By the Daily Pilot Staff
10:39 AM PST, December 25, 2012
1.) Our Olympians: No one made us prouder this year than the capable athletes, coaches and announcers from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine who represented Team USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London. They grew up, trained or live here. Costa Mesa even gave out street signs named after its stars. So instead of just one person at No. 1, we have a whole Irvine and Newport-Mesa team.
Women's beach volleyball
Misty May-Treanor (Newport Harbor High)
April Ross (Harbor)
Track & field women's heptathlon
Sharon Day (Costa Mesa High)
Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar High)
Men's water polo
Ryan Bailey (UC Irvine)
Jeff Powers (UCI)
Tim Hutten (UCI)
John Mann (CdM)
Women's water polo
Tumua Anae (CdM)
Esther Lofgren (Harbor)
Men's indoor volleyball
Brian Thornton (UCI)
David Smith (UCI)
Men's beach volleyball
Jake Gibb (Costa Mesa resident)
Sean Rosenthal (Corona del Mar resident)
Amber Neben (UCI)
Coaches, announcers, and others
Tony Ciarelli (Harbor): Throws for India.
Maryn Ciarelli (Harbor strength coach): May-Treanor's strength coach.
Charlie Buckingham (Harbor) coach for Lasers sailing, Virgin Islands.
Robert Lynn (Harbor coach) U.S. men's water polo assistant.
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.
18.) Tony Petros: Newport councilman.
19.) Tom Gazsi: Costa Mesa police chief.
20.) Tom Arnold: Costa Mesa fire chief.
21.) Peter Naghavi: Retiring Costa Mesa administrator.
22.) Eric Bever: Outgoing Costa Mesa mayor.
23.) Allan Mansoor: State assemblyman.
24.) Henry Segerstrom: South Coast Plaza chief.
25.) Donald Bren: Irvine Co. chief.
26.) George Argyros: Newport developer and philanthropist.
27.) Julia Argyros: Newport philanthropist.
28.) Koreen Kutch Johnson: Costa Mesa cheer coach.
29.) Sandy Segerstrom Daniels: South Coast Plaza managing partner.
30.) Anton Segerstrom: South Coast Plaza general manager.
31.) Jennifer Segerstrom: Newport philanthropist.
32.) Elizabeth Segerstrom: Newport philanthropist.
33.) Jay Johnson: Newport police chief.
34.) Jim Fitzpatrick: Costa Mesa Sanitary District board member.
35.) Colin McCarthy: Costa Mesa Planning Commission Chairman.
36.) Leslie Daigle: Newport councilwoman.
37.) Rush Hill: Newport councilman.
38.) Steve Rosansky: Newport councilman.
39.) Michael F. Henn: Newport councilman.
40.) Ed Selich: Newport councilman.
41.) Bob Rush: Assembly candidate.
42.) Jerome Hoban: Orange County Fair president and CEO.
43.) Rick Francis: Costa Mesa assistant CEO.
44.) Stan Tkaczyk: Orange County Fair Board.
45.) David Ellis: Orange County Fair Board.
46.) Sue Lester: Costa Mesa activist.
47.) Crystal Morales: Harbor student making heroic recovery.
48.) Scott Meyer. Corona del Mar High football coach.
49.) Jeff Teller. OC MarketPlace president.
50.) Dean Corey: Retiring Philharmonic Society of Orange County president.
51.) Cesar Cappellini: Save Our Youth (SOY) chairman.
52.) Dave Brooks: School board trustee.
53.) Walt Davenport: School board trustee.
54.) Karen Yelsey: School board trustee.
55.) Paul Reed: Newport-Mesa Unified deputy superintendent.
56.) Kevin Rafferty: Departing Davis Magnet School principal.
57.) John Moorlach: County supervisor.
58.) Helen Nenadal: Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. chief.
59.) Scott Poster: Newport fire chief.
60.) Jason Chamness: Costa Mesa police association chief.
61.) Richard Afable: President/CEO, Hoag Hospital.
62.) Rob Barbot: Interim superintendent.
