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Although Chris Korpi claims an impostor bought the controversial domain names, he's now combating an attempt to identify the sites' true owner.

After insisting an impostor set him up to take the blame for several deceptive election websites, a Capistano Unified Children First volunteer is now fighting a subpoena to uncover the identity of the sites' owner.

Last month, Chris Korpi was fingered as the person behind two sites with URLs that impersonated Parents Advocate League president Julie Collier: juliecollier.com and parentsadvocateleague.com (the real site uses a dot-org domain name).

The sites, now disabled, instead took visitors to school board president Gary Pritchard's campaign website and to Children First's homepage. Children First spent at least $38,000 for a slate of four school board candidates, including Pritchard and incumbent John Alpay, according to campaign financial statements.

Korpi denied any involvement in the scheme, claiming an impostor registered the websites under his name with Internet host GoDaddy.com.

Collier has since filed a lawsuit against the “John Does” behind the domain names.

Collier's lawyer, Wayne Tate, is also seeking the source behind two other deceptive sites: dawnurbanek.com (which redirected visitors to Alpay’s campaign site) and bill-perkins.com (which sent people to Pritchard’s site). Urbanek is an active CUSD critic while Perkins was the candidate who lost to Pritchard.

Korpi, who provided Alpay with more than $2,500 in "campaign management services" this year, previously told Patch, "I categorically deny" registering the deceptive websites.

Tate said he asked Korpi to sign a statement to that effect but Korpi declined.

Because GoDaddy said it couldn’t guarantee the identity of any registrants, Tate subpoenaed both the company and Korpi for the identity of the person or group that paid for the misleading URLs. GoDaddy informed Tate the registrant has the right to object to the subpoena.

Korpi has done just that.

“Chris Korpi/Korpi Marketing Services objects to the disclosure by [GoDaddy subsidiary Domains by Proxy] of any information regarding his accounts or registration of any URLs or domain names,” states a response to the subpoena.

Korpi's lawyer, Robert K. Sall of Laguna Beach, cited several objections in his response, saying the subpoena was overly broad and not valid in Arizona, where Domains by Proxy is based.

Said Tate: "Sure isn't consistent with someone who claims he was a victim of identity theft."

Neither Korpi, his lawyer, nor representatives from Children First could be reached for comment by Patch.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Article edited slightly to show that Korpi provided his campaign management services to Trustee John Alpay as a non-monetary contribution.

