Robert T. Braithwaite (#56) and Dr. Allyson Brooks (#57) were named to
the annual Daily Pilot 103, a list of those who made news and lent influence in 2015.
Named are the year's newsmakers, as well as those who stayed out of
the limelight but still made an impact. Thanks go to everyone who suggested names.
Of course, there are more people who make a difference than there are spaces
on the list but there is no way to include them all. Please tell us who
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1.)Diane Dixon: The Newport Beach mayor and her Team Newport allies ushered in a year
of political challenges to the status quo — some would say for the
better, others would argue unnecessarily, but all would agree that 2015
was the end of business as usual.
2.)Keith Curry: The Newport Beach councilman accused Team Newport of grandstanding for
political gain, particularly when it came to ordering an expensive audit
of the Civic Center.
3.)Scott Peotter: The Newport councilman circulated an email critical of the U.S. Supreme
Court ruling on gay marriage, drawing criticism from civil rights advocates
— and some on the council — but he ultimately avoided censure.
Rev. Canon Cindy Voorhees: Despite her congregation losing its church on Via Lido, the St. James
the Great Episcopal leader kept her flock together as they held services
in the park and at a local museum.
5.)John Caldecott: Newport-Mesa Unified's former H.R. director was fired after alleging
officials miscalculated pension formulas; he then won a court ruling ordering
that related documents be made public.
6.)Steve Mensinger: Costa Mesa's mayor presided over the city's ever-present political
battles regarding everything from sober-living homes and relocating motel
families to new residential development and approving a new library.
7.)Katrina Foley: The Costa Mesa councilwoman, who often countered with the council majority,
negotiated extra assistance to displaced motel families and continued
her advocacy for Costa Mesa High School athletics and arts.
Donald Bren: The Irvine Co. chairman continued to refresh signature properties, while
also introducing conservation measures like hybrid-powered buildings and
water-sipping apartment plumbing.
9.)Paul Watkins: The longtime Newport Beach attorney and volunteer was named citizen of the year.
10.)Kathy Esfahani: A leader within the Costa Mesa Affordable Housing Coalition, she helped
lead protests against a decision that will displace long-term tenants
of the Costa Mesa Motor Inn without adding any new low-income housing for them.
11.)Mark Serventi and
Greg Pappas: The co-owners of Newport Beach's Woody's Wharf challenged in
court a city-ordered ban on dancing and extended hours.
Chris Yelich: The principal at Banning Ranch developer Brooks Street Builders agreed
to a California Coastal Commission directive to go back to the drawing
board and scale down the proposed residential development.
Steve Ray: The executive director of the Banning Ranch Conservancy stepped up the
grass-roots campaign for preservation and campaigned against the proposal
to build homes.
Anton Segerstrom and
Sandy Segerstrom Daniels: The managing partners of C.J. Segerstrom & Sons (South Coast Plaza)
continued the family legacy after the passing of the company's beloved
founder, Henry Segerstrom.
15.)Rob Sharpnack: Costa Mesa's new police chief was selected from inside the ranks.
Joyce LaPointe: The Costa Mesa Police Department veteran became the CMPD's first
Jay Johnson: The Newport Beach police chief announced his retirement.
Russell Turner: UC Irvine men's basketball coach led the Anteaters to their first
NCAA Tournament berth.
Rick Huffman and
Cynthia McDonald: The Costa Mesa First founders began circulating a ballot proposal that
would require voter approval for major developments.
Amy Senk: The thorough, accurate and dedicated Corona del Mar Today editor plans
to stop blogging Jan. 1.
: Costa Mesa city CEO.
Dave Kiff: Newport Beach city manager.
Scott Poster: Newport Beach fire chief.
Dan Stefano: Costa Mesa fire chief.
Sandy Genis: Costa Mesa councilwoman.
Jim Righeimer: Costa Mesa mayor pro tem.
Gary Monahan: Costa Mesa councilman.
Tony Petros: Newport Beach councilman.
Duffy Duffield: Newport Beach councilman.
Kevin Muldoon: Newport Beach councilman.
Edward D. Selich: Newport Beach councilman.
