April 26, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- The news that Greenlighters will lose their only representative on the City Council has come as a disappointment but hasn't discouraged the group's hope to put Greenlight supporters on the council. On the contrary, said Greenlight Committee spokesman Phil Arst, the group hopes that by getting Greenlight supporters elected, it can help change the mind of Councilman John Heffernan. "We hope to get him a council majority next year in this coming election," Arst said.
April 27, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- City Councilman John Heffernan may not leave the council after all. Heffernan, who announced on Tuesday that he would vacate his seat on the City Council, said on Friday that he was reconsidering the decision. "There are certain things that have taken place over the last 48 hours that have caused me to question it," Heffernan said. "I'm not sure what I'm going to do." He would not give details, except to note: "I think there's a lot of unfinished work to be done here, and I'm not so sure that the rest of the council's going to get it done."
December 25, 2002
June Casagrande Councilman Gary Adams' announcement that he will propose tightening city rules on recorded campaign messages as part of a conflict-of-interest ordinance has created strange bedfellows of two council members on opposite sides of a local political scandal. Councilman John Heffernan, who proposed creating new conflict rules governing city elections, did so with Adams' campaign manager, Dave Ellis, in mind. As consultant for the Airport Working Group, Ellis' firm received about $458,000 of a $3.6-million city grant to the working group and Citizens for Jobs and the Economy to promote El Toro Airport education.
August 7, 2004
Deirdre Newman After grappling with the desire to spend more time with his family, City Councilman John Heffernan decided Friday to run for reelection. His decision was not without angst. Friday morning he was set on not running but was persuaded to do so by staff members, who made an emotionally compelling case for his staying on the dais, he said. "I think [my family] has kind of reconciled with it," Heffernan said. "The staff kind of did its best to keep me in the ring."
November 8, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- With all but one of the City Council races too close to call late Tuesday night, the District 7 race mirrored the tight presidential race while the biggest fund-raisers led the polls in the other two districts. Businessman and attorney Gary L. Proctor, 55, is likely to succeed Councilwoman Jan Debay as the council member for District 2. Steve Bromberg, a 56-year-old mediator, will probably replace Mayor John Noyes in the District 5 seat and businessman and attorney John Heffernan seems to have taken the District 7 seat from incumbent Tom Thomson.
January 22, 2006
Just when you thought it was going to be a quiet New Year in Newport Beach, former mayor and current City Councilman John Heffernan decided to resign. Yes, effective Jan. 11, the residents of District 7 lost their reelected councilman. What a shock to all of us -- and to me! After I heard the news, I stopped by Heffernan's office in Newport Beach, and he graciously met with me while I tried to talk him out of it. I probably stated things many other people would have, if they could have.
January 10, 2002
June Casagrande NEWPORT BEACH -- When Newport Coast residents officially became part of Newport Beach on Jan. 1, freshman City Councilman John Heffernan found himself the likely representative for what is now by far the largest council district in the city. Population counts adjusted at the last election showed the city's seven council districts had average populations of about 9,500 each. But the addition of about 7,000 coast residents adjacent to Heffernan's district could nearly double the number of people he represents.
December 3, 2003
June Casagrande Nearly a year before the next City Council election the ballot is already coming into focus. Steve Bromberg will run for another four-year term on the City Council, he announced Tuesday. Newcomer Steve Rosansky had already announced when he applied to fill Gary Proctor's vacant seat that he planned to run in November. Of the three council seats up for grabs next year, only one remains a complete wildcard. District 7 Councilman John Heffernan said he will decide sometime next year, likely in the summer, whether he'll run for another term.
October 1, 2004
Alicia Robinson There's a line somewhere between reserving the right to change one's mind and flip-flopping, and some observers think Newport Beach City Councilman John Heffernan has crossed it. At a forum held last week by the Central Newport Beach Community Assn., Heffernan said he wouldn't accept any endorsements in his reelection campaign. But earlier that night, he had told the Newport Beach Firefighters Assn. he would accept an endorsement from the group he had initially declined.
October 18, 2002
June Casagrande A discussion on tightening conflict-of-interest rules for the City Council won't be heard until after the Nov. 5 election, at the request of Councilman John Heffernan, who proposed the idea earlier this month. "I've asked the city manager to hold off on creating a study session on this until after the election, instead of at the next meeting," Heffernan said, citing three reasons. Foremost, he said, more time is needed to research the legal nuances of the plan.