In clarifying his estimate, which he said was based on pending military bills in Congress and assessments by defense contractors awaiting new projects, Allen said Dixon's reelection would "enhance" the possibility that the district would lose defense-related jobs.
Two years ago, Allen ran unsuccessfully against Rob Scribner in the Republican primary in Democratic Rep. Mel Levine's 27th District. His candidacy then was hindered by published reports that he had used campaign funds to buy a luxury car and other personal items and had once been convicted of writing bad checks. His conviction was later expunged.
Allen's campaign funds that year were obtained through personal loans from three banks and he explained that he thought it would be more honest to include both personal and political expenses in his report. He said the checks bounced because of a bank's mistake in closing an account.
"I'm more experienced this time, so I know better what not to do," he said, referring in a recent interview to his present campaign.
Allen's financial report for the period ending May 15 shows receipts of $25,210, expenses of $1,055 and an ending balance of $69.80. He said the apparent discrepancy in balancing the account must be the result of a "snafu by the people who prepare these things," adding that any errors would be cleared up on his next report.
Aileen Cline, 29, is a native of Ireland who immigrated to this country in 1969 and became a naturalized citizen. Now a political fund-raising consultant, she said she filed for the GOP primary to help fulfill a party pledge to enter at least one Republican in every race in the state.
Cline lives in Canoga Park, but under the U.S. Constitution, federal candidates are not required to reside in the district in which they run for elective office. She said she signed up for the 28th District race on the last day for filing, not knowing that two other GOP candidates would be coming along.
Not Serious Candidate
"I'm not planning to do too much," said Cline, who has not filed a campaign financial report. "It's not a very serious candidacy."
Howard Johnson, a 46-year-old Los Angeles immigration attorney, is unopposed on the Libertarian Party ticket. He said he is against the big-government approach to solving any type of problem, domestic or international.
"I'm strongly opposed to \o7 contra \f7 aid or U.S. intervention anywhere in the world," Johnson said. He said he would decriminalize such "victimless crimes" as drug use and treat addiction strictly as a disease.
Most social and economic ills, Johnson said, stem from government interference in people's private lives. Government training efforts that improve skills in various occupations, for example, cause unemployment when workers who don't learn the skills are forced out of their jobs, he said.
Johnson said his small-budget campaign will focus on precinct walks and visits to shopping centers. So far, he has reported campaign receipts and expenses of $333.89.
Liberal groups give Dixon high marks for his voting record in Congress.
1984 VOTER REGISTRATION
Democratic 175,755 Republican 44,704 American Independent 1,895 Peace and Freedom 985 Libertarian 831 Other Parties 228 No Party 15,718 Total 240,116
1980 VOTING AGE POPULATION
Total 395,349 Black 37% White 31% Latino 24% Asian 8%
1980 TOTAL POPULATION 525,993 households
33% with children
39% married couples
67% of housing units rented
Median monthly rent, $198
Median house value, $82,600
THE CANDIDATES Republican Lionel Allen
Democratic Julian Dixon
Libertarian Howard Johnson