Frederick Navarro: Newport-Mesa superintendent.
Dana Black: Newport-Mesa school board president.
Karen Yelsey: Newport-Mesa school board.
Vicki Snell: Newport-Mesa school board.
Walt Davenport: Newport-Mesa school board.
Martha Fluor: Newport-Mesa school board.
Judy Franco: Newport-Mesa school board.
Charlene Metoyer: Newport-Mesa school board.
40.)Howard Gillman: UC Irvine president.
Dennis Harkins: Orange Coast College president.
Michael Beals: Vanguard University president.
Erwin Chemerinsky: UC Irvine Law School dean.
Jacob Haley: Principal, Costa Mesa High School.
Ernesto Munoz: Costa Mesa public services director.
46.)Matt Harper: State assemblyman.
47.)Mike Scheafer: Costa Mesa Sanitary District board president.
Gary Sherwin: Visit Newport Beach CEO.
49.)John Moorlach: State senator.
Michael Halt: Principal, Estancia High School.
Sean Boulton: Principal, Newport Harbor High School.
Kathy Scott: Principal, Corona del Mar High School.
Deborah Davis: Principal, Back Bay High School.
David Martinez: Principal, Early College High School.
Bob Wilson: Departing Vanguard University athletic director.
56.)Robert Braithwaite: Hoag Hospital CEO.
57.)Dr. Allyson Brooks: Medical director of Hoag Women's Health Institute.
Gerardo Mouet: Orange County Fair Board chairman.
Nick Berardino: Orange County Fair Board member.
Ashleigh Aitken: Orange County Fair Board member.
Stan Tkaczyk: Orange County Fair Board member.
Douglas La Belle: Orange County Fair Board member.
Barbara Bagneris: Orange County Fair Board member.
Sandra Cervantes: Orange County Fair Board member.
Robert Ruiz: Orange County Fair Board member.
Kathy Kramer: Orange County Fair and Event Center CEO.
Rob Dimel: Costa Mesa Police Officers Assn. president.
Shawn Dewane: President, Mesa Water District.
69.)Robert Dickson: Costa Mesa Planning Commission chairman.
Steve Rosansky: Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce CEO.
Ed Fawcett: Retired Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce CEO, president
Kyle Woosley: Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce CEO, president
Linda Leonhard: Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce CEO.
Tom Johnson and
Lynn Selich: Hosts of "Sunday Brunch with Tom and Lynn" on KOCI.
Diane Hill: United Neighbors newsletter publisher.
Geoff West: A Bubbling Cauldron blogger.
77.)Bob McCaffrey: Newport Beach activist.
Dave Ellis: Newport Beach political consultant.
79.)Charlene Ashendorf: Costa Mesa volunteer.
Evelyn Hart: Newport volunteer.
81.)Robin Leffler: Costa Mesans for Responsible Government.
Ann Parker: Costa Mesa community activist.
Julie Mercurio: Moderator, Costa Mesa Public Square Facebook page.
84.)Tom Pollitt: Newport-Mesa Tea Party.
Jean Watt: Newport Beach activist.
Barry Friedland: Costa Mesa Brief.
Mary Spadoni: Costa Mesa community activist.
88.)Mike Glenn: Newport Beach blogger/activist.
89.)David A. Grant: President, Coast Community College District.
George Argyros: Businessman and philanthropist.
Rick Francis and
Tammy Letourneau: Costa Mesa assistant city CEOs.
David Girling: Chairman, Newport Beach Harbor Commission.
93.)Diane Daruty: Newport-Mesa Spirit Run director.
94.)Jeff Herdman: Newport activist.
Dean O'Malley: President, Jetpack America.
96.)Dana Rohrabacher: U.S. representative.
97.)The Rev. Sarah Halverson-Cano: Fairview Community Church.
98.)The Rev. Amy Aitken: Costa Mesa, First United Methodist Church.
99.)George Murdoch: Newport general manager of utilities.
100.)Tony Dodero: Cosa Mesa city spokesman.
101.)Kim Pederson: Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission chairman.
102.)Mario Marovic: Stag Bar owner.
Coyotes: Feral canines.
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