorn for a cause. Keep up the good work Chase!

Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:00 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Andy Thorburn for Congress (CA 39)

Costa Mesa, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses fellow teacher, businessman, nonprofit founder, and advocate for working people Andy Thorburn for Congress in CA 39 District. Andy has worked as an educator, union organizer, and entrepreneur, and at each phase in his life, he has prioritized the principle that any organization - a country or a company - gets the best results if it treats its people fairly, with dignity, and holds itself to a standard of excellence. Join Gina Clayton-Tarvin in supporting Andy Thorburn and flip the 39th!

Monday, September 18, 2017 7:00 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks at HBCC on noxious gas odor plaguing SoCal Coastal Cities

Huntington Beach, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin addresses the Huntington Beach City Council at their September 18, 2017 meeting in regards to the overwhelming gas odor caused by Hydrogen Sulfide alarming and sickening residents in the city and beyond. She provides an action plan for the City to take to get to the bottom of just who is allowing this gaseous emission to occur. 

Monday, September 11, 2017 9:10 AM

Patriots Day at Harbour View!

Huntington Beach, CA- Thank Harbour View Principal Cindy Osterhout on behalf of the Board of Trustees for this special day of remembrance for Patriot's Day. The amazing students representing grades 1st through 5th gave presentations on what it means to be a true "hero", and their words were so moving. First responders are heroes! Although it's been 16 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001, for millions of Americans, haunting memories of that day are still fresh, and many lives were changed forever. Today we honor and remember the victims of the terrorist attacks and salute our first responders, active military, and veterans for protecting us. Never forget!

Sunday, September 3, 2017 10:01 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Harley Rouda for Congress (CA 48)

Newport Beach, CA-On this Labor Day weekend, Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Harley Rouda the for the 48th Congressional District. Rouda is taking on the current establishment here in Orange County for a chance to change the path of our country. As a veteran classroom teacher, labor leader, and elected official in the Ocean View School District, serving as board president; Gina Clayton-Tarvin knows what it takes to make decisions about school programs and incorporate the community's view of what students should know and be able to do. With this knowledge, she feels confident in personally supporting and endorsing Harley Rouda to be the voice for our children in Washington D.C. Like Gina, Harley believes that all students have the right to high quality education irrespective of their socio economic status, race, culture, or creed. In addition to fighting to make college accessible and affordable for the next generation, he will push for funding for early childhood education programs such as Head Start and pre-kindergarten. Both believe that students should have access to 21st century technologies in the classroom. As our Congressman, he will be committed to advocating for increased focus on STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, and math]. Join Gina in supporting Harley Rouda for Congressional District 48!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 10:47 PM

KTLA 5-Sulfuric Odor Reported in SoCal Coastal Cities; Authorities Investigating

Huntington Beach, CA-Over the last several days, but especially Tuesday night, there has been a noxious odor that has blanketed Huntington Beach. The smell permeated other neighboring cities as well, even as far inland as Garden Grove and all the way north to Long Beach. This has been occurring with increasing frequency and is of great concern to many residents. Many reported feeling ill, nauseated, and with headaches. This issue has been occurring in our city intermittently for years, yet in the past year, the uptick in frequency has been alarming. Many say that this is a "natural occurrence" and that living in HB, residents should expect and just live with this problem. Gina Clayton-Tarvin takes this matter very seriously and does not feel this is something we should have to accept and live with. The AQMD, the HBFD, and the Gas Co. received many calls and complaints on Tuesday night. Investigation of the source of the noxious fumes is ongoing. This is an issue that needs extensive attention by the City of HB. You can address the HB City Council at the September 18, 2017 meeting. Clayton-Tarvin comments on this issue to KTLA 5 in linked story.

Sunday, August 27, 2017 12:17 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin endorses Colonel Doug Applegate for Congress (CA 49)

Huntington Beach, CA- Gina Clayton-Tarvin has announced her endorsement and support for Colonel Doug Applegate for Congressional Race in the 49th District (North San Diego County and South Orange County). Colonel Applegate served in the Marine Corp for decades stationed Camp Pendleton. He's a strong advocate for our military and its families. He has lived and worked in North County San Diego and South Orange Counties for years and he understands the needs and issues facing not only military families but all families. He believes in the Single Payer System, knowing that health care is a fundamental right for all Americans. As a teacher and elected official in the education field, Clayton-Tarvin is particularly impressed with his commitment to public education especially in regards to early childhood education funding, preschool should be offered to all.

Clayton Tarvin said, "when you think about someone with high moral character, integrity, and the ability to fight for what's right for America; Colonel Applegate is that leader, he's always been one and always will be." Join OVSD Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin in supporting Colonel Doug Applegate in 2018 to elect a tried-and-true leader and take out Darrel Issa, to flip the 49th!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 7:00 PM

Oak View Gym Update

Huntington Beach, CA- The OVSD Board of Trustees heard a detailed project presentation this past Tuesday night. The project is still in preparation phase and has yet to go to the State of CA for approval. Once it does, it is about an 8 month process for state approval. After that, construction can begin. The District will begin demolition of old structures in early summer 2018 and then construction of the new gym building shortly after that. The entire project will be done in June 2019. For more details, please click on this link, it will take you to OVSD's homepage to view the PowerPoint presentation from Tuesday's meeting. This outstanding project is being funded by Republic Services as part of the settlement won by OVSD with community determination to protect the health and welfare of children.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 11:24 AM

OVSD Fighting Childhood Hunger

OVSD fighting is childhood hunger. FREE summer meals program for all children up to 18yrs through August 31 at Westmont School in Westminster and at the Oak View Schools in Huntington Beach Monday to Friday from 12pm to 12:30pm.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 5:30 PM

