American People" ... Last year's ranking: 24
54) RALPH BAUER, 69, Huntington Harbour ... City councilman ... Helped
to start Huntington Beach's Human Relations Task Force ... Also helped to
write city's Human Dignity Statement ... Was an environmentalist even
before it was popular ... Helped to start the Interfaith Council ...
Retired from long business career ... Is working on Huntington Beach
Collaborative, a group that would bring together public and private
social service providers ... Group would help to "make sure no one falls
through the cracks" ... Married to Charlene for 48 years ... Children are
grown ... Helps to raise money for students at UCLA ... Skis in his free
time ... Started Friends of the Library more than 30 years ago ... A
history buff, his favorite book is "World History at a Glance" ... Last
year's ranking: 25
55) BOB AND PAT DAVIS, 69 and 66, respectively, Huntington Beach ...
Longtime residents and Chamber of Commerce members ... Bob's a past
president of the chamber and started its annual planning conference and
golf tournament ... He handles community and government relations for
their firm, Davis Consulting ... Pat handles public relations and handles
fund-raising for the Huntington Beach Community Clinic ... Main organizer
of annual Duck-A-Thon, the clinic's major fund-raising event ... She is a
founding member of the American Heart Assn. Huntington Valley Branch ...
Member of the Soroptimists, Council on Aging, Art Assn. board, Project
Self-Sufficiency board ... A true senior advocate ... They love golf ...
Pat's philosophy: "This is my city, and it's no better than I make it"
... Last year's ranking: Unranked
56) CHUCK SCHEID, 73, Huntington Beach ... A watchdog over wasteful
spending in City Hall ... Serves on the city's Infrastructure Advisory
Committee and is chairman of the finance committee ... Suing the city for
collecting what he believes is an illegal property tax, which could save
residents about $7 million a year ... "On one hand, I'm trying to save