Latest updates from the campaign:
Campaign for HB City Council
Huntington Beach, CA-We are back in the USA from our trip abroad, and so proud to be Americans. We always learn so much about what it means live in a democratic nation and what it truly means to be free. When we travel, we are always happy to come home. This year is extra special because it’s an election year and I’m proud to announce, once more, that I’m running for the Huntington Beach City Council on November 8, 2022. I am even more honored to be supported by amazing leaders and organizations who believe in my ability to work for the people of HB. In the next coming weeks and months I’ll be reaching out to voters to meet and talk about issues facing our city and beyond. Please feel free to message me to learn more about my positions or to get on our campaign email list for more information about the upcoming election. Thank you for your consideration 🇺🇸!
Back in the USA and Ready to Serve 🇺🇸!Los Angeles, CA-We made it home to the USA and we are happy to be here. I am very excited to get back to work as your President of the Ocean View School District, and on my campaign for the Huntington Beach City Council. The campaign season is really picking up and I look forward to meeting you, hearing about your thoughts and concerns for HB, and how I may assist you in solving issues that face each of us in HB. It is time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Please send me a message here with any questions you may have or feel free to reach out to me by telephone at (714)717-7122. I will be pleased to take your call.
Fighting For SEHB!Huntington Beach, CA-South East HB has always been a dumping ground for all things industrial, unhealthy and downright toxic. In the past, and even currently, SEHB has been the host to multiple sites of pollution and worse. The area has seen cancer clusters, unhealthy conditions for Edison HS kids, and narrowly dodged another environmental disaster, the Poseidon Desal Plant. It is time for real environmental justice for the residents of SEHB, and I know just how to demand it and then deliver. A vote for me, and my colleague Oscar Rodriguez is a vote for progress in cleaning up our city. Vote this November 8, 2022 for change.
Visit to the Island of Brač, Croatia 🇭🇷
Visit to Tuscany, Italy 🇮🇹
Visit to Venice, Italy 🇮🇹
Visit to London, UK 🇬🇧
Board Meeting Recap 7/5/22
Huntington Beach, CA-Recap of 7/5/22 at last night’s board meeting can be heard here, with some other important information listed herein. OVSD Food Services is continuing the long tradition of the summer food program. We will provide lunches to all children 18 years of age and under, free of charge, from our Westmont and Oak View locations. The program runs Monday to Friday, 12PM to 1PM until September 2nd. Meals must be consumed on site premises. Also, we enjoyed the Star View groundbreaking in Midway City, work will begin soon, and Star students will attend the Interim School Site at Sun View in HB for 2022-2023, bussing will be provided. I’ll be leaving the country today to be with my family in Europe until early August. Upon return, the campaign season kicks into high gear, as I run for election to the HB City Council. See you all back at our next board meeting in August. In the meantime, come back here to see images of Italy, Croatia and beyond!
Huntington Beach, CA-Happy Independence Day, fellow Americans. It’s the birthday of our great nation, and we’re here at the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade, the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi. Proud to be representing the Ocean View School District. Vice President Singer I had the honor of riding in the Mustang with OVSD/Surf City Optimist Club Oratorical Contest winner, Kai from Vista View. We even took a school bus with us, with our veteran driver Click hyperlink above to view all of the great photos of our the parade including those of our OVSD students, staff, and parents. Let freedom ring !
Let Freedom Ring 🇺🇸
Huntington Beach, CA-Wishing all a very safe and happy Independence Day weekend !
Huntington Beach, CA-Your HB Guardians of the Environment will fight for you to live in a clean, healthy, and safe environment, free of pollutants and poisons. We have a proven track record of defeating dangerous environmental sources like the Republic Trash Dump, off-shore cargo ships pollutering our air, and the Poseidon Desal Plant. We don’t bend to pressure, and never take “No” for an answer. Want fighters on HB’s side? Then vote TeamHB2022, we are coming this November 8, 2022 and won’t be stopped !
Superintendent Dr. Hansen is Retiring!
Huntington Beach, CA-It is a bittersweet moment for me yesterday evening to be honoring Dr. Carol Hansen as one of Ocean View’s distinguished retirees this year. I am proud to say that I was serving on the Board when we made the very wise decision to hire Dr. Hansen as our Superintendent seven years ago.Dr. Hansen joined us during some challenging times, but she worked quickly with the Board and her Cabinet to strengthen the credibility and stability of the District. She did this by using transparent communication and clear goals, which fortified Ocean View’s reputation in the community as an innovative and academic leader. She also focused on student learning and forward-thinking programs for students, such as STEAM, which is Science, Technology Engineering, Arts, and Math, Visual and Performing Arts, Environmental Science, and Dual Language Immersion. Since coming to Ocean View, Dr. Hansen has worked tirelessly to forge effective and productive working relationships between District leaders and the unions in OVSD, resulting in the formation of Partnership with Administration and Labor, or PAL. The PAL philosophy and structure has allowed for collaborative problem-solving, open communication, and a focus on a common vision. Dr. Hansen has been very successful at nurturing solid, healthy working relationships among our employees and the District has benefited greatly. Congratulations Dr. Hansen and enjoy your well deserved retirement. We love you!
OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting Recap
Huntington Beach, CA-Highlights from tonight’s board meeting included awards for our students for APA summer school scholarships, an in-memorium honor for the late Mr. Jack Shaw, a humanitarian that focussed his life’s work on assisting the Oak View community. Thank you Mr. Shaw. We also honored Dr. Carol Hansen and spoke of her amazing work for OVSD’s students and schools. We will recognize her achievements on June 28th at her last board meeting. Please join us then to say goodbye to Dr. Carol Hansen. She will be missed!
Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks to School News Roll Call for featuring Oak View Preschool’s 20th anniversary celebration and open house. Read my contribution here to learn more about our award winning preschool program.
OVSD School Security Protocols
Dear OVSD Community:
Following the horrific shooting in Uvalde, the Ocean View School District has been carefully reviewing our school security protocols. I’ve met with our superintendent, Dr. Carol Hansen and Vice President Patricia Singer to discuss next steps. VP Patricia Singer and I were pleased that parents in the community came forward to push for stricter safety measures that aligned with our own advocacy.
