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The Truth About Steve Lang

Probably out of fear of the unknown, a few rumors have surfaced about me that I would like to clear up. San Clemente residents should decide whether to vote for me based on accurate information.

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. 

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Erika Schulte October 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Thank you, Steve Lang, for taking the time to clearly state the facts of your position and therefore allow us, as voters, to make our own, informed decisions about who to vote for and why. Our students, not politics, need to the the primary focus of our district!
Dadof2 October 19, 2012 at 03:58 AM
A breath of fresh air, to actually have a candidate himself respond to rumors and lies that others claim to be "facts". Thanks Steve for taking the time. Where do these rumors begin? I am so frustrated as a voter, and the more transparency we can get from everyone who serves us the better off we all will be. No matter what side you are on.
Allison Winters October 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Steve Lang is for cell towers on playgrounds which is being banned in most states because it dangerous for our kids and moving the OC Swap on weekends. Ours kids deserve better than that! Mom of three young kids.
Nicole Thompson October 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is a simple decision: vote for Steve Lang. Under John Alpay, the school year has been reduced by 18 days. That means our kids get far less instructional time than all their peers in other states...least amount of time in the classroom than any district in the country. He also voted to increase class sizes. That means that the days our kids are in school, they get even less one-on-one time with their teachers.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I'll let Steve answer about the cell tower issue on whether he supports more of them. But to keep it factual, CUSD already has cell towers on campuses (unless they've taken them down in the last couple of years). Documents from 2009 show two at Capo Valley High School and three at Dana Hills.
Sissy Jones October 19, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Allison, You must be joking. . . I recently met Steve and usually stay out of politics but I feel so passionate about the sad state of our school district, increased class size (42 kids in a first grade class at our school) and shorter school year that I can't help but do my research and get involved.   Cell phone towers is not part of the Lang campaign platform.  It was mentioned along with many other ideas when Lang was brainstorming with parents in the community to try to find ways to make up for the huge deficit.   Good for Lang for thinking of ways to bring money in attempt to not take away from our children and teachers.  What has Alpay done, vote to increase class size and cut school days.   What are his plans for next year?  Increase class again and take away even more school days?  Pathetic!!! If Steve was elected; the entire board must research, vote, and agree on any new cell phone towers.  There is no way Steve can simply just put them up at schools nor is he sure he would ever propose it.   And the lie about Steve planning on putting hundreds of towers at our schools is ridiculous. Currently there are 2 cell phone towers at Capo Valley High and 3 at Dana Hills High.  Two of the towers have been there since 1984.  The towers bring in thousands of dollars a month.  Mr. Alpay knows this but is desperate and hysterical to divert the attention from his poor voting record, which every voter I have spoken with can see through.
Jane Lambson October 19, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Allison: I have not seen this on his website, nor have I heard him make a public statement about this. Are you sure this isn't another rumor that was started by CUCF. I have seen the signs, and they were being guarded by Chris Korpi. Surprise! Suppose it is true, however. No carrier is going to want to put a tower on an elementary playground. The towers would probably go to the HS. Being that it is right up against the freeway, the stadium area would be ideal. It would generate needed revenue for CUSD. This is not unprecedented. Capo Valley has towers in its stadium area as well.
Bert Willis October 19, 2012 at 07:22 PM
So if you are funding your own campaign, how come there is a donate button on your website? http://www.stevelang4cusd.com/#!support/c20cr Is that money going to your church instead?
Melissa Pete October 19, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I can't believe people are saying those things about you! Can you move back here and run for school board in FV? We neeeeed you. :D
Melissa Pete October 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Just because there is a button, Bert, doesn't mean he's asking for money. Some people may WANT to help. It doesn't mean they've been specifically asked. I'm sure he is funding his own campaign. It takes more than a $20 donation to run. This is a good, honest, hard-working man. You are lucky to have someone like him supporting your community.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 11:59 PM
You can see his financial statement attached to this story http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/for-penny So far, he hasn't taken any money from anywhere besides himself. The next reporting period closes Oct. 25.
Quentin Cook October 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Don't worry, I think that is his plan. He put his house on the market two days before he pulled papers to run for office. http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/203-Calle-Potro-San-Clemente-CA-92672/25145008_zpid/
Dadof2 October 21, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Quentin, thankyou for that amazing, insightful comment! Youre right!! Steve Lang is completely hoodwinking everyone! He's gonna spend over $25,000.00 during the election, he will win the election, and then of course he will then choose to run back to where he used to live ! Who wouldn't do that?? Wow, please post more of your incredibly well thought out conspiracies so that we can all be made just a bit more intelligent while reading them.