OVSD board president attends Santiago Apostol event in Oak View

Huntington Beach, CA, July 29, 2017, Board President Clayton-Tarvin enjoys the wonderful performances today by Oak View School students at the Fiesta de Santiago Apostol in Huntington Beach. Ocean View School District's diverse student population enriches our beautiful city!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:09 PM

Huntington Beach leaders peek into the future with 25-year plan

Huntington Beach, July 11, 2017, What will Huntington Beach look like 25 years from now? Will the proposed mix of commingled industrial use and high density development create even more traffic, congestion, and pollution in HB? How will these proposed changes affect the Ocean View District and we serve students and families?
Land use, zoning, and urbanization issues dominate the HB General Plan Update and threaten to forever alter our city. The idea is to keep urbanization, gentrification, and loss of environmental controls in check. Gina Clayton-Tarvin will continue to advocate for OVSD and its residents. Never again will unfettered industrial uses be allowed next to sensitive receptors such as children and schools.

Note: After Gina Clayton-Tarvin and John Briscoe appeared in June at the City of HB Council Meeting to bring these growing concerns to the fore, Greg Mellen of the OC Register has covered this very important issue.

Friday, June 30, 2017 8:09 PM

Measure R Citizens Oversight Committee Chosen

Huntington Beach, June 27, 2017, the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees voted to approve the District’s 2017-2018 Measure R Citizens’ Oversight Committee (COC). The COC, which will be comprised of 10 members, will provide oversight of Measure R bond expenditures. Measure R was passed by voters with 58.8% YES votes in November 2016 and will provide $169M in general obligation bonds for the improvement of school facilities in the Ocean View School District.

Applications were due to the District in early June and a Subcommittee of the Board, consisting of President Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Clerk John Briscoe, Superintendent Carol Hansen, and Deputy Superintendent Michael Conroy. The committee met to review applications and chose the final member appointees.

The Measure R Independent COC members, according to category, are:
• Business Representative(s) - Libbie Rector Knobbe & Donna Alexander
• Senior Citizen Group(s) - Ellen Riley & Gayle Wayne
• Taxpayer Organization Member - Gracey Larrea-Van Der Mark
• Parent of Child Enrolled in OVSD - Cheryl Delavega-Shyres
• Parent of Child Enrolled in OVSD, Active in Parent Group - Joe Miller & Vanessa Nalle
• At-Large Community Member(s) - Mark Bixby & Tom Ugland

Monday, June 19, 2017 6:45 PM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin, OVSD president speaks about HB General Plan Update and Draft EIR

Huntington Beach, CA, June 19, 2017, Clayton-Tarvin speaks at the HB City Council meeting on General Plan Update and Draft Environmental Impact Report and their impact on Commercial, Industrial and Residential Development in the City including the loss of over 1,300 single family residences and the increase of over 8,000 multi family apartments. 

Friday, May 26, 2017 12:00 AM

LA Times-Ocean View classified staff, two assistant superintendents receive a 2.5% salary increase this school year

Huntington Beach, May 27, 2017, Although salaries in OVSD remain in the bottom quartile, the district strives to provide compensation that reaches parity for all of employees, whether they be teachers, classified, or administrators. In 2015, Clayton-Tarvin was honored by her colleagues and voted board president. She made a commitment to seek collaboration and fairness amongst all OVSD employees, never again to treat one group differently in regards to salaries and health benefits.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 3:03 PM



From the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) this spotlight on the Ocean View School District's and its commitment to providing education choices for district families is highlighted here.  For their latest OC District Pulse, the OCDE met with Dr. Hansen to learn more about the Ocean View School District and its 17 campuses, which serve nearly 8,500 students from preschool through grade eight in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Midway City and Westminster.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 1:45 PM

LA Times-Huntington Beach to test organic pesticides in Central Park

Huntington Beach, May 2, 2017, Gina Clayton-Tarvin voiced support for the City of HB's proposed pilot program, though she felt it doesn’t go far enough. The City of HB needs to mirror the efforts of the Ocean View School District in eliminating harmful chemicals like Monsanto's Roundup on their parkland and open space. The school district stopped using the weed killer Roundup on school sites in August, 2016 under the direction of Clayton-Tarvin.

Monday, May 1, 2017 6:47 PM

HBCC-Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks in favor of ban on Roundup in HB

Huntington Beach, May 1, 2016, President of the OVSD Board of Trustees, Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks during HBCC meeting in support of Item 9 for a pilot program to use organic pesticides in Central Park West. OVSD has already stopped using Roundup on its properties as of August 2016 and Clayton-Tarvin encourages the City to follow the School District's lead.

Monday, May 1, 2017 4:10 PM

OC Register-Deaf Huntington Beach elementary teacher among the best in Orange County


As the president OVSD Board of Trustees, I'm proud to announce that Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teacher Vincent Saporito who works at College View has not only been named as OVSD Teacher of Year, but now has also been named one of the Teachers of the Year by the Orange County Department of Education. Mr. Saporito is truly amazing, overcoming all of the challenges of being a deaf and hard of hearing person himself to becoming a teacher renowned in his field, educating students with disabilities and creating student leaders. Congratulations to Vincent Saporito, to us in HB, he is the best!

Friday, April 28, 2017 4:00 PM

LA Times-After-school program turns Circle View Elementary students into kids who code

Huntington Beach, CA-Circle View was just recognized  by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence. This Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students.

