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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

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.

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No. 77

Bob Hurley

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.

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No. 78

Ron Smith

Though he has been in the news lately because City Manager Allan Roeder put him on leave, it was Capt. Ron Smith's supervision in a homicide investigation earlier this year that earned him a place on the list. What started as an apparent sexual assault murder case involving two Orange Coast College students quickly turned into a much more complicated murder-for-profit plot.

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No. 79

Marian Bergeson

The grand dame of Newport Beach politics, former state legislator Marian Bergeson is still active in civic affairs. At 85, she chaired the city's Charter Reform Commission, which examined municipal labor laws and other aspects of the city's constitution. Measure V, the ballot measure that floated all of the charter reforms, passed. Bergeson also lent her name and clout to the Balboa Performing Arts Theater's fundraising campaign.

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No. 80

Gordon Bowley

Under the supervision of President Gordon Bowley, who has been with Costa Mesa United since 2005, the organization in 2010 donated $110,000 in grants, which went to the development and refurbishment of Costa Mesa athletic facilities. Bowley led four projects for Costa Mesa schools that included fixing TeWinkle Middle School's Little League field and renovating high school training facilities.

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No. 81

Terry Welsh

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