Group Demands Trustee Alpay Take Down Misleading Website

Lawyer for Hold CUSD Accountable gives the Capo Unified school board member until the end of Wednesday to disable his deceptive website, which redirects visitors to a pro-Alpay group.

The lawyer for a group whose name was co-opted in a website address bought by a current Capistrano Unified school board member has demanded that the trustee take down the misleading URL by the end of the day Wednesday.

Attorney Wayne Tate sent a letter Wednesday to Trustee John Aplay, insisting he shut down www.holdcusdaccountable.com, which is virtually the same as Hold CUSD Accountable’s real website but with a dot-com suffix instead of dot-org.

“I’m trying to get Alpay to do the right thing and take down his deceptive and misleading website,” Tate said.

Alpay did not respond to a reporter’s inquiry. The site was still active late Wednesday night.

Hold CUSD Accountable is a small group of parents opposed to the current majority on the Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees, including Alpay. It is endorsing three candidates, including Alpay’s .

Alpay’s bogus website, which he acknowledged buying, redirects visitors to the website for Capistrano Unified Children First, an advocacy group in step with the teachers’ union and the current board majority. It endorses Alpay, among others.

Patch has found at least six other deceptive websites. Internet hosting company , as the registered owner of most of those sites, but Korpi says an impostor set them up.

After publication of Patch's first story, six of the seven sites were disabled, but Alpay’s remained operable.

“You gotta give, begrudgingly, Korpi some credit,” said Tate. “When the poop hits the fan, it’s time to turn off the fan.”

Unlike the sites linked to Korpi, Alpay's version of Hold CUSD Accountable keeps his misleading URL in the address bar while the content is entirely from the Children First site, including its working links.

Penny Arévalo October 25, 2012 at 09:14 PM
fact checker October 25, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Headlines from two of your articles (and I don't care who wrote them) "Fact Checking the School Board " deals with the misleading site targeting John Alpay "CUSD Trustee Alpay Behind One of the Misleading Domain Names" deals with his taking responsibility for the domain name. Both are misleading sites. Why more emphasis on one and not the other?
SC Parent October 26, 2012 at 10:46 PM
The difference appears to be when you go to the Alpay sight...you actually go there. You are not mislead elsewhere. I didn't notice anything on that sight that appeared not to be factual, how he voted for example. His voting history is just that, speaks for itself. The other sight was set up to intentionally mislead people, which I find unethical. Honestly, if someone is capable of that what else will they do?? My kids deserve better.
SC Parent October 26, 2012 at 10:56 PM
...and imagine if the opposition set up the sight. You would be all over him, no doubt. Yet you continue to defend. This was wrong to do, not ethical, don't make up excuses.
Capo Parent October 30, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Because FF you're wrong. The website set up by Alpay is a misleading, imposter and illegal website that redirected you to Children First's website (what a surprise - NOT). The website about Alpay is only about Alpay and does not redirect to another website. I understand why you want to lump the two together because even you can't really defend Alpay's slimy and sneaking tactics, so you try to lump everyone together. Sorry, your sneaky tactic doesn't work either. You and Alpay will have to come up with a different tact.


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