Allison Winters October 22, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Steve Lang states he is a “businessperson, not a politician” which is a useless statement. The moment Steve agreed to run for elected office, he is a politician. Win or lose, still a politician, just an unsuccessful one. Business and politics are intimately tied together. They should be separate but they are sadly not. As a politician, one should go out of ones way to not make stupid statements about cell towers and avoid the perception of cronyism. To do that takes honesty and integrity which goes to the heart of who he is. I am sure Steve is a good guy, just bad ideas. Which explains why there are so many teachers at his sign waving events- all teachers except for UCSD Board member Alpay. I don't want 42 kids in my child’s classroom any more than any other parent but I am surprised that you didn’t suggest supporting Prop 30 and 38 if you are so concerned about funding our schools rather than nuking our kids with cell towers. Facts don't show desperation unless you are saying Steve Lang has to state the facts now is being desperate:)
Allison Winters October 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM
To answer Sissy, Be succinct in your points. You don’t need to give a dissertation to make your point unless you are doing the hard sell of an unsustainable point such as Steve Lang can do a better job than John Alpay. Steve Lang did then state cell towers are an option for our schools. Just because they are existing cell towers on several UCSD campuses doesn't mean it was a good idea then nor now. Many states are banning them due to the unforeseen harmful radiative effects besides being a source of high voltage where children are present. As a mother, that’s a bad thing. I find it odd that Steve is endorsed by Councilmen Tim Brown who goes to your same church and works for a cell tower company acquiring cell tower sights. Huh? It doesn't matter if the whole CUSD board has to vote on putting cell towers at schools, it suggests a lack of judgement on Steve’s part to have an association with an elected official who does that job for a living.
Get Alpay Out October 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Allison Winters (AKA John Alpay), your attempts to connect cell towers to Tim Brown are false. I checked with Tim Brown to find out if he is in the business of acquiring cell towers as you claim and he said he changed companies a few months ago and has ZERO ties to any and all business with cell towers. NICE TRY! What other lies can Alpay come up with???
Allison Winters October 22, 2012 at 05:15 PM
So what does Tim do now? BTW, you don't just leave a business you are tied to for so many years. He has friends and ties to the industry and they need cell tower locations. What does Tim Brown do now? This does not change the fact that SL wants city towers to nuke our kids. And get it right, I'm not John, just a mom who supports John. I can have a different opinion than you does not make me wrong about the facts. Tim Brown's last job was acquiring cell tower locations. No need to change the fact that both Steve and Tim go to the same church and one wants to locate cell towers on schools and the other recently worked at acquiring cell tower location. I just find the connection interesting. BTW Tim has a Steve Lang sign in his front yard! He endorses Steve or there wouldn't be sign in the front yard. PS I like Tim. He is a reasonable Councilman. He is maturing as a representative of SC and has come to the middle on many issues. Too bad he said he is a one term councilman. I would vote again for him. Allison
Allison Winters October 22, 2012 at 05:43 PM
To "Get Alpay Out", It's funny that you say Tim Brown is out of that cell tower company. Did he go to another cell tower company b/C he is so good at acquiring cell tower sites, he got a promotion by going to another cell tower company? Be specific so you can then be trusted in what you call fact is really fact and not a diversion behind a hidden identity. Oh, where is your real name? You can be Steve Lang's wife or daughter with that fake name. At least, I use my real name:)
Dadof2 October 22, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Allison Winters or whatever your fake alias is.....classic you bring up Prop 30 and Prp 38 in order to backup your claim about not having enough funds in our districts for our kids. We sure find a way every single year to bring more money to our teachers. Prop 30 and Prop 38 are NOT the answer. Every dime from Prop 30 would go directly to the pension fund that has lost over 40% of its value, and is completely unfunded for all of those taking from it. Not 1 dime will go to a school, or kids, or textbook, or anything. Everyone knows this, yet the Union is adamant that we support it. Yikes. This is your solution? Having the people give more and more, and then even more? how about fiscal responsibility? How about living within your budget? Our current board doesnt do that, and it would serve the community well if they did.
Allison Winters October 22, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I love the string along arguments that never really answer the first statement. I hit on a nerve with the Tim Brown/ Steve Lang cell tower thing and the next thing to do is jump to something else never answering the first question. Most of you Steve Lang supports here use alias. I use my real name and you guys pile on that it is fake. How about you answer the first question and list your real names and then we'll talk. Talk about credibility issues. Let he cast the first stone who has not sinned.
Allison Winters October 22, 2012 at 08:57 PM
To dadof2, If what you say is so important, start with your really name. This is just a discussion, no need to hide who you really are. Free speech right. It isn't like you are coming to my house to hunt me down for speaking, right?

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