Judi Heidel, San Clemente
The October 25 issue of the SC Times published a letter highly critical of John Alpay, our current school board trustee. The writer, Mark Earnest, admits that he has never met John Alpay, so his purported knowledge about Mr. Alpay’s motives and intentions is puzzling.
More importantly, Mr. Earnest’s facts are wrong. As one of the ten signers of the petition that initiated the recall of Mike Winsten, I can attest that the recall was not “union-backed”; the teachers’ union did not “put him (Mr. Alpay) up to it” (running for election). Mr. Earnest also claims that Mr. Alpay was not really “elected” and that he “snuck in the back door by virtue of being the only candidate on the ballot when the recall passed”. The option to not recall Mr. Winsten was available on every ballot to every voter in CUSD. Mr. Winsten was recalled by 61%. Mr. Alpay was opposed—by Mr. Winsten—and he won.
As for Steve Lang’s own candidacy for school board trustee, he recently sent a brochure mimicking a report card full of “F”s for Mr. Alpay. One of those “F’s” was for engaging in reckless deficit spending. Mr. Lang cited his source for that “fact” as the Orange County Department of Education. The OCDE has since sent Mr. Lang a letter demanding that he delete that reference as the department had in fact commended the current board for its prudent budgeting. Mr. Lang also gave Mr. Alpay an “F” for increased taxes. The source cited for that “fact” was the CUSD agenda. I have confirmed with the district that no tax issues have ever been on any board agenda since Mr. Alpay took office.
Finally, in the same SC Times issue, Mr. Lang’s response to the question “Why should voters cast their ballots for you” suggests that he deserves your vote because he is not a lawyer. It would seem to me that having attained a degree in higher education, whether in law or otherwise, would be an asset for a school board trustee, not a detriment. John Alpay has served our district with excellence, integrity and distinction. The facts speak for themselves.