This article highlights great things occurring at Circle View. Students are participating in after school programming focusing computer coding. For the past eight weeks, 30 first- to fifth-graders have spent their Wednesday afternoons learning simplified fundamentals of computer programming through an after-school program led by Jen Chiou. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 10:10 AM

LA Times-Who built the best robot? Oak View Elementary students debut in district competition

Huntington Beach, CA-Ocean View School District held its third annual Robotics Competition at Mesa View Middle School on April 25 with students from Mesa View and Vista View Middle Schools, as well as students from elementary schools Lake View, Oak View, and Westmont who competed for medals and small prizes. Special guest speaker and Broadcom Engineer, Mark Castruita, addressed students following the competition. His presentation featured discussion about career opportunities in the field of engineering. Additionally, the Ocean View High School Robotics Team, “Hawkbots,” were on hand to help judge the competition, serve lunch, and kick off the big day with a demonstration of its own robots. Thanks to OVHS students for your help and support. Great work students, you are all winners!


Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:34 AM

Earth Day, April 22, 2017

Huntington Beach, CA-Happy Earth Day! This year we focus on creating better environmental and climate literacy while educating students about environmental issues. We only have one planet and we must protect it.

Thursday, April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

Ocean View School District Board of Trustees President Gina Clayton-Tarvin Announces Support of Harley Rouda for Congress

Laguna Beach, CA-OVSD Board President endorses Harley Rouda for Congress, CA48. Looking for a win as the Democratic Nominee for June 2018. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:30 PM

KCBS 2- Huntington Beach Middle School Warns Parents About Child Predator

Huntington Beach, CA- This report by KCBS/KCAL reporter Michelle Gile. This story is concerning an incident at our Huntington Beach middle school on Tuesday. The district sent a warning letter to parents after a man tried to lure a student into his car. The man, in his 30s, followed the girl near the corner of Springdale and Warner avenues Monday morning as she was walking alone to Spring View Middle School, according to the letter. (click on link)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 6:30 PM

KNBC 4-Parents on Alert After Girl Stands Up to Stranger in Car

Huntington Beach, CA- Please take time to sit with your student and talk about safety precautions to take while walking to and from school.There was an incident yesterday morning involving an 8th grade student from Spring View who was walking near Springdale and Warner, she was approached by a man in a car who attempted to lure her in. Please see this news report by KNBC4 about the incident.Thank you for your attention to this important matter. (click on link)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:31 AM

OC Register-Huntington Beach focuses on student art

Huntington Beach, CA-This year, the “vision” came into full focus. With full participation by the Ocean View School District, the 11th annual “Creative Visions” student art exhibit hit a high water mark. More than 1,000 visual and performing artists were represented in the event’s opening reception Friday, March 24, which brought throngs of parents, families and students to view the art and listen to musical performances in the Huntington Beach Art Center’s parking lot and multipurpose room, with acts ranging from choir and chorus, ukulele to surf music. (Click on link)

Friday, March 24, 2017 7:00 PM

LA Times-Facing shortage of speech language pathologists, Ocean View district contracts with Irvine company


Huntington Beach, CA-There is a crisis in California concerning lack of Speech and Language Pathologist for Special Education students. In OVSD, we have come up with a solution to serve our students without gaps or overcrowding. Our children deserve quality services. (click link above)

Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:17 PM

LA Times-OVSD 2.5% Salary Increase for Teachers


March 23, 2017, Huntington Beach, although Ocean View School District salaries remain the lowest in Huntington Beach and throughout Orange County, we are working to make salaries competitive to attract and retain the best educators in California. There is a severe teacher shortage in our state which only looks to become worse in the next five years. OVSD must be able to compete to hire the best and brightest to educate our children. (click link)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:00 AM

LA Times-Golden View Arbor Day Celebration

March 14, 2017, Huntington Beach, CA, Golden View in the news. Thank you to the LA Times reporter, Ben Brazil for covering this wonderful event for Arbor Day at our favorite school with a farm. (click link)

Monday, March 13, 2017 10:14 AM

NHL Legend Willie O'Ree at Star View


March 14, 2017, Midway City, CA, Sports legend, 81 year old Willie O'Ree, the first black hockey player in the National Hockey League, along with Anaheim Ducks announcer Steve Carroll, visited 4th and 5th grade students at Star View Elementary School today! The assembly is part of the Ducks' S.C.O.R.E. school assembly program, focusing on the Hockey Is for Everyone initiative. O’Ree played his first NHL game in 1958 with the Boston Bruins. He was inspired by the great Jackie Robinson meeting him at age 14 when Mr. O'Ree was a member of a championship Little League baseball team visiting NYC from New Brunswick, Canada and again as a professional hockey player in Los Angeles. Students learned about O'Ree's career, both on his path to becoming a pioneer ground breaking figure in the NHL, as well as his commitment to growing the sport in accordance with NHL's Hockey Is for Everyone initiative. Mr. O'Ree played professional hockey for 21 years, even after going blind in his right eye at 19 years old, after he took a violent puck to his face during a game. He said, "losing my vision was hard, but nothing compared to what I had to overcome with the racism, prejudice, and bigotry of the times, I persevered and kept playing." The assembly highlighted topics such as childhood dreams, breaking barriers, and leaving a legacy. Star View students studied O'Ree in their classes and had the chance to ask questions at the end of the assembly.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 6:40 PM

LA Times-Vilage View in the News!

