Capo Unified Candidate Statement: John Alpay

Incumbent wants a full term to tackle taxes, keep scores high.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch is running each Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees candidate's statement on file with the county Registrar of Voters office on consecutive days. Trustee Area No. 3 covers San Clemente. Candidate Yolanda McNamara did not file a candidate’s statement.

NAME: John Alpay

OCCUPATION: Governing Board Member, Capistrano Unified School District

Since taking office two years ago with over 69,000 votes, I have successfully restored stability to CUSD. Gone are the days of negative headlines in the mainstream media, replaced with a renewed focus within CUSD on education and the responsible use of taxpayer money.

While Sacramento cuts funding, CUSD still balances its budgets. I have successfully defended against efforts to eliminate academic programs, a decision justified by continued high test scores.

In fact, students now have more choices with new charter schools and programs. I led efforts to approve California Preparatory Academy, Oxford Preparatory Academy and the Mandarin Immersion Program.

With interest rates at historic lows, I am working to refinance existing school facilities bonds and Talega Mello Roos assessments included with property taxes. Once completed, San Clemente taxpayers will see lower property tax bills.

I have law and business degrees from UCLA, graduated from UC Berkeley and currently work as a corporate executive.

As a father with two children in CUSD schools and another in preschool, I want them to have the best education. As a taxpayer, I want my money spent responsibly. Please allow me the continued honor of representing San Clemente on the CUSD Board of Trustees.


Capo mom September 02, 2012 at 02:05 AM
The days of negative headlines in the mainstream media are not gone and Alpay can be found front and center. John Alpay March 16, 2011 “I move that this board affirmatively elect to disregard the rule of law, subject the school district to unfair labor practices by the teachers union, incur additional, unnecessary legal expenses and needlessly waste taxpayer dollars on attorneys and needless litigation, throw this district back into turmoil, causing further erosion of home values spanning from San Clemente to Aliso Viejo, from Dana Point to Rancho Santa Margarita, and therefore move we affirmatively breech the contract with CUEA [Capistrano Unified Education Association, the teachers union]. Is there a second?” http://ranchosantamargarita.patch.com/articles/more-allegations-of-brown-act-violations-thrown-at-school-district After the meeting, CUEA President Vicki Soderberg gave Alpay a big hug and said, "Omigod, it was so funny. We got it. We got it." http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/with-protest-from-two-trustees-school-board-reaffirms-controversial-restorations Alpay, supported by fellow union tool Pritchard, improperly silenced discussion of CUEA's latest contract. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/expert-cusd-trustees-did-not-follow-proper-procedure On top of that, Alpay surreptitiously crafted and passed an amendment that doubled his own compensation. http://alisoviejo.patch.com/blog_posts/school-board-votes-to-double-its-pay
Sharon Y. September 02, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Goodbye Alpay you are toast. You gave brought shame to the office. You are a bully especially to women. Let's review your record Deficit spending every year on board Increased class size Gave back 31 million to unions who elected you Cut up to 3 weeks of school Shut down the democratic process during the budget vote And my favorite is threatening a police officer, yep you heard it The arrogance of this man, not worthy to serve.
The Lone Wolf September 03, 2012 at 01:49 PM
"Since taking office two years ago with over 69,000 votes, I have successfully restored stability to CUSD. Gone are the days of negative headlines in the mainstream media, replaced with a renewed focus within CUSD on education and the responsible use of taxpayer money." Is this guy dreaming? Responsible use of taxpayer money? Gone are the days of negative press? These 7 Trustees have embarrassed this district, its parents, its students and most importantly its employees in the press and at their board meetings. This is an unprofessional and ruthless group of individuals who in my opinion not only abdicated their responsibility to their teachers when they voted 7-0 to begin termination of the remaining three coaches, but they acted irresponsibly by voting BEFORE the Sheriff's report was completed. The Sheriff's report which no one seems to be seeking out or reporting on single handedly disposes of the charges levied against the coaches and shows how shallow the evidence and claims are by this district. Farley is left with admitting that the coaches had no guidelines and that the board policies did not exist at the time the allegations of wrongdoing supposedly took place. Farley sounds like the boy who cried wolf which is far off from the hundreds of thousands of dollars he claimed the coaches "stole" from this district. HOW MUCH DID THIS INVESTIGATION WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE BASED ON FALSE AND MISLEADING DOCUMENTS COST THIS DISTRICT? Fire Alpay, Fire them all.
concerned parent September 04, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I hope people aren't fooled by this. CUSD is one of the worst-off in the state financially because of decisions made by the majority board, consistently sacrificing what's good for students (class size, academic programs) in order to feed the union beast. And with his suppression of debate on the budget, he gets my vote for worst CUSD trustee ever.
Capo mom September 05, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I don't think people in San Clemente will be fooled. According to my friends in the community, he is not well thought of. Particularly after his "leadership" role in squelching debate about budget issues and his misrepresentation about his loyalties to CUEA. I don't think he could get elected as dog catcher in San Clemente.
SC Mommy October 01, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Alpay must go! Ever heard of the fox guarding the hen house? Alpay is a union puppet who has voted on their behalf every chance available. He is a self-absorbed politician wanna-be. Look at his record...larger class sizes, shorter school year. Our kids are getting an inferior education because the piggy unions won't budge on reducing the unsustainable commitments to union saleries and benefits. Ever wonder why we have that big District building? Why we the tax payers are footing the bill for the union leader, Vicki Soderberg? Why Alpay puts his kids in Las Palmas with smaller class sizes? Because the fox is guarding the hen house...time to get rid of this fox! Stand up Parents and reclaim our schools!
O Captain! My Captain! October 15, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Totally agree, SC Mommy. Here's a link so everybody can research John Alpay's voting record. (www.whoisjohnalpay.com) See for yourself how he cuts instruction time, increases class sizes, and wastes money hurting teachers and the district time and time again.
Miguelito October 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Hola! Thanks for the great information on John Alpay. Today.. I had a moment of clarity about the arrogance of CUSD and the Trustees. I was dropping off some forms at school and realized that there are NO parking spots for parents..just a virtual sea of teachers spots with cars displaying large Alpay campaign banners. Who cares about Children? Certainly not CUSD spending 91 percent of unbalanced budget on salaries. Certainly not the oppressive unions that Alpay supports. Certainly not administrators with their fiscal irresponsibility. Their answer is to raise taxes on working families to fuel their addiction to the drug of deficit spending. All working families have had to do more with less in this economy, yet Alpay and CUSD expect us to continue to find there excess and mismanagement. Personally I'm saying NO to any Prop that taxes me more and my vote goes to Steve Lang.. A TRUE reform candidate.


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