As a resident of Costa Mesa since 1989, Mayor Pro Tem Stephens has deep community ties and has served on the city’s Pension Oversight Committee, the Costa Mesa High School Foundation, Costa Mesans for Responsible Government and is a founding member of the St. John the Baptist Finance Council and Pastoral Council.
He was a leader of the “No” on the Charter campaigns in 2012 and 2014, including intervening in a lawsuit between the City of Costa Mesa and the Orange County Registrar of Voters in 2012 and is a member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee, which evaluates judicial candidates for the governor.
He has been a business litigation attorney since 1989 and has given talks to the OC Bar Association on litigation-related issues, such as electronic discovery and witness preparation. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers of America and Top Attorneys in Orange County.
Mayor Pro Tem Stephens has been married for 33 years to his wife, Amy, and they have four children: Tom, Nate, Carolyn and Olivia, all four of whom graduated from St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa. He has been entertainment chair of the St. John the Baptist Festival and served as event’s emcee since its inception in 2000.
He has coached either baseball, softball or basketball for 19 years and is proud that approximately 30 girls that he coached played high school softball and some played in college. He also served on the boards of the Costa Mesa American Little League and the Fountain Valley Girls Fastpitch Softball league for many years.
And oh yeah, he’s an avid golfer and amateur karaoke performer.
Video & newspaper links:
- Op/Ed: New language institute will enrich cultural life in Costa Mesa
- Op/Ed: Public safety is Costa Mesa's highest priority
- Op/Ed: Yellowstone case worth the fight
- Westside Listening Tour Recap
- Homelessness Forum
- Fireworks Forum
- ACCOC Homelessness Partnership Dinner
- Op/Ed: Animal Shelter
- Op/Ed: Immigrant Community Fears
- Op/Ed: Fire Contract was Fair
- Op/Ed: Answer to Homelessness
- Los Angeles Times Columnist Steve Lopez's column on Sanctuary Cities
E-mail: John Stephens
Phone: (714) 337-1872
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