Huntington Beach, CA- Thank you to the LA Times, Daily Pilot for covering such a wonderful event. Second graders at Village View Elementary School in the Ocean View School District had a blast watching the Pine Derby Championship hosted by the Surf City Optimist Club this week. Students cheered on the 29 special education participants who entered cars created with the help of the local Optimist Club. The event was organized by the Surf City Optimist Club, with the support of sponsor Bill Demarest of DeLillo Chevrolet with the local car dealers’ association, Principal Francesca Ligman, and special education teachers at Village View Elementary. (click link for story)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 3:05 PM

OC Register-Teachers of the Year

Huntington Beach, CA- Article from reporter Greg Mellen about Ocean View School District's Teacher of the Year, Vincent Saporito from College View and Jared de Lachica from Spring View. (Click link for story)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 7:00 AM


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, March 2, 2017– The Ocean View School District proudly announces its elementary and middle school Teachers of the Year: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Special Day Class Teacher Vincent Saporito and Spring View Middle School Teacher Jared de Lachica. Superintendent Carol Hansen and Executive Cabinet Members, in collaboration with College View and Spring View principals, surprised both teachers with the big news. Both dedicated individuals were selected after a District-wide nomination and committee process. They will be honored by the Board of Trustees at the April 4 Board Meeting.

Following the announcement of Mr. Saporito as Teacher of the Year in front of the staff and students at College View, Superintendent Hansen then revealed that Mr. Saporito was selected by the District committee to serve as OVSD’s nominee for the county-level Teacher of the Year program.

Friday, February 10, 2017 11:21 AM

Westmont-Visual & Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)

Westminster, CA, Introducing the Westmont Visual & Performing Arts Academy (VAPA)! Join OVSD teachers and staff on February 15, 2017 meetings at 9am and 6pm. You can attend either meeting to get valuable information and ask questions about the new program. 

Friday, February 3, 2017 9:51 AM


HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, January 25, 2017– OVSD celebrates the Vietnamese New Year, also called the TET holiday, with students and families on Friday, February 3, at Star View Elementary School in Midway City. Held each year at the start of the lunar calendar, Star View’s TET Festival is a much-anticipated opportunity for the community and school to honor Vietnamese traditions, such as the Dragon Dance, which is performed beautifully by Westminster High School students. Traditional clothing and music will be featured. Grade-level presentations begin at 8:50 a.m. and continue throughout the morning. At 11 a.m., Westminster High School students will perform the traditional Dragon Dance, followed by a fashion show. The day concludes at 1 p.m. with a first grade activity in which students enjoy games and other TET activities. Family members are encouraged to bring cameras/video recorders and li xi for the Dragon Dance. Star View Principal Carrie Haskin says, “Wear your ao dai!” The TET Festival takes place at Star View Elementary School, which is located at 8411 Worthy Lane in Midway City.

Sunday, January 1, 2017 12:00 AM

LA Times-The DP 103: Who made news and lent influence in 2016

(Pictured: 90 year-old Newport Beach activist Jean Watt, founder of Line in the Sand is No. 1 on the list)

Gina Clayton-Tarvin is included by the LA Times Daily Pilot staff on the 2016 listing at No. 5 of top local newsmakers and most influential people of the past year. (click hyperlink for full list)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 8:00 AM

OC Register-Stench reports spike in Huntington Beach and Seal Beach

Huntington Beach, CA-Noxious odors have induced headaches, burning of the eyes and throat, nosebleeds and vomiting, according to residents of Huntington Beach. Click link to read article by the Orange County Register about the mysterious odor that permeates the air.

Monday, December 19, 2016 5:25 PM

OC Register-Stench reports spike in Huntington Beach and Seal Beach

Friday, December 16, 2016 8:46 AM

NY-Times, What Stinks in Huntington Beach?

From Mike McPhate of the New York Times, this article about the gas-like stench in Huntington Beach that has plagued the area for years. It has been reported that OVSD students have experienced the smell while at school and many residents have complained of experiencing headaches and nausea due to the mercaptan type odor. (Click hyper link above for article)

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:15 PM

Swearing-In of Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin

Last night at the annual organizational meeting of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees, Gina Clayton-Tarvin was sworn in by Dr. Ralph Bauer, former HB Mayor and OVSD and HBUHSD Board Member at the annual organizational meeting. She was voted in as Board President for a third year in a row. (Click hyperlink for article)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:30 PM

Final Results for Measure R

Measure R, the General Obligation Bond measure for the Ocean View School District, now has complete vote counts shown below. We will continue to have pride in our community and provide a first class educational experience for our current and future students. OVSD will have updated, 21st century learning environments that include functional and efficient facilities and buildings to foster student learning, thanks to the voters of OVSD. We thank you!


Tuesday, December 6, 2016 9:17 PM

Final Vote Count for OVSD Board of Trustees Election

According to the final vote counts by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Neal Kelley, the numbers are in. Thank you to the voters of the Ocean View School District for the overwhelming support in my re-election bid. We look forward to moving in a positive direction to make OVSD the best place it can be for our students.  


Monday, November 28, 2016 11:00 AM

Dump-enclosing pact helps Huntington Beach neighborhood clear the air

Radio interview and article from KPCC: In an agreement settling several lawsuits with the Ocean View School District, which includes Oak View Elementary, the waste management firm committed to fully enclosing the transfer station and equipping all buildings with state-of-the-art ventilation and air filtration systems. Republic also agreed to build a $4 million gymnasium for Oak View students and pay for a barrier of trees to separate the school from the transfer station. (Click hyperlink above for article)

Monday, November 28, 2016 12:00 AM

What Republic is Doing to Fix Issues at its Rainbow Transfer Station in California

Here is a very thorough synopsis of the current situation at the Oak View Schools and Rainbow Transfer Station in regards to the improvements to be made and overall settlement of litigation between the two parties. Detailed settlement information is outlined in this article by Waste 360. (Click hyperlink above for article)

Thursday, November 24, 2016 9:04 AM

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees. We wish you all a restful and joyous time with family and friends. School will resume on Monday, November 28, 2016. See you then!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:13 PM

Early Kindergarten Program New in OVSD!

Exciting News for OVSD! Families in and around the Ocean View School District have a new school option for their children born between December 3, 2011 – March 1, 2012.