Therefore, effective immediately, the following security protocols will be added and enforced through the end of the school year:
1. All front office school doors will be locked during school hours.
2. Visitors must come to the front office door, call the number posted, identify themselves and the reason for the request to enter the school building.
3. All individual classroom doors will be shut and locked.
As we transition to employing our new superintendent, Dr. Michael Conroy, in several weeks, we will take action to make more stringent safety upgrades. More news to come.
Vote NOW at OVSD Voting Center
Huntington Beach, CA-Come on down to the Vote Center at OVSD's headquarters on Pinehurst Lane in HB. There is ample parking, and drive up curbside service for disabled voters too. We welcome you 🇺🇸!
NBC4 News Coverage of Seal Beach Rally
Seal Beach, CA-Coverage from NBC4 news of the rally and candle light vigil at Eisenhower Park and Seal Beach Pier in cooperation with Moms Demand Action, HB Huddle, and W.A.V.E. to bring common sense gun laws to reality. Our children should not he used as target practice. We must end gun violence NOW.
Moms Demand Action Rally
Seal Beach, CA-Demand common sense gun laws now. I stand with Moms Demand Action. Protect our children, not guns!
Huntington Beach, CA-The first of two Special Olympics events was held at Oak View. Students from Circle View, Golden View, Oak View, Star View, and Vista View participated in a variety of activities, including bowling, bean bag toss, soccer shoot-out, and parachute challenge. Communtiy servants including Chief Parra from HBPD and firefighters from HBFD were on hand to help out with the activities. I was honored to provide opening remarks along with Principal Landero, and attend the event with Vice President Singer. Additional representatives included Personnel Commissioners Bob Ewing and Dan Gooch, and Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Director Jimmy Templin. A huge thank you to the Special Education Department, including Program Specialist Bryan Leipper, who is the lead organizer for both Special Olympics. An amazing time was had by all. We are so proud of our amazing students who did so well and had a great time, We love our OVSD students!
*Click Hyperlink For More Photos From The Event
Huntington Beach, CA-It was a FULL house in Huntington Beach for the campaign kick-off for Oscar D. Rodriguez and me. We had 215 people come out to hear about our vision and plans for HB. We also heard from many candidates up and down the ballot this year including Congresswoman Katie Porter. We had an amazing taquero, ate carne asada and chicken tacos…and the Chinelos de Morelos even showed up to dance and entertain. My gratitude goes out to Patricia Singer, my dear friend who volunteered to put the party together like a champ. Thank you to Alba Rodriguez the sister of Oscar who donated beautiful homemade choco flans and gelatinas. What a great day had by all. Oscar and I thank you for your support and votes in November 2022. Let’s get out the vote !
*More photos, click hyperlink
Oak View Preschool 20th Anniversary
Huntington Beach, CA-The award-winning Oak View Preschool celebrated 20 years of service to the community yesterday. We were honored to have former students and staff including former directors Donna Stapleton and Joyce Horowitz join current director Sue Broderson and our current students, parents, staff, administrators, and Superintendent in a special celebration and Open House. Our amazing preschool students even performed. A wonderful time was had by all. We love Oak View!
Westminster, CA-Congratulations to Niki Hoang, teacher at Vista View Middle School for being named as one of Senate District 34’s Community Leaders . It was my honor to nominate Niki, and a pleasure to be with her today, along with principal Dr. Gates and our very own Senator Tom Umberg for the 2022 Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Awards. Niki has been one of OVSD’S best, even being named as one of our Teachers of the Year several years ago as well. She puts her all into teaching our students Algebra, Geometry, and other Mathematics courses. She is an 18-year veteran and I’m proud of her. See more photos by clicking the hyperlink above. Keep up the stellar work, Niki, the Board of Trustees thanks you for all you do!
Board Censures Trustee for the 3rd TimeHuntington Beach, CA-It is imperative to maintain proper decorum when conducting business on behalf of the people. Transparency is paramount and one must never misuse their elected office for personal gain or political folly. With that, and for the 3rd time in 3 years, board Member Norm Westwell has been censured by his colleagues with a 4-1 vote (Westwell in decent) for violating board policies and bylaws, harassing community members, inappropriate behavior, and dishonorable conduct.
Huntington Beach, CA-We were so proud to celebrate and honor OVSD’s Barb Davis last night, as the Student Services Administrator of the Year for ACSA, Region 17. Barb is a wonderful district administrator that supports our students and schools. More photos can be seen by clicking the link above. Thank you Barb for all you do for OVSD’s kids!
Thank You OVSD Employees 2022Huntington Beach, CA-The OVSD Board of Trustees wants to wish our exceptional teachers, staff, and administrators a happy Week of the Employee. Employees are the strength of an organization and our employees are not just our strength, but also our greatest asset. Please see the special video below from our Board. Thank you !
Huntington Beach, CA-This morning at Marine View, students unveiled one of OVSD’s new middle school Student WellSpaces. In cooperation with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), a specially designed room has been created. The WellSpace affectionately named “The Fish Bowl” will provide students an opportunity to un-plug, relax and recenter while affording them a quiet place to process emotions and practice mindfulness and relaxation activities under the supervision of school staff. Thank you to Marine View Principal Schaible and the Marine View ASB students who provided a tour for reporter Matt Szabo and photographer Kevin Chang from The Daily Pilot today. Click link for more images of the Fishbowl!
Friday Night Lights (FNL)
Huntington Beach, CA-Friday Night Lights (FNL) 🏈 is for kids of all different skill levels who are in grades K-8. The OVSD Board is proud to support FNL and allow practices to occur on our district fields throughout the year. The format for FNL is a 6v6 passing league with very little contact. Kids have a blast, love the quick play, and working as a team. Games are played at the HBUHSD fields and this year’s playoffs occurred at the HB City Sports Complex. My son Max and his teammates, the Longhorns, a 3/4 Grade team, went undefeated in the regular season. I’m proud to not only support FNL as the president of OVSD, but as a team sponsor and parent. Thanks to Christy and Dave Brodt for all they do to make FNL a success in HB!
