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San Diego Business Leadership Alliance Demands Mayor Filner Resign

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Business Leadership Alliance unanimously voted to call on Mayor Bob Filner to resign at an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon.

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

The group included former mayor Jerry Sanders, who said in six months Filner has managed to bring shame to the city after years of others working to rebuild its reputation.

"To see - in six months - one individual tear down the reputation of the city and make us the laughing stock of the U.S. it's just really tragic," Sanders said.

"These women are very courageous," he said. "We're going to have to stand behind them and make sure they are not victimized again."

The website for the San Diego Business Leadership Alliance states part of its mission is to "collaborate on ideas and identify and advocate for or against public policies that will affect business and jobs."

In a statement published on Voice of San Diego, Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation and member of the Business Leadership Alliance, laid out his reasons for why he believes Filner should leave office.

We have had conversations with businesses contemplating moving and expanding to San Diego that have been dominated, jeopardized and derailed by questions, concerns and jokes about our mayor. Our collaborative projects involving the mayor’s office are paralyzed with uncertainty and confusion. Business leaders have threatened to back out of meetings critical to cross-border initiatives if the mayor attends. And with each passing day, we have had an increasing number of calls from business representatives – women and men – who want to make clear that they will not be in the same room with him.

In addition, I cannot allow any women on the team at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. to engage with the mayor – a serious problem, since nearly 70 percent of our team is female. It is clear that we can no longer work with the mayor to fulfill our obligations to our region.

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HarryStreet | August 1, 2013 at 5:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

I've never seen a man's political career over like this since Nixon in the Watergate scandal. This guy (Filner) has no decency or self-respect, let alone respect for others. If he thinks his 'vision for San Diego' will ever come to pass, he's crazier than any of us image.

Besides, I'd hate to think of what that 'vision' of his is. In his mind it's probably women coming to work with no underwear. Yes, Bob, pun intended.

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strata66 | August 1, 2013 at 7:04 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

This is a fake scandal, just like Benghazi and the IRS brou-haha. I don't buy it whatsoever. Who in the hell are these micro-groups of self-appointed overseers? This lynching reminds me of when the Taliban destroyed those magnificent giant 7th century statues carved into the side of the mountain, just horrifying. You people are absolutely blinded by the pair of giant ladies underwear you are wearing on your head, OMG. Our Mayor is a magnificent, sincere sparkling authentic jewel of a man, but he is of another generation where behavior like his was not such a big deal. Give him a break, eh? And because of the courts, society has become hyper-sensitive to anything that could involve a settlement of cash, so they sue in droves just like Team Pinocchio here. Great business for the courts too, all sparkling new buildings and highest-paid judges and such. But what about us inner-city folk eh? The people Bob really cares about, we gonna fight to the bone for him.103,000 signatures? lotsa luck

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obshellums | August 1, 2013 at 7:34 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

strata66 gives me hope. This rush to assassinate the character of Mayor Bob Filner is the most contrived and desperate effort I've seen even if fiction is included. That Congresswomen and Diane Feinstein have chimed in on the demand via media nationally is like sci fi! These federal reps who have the most harmful workplace these days, the federal workplace, where no employment and civil rights including sex, race and age can be fought for by an employee makes their voices the least valid. The remarkable women who the business leaders say they must support are to me the least remarkable women deserving of this support in that they should have taken some action immediately at least for the benefit of less capable, or younger women and workers. That they chose to endure the slights if they really exist for reasons they've given makes them what I call players. Quid pro quo. As far as the city's business leaders who view this as a blow to the image of San Diego, I have to assume they seek blows as this is nothing compared to the many harmful images of San Diego in the past and now with its tabloid type reporting.

It was once reported in the past five or so years that "San Diego surpassed Chicago for corruption". I needn't elaborate here but there are reasons other than this contrived and solicited situation that business leaders in San Diego seek removal of this mayor who does not exist for their purposes before the needs of the public as a whole. I suggest the business leaders chip in on some public toilets downtown and at Old Town and other transit centers to show it cares about the city's image or at least its smell.

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MarineRoom | August 1, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Strata and OBshellums:
The gloves have certainly come off. Amazing how passionate some of these people can be when their god, the Almighty Dollar, might be visiting some of the less fortunate in our town, via a principled and courageous mayor with, apparently, the manners of a rhinoceros. That certainly cannot be allowed to happen.

Feinstein did chime in. Odd, that. Maybe her donors, the Blues Brothers, complained about him. Maybe the SD Central Committee convinced her they could keep a Dem in place. And of course Rep. Davis would support the mayoral prospect of her protege, Mr. Gloria. Human nature. Hats off to Emerald and Cole. Looks as though Senator Boxer, as usual, has her head on straight and keeps out of it.

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Mmikey | August 2, 2013 at 7:24 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

It is interesting that none of this came to light until filner started messing with the hotel owners rice bowl.

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DonWood | August 2, 2013 at 12:12 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Watch very closely who is funding the recall signature gathering campaign and all will become clearer. Follow the money.

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