Emerald — at 3709 Convoy St. in Kearny Mesa — is one of two restaurants owned by Lew — the other being Pearl Chinese Cuisine in Rancho Bernardo.
Also active in banks and Asian groups, Lew is a former member of the San Diego Port Commission and a frequent donor to local GOP candidates, including Mayors Jerry Sanders and Kevin Faulconer — and also to one-time Republican Nathan Fletcher in 2012.
Lew is a longtime friend and supporter of ex-mayor Susan Golding, and has “close ties to the local GOP establishment,” said a San Diego Reader item in 2006.
According to an America’s Table profile, “Susan Lew’s parents opened a modest grocery store in San Diego when the family arrived, in 1965, after the Chinese communists nationalized their textile business.”
Ten years later, it said, Lew began investing family savings.
“Her mother recommended real estate, recalling that when devaluation made money worthless in China, land still held value,” the 2009 bio says. “Lew first purchased local property and then expanded to Asia. Grateful for her success, she applied her entrepreneurial talent as a San Diego port commissioner, to help transform the region into a center of global commerce.”
Another real-estate figure — Donald Trump — will be at center stage Wednesday night when CNN hosts an 11-person debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.
Former HP leader Carly Fiorina will join the men vying for attention in the wake of Trump’s remarks denigrating her looks and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropping out of the race.
A debate continues on the San Diego GOP’s Facebook page over Trump as party nominee, with Ben Carson finding fans here — and universal disdain for Hillary Clinton.
“Trump has my vote,” said Jon Lenard. “Democrats have ruined our country, the biggest thieves ever.”
But Kendra Jay said: “I will vote for a Democrat before I even *consider* Trump. But, more likely, I’d vote 3rd party as a protest vote. Either way, a Republican ticket with Trump at the top will *never* get my support.”
“Carson is the man for the job,” said Linda Bryan. “He has brains, ethics and COMMON SENSE. The man in the WH now has none if these.”
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