OVSD Board Meeting Recap
Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight we had a board meeting, and got to hear from amazing students led by music teacher Marcello Martinez from the Spring View Middle School. Vocal Ensemble performers impressively performed the Star Spangled Banner 🇺🇸 and Dear Theodosia. Earlier this month, these talented students received a “Superior” designation at the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) Festival. Also, scroll through to hear about CA State (CAASPP) testing coming up. Lastly, happy birthday to my friend and colleague, Vice President Patricia Singer. She spent her special day with us at the board meeting!
Congresswoman Katie Porter Endorses GCT for HBCC 2022
Huntington Beach, CA-Congressional districts have been reconfigured, and new opportunities to vote in amazing representatives are here. I’m proud to endorse Katie Porter for the new district 47, and honored to receive her endorsement for my run for HB City Council 2022. Let’s get this done on June 7, 2022 to get Congresswoman Porter over the finish line. Get out the vote in the CA Primary Election, with ballots coming in the mail soon 🗳!
Endorsed By UNITE HERE! Local 11
Anaheim, CA-UNITE HERE Local 11 represents over 32,000 workers employed in hotels, restaurants, airports, sports arenas, and convention centers throughout Southern California and Arizona. Members of UNITE HERE Local 11 join together to fight for improved living standards and working conditions.Local 11 is an affiliate of UNITE HERE, an international labor union that represents 270,000 working people across North America. Our members in the U.S. and Canada work in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries.UNITE HERE Local 11 has been a leader in the fight for immigrant rights, and to elect leaders who will represent working families’ interests. I am honored to be endorsed by the workers of UNITE HERE, Local 11!
CA's Secretary of State, Dr. Shirley Weber
Villa Park, CA-It was an honor to meet our new California Secretary of State, Dr. Shirley Weber today at the home of Karen and Andy Thorburn. Dr. Weber is a former teacher, college professor, school board president, and state legislator. Dr. Weber is California’s first African American Secretary of State, the fourth woman to serve in the role, and only the fifth African American person to serve as a state constitutional officer in California’s 170-year history. Born to share croppers, Dr. Weber has made it her life’s work to make sure voting access is a given and not something searched for. Like me, Dr. Weber grew up in San Diego County, and we are so proud of all she has achieved. Please take Dr. Weber into consider for your vote this June during the primary election and beyond. She’s standing up for every Californian!
OCEAN VIEW NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
OVSD's New Superintendent Appointed
OVSD Employees of the Year
Huntington Beach, CA=Thank you to School News Roll Call for including my article in this quarter’s edition. The Board of Trustees is proud to announce the Certificated and Classified employees of the year, we are so proud of you all. OVSD Stars !
Park View Demolition Ceremony Today!
Huntington Beach, CA-Ocean View School District hosted a demolition ceremony for Park View School yesterday, Friday, March 25 at 5 p.m. at 16666 Tunstall Lane in Huntington Beach. The K-8 school educated thousands of students between 1969-1989. After the school closed in 1989, it was leased to the Huntington Beach Union High School District as an Adult Education and Independent Study School, but has been vacant since 2009. The district will tear down the school to provide the community with expanded green space adjacent to existing sports fields. The event featured local dignitaries, the presentation of items from a Park View School time capsule from 1969, former students and staff of Park View School, members of the Ocean View Little League and the OVSD Board of Trustees kicking off the demolition. We are delighted that this demolition will revitalize this neighborhood for our community. We are not selling the property to make way for more housing, instead we are going to provide additional open, green space for our residents to enjoy. As president of the OVSD Board of Trustees, I know this green space will be enjoyed for generations to come. The initial phase of the demolition involving the safe removal of asbestos and other hazardous materials has already taken place and the rest of the demolition will take place in the coming weeks!
OVSD News-Board Meeting Update
Huntington Beach, CA-From tonight’s March 22, 2022 Board of Trustees, a recap. Congratulations to Luis Camarena, Orange County’s Classified Employee of the Year in the Skilled Maintenance Worker category. Amazing work by Lake View students Makayla Mix and Maci Ford for being recognized by the Anaheim Ducks at their hockey game over the weekend for their designs. Wow, these girls are stars. The Districtwide Music Festival is going to be Thursday night at Marine View, and the City of HB’s student art show is coming up soon, featuring OVSD and HBUHSD student work. VP Patricia Singer and I will be attending the HB Assistance League’s event, they are having their annual fundraiser this Saturday at the HB Waterfront Hilton. VP Singer, Trustee Briscoe and I will be attending. Dr. Hansen and I were pleased to be expert panelists for the Robert Mayer Leadership Institute at the Goldenwest College last Wednesday. Lastly, we attended the City of HB/School Districts Quarterly Meeting to collaborate at City Hall. It’s been a busy week and we look forward to work upcoming fun!
OVSD News-Special Board Meeting
Huntington Beach, CA-I called a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees in regards to hiring a new superintendent. We are currently interviewing candidates for the position to replace our retiring superintendent, Dr. Carol Hansen. More news to come soon on the progress of this process. Lastly, reminder that as of yesterday, masks are now optional in all OVSD schools, buildings, and at public meetings. We respect your choice, and welcome you to our meetings to participate. Masks are encouraged by the State of CA, but not required. Next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you then!
Board Meeting Recap, March 8, 2022
Huntington Beach, CA-From last night’s board meeting, my trustee comments were a recap of all the activities, appearances, and issues that I dealt with as president. Issues mentioned: sub committee meeting on the superintendent search, Wintersburg fire, death of HB’s Officer Vella, community engagement meeting at Oak View for the City of HB, the end of the CA school mask mandate, and a potential vaccine mandate. Listen in, to hear all about our positions and work in OVSD.
Recap of Board Sub Committee, Superintendent Search
Huntington Beach, CA-This morning Vice President Singer and I held a Board subcommittee meeting with community members to discuss the hiring of a new superintendent. Dr. Carol Hansen is set to retire in July 2022 and we want to make sure that we hire the best superintendent possible to meet the unique needs of the Ocean View School District. Listen in to hear my comments in regards to the search, parent and employee concerns, and of course a nod to our stellar superintendent Dr. Hansen. More news to come on next steps. Look to your email, texts, parent square app, and on our social media channels for a message from me on how we intend to move froward. We are OVSD Strong!
