The Truth About Steve Lang
By Steve Lang
During my forty years in business I have worked very hard to garner the reputation I have earned and cherish. My word is my bond, and my reputation as an honest and fair businessman and person is impeccable. Probably out of fear of the unknown, a few rumors have surfaced about me that I would like to clear up. I don’t blame anyone, including my opponent, John Alpay, for any of these rumors. I understand people are passionate and believe what they want. However, I also feel that San Clemente residents should decide whether to vote for me based on accurate information. So, here’s my humble attempt to set the record straight about my campaign and me.
Rumor #1: I want to cut teachers’ salaries by 30%. Not only have I never said this, I’ve never even thought it. I believe teachers are the most critical piece in the education puzzle and that they should be able to work AND afford to live in San Clemente. I value their effort and dedication to our children and promise to treat them with the respect they deserve. I have learned over and over again that “it’s only a good deal if it’s good for everyone,” and I will strive to make sure our teachers are cared for with as much effort as I put forth towards our students.
Rumor #2: My church is funding my campaign. This one is just about as opposite the truth as they come. In fact, I have not asked for or sought donations from anybody. I’m personally funding my entire campaign myself. I view this, in addition to my time, as my personal contribution to creating a brighter future for my ten grandchildren, and all the families that are supporting me here in San Clemente. (By the way, I believe this also ensures I won’t have any political favors to repay.)
Rumor #3: I have a political agenda. Anyone who knows me can attest that this rumor is straight out of left field. I’m a businessman, not a politician. I’ve always had difficulty saying no when people I care about ask for my help, and right now I am trying to help where I can. I have no desire to use this office as a catapult to city council, mayor, or any other office. This is it for me. From an unbalanced budget, to consistent votes to increase class sizes, and cut instruction time, our current board is headed in the wrong direction. I believe my ability to manage the bottom line and my commitment to putting our children, teachers, and the city of San Clemente’s collective interests first will put us back on track to becoming one of the best school districts in the state.
Thank you very much for your consideration.