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Opinion - Elk Grove's Steve Ly is an Ambitious Man From Humble Origins, But is Far From Humble

By Atticus Finch | August 4, 2016 |

There is no question that Mr. Steve Ly is an ambitious man from humble origins. However, no one can accuse him of being modest or unassuming. 
Mr. Ly has used his office with the Elk Grove Unified School Board as a springboard to becoming a councilman for the City of Elk Grove. He recently announced plans to run for the mayor’s office this year. It’s a safe bet that he has visions of running for state office and beyond. 
Before he gets to the moon, voters are entitled to a few answers. After all, has Ly served the City and his community with honor, commitment and integrity? Does he consistently display good character, strong morals, and leadership and does he put others before himself? Is he the next leader that Elk Grove needs or is he just another politician with aspirations of higher office? 
So far, his actions have demonstrated the latter. 
Transparency and trustworthiness are traits that an effective leader must possess. Ly lacks both. 
He claims to have a Doctor of Jurisprudence but neglects to list the name of the school in his biography on the City’s website. Does he, in fact, have a JD? If so, why does he not list the name of the school? Ly’s 2012 profile at lists he has a “doctor’s degree at UNC (2014 profile listed here). 
In fact, UNC is the defunct Lorenzo Patino School of Law which was not accredited and recognized as a school where students could sit for the Bar exam. If Ly had a law degree from a legitimate law school, such as King Hall at UC Davis or Hasting College of Law in SF, you bet he would list that.
Ly claims education is a cornerstone and pillar of his background. But he hasn’t proven himself to be honest and forthright with his own academic career and yet claims to be an advocate for childhood education.
Mr. Steve Ly is an ambitious man from humble origins, but he is far from humble. His objective is to serve his own interests and goals, not those of the community he represents. Just look at his track record.
This opinion was submitted by a verified Elk Grove resident who asked to remain anonymous. 

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