Superintendent Subcommittee Meeting, March 5, 2022
Special Board Meeting-Mask Mandate UpdateHuntington Beach, CA-As president of the Board of Trustees, I called a Special Meeting tonight to discuss how the District is moving forward with California’s new mask guidance for schools and to provide an opportunity for the Trustees and community to express their thoughts on the matter. We decided not to extend the mask mandate beyond the Governor’s expiry date.
After hearing from the community and each other, the Board made the following determinations:
✔️Masking will continue to be mandated indoors for all OVSD students and staff until 11:59 pm on Friday, March 11.
✔️Beginning March 12, masks will be strongly recommended, but not required, indoors for students and staff in OVSD schools and facilities.
✔️This guidance is for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
✔️OVSD schools will continue to provide optional masks for students and staff.
✔️Existing mask requirements remain for those returning after COVID isolation or quarantine.
Special Board Meeting Tonight
Huntington Beach, CA-Yesterday, Governor Newsom announced that with declining case rates and hospitalizations across the west, California, Oregon, and Washington are moving together to update their masking guidance. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, California will adopt new indoor mask policies and move from mask requirements to mask recommendations in schools. We acknowledge that the state lifting the mask requirement may cause anxiety for some people, especially those who are at higher risk for COVID or live with someone who is at higher risk. We also recognize that others who do not support masking in schools, will continue to share their opinion that masking should end immediately. OVSD will hold a Special Board Meeting on Tuesday, March 1st, at 6 PM, to discuss how the District will move forward with the new guidance and to provide an opportunity for our Board and community to express their thoughts on the matter. Local jurisdictions may continue their masking requirements based on conditions impacting their communities, and students and staff may still choose to wear masks. You may attend and speak at the Special Board Meeting in-person (masks required) at:
OVSD District Office
17200 Pinehurst Lane, Building A
Or you may view the meeting via Zoom. The link will be active by 5:30 pm. www.ovsd.org/boardmeeting
CDPH will be updating K-12 Schools Guidance to reflect that after 11:59 p.m. on March 11, 2022, students and staff members in K-12 settings will be strongly recommended, not required, to mask while indoors. Thank you for your continued partnership and your resilience. OVSD will continue to take every step necessary to preserve the health and safety of our students, staff, and our community and will provide timely and necessary updates.
(Pictured with my son Antonio and ex-husband Ivan Branica on boat to the Island of Zlarin, Croatia)
London, UK-These past two weeks have been filled with the death, funeral, and internment of my father-in-law, Ivo Branica, but also family, happiness, and joy. We were brought together by the loss of Dida (grandfather) in Croatia. We left quickly from LA to just make it in time for the funeral on the remote Croatian island of Zlarin in the Adriatic Sea. Since the pandemic began, it’s not been easy to move around the globe, but we wanted to be with Dida as he was laid to eternal rest. He was not only a wonderful family man, but a well known, scholar, teacher, sculptor, painter, an artist trained in multiple European cities, several in the former Yugoslavia. He was Dalmatian by birth, but worldly by Balkan standards. During WWII, as a young child, he was sent with his mother and brother to a refugee camp in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt with other inhabitants of Zlarin that resisted the Fascist occupation. During the war, Zlarin was bombed several times. After returning to Zlarin, he went to school, and then attended undergrad university in Split, Croatia. He then attended post graduate studies in Zagreb, Croatia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; and Belgrade, Serbia. He became a well known professor in the City of Šibenik, educating over 4 decades of students, and was a notable pedagogue versed in art history. During this journey, we felt a lot, saw a lot, and visited his favorite places in honor of his life. We were happy to finally make it out of Eastern Europe today with all the upset, unrest, and cancelled flights due to the invasion of nearby Ukraine. We will be happy to be home in the USA after our departure from London. Rest easy grandfather, you are and will always be our Dalmatian anchor in the Adriatic Sea.
*Click Hyperlink above to see more images from abroad
Board Meeting Highlight, 2/22/22
From CBS2 News: ABCUSD Teachers In Job Action, Slowdown
Cerritos, CA-From CBS2 News: Reporter Michele Gile interviewed me as an ABC Unified School District teacher and our labor slowdown in response to working without a new master contract, and no salary increase since 2019. Working conditions have devolved during the COVID Pandemic and the ABC board of education is 100% wrong and out of touch with reality. They have squandered COVID relief funds, ignored, and treated teachers and staff with tots disrespect. One thing I strive to do as president of OVSD, is to always compensate employees properly. ABCUSD Board, get back to the table to make things right. The kids are counting on us.
From NBCLA: ABCUSD Teacher Work Slowdown
Cerritos, CA-From NBCLA: Reporter Vikki Varagas interviewed me as an ABCUSD teacher and our union’s work slowdown in response to working without a new master contract, and no salary increase since 2019. Working conditions have devolved and the board of education is in complete denial about what’s reality, right and wrong. They have squandered COVID relief funds, ignored, and treated teachers with absolute disrespect. One thing I learned years ago as president of OVSD, always care for those who care for our children. ABCUSD Board, get it together, our community is counting as you.
From VietFaceTV: Happy Lunar New Year 🧧🐯from us at the Ocean View School District!
CA Senator Dave Min (SD-37) Endorses Clayton-Tarvin for HBCC
Huntington Beach, CA-Thanks go out to Senator Dave Min for his endorsement, and support of my HB City Council candidacy. Senator Min is a longtime respected professor of law at UCI, a teacher, and lawmaker. He represents most of HB and part of OVSD. We have been pleased to work together to bring tax dollar resources back to our community from Sacramento. As a fellow educator, I’m thrilled to have his support and endorsement.
