Speaking after the vote, Filner was apologetic to the people of San Diego and the women he offended, but angry when speaking about those who pushed to get him out of office.
"I have put this city through a very bad time," said Filner, adding that he takes responsibility for his actions.
"To all the women I offended," said Filner, "I had no intention of being offensive, to violate any physical or emotional space." According to Filner, attempts to establish personal relationships were misinterpreted because of "a combination of awkwardness and hubris."
After apologizing, Filner spoke of a "lynch mob mentality" in local politics and media that pressured him into this decision.
"I have never sexually harassed anyone," Filner stated defiantly. Arguing that he would have been vindicated through the courts Filner added, "Democracy needs due process. San Diego needs due process."
After Filner spoke, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith explained the terms of the deal that received 7-0 approval from the City Council. (Two Council members, Scott Sherman (R) and Myrtle Cole (D), were out of town.)
"For those who want due process, settlement is a part of due process," said Goldsmith. "For those who want punishment, the city is not a punisher. We look for resolutions."
The terms include a joint defense with the City Attorney's Office representing Filner as well as the City of San Diego. Goldsmith explained that under California law, the city as an employer has liability in sexual harassment cases if a manager or executive harasses someone in the workplace.
Filner does have the right to hire his own attorney to advise him. However, the city caps outside counsel fees at 98 thousand dollars, anything beyond that will be a personal expenditure for Filner.
Except in the case of Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former communications director who still works for the city, the city reserves the right to ask Filner for reimbursement of any damages it has to pay in harassment cases.
"This settlement represents an end to our civic nightmare and allows our city to begin to heal," said Council President Todd Gloria, who will be the Interim Mayor when Filner's resignation takes effect at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30.
Filner has been accused of sexual misconduct by 18 women over the last six weeks. He was elected last year after 10 terms in Congress.
The council must set a special election within 90 days and the race to replace Filner has already begun. Nathan Fletcher, the former state assemblyman who famously switched parties (from Republican to Independent) in last year's mayoral primary and then again in 2013 (from Independent to Democrat), filed his paperwork to run for mayor on Aug. 20.