This is our great high-minded issue of the year. The last week of December, the Independent ranks the top 10 stories of the past 12 months and pays tribute to the major figures in the community who passed away. The year-end retrospective can be joyful (KOCE-TV becoming Southern California's top PBS station) or sobering (the James Roberts and Rodney Alcala cases) or somewhere in between, but it tends to be short on weirdness.
No community, though, goes through an entire year without a few oddball moments. So here, continuing an annual tradition, are the Independent's Wacky Achievement Awards for 2010:
The Most Original Political Campaign Award goes to Andrissa Dominguez, a playground supervisor at Smith Elementary School who ran for Huntington Beach City Council. A grass-roots candidate to the max, Dominguez ran with a campaign budget of $0, and she requested that prospective campaign donors instead give money to political causes around town. When the Huntington Beach Downtown Residents Assn. sent a questionnaire to every candidate, Dominguez declined, saying she lacked enough knowledge about city issues to respond.