Huntington Beach, CA-After seven years of leading Ocean View School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen has announced she will retire in July. We credit her with bringing stability and excellence back to the District after years of superintendent turn over. I’ve known Dr. Hansen for almost 2 decades. She was once my boss in ABCUSD and once we hired her to be our superintendent in OVSD, I became one of hers. I am deeply saddened to see her retire, but wish her all the best in her new phase of life. I’ve appointed a board subcommittee consisting of myself and Vice President Patricia Singer, and we will lead the search for a new superintendent. As I did 7 years ago, when heading up the search for our then superintendent, I will take the same path to find an excellent replacement for Dr. Hansen with thoughtful care. All will be well, you can on us to keep OVSD a stable place moving forward. More news to come, check back here for details.
* click hyperlink above to read the LA Times article
OVSD Board of Trustees Meeting CommentsHuntington Beach, CA-From last night’s board of trustees’ meeting, my comments on future plans for OVSD can be heard. I am pleased to announce two board sub committees: the school consolidation committee which will be headed up by Clerk Jack Souders and Vice President Patricia Singer. Also, the Republic/ Wintersburg committee headed up by Trustee John Briscoe and myself. Also discussed the newly proposed bill by Senator Pan to make COVID vaccines mandated for all K-12 public school children per law, which would negate Governor Newsom’s personal exemption rights for students. We oppose taking away the personal exemption right.
OVSD Classified Employees of the Year 2022
Orange County, CA-Congratulations to our 2022 Ocean View Classified Employees of the Year 🎉. Today, I was joined by Vice President Singer, Cabinet members, Personnel Commissioners, staff, and community members to surprise our OVSD employees of the year at their work sites. Awards were presented to the following individuals in these categories:
Santos Salas, Westmont Head Custodian- Custodial & Maintenance Services
Sarah Bruce, College View School Office Clerk- Clerical and Administrative Services
Nancy Davis, Mesa View Lead Food Service worker-Food & Nutrition Services
Judy Johnston, OVSD District Data Analyst-Technical Services.
OVSD employees are amazing, and the Board is especially proud to honor them as leaders in their respective departments. Thank you to each of them for their excellent work and commitment to serving our OVSD students, staff, and community. We love you all!
*Thanks to VP Singer for inspiring this post, and allowing me to share. Scroll through to see photos and video of the winners. Masks are mandated inside all OVSD buildings, and not required outside per CA Governor Newsom.
Huntington Beach, CA-Every Americans must honor the labor, life, and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. today. We can pay homage to him by making his “Dream” become a reality. Reach out to a stranger, to someone you don’t know, someone different from you. Do you see someone struggling? Extend your hand and make a connection, and bridge a gap. Our actions today can work to lessen the unnecessary inequity in our nation created centuries ago. We still have a lot of work to do. Be of service today and everyday. In remembrance of MLK, all OVSD schools and offices are closed and will reopen Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
Orange County, CA-Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View School District as well as a teacher in Los Angeles county, said in a phone interview Wednesday schools should stay in-person and many kids are returning to campus from quarantining. Clayton-Tarvin said kids should be required to wear medical-grade masks and not the cloth ones. She also said kids should also wear masks outside when they’re bunched together. She added the state has made it “almost impossible to go to fully online school”. “The funding isn’t really there,” Clayton-Tarvin said. “If we wanted to shut schools, we could potentially lose funding and that’s just something that school districts can’t take a gamble on.”
*Click link above to read entire article.
Huntington Beach, CA-From reporter Matt Szabo at the The Daily Pilot of the LA Times. OVSD Board votes to demolish Park View School to make way for more green space and baseball fields in Surf City, USA, while adding value to the Westminster/HB community with a ground lease to ActivCare to build a memory care facility at the corner of Beach and Heil at Westmont School. Also, news on next school to be modernized, Mesa View Middle School. Read all the latest and my quotes on the matter by clicking the hyperlink above.
OVSD News: Park View To Be Demolished, and More
Huntington Beach, CA-Great News for the Huntington Beach, and Westminster communities from the Tuesday, 1/11/22 OVSD Board of Trustees meeting. The Board voted on two items O.2 and O.3, to move forward on demolition of the shuttered Park View school (the home of the Ocean View Little League) and opening a path to creating many acres of open park space, and more potential playing fields. Park View School sits just behind Murdy Park off Goldenwest St. and Warner Ave. At OVSD, we don’t sell land, we create fields of dreams for future generations. This is what making HB livable and fun for our children is all about. This demo will be funded in large part by the owners of a memory care facility company, that we have entered into an agreement with. They have pledged to finance $2.5M to demo the old school building, which was closed in 1989, in exchange for a long term ground lease of a small 1.91-acre piece of vacant land at the Westmont School property in the City of Westminster on the corner of Beach Blvd and Heil Ave. Great things happen when we work together as a team. Let’s do this, let’s play ball ⚾️!
KCAL9 News Visits College View
Huntington Beach, CA-KCAL9 News came to see our COVID test distribution in OVSD today at College View. Overall, District employees handed out over 2,500 test kits districtwide. Success! Anyone who didn’t get a kit, please inquire at your school on Monday and you’ll be given a kit. Keep up the good work OVSD
COVID-19 Test Distribution At OVSD
Huntington Beach, CA-We’d like to provide you with an update on the free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is allocating for K-12 students. Unfortunately, the Orange County Department of Education received a very limited supply of rapid tests from CDPH and school districts in Orange County will not receive quantities to cover their entire student populations in this first distribution. While this is disappointing news, we will distribute the tests that we have received thus far. Ocean View is committed to providing tests to all families. We are working to acquire additional tests from a variety of sources and hope to receive additional rapid test kits from the CDPH in the near future.
COVID-19 Test Distribution:
Friday, January 7th
All School Sites 3:00 - 4:00 pm
While supplies last!
All tests must be picked up by an adult and will not be distributed directly to students.
COVID-19 Rapid Test (Results within 30 minutes)
The recommended use of a rapid antigen test is for the following:
A student is completing an at home quarantine and needs a negative test on or after day 5 to return to school, in lieu of a 10 day quarantine.
A student who has tested positive, is isolating at home and needs a negative test on or after day 5 to return to school, in lieu of a 10 day isolation.
Each student will only receive one kit, with two tests. We urge families to use the tests in the circumstances described above to allow students to remain in school.
