Why I’m A Candidate

I am a candidate for Costa Mesa City Council in 2012 because someone needs to stand up for the citizens of our city. Costa Mesa, the city my family has called home for over 23 years, is suffering. The City of the Arts — home to the Orange County Fairgrounds, the Performing Arts Center, South Coast Plaza, and family-friendly neighborhoods — has become the city

Cast Your Vote!

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Every vote counts!  If you need to get in your ballot today, before election day, you can head over to the OC Registrar of Voters at 1300 South Grand Avenue in Santa Ana—you don’t even have to park to drop of your ballot. And if you have a vote-by-mail ballot, you can drop it off signed, sealed, and enveloped at any polling place in Orange

KABC-TV Interview on Charter

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Nice piece on KABC-TV, including an appearance on camera by me.  Vote No on V!!

Barbara Venezia Endorsement


Great endorsement from Barbara Venezia of The Orange County Register.  She thinks I’m a “pepper!”   Barbara wrote: To pepper this recipe, my first choice would be John Stephens because he’s an attorney. I feel his legal background could be invaluable since the city is embroiled in so much litigation. I think he’ll work well with the city attorney, and brings a level of expertise and

Orange Juice’s “John & Ken” Blog Endorse The Top 3 And No on V

A local blog that goes by the name “John and Ken” wrote a complimentary piece which we posted to our website. To our knowledge, the blog does not share the platform or views of the radio program that also uses that name.  

CM4RG Ad in The Daily Pilot


Thanks to CM4RG for your continued support!   Editor’s Note: The following appeared in the print edition of the Daily Pilot on Sunday, October 28.    

Tom Johnson Endorsement


Great endorsement by Tom Johnson in The Current: John Stephens, well, I’ve met John before. But to be honest, what really impresses me about Stephens is his wife, Amy. Now, don’t get me wrong here. You see, Amy and I served together on the Costa Mesa Senior Center board years ago and she was one of the real beacons of light in that group. So,

Costa Mesans For Responsible Government: Why We Support the “Top Three” – Stephens, Weitzberg, & Genis


I am very proud to be endorsed by CM4RG along with Sandy and Harold.  CM4RG is doing great things for our community and its members truly have Costa Mesa’s best interests at heart.   Editor’s Note: The following appeared in the print edition of the Daily Pilot on Friday, October 19. At this point in Costa Mesa history, we need strong leaders who can take

Eastside Costa Mesa Neighbors’ Group Forum

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Thanks to our Eastside neighbors for hosting such a fun and informative forum last night.  You provided a service by exposing the candidates to the community so the voters can make an informed decision on Election Day.   Editor’s Note: The following appeared in the print edition of the Daily Pilot on Friday, October 19. Seven of the eight Costa Mesa City Council candidates attended

John Stephens For Costa Mesa Needs Your Help

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We really need help with a few aspects of the campaign over the next four weeks (26 days until Election Day).    We will be walking precincts, phone banking, and distributing signs.  If you can help with any of these activities, please e-mail me at john@stephens4costamesa.com and I will provide you with additional information.  We also need more financial contributions.  If you or anyone you know

Endorsed by OCLCV and Sierra Club

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I am proud to have been endorsed by both the Orange County League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter.  I will advocate for Costa Mesans on environmental issues such as the proposed Banning Ranch Project.  We need to put the interests of Costa Mesa residents first, especially when it comes to environmental and quality-of-life issues.