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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

The high school math teacher originally got interested in the Costa Mesa City Council after discovering that one of his favorite local hangouts, Kona Lanes, would be closed. He ran for council in November and lost. Now he is seeking to replace Katrina Foley, who went to the school board. If appointed, McEvoy would be the only liberal on the Costa Mesa City Council. At least one incumbent has said that isn't likely.

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No. 35

Kobe Bryant

The Los Angeles Lakers star guard, who has been a Newport Coast resident for the past eight years, led the purple and gold to its second straight NBA Championship. He did so in thrilling fashion. Though he struggled in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the rival Boston Celtics, Bryant further proved himself as one of the game's all-time greats and won his fifth ring. Bryant was named MVP of the NBA Finals.

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No. 36

Laird Hayes

As an NFL referee in his 16th season, Laird Hayes does high-

profile work all over. He officiated in Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. But he has done plenty of work locally at Orange Coast College as the men's soccer coach, a professor and a surf teacher. He stepped down as the OCC men's soccer coach in November after 24 seasons, which included seven conference titles and two state championships.

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No. 37

Jeff Purser

Jeff Purser, the Toshiba Classic golf tournament director and Newport Beach Breakers executive director, helps bring big golf and tennis names to the Newport Beach Country Club and the Tennis Club Newport Beach every year. Purser has kept the Toshiba Classic as one of the top events on the PGA Champions Tour, raising about $1 million each year for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

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No. 38

John Moorlach

Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach continued his campaign against generous public employee pensions. He remains a strong voice on complex John Wayne Airport issues. So why did the respected policy wonk inserted himself in a battle concerning Councilman Eric Bever and friend Chris Eric, who said they felt intimidated by police when they posted Jim Righeimer campaign signs? All politics are local.

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No. 39

Ed Fawcett

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