COVID-19 PCR Test (Results within 48 hours)
If you are not in need of a rapid test, we can provide a PCR test for your student. The recommended use of the PCR test is for the following:
Initial identification of COVID-19 for a student with symptoms.
Students needing to test while completing an in school quarantine.
As a reminder, we follow the Orange County Health Care Agency’s COVID-19 Orders and Recommendations, which can be found here. Please continue to monitor your child for any COVID-19 symptoms and keep them home if they are exhibiting any symptoms. We appreciate your support in helping us provide a safe environment in our schools.
CBS2/KCAL9 News Report, COVID Tests For StudentsOrange County, CA-CBS2/KCAL9 News reported today on delayed COVID tests from the State of CA. I spoke to reporter Michele Gile about the lack of tests in OC for students. Thanks to our wonderful OVSD parents who are keeping their kids home from school if they are feeling unwell. This is the right thing to do. Although we had many students out yesterday, we had over 6,500 present, which is great. If you’re concerned about your student’s return to school, contact your principal for guidance. We will support all students who remain at home as well as those in-person. Expect tests to be distributed at your school site on Thursday or Friday of this week. Great work OVSD, we will get through this surge.
Huntington Harbour, CA-With a new year, comes new successes to be thankful for. We deeply appreciate Best Version Media's Marla Harchut and Carol Larsen Photography for inviting us to be the January 2022 HB Coastal Living Magazine’s “Featured Family.” We are honored by this opportunity which was facilitated by our friend Doria Merical at Huntington Harbour Junior Etiquette Program. For those who would like to read the entire text of the article, see link in my profile bio. Follow the link to the post which can be translated into any language for ease of reading. These images are scans of the actual magazine which is out in hard copy now. Happy New Year from the Clayton-Tarvin Family!
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Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
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Huntington Beach, CA-To all in the Ocean View School District who celebrate, I wish you a very merry Christmas and great things to come.
Huntington Beach, CA-Merry Christmas . Here’s a behind the scenes look at our Human Resources and Administrative Services Departments at the Ocean View School District in Building B. Vice President Singer and I took a little tour around the building to see the Christmas decorations, after our Closed Session and before the Open Session meeting began, last week. Scroll through to see and hear Madame VP curate the thoughtful holiday cards each school site made for the season. It’s a tradition, each school site staff/department poses for a photo to commemorate the year that passed. See comments below for video. Thanks to all of our OVSD employees for making the district such a nice place to be. The Board of Trustees loves our employees. Click link above to see more images from our tour around HR at Facebook.
GCT Honored To Serve As OVSD Board President For 5th Time
Huntington Beach, CA-Since 1874, Ocean View has been educating children in Orange County. I’m proud to be part of this legacy. Thank you to my colleagues for voting for me to be the OVSD 2022 Board of Trustees President. It’s my honor to serve for a 5th time as president, and to work for our children and schools. As a team, we can do anything. Thank you to Trustee Briscoe for nominating me, via telephone all the way from Antarctica. Congratulations to Vice President Patricia Singer and Clerk Jack Souders on their wins tonight too. I look forward to working with you all this year to lead Ocean View. Big things are to come for our students and schools!
Teacher GCT Speaks to CBS/KCAL News
Cerritos, CA-Thanks to CBS2 and KCAL9 news for featuring my student Chloe Nauli and me on the Mental Health Monday segment in regards to students being in school in-person, and the social regression teachers are observing. We as educators, recognize challenges kids are having at school. We always want to work with parents to provide supports like counseling. We must do all we can to make sure that childhood mental health struggles do not turn into mental illness later in life.
Happy Holidays From the 2021 Board of Trustees
Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees wishes you Happy Holidays and all the best for the year 2022!
Huntington Beach, CA-We love Oak View, it’s a little piece of Mexico right in the of HB. After a year of hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Las Mañanitas de La Virgin de Guadalupe returned to Oak View in Huntington Beach. The joy of celebrating this occasion is amazing from visiting each home’s alter expertly crafted with flowers, lights, images, music, and more to highlight the respect of the Virgin Mary. When you visit Oak View for the festival, you’re greeted with open arms, fed amazingly delicious food including Mexican holiday favorites of mole, pozole, tamales, pan dulce, and my favorite, champurado. It’s a once a year treat! *Click link to see more images from the beautiful event.
Trustee Clayton-Tarvin Supports Teamsters 396
Once again, we are back at Republic Trash Dump to protest the improper actions of this corporation and their treatment of people. When we sued them in 2016, we knew that their unclean operations were polluting our students and teachers at the Oak View School, 50ft away. Now, they are mistreating the parents of our students, their own workers, essential workers. The trash truck drivers have always been here for us residents even during the pandemic, day in and out, rain or shine. We prevailed against Republic Services and forced a $26M settlement to make critical improvements at the dump to protect students, teachers, and Oak View residents, and now we support essential trash workers. Trash is piling up in the streets of HB, please settle this dispute now with your workers, Republic!
CBS2 Interview for Mental Health Monday Segment airing 12/13/21
Cerritos, CA-Thanks to CBS2 and KCAL9 for reaching out to me, to speak on the importance of mental health in the United States and the ramifications this global pandemic has had on students. Since the release of the Surgeon General’s report, we educators are assuring our communities that efforts to support our youngest residents are a top priority. It takes a team, from the local level, to the State, to our nation’s capital to recognize and destigmatize mental health challenges. Watch Mental Health Monday coming up next week at 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm on channels 2 and 9 for more details. Best part, my own student Chloe Nauli makes a special guest appearance and really hits home with her feelings and observations about being back in school full time in-person and how kids like her are doing. She’s really something, you don’t want to miss this!
Endorsement by Rabbi Stephen Einstein
Fountain Valley, CA-I’m honored to announce an important endorsement from former Fountain Valley School District Board Trustee and Rabbi Emeritus, Stephen Einstein. Rabbi Stephen Einstein is Founding Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, CA. Rabbi Einstein also served as the chair of the Huntington Beach Interfaith Council for many years, bringing HB residents of all religious backgrounds together to live in harmony and respect each other’s differences while celebrating what we all have in common as human beings. Thank you Rabbi for always supporting me, and for this endorsement for HBCC. I vow to work on bringing people together, while never giving up the fight against bigotry in all its forms.
