An Important Public Safety Message

Please read this important message from the police officers of Costa Mesa. There is a solution. Public safety is my highest priority and the first plank in our platform. Remember in November. Dramatic Reduction in Force, Rising Crime Rate and Overworked Staff Puts Local Cops and their Public in a Vulnerable Position COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Dallas attacks, the ambush and murder of three

John’s Fundraiser A Success

I held my first fundraiser a few days ago.  Many thanks to all who made it. If you’d like to attend the next one, drop me a note.  I will keep you posted of future events with the campaign.        

John’s Interview on Costa Mesa Brief

On June 14, I was interviewed by Brandice Strotman of Costa Mesa Brief on why I am running for Costa Mesa City Council.  Have a listen and let me know what you think in the comments below.  Many thanks to Brandice and Barry Friedland of Costa Mesa Brief.

Why We Need Change in Costa Mesa

The people of Costa Mesa have been suffering from a lack of effective leadership for the past 5 years, resulting in expensive lawsuits, depleted police and fire departments, out-of-control high-density development, rising homelessness, issues with Sober Living Homes, and threats to our parkland.  I will bring back trust and civility to the City Council, and address these and many other issues: Improve Public Safety:   Crime

I May Be Needed Now More Than I Was Back Then

John Stephens, a longtime Costa Mesa resident and business litigation attorney, announced his candidacy Tuesday for City Council. The 53-year-old Mesa Verde resident is running on a platform of rebuilding Costa Mesa’s public safety departments. Stephens, a Costa Mesa resident since 1989, last ran for the five-member council in 2012, narrowly losing one of three open seats to incumbent Councilman Gary Monahan by 155 votes.

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.