Navarro Builds Campaign on Anti-Growth Reputation


Men, women and politics.

* San Diego mayoral candidate Peter Navarro is making the most of his reputation as the building industry’s least favorite candidate.

A building industry group’s questionnaire asks: “Do you desire the endorsement from the Construction Industry Political Action Committee?”

Navarro wrote back:

“No, but please endorse Ron, Susan & Tom.”

* Lynn Schenk, Democratic hopeful in the 49th Congressional District, is one of only 25 candidates nationwide endorsed this election season by EMILY’s List, a Washington-based political group dedicated to electing Democratic women.


Emily stands for Early Money Is Like Yeast: “It makes the dough rise.” In 1990, the group raised $1.5 million for 14 candidates.

Ellen Malcolm, EMILY’s founder, comes to San Diego on Wednesday for a fund-raiser.

* Bill Winston, the music promoter also running for the Democratic nomination in the 49th Congressional, boasts that he’s the only candidate “not trying to hide my true profession.”

Winston opponents Schenk and Byron Georgiou preferred not to be listed as attorneys on the ballot. Winston, who owns a night spot and coffee house, is listed as “small business owner.”

He’s also the only candidate (probably in any local race) who is financing his campaign with reggae concerts: two down, one to go.

* Texas Gov. Ann Richards was among those attending the 10th annual Border Governors Conference last week in San Diego. She’s been here before.


Her family lived in San Diego during World War II when her father was a Navy pharmacist’s mate. She attended Roosevelt Junior High.

* Watchful eye.

Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.) is monitoring the Navy investigation into homosexuality among U.S. sailors in Japan and offering to help reporters digging into the story, which the Navy would prefer be kept secret.

Studds is one of two acknowledged homosexuals in Congress. In 1983 he was censured by the House for having sex with an underage male page.

Write-In to Sound Off

Things of the future.

* Jim Turner, the 69-year-old retired Navy commander, missed making the June primary ballot for mayor because he failed to gather enough signatures.

But he’s vowing to fight on: as a write-in in the November general election.

“I’m also rigging up my motor home with a loud (public) address system,” he said. “You’ll hear my message in every neighborhood and at all sorts of events--Little League ballgames and the like--between now and November.”

* Anita Hill will speak Oct. 9 at the convention here of the National Assn. of Women Judges.

* Margaret Thatcher, the grocer’s daughter who became prime minister, comes to San Diego on Tuesday to address a grocers’ convention.

* In 1991, more people named Johnson, Smith and Miller bought homes in San Diego County than people with any other name.

In the Los Angeles area the top three were Lee, Smith and Garcia; in Orange County, Nguyen, Lee and Smith, and in the San Francisco Bay Area, Lee, Wong and Johnson.

Cans and Misdemeanors

Out of the ordinary.

* There is honesty out there.

A man in Point Loma sent the city of San Diego a check for $10 as voluntary restitution for the cans he has swiped from curbside recycling bins.

No, he’s never been busted. He just became convinced “that it (scavenging) is sin and wrong.”

* Wise guy. Not.

A poll by the California Journal lists retiring Assemblyman Peter Chacon (D-San Diego) as next to last (79th out of 80) among Assembly members when it comes to intelligence. No. 1 (most intelligent) is Willie Brown.

The poll surveyed reporters, legislators and staffers.

* School daze.

Richard K. Petersen, editor of the (Escondido) Times Advocate, wrote a 114-inch story on a day in the life of the principal of his daughter’s elementary school. Accompanied by 10 pictures.