Huntington Beach, CA-We wish all who celebrate, a happy Chanukah with light and joy!
Trustee Comments, Happy Thanksgiving
Thank you Councilman Al Austin!
Trustee Clayton-Tarvin Rebuts Defamatory Remarks
Huntington Beach, CA-Trustee Clayton-Tarvin rebutted slanderous and defamatory rumors spread by an errant OVSD Board member, Norm Westwell about community member Mark Bixby. Mr. Bixby serves as the Chairman of the OVSD's Measure R Bond Oversight Committee. Westwell made incorrect assertions about Chairman Bixby citing what he read on the “internet.” All statements made by Westwell are false.
Midway City, CA-Woah, Star View ….you’re amazing! Thanks for showing Dr. Hoeffer and I around your school, Principal Kraft. We got to see so many classrooms and speak with students and their teachers like Ms. Mullin, Ms. Rodriguez, Ms. Olquin, Mr. Dybas, Ms. Milton, and others. Staff life Ms. Hilburne made me feel at home too. Visiting 2-5 grade classrooms offered me a glimpse into a variety of subjects and curriculum. Math, Science, Social Studies, and more were on display. We even got to pose for a photo with the district skeleton fondly named “Chuck”. He was just in time for Halloween . Click hyperlink to visit post with more photos.
ABCUSD President Sophia Tse Endorses GCT
Cerritos, CA-There is no greater honor than to have the endorsement of one’s own boss. The top boss of ABC Unified School District, where I teach 6th Grade GATE program, Board President Sophia Tse has graciously continued to endorse my campaigns for public office. Now, she’s supporting my candidacy for HB City Council too. As a longtime public schoolteacher in the ABCUSD, I’ve been supported in every possible way to do my job, and educate the youth of tomorrow. I benefit from having a living wage, health insurance, and a stable workplace. This has allowed me to pursue my other life’s work of public service in Huntington Beach. I want to mirror this and provide for the employees of the City, while maintaining a balance of fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of HB. It’s all about hearing from constituents, and this has been ongoing work in OVSD as well. I’m proud to currently be one of HB’s largest employers with over 1,000 employees. President Tse is not only a board member, but also a public health nurse and a college professor. She manages a nearly $300M yearly budget overseeing 30,000 pupils and knows what it takes to safeguard public funds. I’m proud to have her guidance and support!
Huntington Beach, CA-OVSD Board Members and Staff were pleased to attend the 43rd Annual Dinner and Benefit for the Huntington Valley Boys & Girls Club last evening at the Hyatt Regency. We even ran into HB legend Dr. Ralph Bauer, former OVSD board member, HBUHSD board member and Mayor. He is always supportive of kids like those that attend Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley. Thousands of students from HB and surrounding areas are served daily by the club, and we are pleased to partner in working for the community. Great event with a silent auction, amazing performances by students, dinner and more, all to raise funds for a worthwhile cause, the children. Attendees pledged over $200,000 towards scholarships for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley. Thanks you to all who attended and gave so graciously. Click hyperlink above to view more.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia Endorses GCT for HB City Council
Long Beach, CA-It’s an honor to have received the endorsement of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Being the two largest beach cities in the area, Long Beach and Huntington Beach are intrinsically tied. Our cities share common interests including port safety and security, coastal preservation, and providing recreational and touristic opportunities for residents and visitors from all over the world. It’s time for our two cities to work together to better the lives of our residents. Mayor Garcia and I are confident that should I prevail and gain a seat on the HB City Council, we can work in extraordinary ways together for our residents.
Trustee Clayton-Tarvin on WBUR Boston's NPR Station
Harbour View Dual Spanish Immersion Language Students Perform
Huntington Beach, CA-Tonight we welcomed Harbour View Spanish Dual Language Immersion program students. They visited our board meeting, and performed a Spanish language song. They did such a great job, and we were so impressed. Amazing work, Pelicans!
Trustees Comments from 10/12/21
Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento Endorses GCT for HBCC 2022
Santa Ana, CA-It’s with deep gratitude that I announce the endorsement of Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento for my Huntington Beach City Council campaign. Santa Ana is the second most populous city and the county seat of Orange County, CA. It is also the 57th-most populous city in the USA, and led by the first ever Bolivian American to hold a mayorship. I’m so proud to have the support of Mayor Sarmiento, and look forward to forging a new relationship for our two cities. We must work together to propel the prosperity of our OC region for generations to come. Partnerships with key leaders like Mayor Sarmiento only further cement HB’s place as a regional leader in CA. Thanks to the mayor for his kind words of support and assuredness in my candidacy. Let’s get working
OVSD Welcomes the City of HB to Oak View School
Huntington Beach, CA-The Ocean View School District was pleased to host the City of HB tonight in our fabulous Oak View gym for a community meeting. OVSD President Singer, Superintendent Hansen, the community and I heard from multiple City departments about improvements that are soon too come to the Oak View neighborhood. Special guests, Mayor Carr, Council member Moser, City Manager Chi, HBPD Chief Harvey, and so many other talented department leaders presented their plans. We were very impressed with what we heard and look forward to working together to make these projects a reality. Joint use projects have been part of the history between our two agencies and we want to continue this tradition. Let’s get to work!
Fighting for HB's Public Health and Safety
Huntington Beach, CA-Now, more than ever in Huntington Beach, after the disastrous oil spill, we must demand corporate accountability. Gross polluters can’t be allowed to damage our environment, poison our land, and pollute our children. Trustee Clayton-Tarvin will continue to take on the big fights for our community, no questions asked. For Trustee Clayton-Tarvin, it has been an honor to be an environmental justice advocate, and her commitment is steadfast. She means business. Join us in sending a message that health and safety must be number one in HB. Let’s do this 🇺🇸
Huntington Beach, CA-Approximately 126,000 gallons of oil has leaked from a broken pipeline entering HB beaches and wetlands. Beta Offshore, a division of the Amplify Energy Corp is responsible for the spill and is working with the Incident Management Team on repairs and cleanup efforts. According to the City, they will work to ensure the responsible parties do everything possible to rectify this heinous environmental disaster. HB's ocean and shorelines are closed indefinitely, from Seapoint to the Santa Monica River Jetty. Do not enter the shoreline or water. City officials report that protecting the wetlands is one of their highest priorities. The City has deployed over 2,000 feet of protective booms at 7 locations. However, oiled wildlife are washing ashore. The oil spill has not affected any of our operations at the Ocean View School District. Click link above to read my thoughts shared and included in the Voice of OC article.
