There are many good restaurants on Costa Mesa's Westside, but only one is owned by Maria Elena Avila, a champion of this community, its schools, residents and businesses. Avila's El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant is where she tends to hold court on Friday nights, but lucky diners catch her on other days. Avila has been involved in business and charitable causes in Orange County for many years.
Double-check your board shorts. Chances are Bob Hurley may have made them. Starting out as surfboard shaper in Huntington Beach, the surf executive has transformed his love of the sport into a global brand. Hurley gives back to the community in a number of ways, including his Walk the Walk event, which encourages high school students to take a stab at fashion with their own fashion show.