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Behold our annual list of newsmakers and influential types. Also check out a list of our readers' picks.

December 25, 2012|By the Daily Pilot Staff
  • Olympians Sharon Day, April Ross, Jake Gibb and Misty May-Treanor, who were honoroed by the City of Costa Mesa in September, were just some of the local athletes who made the area proud with their performances in London.
Olympians Sharon Day, April Ross, Jake Gibb and Misty… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

1.) Our Olympians: No one made us prouder this year than the capable athletes, coaches and announcers from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa and Irvine who represented Team USA in the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London. They grew up, trained or live here. Costa Mesa even gave out street signs named after its stars. So instead of just one person at No. 1, we have a whole Irvine and Newport-Mesa team.


Women's beach volleyball

Misty May-Treanor (Newport Harbor High)

April Ross (Harbor)


Track & field women's heptathlon

Sharon Day (Costa Mesa High)


Men's gymnastics

Sam Mikulak (Corona del Mar High)


Men's water polo


Ryan Bailey (UC Irvine)

Jeff Powers (UCI)

Tim Hutten (UCI)

John Mann (CdM)


Women's water polo

Tumua Anae (CdM)


Women's rowing

Esther Lofgren (Harbor)


Men's indoor volleyball

Brian Thornton (UCI)

David Smith (UCI)


Men's beach volleyball

Jake Gibb (Costa Mesa resident)

Sean Rosenthal (Corona del Mar resident)



Amber Neben (UCI)


Coaches, announcers, and others

Tony Ciarelli (Harbor): Throws for India.

Maryn Ciarelli (Harbor strength coach): May-Treanor's strength coach.

Charlie Buckingham (Harbor) coach for Lasers sailing, Virgin Islands.

Robert Lynn (Harbor coach) U.S. men's water polo assistant.

Dan Klatt (UC Irvine) assistant for women's water polo.

Paula Weishoff (UC Irvine) assistant for women's volleyball.

Keith Yonkers (Newport Beach resident) men's water polo announcer.


2.) Sandy Genis: She left the Costa Mesa City Council in 1996, but stayed active in the fairgrounds fight and other civic affairs before roaring back as the top voter-getter in the Nov. 6 election.

3.) Jim Righeimer: The Costa Mesa mayor continued his drive to reform pensions and other benefits, but signaled after the election that he was willing to rescind the layoffs and compromise with organized labor.

4.) Tom Hatch: Costa Mesa's city CEO kept the city stable during trying political times.

5.) Dave Kiff: The Newport Beach city manager made meaningful and difficult decisions — with minimum drama.

6.) Nancy Gardner: An environmentalist and an avid paddleboarder, Newport Beach's outgoing mayor set the tone for compromise and gave the shortest — and best — state of the city address in memory.

7.) Steve Mensinger: The Costa Mesa councilman proposed — and passed — a transparency ordinance for City Hall and won his appointed seat after an intense election.

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