TO ASSIST WITH ANIMAL RESCUE, contact the HB Wetlands at at (714) 374-5587.
TO ASSIST WITH FUTURE CLEANUP EFFORTS, visit cleanups.surfrider.org.
FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SPILL, call the City's hotline at 714-374-1702.
*A claims number has been established for any individuals or businesses who feel they may have been affected by the incident, CALL: (866) 985-8366 and reference Pipeline P00547.
Huntington Beach, CA-The OVSD Board of Trustees decided on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 to resume home to school bus service for Marine View students coming from the Harbour View area. The services will be subsidized by general funds for this school year and revisited yearly. Due to a shortage of bus drivers nationwide, the service will not begin until a driver can be hired for the route. Read more here by clicking the hyperlink above to the OC Register news article.
OVSD Board Continues to Save Open Space
Huntington Beach, CA-Last night during the Trustees Roundtable, I praised members of the board for being the number one providers of open space and youth sports fields in Huntington Beach and beyond. We at OVSD never sell any school sites or fields. We have preserved 314 acres of open public land since the 1950’s. As a current board member, I will not allow any open space to be sold. OVSD has 25 sites and operates 16 as current school sites. The others are leased which brings in revenue to the district. We are the landlords of Walmart, Lowes, and multiple other businesses, like perochial schools, preschools, day cares, dance studios and more. These businesses bring in over $2.2M in revenue to pay back COPs debt, and for capital improvements as prescribed by CA law. Once open space is gone, there’s no way to get it back. Also, little know fact, bedsides the 25 sites, the OVSD also owns, yet leases 7 pocket parks to the City of HB for just a $1 per year. We do this so that everyone can enjoy fresh air, green grass, and a place to relax. We have given our commitment to save our community’s parks, provide playing fields to the majority of HB’s kids, and to preserve precious green open spaces for generations to come. This is a legacy to be proud of. Thank you OVSD residents for untrusting us to manage this land!
OVSD President Patricia Endorses Gina Clayton-Tarvin for HBCC
Huntington Beach, CA-I am proud and honored to present my first endorsement for Huntington Beach City Council, 2022. Thank you to my colleague, OVSD President Patricia Singer, for her support. We aim to prove that bipartisanship is possible and works in local government when the ultimate goal is protecting students. We ensure that learning and academic achievement are number one. We guarantee that with my possible election to HBCC, the relationship between the City and the 5 school districts serving HB will be positive and focused on making the lives of residents better!
Huntington Beach, CA-Today at Harbour View, we attended a special Patriots Day Remembrance ceremony, as tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our nation on September 11, 2001. A moment of silence was held for those lost in 9/11 and for those American service members lost in Afghanistan recently. These 13 lives were honored by placing 13 flags in the ground by HV students. All will remembered, and never be forgotten. Thanks to HBPD and HBFD for being present to honor our nation’s citizens and patriots that lost their lives. Never forget !
Trustee Clayton-Tarvin for HB City Council 2022 🏄♀️🇺🇸
Huntington Beach, CA-Coming Soon, Campaign 2022!
Huntington Beach, CA-We’re Back, OVSD is Better Than Ever. We held an amazing Kick Off event with all of our OVSD staff, all 800, outdoors and masked for the new school year this morning. Marine View student Jordyn Prewitt wowed the crowd with a rousing version of the Star Spangled Banner, while Board President Patricia Singer, Superintendent Dr. Carol Hansen and HB Mayor Kim Carr gave special messages to all. Each school competed in a school competition, and it was a blast. We’re Back, Better Than Ever!
Special Board Meeting-COVID19 Safety PlanHuntington Beach, CA-Tonight the OVSD Board of Trustees convened a Special Meeting to learn about the District’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan. This new plan is required by CDPH to begin the 2021-2022 school year. Topics discussed were testing protocols for those who have been exposed on campus, quarantining guidelines, the independent study process, issues of vaccination and more. Pay no attention to the conspiracies circulating in our community, you can count on us to follow the expert health guidance, safeguard your students, and protect their rights to be secure while in our care. School board members, like myself, have a legal obligation to enforce mask mandates, and face possible criminal penalties if we refuse to do so per the CA Penal Code. At OVSD, we will follow the law. Masks will remain mandatory for all students and staff while inside school buildings, and voluntary while outside. COVID testing will not be mandatory for students, but offered on campus as part of a set of protocols for returning to class if exposed. Vaccinations will not be offered at our school sites to children, and there is NO mandate for kids to be vaccinated in California at all, despite what some unscrupulous players are spreading as unfounded rumor. Ignore the noise, and rest assured that, our number one priority is our students.
First Day of School in Cerritos
Cerritos, CA-First Day of School for my new 6th grade tigers in Cerritos. This year looks a little different, but we are all back together again in-person. Masks are worn at all times while indoors, and voluntary while outdoors. Most students kept them on while outside, out of an abundance of caution. The Delta Variant is prevalent in LA County, so we are vigilant. We have plexiglass corals for each student, a divider for me, and Heppa filtration machine as well. Per CDPH/LA County mandates, all students must keep 6ft from adults and 3ft from each other. It’s different, but we’re making the best of it. What really matters is that the kids are together again, where they belong. Welcome Back to School!
Huntington Beach, CA-Surf City, …we’re back! We are happy to be back in Huntington Beach, and went down to the pier and to dinner at Duke’s last night. We love eating there, and enjoyed coconut shrimp, panko encrusted calamari, Asian sticky ribs, arugula salad, and the famous Hula Pie with ice cream, fudge, and topped with macadamia nuts. Happy to enjoy our local businesses with their excellent food and services.