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Who made this year's DP 103?

Chosen people (or animals) include City Council members, public safety officials and religious leaders.

December 31, 2010|From Daily Pilot staff

Scott Boras is such a good sports agent that he can negotiate a one-year, $10-million contract for a Major League Baseball player coming off a season in which he batted below .200. Boras closed that deal for Carlos Peña with the Chicago Cubs this month. The offseason is when Boras' clients usually earn the most they can for swinging a bat or throwing a baseball. Boras Corp. is in Newport Beach.

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No. 57

Becky Bailey-Findley

Becky Bailey-Findley, the former chief executive of the OC Fair & Event Center, came back on the local scene in 2010. Recently it was announced that she would serve as interim chief executive if the deal to sell the fairgrounds went through. If Newport Beach-based Facilities Management West is allowed to buy the fairgrounds, expect to see Bailey-Findley in charge until a permanent chief is named.

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No. 58

Erwin Chemerinsky

The dean of UC Irvine's School of Law continued to defy his critics by voicing his strong views. After 11 UC students were arrested at UCI in February for allegedly disrupting a speech by the Israeli ambassador, he tore into them in an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times. He argued that the students hadn't necessarily had their First Amendment rights violated. Rather, they had prevented others from speaking freely.

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No. 59

Mike Izzi

Mike Izzi, the third-year UC Irvine athletic director, made, arguably, the most difficult decision of his tenure in 2010, letting men's basketball Coach Pat Douglass go and hiring former NBA and college assistant Russ Turner to take over. He continues to oversee baseball and men's volleyball programs that are nationally renowned, and the men's and women's soccer teams have been ranked in the top 11 nationally this year.

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No. 60

Shannon Santos

Shannon Santos, executive director of Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, continues the good work started by the late Merle Hatleberg, the founder of one of Costa Mesa's best known charities. Some folks only see, or step in, to the place to volunteer on Thanksgiving but Someone Cares is busy year-round — particularly in times of economic hardship like this one where the unemployed ask for help they never thought they'd need.

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No. 61

John Speraw

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