After an open session of residents and other interested parties making their statements about San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, the city council adjourned to decide his fate. The council is mulling over a deal that was struck that would ensure the resignation of Filner, and remove the need to attempt a recall.
Most of the testimony included pleas to be merciful toward Filner, and urging the council to accept the deal struck in mediation. The Los Angeles Times reported that the embattled mayor has signed a resignation letter before the council meeting, presumably operating under the assumption that the deal would be accepted. The deal apparently involves the city absorbing some, if not all of the legal costs arising from a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Filner's former director of communications, Irene McCormack Jackson
Filner, 70, was elected last year after serving 10 terms in Congress. He is the first Democrat elected to lead the nation's eighth-largest city in 20 years. Filner served on the San Diego school board and City Council and taught at San Diego State University before he was elected to Congress in 1992.
He could be eligible for a federal pension of about $59,000 a year because of his congressional service, according to calculations by Pete Sepp of the National Taxpayers Union.
Filner could be eligible for a combined pension of about $82,000 a year when the pensions from his previous City Council stint and state university work are included, the ABC News affiliate in San Diego reported.
Apparently the sticking point for the council is the indemnity. As of this time, they are still mulling over the deal, which includes covering Filner's legal costs, including any award granted to McCormack Jackson in her suit.