Thursday, November 17, 2016 12:00 AM

OC Register-Voters support school upgrade measures

Article by Greg Mellen: Voters Support School Upgrade Measures. Several school districts around Orange County passed General Obligation Bond Measures to repair and update school facilities.  


Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:16 PM

LA Times-Rainbow pledges $22M for improvements in settlement of Ocean View lawsuit over waste facility

Article by LA Times reporter Alex Chang: Rainbow pledges $22M for improvements in settlement of Ocean View lawsuit over waste facility. Details discussed at joint press conference. 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00 AM

OC Register-After years of complaints about odor, pollution, H.B. school district settles suit with trash hauler

Huntington Beach: Story by Greg Mellen covering going press conference between Ocean View School District and Republic Services with representatives OVSD Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin and Republic Services Market Vice President Dave Hauser. The article outlines the landmark settlement agreement. See separate tabs under the "Issues" tab on the main page.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 9:55 AM

Measure R Passes!


(Pictured left to right: Measure Campaign Committee Members Kathy Smith, College View Principal; Dr. Michael Conroy, Deputy Superintendent; Gina Clayton-Tarvin, Board President; Dr. Carol Hansen, Superintendent; Gayle Wayne, OVSD grandparent and community member.) 

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, November 9, 2016–With the passage of the Ocean View School District’s Measure R, a $169 million general obligation bond, on November 8, the Board of Trustees and District officials are grateful for the tremendous support shown on Tuesday and ready to take the next steps in modernizing its schools. OVSD residents voted to pass the measure with 57.56% of the vote, according to unofficial results. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:33 AM

Gina Clayton-Tarvin wins race for re-election!

The numbers are in! Thank you to the voters of the Ocean View School District for believing in me and allowing me to serve for another term. My pledge is to continue to advocate for all students and their education, so that they will continue to thrive!

Monday, November 7, 2016 12:00 PM

Gina and Patricia on Vietface TV, Channel 57.2

Vietface TV spot on Channel 57.2, click link above to view.

Monday, November 7, 2016 5:52 AM

OC Weekly-Election 2016: Here's 10 Orange County Candidates Who Don't Suck

November 7, 2017, OC Weekly's Editor in Chief Gustavo Arellano writes about the ten candidates in Orange County that he and other staffers are supporting for various offices in the November 2016 General Election. OVSD board president Gina Clayton-Tarvin makes the list. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016 6:12 AM

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 8:02 PM

Westminster School District Board President Jamison Power endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin

Thanks to to Westminster Board President Jamison Power for endorsing me for re-election to the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees. He recently said that, "Gina is a great candidate, I agree that if you live in the Ocean View School District boundaries, she deserves your support." Thank you President Power for your endorsement and support. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016 12:41 PM

Huntington Beach Union High School District Vice-President Dr. Michael Simons endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin


Longtime Huntington Beach Union High School District Trustee and current Board of Trustees Vice-President Dr. Michael Simons has endorsed my candidacy for the OVSD Board of Trustees. Dr. Simons a local doctor of podiatry and longtime public servant has served on the California Department of Consumer Affairs; Community Services Commission, City of Huntington Beach and the Infrastructure Advisory Committee, City of Huntington Beach. He knows that strong leadership is needed to pilot the OVSD and so that its educators can prepare students to be career and college ready. Thank you to Dr. Simons for his endorsement and support. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 12:37 PM

Harbour View 5th Graders Honor Veterans

In honor of the upcoming Veterans Day, our Harbour View 5th graders did a great job honoring American Legion Post 133 Veterans from Huntington Beach at last night's Board of Trustees Meeting. The students recounted the courageous stories of 5 men who served our country.

Our 5th grade students and Post 133 veteran pairs that presented last night were student Alexa Wilde - veteran Norm Sumner, student Jacob Pearson - veteran Jon Gontarz, student Lili Price - veteran Jin Seiler, student Peyton Perry - veteran Dennis Bauer, and student Kelly Lane - veteran Bob Laizure. Students were accompanied by their parents, teachers, and Principal Cindy Osterhaut. 

Thank you to all veterans, past and present for your service to our country and for protecting our freedoms. Your service to our country will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 9:14 AM

Huntington Beach Elementary Teachers Association endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin


I am pleased to announce that the Huntington Beach Elementary Teachers Association (HBETA) which represents over 315 elementary and middle school teachers and other educators has officially endorsed me for re-election for the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees for November 8, 2016. HBETA represents educators that serve thousands of students in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and surrounding areas. Thank you to President Jon Wales and HBETA for their support and endorsement!

Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:31 PM

LA Times: Election 2016, Ocean View School District board president takes on 4 in race for 2 seats


The Nov. 8 election for two seats on the Ocean View School District board features one incumbent, Gina Clayton-Tarvin and four challengers. Board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin was elected in 2012 and became president in 2014 and has served for two consecutive years in this position, the first board president to do so in the Ocean View School District's 142 year history. (Click on hyperlink above for the LA Times article)

Thursday, October 20, 2016 9:25 PM

ABC USD Board Members Endorse Gina Clayton-Tarvin

It is with great pride that I announce the endorsements from two very honorable and respected trustees from ABC Unified School District, where I have been a veteran classroom teacher for twenty years. 

Thank you to ABC USD Board President Olympia Chen (right) and Board Member Sophia Tse (left) for believing in me, not only as a teacher, but also as an Ocean View School District trustee advocating for students.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:00 AM

In the News-OVSD At A Glance!

Get to know your Ocean View School District with this look at the district through information about our sites, students, employees, programs, and more. Click on the accompanying hyper-link above to see the presentation of what makes OVSD the special place that it is. 

