2012 DP 103
HERE. It looks like this year's list is a little dyslectic since the "103" is actually "130", one hundred thirty names on the list, PLUS 21 more "reader picks".
MOVERS, SHAKERS AND THE REST OF US
The list is full of politicians, sports heroes, educators, philanthropists, business leaders and a whole lot of just plain folks who make a difference in the community.
OLYMPIANS TOP THE LIST
We can all speculate about who should or should not be on the list, that's part of the fun. However, I doubt that anyone will disagree with the choice of our Olympians to top the list. So, "#1" is actually 22 names of local Olympians - a good start for this list.
LANZILLO ON THE BOTTOM
The bottom slot is occupied by Private Investigator Chris Lanzillo, whose presence at Skosh Monahan's gin mill in the run-up to the recent election certainly did create controversy. Yeah, he deserves to be down there...
Number 2 surprised me, but I sure don't disagree with it. Sandy Genis' activism and successful election to another tour on the Costa Mesa City Council certainly makes her worthy of this lofty position.
And, it's somehow appropriate that she is ranked above #3, new Mayor Jim Righeimer.
It was good to see Robin Leffler on the list this year. Her role as the President of Costa Mesans For Responsible Government (CM4RG), that broad-based grassroots organization that was instrumental in the defeat of Jim Righeimer's Charter in November, certainly qualifies her for a position on this list.
It was interesting to see City of Costa Mesa Communication Director Bill Lobdell's name on the list. Not that he doesn't deserve the recognition - he certainly does - but I smiled when I saw it because the original DP 103 was created by Lobdell and Tom Johnson when they both were with the Daily Pilot.
GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
I also smiled when I saw the name of Jess Gilman, retired legendary School Resource Officer, on the list. Sadly, it took his retirement for folks to fully appreciate his value to the Costa Mesa schools and the community in general.
Oh, yes... I'm on it again. I'm down there at #91, sandwiched between Amy Senk - publisher of Corona del Mar Today and the BEST BLOGGER in our area - and super activist Mike Scheafer. That's pretty darn good company, if you ask me.