50 People to Watch in 2003
By Thomas K. Arnold, Tom Blair,
(page 3 of 10)Tony Gwynn
Even after he retired, Mr. Padre was still being selected Favorite Athlete in San Diego Magazine’s annual “Best of San Diego” readers’ poll. Gwynn hung up his cleats but will still wear a San Diego– inscribed uniform this spring, in his first year as head baseball coach at his alma mater, SDSU. His son plays center field, right in front of the logo on SDSU’s baseball field that reads Tony Gwynn Stadium. We’ve seen that Tony knows baseball. We still enjoy hearing his insights when he does TV play-by-play on Cox Channel 4 and nationally on ESPN.
But can the future Hall of Famer coach? Will his enthusiasm and work ethic catch on with ballplayers half his age?
Last spring, the whole country could watch as deputy D.A. Haehnle starred in one of the first episodes of NBC’s new reality-TV series, Crime & Punishment. For him, the show’s plot—his successful prosecution of an El Cajon father for the murder of his four-month-old child—was just another day at the office. Haehnle, the supervising attorney in the D.A.’s Child Abduction Unit, was shadowed by TV cameras as he pressed the case in court, and the show was a ratings winner.
In a dozen years with the D.A.’s office, Haehnle has cleared hundreds of cases. Only lately has he become a national media darling. Last month, he appeared on the new John Walsh talk show as an expert on parental kidnapping, and for an A&E Investigative Reports episode on child abduction. If all that media glare translates into votes, Haehnle should be a shoo-in for Superior Court judge in 2004—a race he’ll decide whether to enter this year.
The vivacious CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce is a firm believer in managing rather than restricting growth. Hayes wasted no time in letting her feelings be known last summer, when she blasted a petition drive to require citywide votes on changes to the city’s General Plan to increase density or intensify land use.
She also came under fire for forming a political action committee. “You would have thought I had asked the Virgin Mary to come back,” Hayes says with a laugh.
One day, she’d like to see a definable downtown shopping district in San Marcos. “When we have company from New York and they say, ‘Let’s go downtown,’ I say, ‘You go find it, and I’ll be happy to go with you.’ So we end up going to the Gaslamp Quarter.”
The wave of corporate, church and government scandals doesn’t surprise Hinman. As director of USD’s Values Institute, Hinman is a professional ethicist who firmly believes in dialogue and openness. “We have a problem with trust,” he says, “and the flip side of that is a problem of honesty.”
Last year, Hinman, 57, brought together more than 80 civic leaders from San Diego and Baja California, including members of San Diego’s Ethics Commission and representatives from business, the military, the media and the biotech industry. This year, he wants to encourage similar gatherings and make more ethics information available through his Web site, ethics.sandiego.edu.
It’s ironic that Republican Horton’s come-from-behind victory in the 78th Assembly District race owes at least something to an 11th-hour endorsement from departing San Diego City Councilman George Stevens, a liberal Democrat. But that’s the sort of across-the-aisle support Horton, who goes to Sacramento after two terms as Chula Vista mayor, will need to get things done in a legislature dominated by Democrats.
During her campaign, Horton—a comely blond who could pass for a TV newscaster—billed herself as a moderate Republican who’d be able to bridge the legislature’s wide ideological gap. She says, “People have to recognize that if we’re going to overcome major challenges, we need to work together.”