Catherine Curry-Williams and Scott Williams

In October, this husband and wife won unanimous City Council approval to build a two-acre wheelchair-friendly playground in Griffith Park. The project, which they hope to finish within a year, will feature lowered basketball hoops and monkey bars, raised sandboxes, and swing sets with gliders that allow kids to roll their wheelchairs along with them right onto the swings. (Sara Catania)

photography by SOPHIE OLMSTED

Gail Ruderman Feuer

Through sheer grit, Feuer, senior counsel for the National Resources Defense Council, has emerged a stalwart in Los Angeles' uphill battle to clean up its environment. Half of one of L.A.'s most potent couples (her husband Michael sits on the City Council), Feuer has led many a campaign to improve the city's air quality, especially in poor communities, and to protect Santa Monica Bay. (David Cogan)

photography by ANNE FISHBEIN

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