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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

Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle took the high road in an election year when many others did not. She was unflappable during her reelection campaign. She cares about the environment, realizing that the ocean and bay are her city's greatest assets. But she is also fiscal- and business-minded and is earning a reputation for transparency and accessibility among the press. She's also tougher than early detractors expected.

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No. 7

Judy Franco

Judy Franco holds the record for most years served on the school board. The running tally is 30 years, beginning with an 18-month appointment; she was officially elected to the Trustee Area 5 in 1981. The biggest thrill, Franco said, is getting to see the children go from kindergarten to high school — in what amounts to zero to 60 mph. Though told 30 years is long enough by her opponent in November, she coasted to yet another four-year term.

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No. 8

Katrina Foley

Should she stay or should she go? Katrina Foley wrestled some with her choice to leave the Costa Mesa City Council this year in favor of the Newport-Mesa school board. She offered a moderate to liberal viewpoint, and supporters found her a necessary counterpoint on the conservative council. Nevertheless, Foley has vowed to take her widely known intensity to the school board. And she's already found herself on the other side of a 6-to-1 vote.

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No. 9

Allan Mansoor

Allan Mansoor knows how to generate attention. In taking a stand against illegal immigration, the former mayor lit a political brush fire by ceremoniously declaring Costa Mesa a "Rule of Law" city. Many saw this as a stunt aimed at appealing to voters. If that's the case, it worked. Mansoor easily won election to the state Assembly. But here's the thing that many of Mansoor's critics don't want to see: the man's views are in line with those of many voters.

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No. 10

Wendy Leece

Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece ignited fireworks this election year after going against the directive of Republican leaders and voting to approve only mild concessions in public employee contracts. Leece had sought the GOP endorsement, won it, and then voted against that party's wishes. Some said she should have done what the Republican brass wanted, but Leece did what she always does — vote her conscience.

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No. 11

Rush Hill

Some had called him "the eighth councilman" because of his years of service on citizen boards, committees and commissions, but newly elected Newport Beach Councilman Rush Hill made it

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