City of Costa Mesa honors its five local 2012 Olympians

Olympians Sharon Day, April Ross, Jake Gibb and Misty May-Treanor, who were honoroed by the City of Costa Mesa in September, were just some of the local athletes who made the area proud with their performances in London. (STEVEN GEORGES, Daily Pilot / December 25, 2012)

Dan Klatt (UC Irvine) assistant for women's water polo.

Paula Weishoff (UC Irvine) assistant for women's volleyball.

Keith Yonkers (Newport Beach resident) men's water polo announcer.


2.) Sandy Genis: She left the Costa Mesa City Council in 1996, but stayed active in the fairgrounds fight and other civic affairs before roaring back as the top voter-getter in the Nov. 6 election.

3.) Jim Righeimer: The Costa Mesa mayor continued his drive to reform pensions and other benefits, but signaled after the election that he was willing to rescind the layoffs and compromise with organized labor.

4.) Tom Hatch: Costa Mesa's city CEO kept the city stable during trying political times.

5.) Dave Kiff: The Newport Beach city manager made meaningful and difficult decisions — with minimum drama.

6.) Nancy Gardner: An environmentalist and an avid paddleboarder, Newport Beach's outgoing mayor set the tone for compromise and gave the shortest — and best — state of the city address in memory.

7.) Steve Mensinger: The Costa Mesa councilman proposed — and passed — a transparency ordinance for City Hall and won his appointed seat after an intense election.

8.) Wendy Leece: Often on the losing end of 4-1 votes, this Costa Mesa councilwoman stood her ground and enjoyed grass-roots support.

9.) Katrina Foley: The Newport-Mesa Unified school board member lent her voice — and name — to a lawsuit opposing Costa Mesa layoffs and helped select a new superintendent after the last one was convicted of two felonies.

10.) Fred Navarro: This well-liked school administrator returned — this time as Newport-Mesa Unified's superintendent.

11.) Robin Leffler: President, Costa Mesans for Responsible Government.

12.) Nick Berardino: Orange County Employees Assn. chief.

13.) Scott Baugh: Republican Party of Orange County chief.

14.) Bob McCaffrey. Stop the Dock Tax organizer.

15.) John Stephens: Costa Mesa council candidate.

16.) Gary Monahan: Costa Mesa councilman.

17.) Keith Curry: Newport mayor.