10. Newport-Mesa election: Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley won a seat on the Newport-Mesa school board and 30-year incumbent Judy Franco dispatched another challenger, showing that voters wanted both familiar and new voices.
9. City attorney arrested: Newport Beach City Atty. David Hunt was arrested following a domestic disturbance call to his home. He was not charged and kept his job.
8. Solar panel glare: Homeowners off Bayside Drive covered their private hillside in solar panels, harnessing the sun and the anger of neighbors irked by the glare.
7. Immigration reform: Costa Mesa declared itself "A Rule of Law" city against illegal immigration. Mayor Allan Mansoor, who backed the declaration, won an Assembly seat.
6. Medical marijuana: Costa Mesa enforced its prohibition on medical marijuana establishments, getting sued by med-pot users along the way.
5. Mooring fees: The Newport Beach City Council challenged entrenched mooring holders, who had been selling access to their floating cans for tens of thousands of dollars.