September 26, 2004
Newport Beach voters have one very easy decision when choosing whom to elect to the City Council this Nov. 2: Councilman Steve Bromberg is running for reelection unopposed. Even if he wasn't, we think Bromberg clearly deserves another four-year term. He went from Balboa Island activist to strong city mayor in just a few years. He is straight-forward in his thinking, no-nonsense about running the city and has learned about city and regional issues. He will serve the city well once again.
September 19, 2004
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Tuesday night, the Newport Beach City Council will begin deliberations about who should replace Councilman Gary Adams and finish the final two years of his term. It will be the second time in a year that the council has had to choose a replacement for an resigning councilman. Following Gary Proctor's resignation, the council added Steve Rosansky to its ranks. It's as important a decision as the council will make. The person they choose will not only have to step in and represent the community, but that person will in two years have a decided advantage if he or she chooses to run in the 2006 election.
April 1, 2004
June Casagrande The city's first Greenlight councilman said he is distancing himself from the Greenlight Committee, taking a public stance against the group's lawsuit against the city as well as a flier it has been circulating around town. "I don't want to be painted with the same brush," said Councilman John Heffernan, who was elected as a Greenlight supporter with the slow-growth group's endorsement. "If [Phil] Arst and his Greenlight Committee want a more strident voice on the council than mine, well, the filing deadline for them to run a candidate for my seat is the first week in August."
January 22, 2004
JOSEPH N. BELL I had coffee late Tuesday morning with Newport Beach City Councilman John Heffernan to talk about the impending efforts of that city to take over the operation of John Wayne Airport. We were sitting outside, and our conversation was put on hold 11 times because we couldn't talk over the noise of planes climbing out of John Wayne. (The only person who could dispute that number is Heffernan, and he wasn't counting.) The planes offered a cacophonous counterpoint to our discussion, and I couldn't help wondering how many of those flights we heard had been added as a result of the last cap agreement that will carry us to 2015.
November 27, 2003
June Casagrande City officials will strike up a dialogue with county leaders to learn how the city might play a bigger role in controlling landmarks on and in its borders, possibly by even taking over John Wayne Airport. The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to create a committee to begin talks with county leaders on four subjects: tidelands, the Santa Ana Heights Redevelopment Agency, the Coyote Canyon Landfill and the airport. The vote came amid little discussion, with the only voiced objections centering around the landfill.
November 14, 2000
I was delighted with the election of John Heffernan to the Newport Beach City Council. He ran a splendid campaign and I'm sure he'll be a worthy member of the council. But the main reason I'm so pleased is that he is Tom Heffernan's son. During the early days of World War II, Tom Heffernan was the resident special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the same time, I was an officer in the Office of Naval Intelligence. Each of us was charged with investigating cases of alleged "sabotage, espionage and subversity" -- in Tom's case, with civilians; in my case, with naval personnel.
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.
October 16, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- When District 7 City Council candidate John Heffernan graduated from Stanford University in 1972, his father sat him down for some career talk. "Your brother's a farmer, the other a doctor and I'm a lawyer," Heffernan remembers being told. "If I'm gone, we need a lawyer in the family." Heffernan had planned to become an engineer or an architect. But when his father died two days later, he knew law school was his only option.
October 6, 2000
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- The Riverboat Restaurant's paddle wheel didn't move an inch. But inside the ship's restaurant, the campaign for three seats on the City Council picked up steam with the underdogs in each district lashing out at their opponents. "The one issue that's going to differentiate [candidates] is the slow-growth measure," said Robert Shoonmaker, a candidate for District 5, in his closing statement. He referred to Measures S and T, two opposing ballot initiatives that address growth control in the city.
August 9, 2000
Noaki Schwartz NEWPORT BEACH -- City Council hopefuls Bob Wynn and John Heffernan announced they are definitely candidates, despite acknowledgments that they could split the vote if they both run against incumbent Tom Thomson. Wynn, a former city manager, and Heffernan, a local attorney, have talked about the possibility that they could lose because they could divide votes. Despite this, the two say they are determined to run. Thomson's district includes Harbor View, Spyglass Hill and Jasmine Creek.