63.) Shannon Santos: Someone Cares Soup Kitchen director.
64.) Karen L. McGlinn: Share Our Selves director.
65.) Jim Mosher: Newport council critic.
66.) Julie Folcik: Former Costa Mesa city clerk.
67.) Greg Ridge: Costa Mesans for Responsible Government.
68.) Kirk McIntosh: Pilot Cup organizer.
69.) Billy Folsom: Costa Mesa city mechanic.
70.) Gordon Bowley: Costa Mesa United president
71.) Allan Roeder: Retired Costa Mesa city manager.
72.) Tim Vasin: Costa Mesa fire association chief.
73.) Evelyn Hart: Former Newport mayor.
74.) Tom Duarte: Costa Mesa city attorney.
75.) Aaron Harp: Newport Beach city attorney
76.) Richard Luehrs: Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce president.
77.) Ed Fawcett: Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce president/CEO.
78.) Gary Sherwin: Visit Newport Beach, Inc. CEO.
79.) William H. Gross: PIMCO founder.
80.) Mohamed A. El-Erian: PIMCO CEO.
81.) Carl St.Clair: Pacific Symphony conductor
82.) Erwin Chemerinsky: UC Irvine Law School dean.
83.) Bill Lobdell: Costa Mesa spokesman.
84.) Fariborz Maseeh: Port Theater owner.
85.) Eleanor and Tom Egan: Costa Mesa activists.
86.) Jess Gilman: Retiring CMPD school resource officer.
87.) Jennifer Muir: Orange County Employees Assn. spokeswoman.
88.) Laura Boss: Newport-Mesa Unified spokeswoman.
89.) Harold Weitzberg: Costa Mesa council candidate.
90.) Amy Senk: Editor of Corona del Mar Today.
91.) Geoff West: Editor of A Bubbling Cauldron.
92.) Mike Scheafer: Lions Club Fish Fry organizer.
93.) Lee Mallory: Organizer of poetry readings.
94.) Frank and Barbara Peters: Newport activists.
95.) Kha Bao: Costa Mesa police officer who leads in DUI arrests.
96.) Dana Rohrabacher: U.S. congressman.
97.) Mary Hornbuckle: Former Costa Mesa councilwoman.
98.) Crissy Brooks: MIKA chief.
99.) Paul Salata: Mr. Irrelevant Week creator.
100.) Chris McEvoy: Teacher, council critic.
101.) Christy Roget: Coyote-awareness campaigner.
102.) Feet to the Fire journalists: Barbara Venezia, Norberto Santana Jr., Frank Mickadeit, Tom Johnson, Roger Bloom.
103.) Chris Lanzillo: Private investigator who admitted tailing Costa Mesa councilmen.
Daily Pilot Reader Picks
1.) Dennis Szakacs: Orange County Museum of Art director.
2.) Dan Krikorian: Costa Mesa basketball coach.
3.) Tara Finnigan: Newport spokeswoman..
4.) R. Scott Moxley: OC Weekly investigative reporter.
5.) Dan Joyce: Costa Mesa public affairs manager.
6.) Robert Murtha: Estancia football star.
7.) Billy Whitford: Executive director of Newport Aquatic Center.
8.) Dennis Harkins: Orange Coast College president..
9.) Trudy Ohlig-Hall: Former board member for Mesa Consolidated Water District, aka Mesa Water.
10.) Franklin: The sea lion who swam up the Back Bay.
11.) Back Bay bobcat: Hangs around Dover Shores.
12.) Perry Valantine: Costa Mesa activist.
13.) Santa Claus: The one in the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
14.) Fred R. Bockmiller: Mesa Water board.
15.) James R. Fisler: Mesa Water board.
16.) Ethan Temianka: Mesa Water board, former Costa Mesa parks commissioner
17.) Paul E. Shoenberger: Mesa Water general manager.
18.) Shawn Dewane: Mesa Water board.
19.) James F. Atkinson: Mesa Water board.
20.) Beth Refakes: Eastside resident.
21.) James Rader: Costa Mesa council candidate.