Monday, October 17, 2016 11:00 PM

California Teachers Association (CTA) endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin

As a classroom teacher for the past 20 years, it has been my honor to teach my students, work with their parents, and serve the community. As a school board member, I serve with pride on behalf of the Ocean View School District.

I am humbled and greatly honored to announce that I have received the endorsement for the OVSD Board of Trustees from the California Teachers Association (CTA), which serves over 325,000 members throughout the state.

Founded in 1863, the California Teachers Association includes teachers, counselors, school librarians, social workers, psychologists, and nurses. These educators in the K-12 school system are joined by community college faculty, California State University faculty, and education support professionals.

Thank you to CTA's statewide president, Eric Heins now based in Sacramento, who taught right in our very own Ocean View School District as a Student Teacher, many years ago. Thank you CTA for your support, endorsement and vote of confidence!


Friday, October 14, 2016 10:04 PM

The California Federation of Teachers Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin

The California Federation of Teachers (CFT), the California affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) endorses President Gina Clayton-Tarvin for re-election to the Ocean View School District, Board of Trustees. The CFT represents over 120,000 educational employees working at every level of the education system in California, from Head Start to the University of California.

Friday, October 7, 2016 8:00 AM

Huntington Beach Union High School District Educators Association Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Re-election

I am pleased to announce that the Huntington Beach Union High School District Educators Association (DEA) which represents over 700 high school teachers and other educators has officially endorsed me for re-election for the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees for November 8, 2016. DEA represents those who serve thousands of students in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Westminster, Midway City, and surrounding areas. Thank you to President Shawn Werner and DEA for their support and endorsement! 

Saturday, October 1, 2016 2:14 PM

Ralph Bauer Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Re-election

I am proud to announce that former Mayor of Huntington Beach, Ralph Bauer has endorsed me for re-election for the OVSD Board of Trustees. Dr. Baurer also served on both the Huntington Beach Union High School District and Ocean View School District Board of Trustees as well. As a son of immigrants and a product of CA public schools, Ralph Bauer knows the importance of successful local schools.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:00 AM

HB Business News-Lake View

Take a look at the video, by clicking the link, for the grand reopening and ribbon cutting of Lake View School and its brand new STEAM focus by Matt Liffreing for the HB Business News for the Ocean View School District. 

Monday, September 12, 2016 2:00 PM

Dr. Duane Dishno Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Re-election

Huntington Beach Union High School District Board of Trustees President, Dr. Duane Dishno endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin and Patricia Singer for Ocean View School District Board of Trustees for this November 8, 2016. Dr. Dishno's long time career in education first as a teacher, principal, district administrator, and superintendent in Huntington Beach City School District gives him a special perspective and understanding on education. Thank you Dr. Dishno for your support and endorsement!

Thursday, September 8, 2016 12:00 AM

OCDE News-Lake View Opening

Huntington Beach, CA, The Orange County Department of Education takes a closer look at the remediation, abatement, remodeling, and the grand reopening of the new Lake View STEAM school.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 AM

KABC 7-Lake View Opening



A closer look, a news report focused on the remediation, abatement, remodeling, and reopening of the new Lake View STEAM school by KABC 7 Eyewitness News.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 12:00 AM

KCBS 2-Lake View Opening

Huntington Beach, September 7, 2016, Jasmine Viell reports no the reopening of Lake View School taking a closer look at  remediation, abatement, remodeling for reopening of the new Lake View STEAM school. By KCBS 2/KCAL 9 News.

Friday, August 26, 2016 12:00 AM

Back to School Could Mean Back to Asbestos for Many Students

Article by Gary Cohn, Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist about asbestos in schools in the United States and how Ocean View School District dealt with the material and overcame problems and kept students safe. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016 7:34 PM

OC Register-Huntington Beach school district 'over' Rainbow trash hauler


Orange County Register reporter Greg Mellen explains Ocean View School District's cancellation of the their trash hauling contract with Rainbow Trash Services of Huntington Beach to move to trash hauler CR&R. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:00 AM

LA Times-Oak View/OVSD Cancel Rainbow Contract


Article by Britney Woolsey about OVSD cancelling a decades long contract with Rainbow ES owned by Republic Services in lieu of a more affordable deal with CR&R was made.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Oak View neighbors do their own air testing

Article by Brittany Woolsey about air sample testing in Oak View to be conducted by neighbors. Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the district board, said she believes many of the problems have stemmed from diesel fumes from the trash trucks and from the handling of concrete at the trash site.


Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:00 AM

Students Return to California School After Asbestos Scare


The Ocean View School District asbestos abatement project that forced hundreds of California public students to commute nearly 18 miles to other schools is now over. Oak View is now reopened as well as Hope View. Lake View to be reopened in the fall of 2016.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:00 AM

KNBC 7-Reopening of Oak View


Thanks to ABC 7 here is another look at the Grand Reopening of Oak View from March 9, 2016. It was a great event and we are so proud to reopen the school.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 12:00 AM

LA Times-Reopening of Oak View


Wednesday, March 9th marked a momentous end to a long and arduous journey for Oak View students, teachers, parents, and community. The grand reopening and ribbon cutting for the greater HB community occurred and a celebration ensued.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:16 PM

OC Register-Big deals ahead for Huntington Beach in 2016

January 6, 2017- Huntington Beach, CA, Reporter Greg Mellen reports with 2015 passed, many of the issues that it raised are in the rearview mirror, while many still loom large. Today we look forward to some issues that could be important in the coming year including OVSD's dispute with Rainbow Environmental and its unenclosed Transfer Station and Trash Dump. OVSD board president Gina Clayton-Tarvin is featured here in reference to Rainbow's future. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Won't Take No for an Answer


The OC Register's Greg Mellen reports about the school district concerns including, Rainbow Trash Dump and the struggle for a clean and safe environment in the heart of HB after an interview with Clayton-Tarvin. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-OVSD Ends Year on a High Note!

