Former councilman Carl DeMaio is urging leaders to get behind the voter effort to gather signatures and apply more pressure now that numerous women have stepped forward with sexual harassment allegations against the Mayor of San Diego.
DeMaio, who is planning a congressional run against Rep. Scott Peters next year according to local station KOGO, believes council members and legislators should step up and sign petitions to recall Filner, help collect signatures and back the effort with money. The story quotes DeMaio:
"The idea that elected officials and candidates, or would-be candidates for office, aren't already engaged on day one in collecting signatures and supporting this effort is inexcusable. If you claim to be a region leader, you ought to be actively, publicly, aggressively behind this effort to support San Diegans."
Last November, Filner gained 52 percent of the vote to defeat DeMaio in a runoff election for San Diego City Mayor, according to KOGO, and over at Yahoo it is stated he actually tried to warn voters about Filner.
DeMaio is scheduled to appear at:
- La Jolla Signature Event (Wednesday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.), La Jolla Post Office, 1140 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA
- Clairemont Signature Event (Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.), Albertsons, 5950 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA
Meanwhile CNN reveals who actually had the locks changed at the mayor's office (it was the city chief of staff), and quote his attorney James Payne in a story from August 20:
"Mayor Filner is taking personal time this week and is unavailable for comment, and we do not have information as to when he will be available for comment."
The city attorney's office states that the city chief of staff changed the locks on Filner's office during his time away,but states it was to meant to "preserve evidence" according to CNN and not meant to keep Filner out.
Mediation regarding the future of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was held Monday and attended by Filner, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, attorney Gloria Allred and others, according to local 10News, but no immediate resolution was reportedly reached. The station also reported:
- Shortly after 5:30 p.m., Allred and her client, former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson, exited the building.
- Filner was not seen leaving the building
- Allred briefly addressed the media, saying, "The mediation is ongoing."
- McCormack Jackson is suing the city and the mayor for sexual harassment
The FBI is also investigating the $100,000 given by a land developer, Sunroad Centrum Partners, according to the local UTnews. The story states that FBI spokesman Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said the bureau does not confirm or deny the existence of investigations, however. Filner apparently told reporters that he was previously unaware his office accepted the contribution as a consideration for the his support of revisions on a project. Filner is quoted by the UT:
“I thought they were offering a voluntary donation."