Ignoring a special appeal from Mayor Dianne Feinstein for his safety and that of his family, former San Francisco supervisor Dan White, who was convicted of slaying San Francisco mayor George Moscone and homosexual supervisor Harvey Milk, may return to the city and run for political office. A group of antihomosexual conservatives has said it will have a welcome-back ceremony for White in Golden Gate Park when he returns to the city today . . .
Among the donations to the inaugural ceremonies, Marshall Field's department store of Chicago is giving 550 sterling silver, star-shaped lapel pins, worth about $50 to $60 each, for the VIPs participating in the ceremonies, ranging from corporate executives to Tom Selleck and Frank Sinatra. The pieces were designed by former Tiffany's jewelry designer Angela Cummings. Paul Costello, public affairs director at Marshall Field's, who was Rosalynn Carter's assistant press secretrary, says he didn't see any personal conflict in that. "I work for a corporation and this is an inauguration for the president of the United States" . . .
In spite of his painful bout with shingles, Richard Nixon was in Washington Tuesday to discuss plans for his presidential library and spent his 72nd birthday yesterday with his family at his home in Saddle River, N.J. His daughter Tricia and grandson Christopher Cox stopped by for a visit. "We won't make it a special occasion," he said. "At my age, you don't make a big celebration of your birthday" . . .
Sen. Gary Hart leaves today for a 12-day trip to Britain, France, the Soviet Union and Switzerland, where he will meet with government leaders in arms control discussions. He plans to meet with French President Franc,ois Mitterrand and will deliver a speech at the University of Edinburgh . . .