This news article by the OC Register highlights the last board meeting for 2015 and a year in review in OVSD. A Positive Budget Certification by the Orange County Department of Education is certainly good news for OVSD as well. Oak View will be reopened in late January and Lake View in August. Gina Clayton-Tarvin is the first in a 142 year history of the district to be elected president for two consecutive years.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:50 PM

LA Times-AQMD panel approves changes, restrictions for Rainbow's H.B. waste facility

Huntington Beach, CA- After five meetings since Nov. 7 consisting of witnesses' testimony, public comments and deliberations, the five-member South Coast Air Quality Management Board unanimously approved an extensive list of operational changes and conditions for Rainbow's facility in an effort to reduce and prevent dust and odors emanating from the business. Gina Clayton-Tarvin, board president of the Ocean View School District, which oversees Oak View Elementary, said she appreciates what AQMD staff and the hearing board have done but that more work is needed to rid the neighborhood of all nuisances.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-No ruling – again – on how to reduce stench, dust at Huntington beach dump

Huntington Beach, CA, November 11, 2015- OC Register reporter Greg Mellen reports about the continuation of a Saturday session called to decide South Coast Air Quality Management District’s case against Rainbow Environmental Services, which operates the 17.6-acre facility on Nichols Lane. The government agency has alleged that the Huntington Beach dump, a subsidiary of Republic Services, has repeatedly violated California Health and Safety Code governing air contaminants. Gina Clayton-Tarvin weighs in on the issue. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 5:15 PM

OC Register-Hundreds stage protest against trash hauler as public hearing nears

Huntington Beach, CA, Oak View activists launched a preemptive strike on Oct. 29, staging a community protest and march along Nichols Lane, which fronts the trash hauler’s 17.6-acre facility. At that event, hundreds voiced their displeasure, particularly about the odors and dust that emanate from the facility. OVSD president Gina Clayton-Tarvin was present and discusses the matter with reporter Greg Mellen

Friday, October 30, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Weekly-Slide Show of Protest of Rainbow Disposal in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach, CA- Protesters including board of trustees members gathered in the Oakview neighborhood of Huntington Beach to demonstrate against of Rainbow Disposal, which many residents say spews foul-smelling air into the elementary school and homes nearby. All images by John Gilhooley.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 12:00 AM

KCBS 2- Huntington Beach Residents Take To The Streets — And Hold Their Noses — To Protest OC Trash Processing Plant

From October 29, 2015, this news report by reporter Stacey Butler on the protest organized by local activists from Oak View, HB in reaction to ongoing nuisance conditions caused by the Rainbow Transfer Station and Public Dump.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:15 AM

OC Weekly-Protest Against Smelly Rainbow Disposal Dump in HB TOMORROW--So Why the Critics?

Huntington Beach, CA- "How typical of Huntington Beach politics that, when the working-class, mostly Mexican residents of the city's Oak View barrio finally started organizing about the garbage dump right across the street from its elementary school and just 1,000 feet away from the neighborhood--you know, environmental racism at its finest--people start complaining about the complainers. And that's exactly what's happening this week." 

Saturday, October 3, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Air of discontent lingers around Huntington Beach school next to trash dump

Huntington Beach, CA, October 3, 2015, Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View board of trustees, talks about the ongoing issue at Oak View Elementary that needs a long-term solution. Article by reporter Greg Mellen

Friday, September 25, 2015 4:24 PM

LA Times-Huntington Beach to appeal court ruling on Wintersburg actions

Mary Urashima, chairwoman of the Historic Wintersburg Preservation Task Force, poses in front of the former Japanese Presbyterian church in Huntington Beach. (File photo: KEVIN CHANG / HB Independent)

Huntington Beach, CA- The City of Huntington Beach plans to appeal a recent Orange County Superior Court ruling that the city violated state regulations regarding a rezoning of the Historic Wintersburg site. "I predicted that they would lose on June 2 and I predict that they will lose the appeal," she said. "I'm highly disappointed in the city that they would want to allow industrial and commercial uses on a property that sits literally 10 feet from the school building and right next to our property," Clayton-Tarvin said. 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 6:39 AM

LA Times-State ruling on permit a blow to opponents of Rainbow waste facility in Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach- Cal Recycle, a state waste management agency overturned an Orange County hearing officer’s ruling that the Orange County Health Care Agency should reopen its review of Rainbow Environmental Services’ operating permit, prompting the Ocean View School District board on Tuesday night to vote unanimously to file a lawsuit against the Health Care Agency and the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. “The Health Care Agency does not call back and does not follow up on complaints in a timely fashion, if at all,” Clayton-Tarvin said. “They have been very neglectful of the residents they are entrusted to care for.” 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Big stink: Agencies at odds over how to handle dump next to Huntington Beach school

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Two environmental agencies, the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) have divergent plans for handling a persistent stench that afflicts an elementary school and neighborhood and related environmental problems at a Huntington Beach dump. OVSD board president Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks with reporter Greg Mellen on the matter. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 12:00 AM

KNBC 4-Reopening of Hope View


From September 2, 2015 Hope View officially reopened with an official ribbon cutting and tours for the public one week before school started reported by Toni Guinyard.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:30 PM

KNBC 4-Huntington Beach Elementary School Reopens After Asbestos Concerns



Huntington Beach, August 31, 201-Vikki Vargas reports about the completion of abatement and reconstruction of Hope View School after the discovery of asbestos, mold and lead paint. President Gina Clayton-Tarvin explains the abatement process at Hope View and information concerning the project to get the school reopened. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:00 AM