fact checker November 17, 2012 at 08:04 PM
There is no evidence that the current board is not moving on to and ready to work with all stakeholders. That includes employees. The union bashing has provided no evidence of undue influence by any group. So the following excerpt from the link you provided shows no bias? "The so-called old board members are fairly new themselves. During the course of three elections in four years, they ran as a reform slate to replace the "old guard" that had presided over a series of cringe-worthy headlines." No context about those cringe worthy headlines? No mention of the fact that despite massive investigations, arrests, trials, lawsuits and biased news reports (including the cringe worthy headlines) not one misdeed was ever proven in a court of law? But in one sentence you raise the specter of doubt again. Why?
Dan November 17, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Dawn, there are budget issues for sure! But it seems that you are not willing to take the same advice you encourage PennyPatch to take. You want Penny to go further back and examine the political shenanigans from four, six, ten years ago. I encourage you to do the same with what you call the games being played with the budget. Go back and look at Prop 13 and what it has done to education funding. Go and look at the funding Laguna Beach gets per student compared to Capo. You are clearly a smart woman Dawn, but you have a political agenda that is anti teacher and anti union that makes you turn a blind eye to the real nature of the problem. Imagine what you could really do for the children of CUSD if you put your efforts to the true root of the problem.
Dawn Urbanek November 17, 2012 at 08:30 PM
In response to Dan: "But it seems that you are not willing to take the same advice you encourage PennyPatch to take. You want Penny to go further back and examine the political shenanigans from four, six, ten years ago. I encourage you to do the same with what you call the games being played with the budget." I think you are confusing me with someone else- I said that I was new to CUSD at the time all of this was going on so I had no knowledge of the "political shenanigans" from years back. I also said that I felt it was irrelevant and that we need more transparency on budget issues and employee contracts if we really want to maintain even a basic education for our children. I wrote an article about the funding formulas back in March- LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Preventing Bankruptcy at Capo Unified http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-preventing-bankruptcy-at-capo-unified
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Dan, Having read through Dawn's complaint, I do think you're all off point (and Dawn, correct me if I'm misunderstanding). Dawn's complaint, which has nothing to do with the misleading websites, is saying the district did a poor job in communicating to parents what was really on the table during contract negotiations. The district had its contract "openers," and clearly the district has communicated to me that its lawyers feel those broad subjects ('hours," "benefits," etc.) was enough. From what I have learned, there really is no previous court case that speaks directly to this issue of whether contract openers are sufficient disclosure. So in the course of its review, the DA may decide to get a ruling on this issue, or it may side with CUSD's attorneys. As for "all districts do this," actually, districts do handle these issues differently. What's lost among the CUSD gadflies on all sides is the perspective from other districts. It's something I get by covering other Patch districts and talking to OCDE. Heck, even CUSD was much more communicative about the actual sticking points before, during and after the strike than they were this year. This year, if it weren't for the union (something positive!), we would not have known what was on the table at all until about June 21, when the agenda came out. And I love PennyPatch! So much easier than saying my last name, which no one knows how to pronounce. :-)
Dan November 17, 2012 at 09:16 PM
So, Dawn, you see what the true nature of the problem is, yet you place so much effort at placing blame with the union and the teachers. No matter what, in this situation kids are getting hurt, but claiming that the teachers union is the one to blame for the hurt is just as disingenuous as comparing per capita income figures to teacher salaries to show the greedy nature of our teachers. Your intentions are transparent, Dawn, but I'm not sure you intend them to be. Again, it is now clear that you understand the true nature of the problem with school funding here in CUSD and the OC. How about YOU doing what YOU can to deal with the real nature of the problem? How about putting your efforts where they could really make a difference rather than where they only cause divisiveness and misinformation? Prop 30 has passed, the school year is intact, and the teacher's union is not the true problem. On Wednesday November 7th a clock started ticking and now there is only so much time to fix what is broken. As you have said, the best thing for this district is for the parents to become informed. How about putting all your efforts into informing them about the true nature of the problem rather than continuing to add to the divisiveness?
Dawn Urbanek November 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Dan- Until union members in Orange County begin to feel the pain that is continually thrust onto our children- they have no incentive to join forces with parents and the public to force change in the formulas at the state level. The Union is much more powerful if they are advocate for State Positions rather than local positions which will eventually bankrupt every school District in Orange County because tax increases will never keep pace with CUSD's growing and accelerated cuts. SO keep creating one year budgets that cuts show maintain maximum employee compensation while cutting everything else including the school year and eventually you will have no teachers left in the classroom... you might as well start calling CUSD students twinkies!
randy November 17, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Dan, what is to blame for Hostess insolvency? Metaphorically speaking. Prop 30 passed. Students need more classroom teachers beyond 3 R's. Or laying off more on the kids' expense? Prop 30 pours/prioitizes money into...? 175 days, what else in next few years?
Dan November 17, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I see how it is Dawn. And... Union members are feeling the pain, it's just not the amount of pain that YOU want them to feel.
Dawn Urbanek November 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Dan - Its about proportion- When something is 111% of a budget you cut that- not the protion that is paid for with gifts and illegal fundraising. Keep schools open and take the 1.2% pay cut.
Dan November 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Randy, you are comparing twinkies and oranges. The Hostess insolvency is caused by a lack of profitability and a union that doesn't want to admit that. CUSD and OC's problems are not caused by a lack of funding. Instead, the property taxes that are paid here do not stay here. Instead the funds go to other districts like LAUSD. THAT IS THE REAL NATURE OF PROBLEM. Are Laguna USD kids any better than CUSD kids? Why does Laguna get to keep almost all of their property taxes for their schools yet right next door in CUSD only a fraction stays with our students?
