The city annually issues a list of accomplishments for the calendar year. Of the 51 accomplishments in 2010, only one — the establishment of a permanent shelter for the city's homeless population — was included in the Coastline Pilot's list of the Top 10 Stories of the Year, which was more about people than projects. Our top story was the Dec. 22 flood, which happened after the city's list was issued.
Also spotlighted by us — not in any order:
•City Council election;
•Travails of Laguna Terrace Park renters trying to buy the land under their mobile homes;
•Public outcry about the proliferation of cell towers, over which the city has little control;
•City finances, including the budget, early retirement of the half-cent sales tax that established a disaster fun and helped pay bills for the Bluebird Canyon restoration not covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's $34 million reimbursement;