Washington Post-Asbestos in Schools


Article by Washington Post writer Lindsay Layton concerning OVSD's issues with asbestos in 2014. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 2:00 PM

OC Weekly-Huntington Beach's Oak View Barrio Is Finally Fighting the Garbage Dump Next Door

Huntington Beach, CA, July 15, 2015-OC Weekly Editor Gustavo Arellano reports on the noxious conditions that have been plaguing the Oak View Schools and community for decades. Interviews with OVSD president Gina Clayton-Tarvin and neighborhood activists frame the issue. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015 10:03 AM

LA Times-Ocean View district names superintendent and deputy

Huntington Beach, CA- Anthony Carpio reports the Ocean View School District has a new superintendent and deputy superintendent after a months-long search. Board members on Tuesday approved the selection of Carol Hansen as top administrator for the district, replacing Gustavo Balderas, who announced his departure in March. The district also chose Michael Conroy to be deputy superintendent, a new position created to support the top administrator.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:29 PM

LA Times-Rainbow announces plan to enclose disputed H.B. trash facility

Huntington Beach, CA- Representatives of the Ocean View School District have long wanted a Huntington Beach waste-management facility to enclose its operations. But when the facility's owner, Rainbow Environmental Services, said Monday that an enclosure is in the works, district officials didn't welcome the announcement. "It's a Trojan horse," said Ocean View School District board President Gina Clayton-Tarvin after the meeting, suggesting subterfuge on the part of the company.

Monday, May 18, 2015 11:33 PM

OC Register-Debate over future of site next to Huntington Beach school wages on

Huntington Beach, CA, the City Council changed the zoning of the Historic Wintersburg land at the corner of Warner Avenue and Nichols Lane from industrial to residential – the land will not be used for the transferring, dumping or storing of garbage after years of protest and CEQA mandamus lawsuit by OVSD. Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks out on the ongoing dispute. 

Monday, May 18, 2015 10:49 AM

KCBS 2/KCAL 9-Residents, Students Of Elementary School Near Dump Fall Ill

HUNTINGTON BEACH ( — An Orange County community voiced health concerns Monday night over a trash dump located near an elementary school. The dump, operated by Rainbow Environmental Services in Huntington Beach, sits near Oakview Elementary School.

Friday, May 15, 2015 3:00 PM

OC Register-City, school district squabble over Historic Wintersburg site in Huntington Beach intensifies

Huntington Beach, CA-The site in question is the home of Historic Wintersburg, a five-building Japanese landmark that was purchased by Republic in 2004. A vocal group wants that site preserved in keeping with its Japanese heritage. Ocean View School District sued the city of Huntington Beach in December of 2013 over that zoning decision, trying to limit the expansion of Republic’s waste disposal operation. Gina Clayton-Tarvin explains her position on the matter. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 5:00 PM

KTLA 5-Put a Lid on it Cinco de Mayo rally protest

Huntington Beach, CA - KTLA 5 coverage of "Put a Lid on It" Cinco de Mayo Rally for Students and Teachers at the Oak View Schools. 

Monday, May 4, 2015 12:00 AM

HBCC-Gina Clayton-Tarvin speaks in favor of amending the MAND, no to unaffordable HDD housing


On May 4, 2015, Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees speaks about the negative effects unaffordable high density housing inn Huntington Beach and in particular the OVSD, where a majority of the HDD is located. She debunks the myth told by developers that families with students can afford rents and that affordable housing will result from these developments. She explains her opposition to HDD.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:00 PM

KABC-Orange County school district sues local dump near elementary school for unsafe practices

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA- An Orange County school district is suing a dump near an elementary school campus, claiming the facility is creating a dangerous environment for students and teachers.The public dump is located across the street from Oak View Elementary School in Huntington Beach. Trustee John Briscoe, a member of the board of trustees for the Ocean View School District, said the trash is dumped and sorted out in the open. KABC's Greg Lee reports. 

Monday, April 20, 2015 10:00 PM

KTLA 5-Report on Rainbow Nuisances

Huntington Beach, April 20, 2015-This report by KTLA5's Kacey Montoya about the ongoing situation at the Oak View Schools, which sit next to the Rainbow Trash Dump in the heart of HB. President Gina Clayton-Tarvin and others explain the conditions facing the Oak View schools and students due to being 50 feet from an open transfer station and trash dump in the heart of Surf City, USA.  

Friday, March 27, 2015 12:00 AM

LA Times-Contract for asbestos work at Oak View Elementary delayed over cost concern

Huntington Beach, CA- Anthony Carpio reports that the Ocean View School District will pay a contractor for asbestos abatement and other work at two campuses, but removal of asbestos at another school will have to wait. Gina Clayton-Tarvin chairs the meeting where modernization issues were discussed along with a superintendent search. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 12:00 AM

OC Register-Unifying HB's Schools?

Article by Orange County Register's Lauren Williams about the possibility of unifying Huntington Beach's five (5) school districts. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:23 AM

LA Times-3 Ocean View schools shut for rest of week after cancer-causing asbestos found

Huntington Beach, CA, October 8, 2014- Ocean View School District trustees voted to keep two elementary schools closed and shutter a third through the end of this week after asbestos testing showed the potentially hazardous dust to be present in one of the Huntington Beach classrooms. Trustee Gina Clayton-Tarvin dissented, saying she wanted all 11 schools closed.

Saturday, September 1, 2012 12:00 AM

League of Women Voters- Smart Voter 2012

Sacramento, CA-Voter information from the League of Women Voters about candidate Gina Clayton-Tarvin for Ocean View School District Board of Trustees. 

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