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Alpay's Deceptive Website Comes Down

The Capo Unified school board member disables his site, which hijacked the name of a group that criticized him and instead sent visitors to a site supporting his re-election bid.

Capistrano Unified Trustee John Alpay has disabled a misleading website address that impersonated a group of his critics but instead sent visitors to a site supporting his re-election campaign.

he owned www.holdcusdaccountable.com, which is identical to the real Hold CUSD Accountable site, except it uses a dot-com suffix instead of dot-org.

According to Internet hosting site GoDaddy.com, the misleading website was purchased in June, just a day after Hold CUSD Accountable announced its formation to seek change within the Capistrano Unified School District.

Alpay's site redirected traffic to the Capistrano Unified Children First website, which endorses his re-election bid. But the holdcusdaccountable.com URL remained in the address bar.

A lawyer for the real Hold CUSD Accountable sent a letter to Alpay earlier this week, demanding the impostor site be disabled. An attorney for Alpay responded with his own letter Thursday.

“Any redirect of the website has been discontinued, without any admission,” wrote David Gabor, who practices in Los Angeles. “He has categorically not used the website for any purpose, much less as a ‘cybersquatter.’ ”

The letter paints Hold CUSD Accountable attorney Wayne Tate as a bully.

“[Y]our continued efforts to tar Mr. Alpay’s name and reputation, and your bullying conduct regarding this matter speaks volumes,” Gabor wrote.

Tate responded that Alpay was the one acting like a bully.

“If I wanted to bully people, I could take lessons from John Alpay," Tate said. "Look at how he treated poor Ken Starks.”

Alpay's deceptive site is one of eight misleading URLs that impersonated various critics of Capistrano Unified but instead took visitors to sites run Children First, Alpay or school board President Gary Pritchard, who is also seeking re-election. The other sites were disabled last week, and he had anything to do with them.

Capo mom October 29, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Wrong shelly, that is the union's job. The school board should protect the interests of the students and taxpayers. Our school board has failed to do that. They have performed about as you would expect as puppets of the union.
shelly October 29, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Capo Mom, The school board is elected to do what is best for the education of our children. It is better to have a working relationship with the people who do 95% education our children. Teachers should never be considered the enemy. If a school board member goes into the job thinking that the teacher is the enemy and needs to be taken down then what exactly is their image of education and teachers? Our former board had a combative relationship with our teachers and it led to a strike. No other district in California has one because other districts worked with their teachers. Teachers are people. They are not thugs, lazy or greedy. Our district is filled with good teachers and our schools are good. A school board member should be able to work with all the people of the school districts parents, students, taxpayers, teachers administrators, school employees, district employees. They should respect what a teacher does. Not label them as union thugs, greedy and lazy. This is what happened before. We do not need a repeat of what happened before. And the current board has 4 reform trustees who were not union endorsed and 3 candidates who were. Trustees Brick, Bryson, Addonizio and Palazzo were all supported by the same people.
shelly October 29, 2012 at 07:53 PM
sorry I made some grammatical errors above
Capo Parent October 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Right, let's keep going down Shelly's path. CUSD is looking at having to cut $31 million if Brown's tax cuts pass (not looking good) or $51 million if they don't pass (yeah!), along with roughly $54 million in unfunded retiree health benefits. Notwithstanding the financial disaster waiting to happen, most people don't realize that come January 2013, many teachers in CUSD will get a 3% raise c/o step and column, with another 3% raise in July 2013 c/o step and column. This is an illustration of the financial calamity resulting from the teachers strike and the elections in 2010 that has wrecked havoc on CUSD. You're right about one thing, we don't need a repeat of the unabashed power grab by the teachers union and its allies that gave them defacto control over CUSD.
shelly November 01, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Capo Parent, There was a teachers' strike because the former board imposed a contract intead of negotiating. No other district in California had a teachers' strike because other districts worked with their employees and teachers to find a solutions to the crisis that was caused by the economic downturn in our state. People did not agree with the strife the former board brought to our district so many voters in our district voted some of these people out. The school board will need to work with our teachers to find a solutions to the extreme budget restraints that almost every district has in California. Teachers are not the bad guys. We have good teachers and we have good schools. The teachers of our district are not the enemy.

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