Dan November 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM
PennyPatch.... How about doing an piece that really looks at the differences in funding between CUSD, Laguna Beach, LAUSD, etc? In my talking with parents in this community it seems that only a small fraction understand this issue yet it is this issue that is at the root of all these problems. It would be great to see where our local state representatives stand on this issue because they never seem to address these issues. I so appreciate journalism's role in a democracy, but it seems local journalism has turned away from this issue to focus more on that which polarizes than that which informs.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Because that's your bias showing. Any look would be more comprehensive. There are 27 school districts in OC. Only 3 are basic aid. BTW, out of those 27, 13 were on a qualified budget last year (meaning they can't guarantee solvency for the next 3 years). While anyone would be hard-pressed to say schools are having an easy time right now, they are weathering it differently. A more interesting question to me is why?
Dawn Urbanek November 17, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Dan- I will work with you on changing formulas- but there is no political will to do that in Sacramento - everyone is very happy to have Orange County as the largest donor county in the State. I agree with you. Most people - including myself still do not understand how to become a basic aid district- I have seen lots of "buckets" trying to explain it but it isn't really clear. So I too would like to understand that better.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Btw, there's no argument that schools aren't funded equally. That's part of the story. It's just not the whole story.
randy November 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Penny, perhaps you can reserve future weekends to expect more invitations from retirement parties. Prop. 30 to be thanked the most? Maybe I'm wrong after all.
fact checker November 17, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Dan, it isn't that Dawn blames the employees for the reduced revenues. It is that she thinks they should be solely responsible for making up the difference. And then she throws in her conspiracy theories about employees working with district officials (both elected and appointed apparently) and OCDE officials to, well, I'm not sure what her charges are. She seems to think the only incentive that drives people is money. She fails to see how offensive this might be to the teachers and staff she entrusts with her own child every day. But then she always has her back up plan, private school. Could it be that her real motive is vouchers so she doesn't have to pay for private school? Her own words seem to indicate that.
shelly November 17, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I do not believe that Dawn's motive is vouchers. I believe that she wants the best for her child. We may disagree but we all want what is best for our children.
shelly November 17, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I do not believe that Dawn's motive is vouchers. I believe that she wants the best for her child. We may disagree but we all want what is best for our children.
randy November 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Thank you Shelly for not spinning. I know Dawn wants solution for the public school as much as do many CUSD parents. I applaud her effort to reach the DA office. Prop 30 is good news for students and teachers.
Capo Parent November 21, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Let's wait and see. Unintended consequence of the passage of Prop 30, gov't entities believe the door on taxing is wide open. LA City Council just voted to put a half-a-cent sales tax on the ballot. If it passes, the sales tax in LA will be almost 10%. Steinberg & "Fat Boy" Perez are discussing legislation to lower the percentage of the vote needed to pass a parcel tax. This may be a very disingenuous way by the Dems & their allies to get around Prop. 13.
shelly November 22, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Capo Parent, The economy tanked. There is less going to the schools so programs have been cut, class sizes increased, teachers rif'ed, furlough days,etc. Not matter who has been in charge things have been cut because money coming into the district has been less. Do you believe it is a bad to try to find ways bring money to our schools? And it is not more money than before but money to restore things that were cut.
Dawn Urbanek November 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Shelly- Please go to the State of California Web site and really look at the budget- Education has not been cut - it still remains about 50% of the 9th largest economy in the world. No place else on earth spend that much money on "Big Education". Why is the money not reaching the classroom. Please explain what constitutes per pupil spending exactly?
Dawn Urbanek November 22, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Also- I was surprised to see that the number of employees went up from 2011- 2012 to 2012- 2013 by 72? For Classified?
shelly November 22, 2012 at 03:11 AM
We spend less per child then most states in the US. And our district receives less per student than many other districts. And yes the budget has been cut. The money does reach the classroom. There is just less of it because the downturn in the economy. Teachers are a classroom expense by the way. Money spent on teachers is money spent on the classroom.
shelly November 22, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Dawn, We will not agree. I feel that the teachers, administrators, and the staff, including the custodians, are working for our kids. They are part of my community. I do not have the same agenda as you. The goals for my children and the lessons that I want them to learn may be different than what yours are for your child. Happy Thanksgiving!
Dawn Urbanek November 22, 2012 at 04:16 AM
Shelly- You are correct- but the Union is not working for our children and they have all the power.
Dawn Urbanek November 22, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Happy Thanksgiving. I would also like to express my thanks to the Patch- the only press that even bothers to cover the 50% of the California State Budget. Happy Thanksgiving Patch- Jonathan where is the OC Register and the San Clemente Times? On vacation already? Well Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 22, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Shripathi Kamath November 22, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to you too, Penny! And everyone else too.
fact checker November 22, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Dawn, in the spirit of Thanksgiving I would invite you to visit the CTA website to find out all of the things the union does for students. Teachers and their union truly do care about kids. They always have and they always will. It is time to stop looking for a villain here. There is no villain. Just a difference of opinion.


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