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Filner Recall Organizers Pallamary, Corbin Will Combine Efforts

Above: Stampp Corbin, Elisa Brent and Michael Pallamary announce at a press conference they are combining their campaigns to recall Mayor Bob Filner.

The organizers of two separate efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday they will combine their efforts.

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The organizers of two separate efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday they will combine their efforts.


City Attorney Memo on Recalls

City Attorney Memo on Recalls

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Stampp Corbin, the publisher of LGBT Weekly, and land use consultant Michael Pallamary told reporters they would work together on one recall petition going forward. They will use the recall statement published by Pallamary and abandon Corbin's published statement, they said.

While the City Attorney's office said two recall efforts could be run simultaneously, the separate sets of signatures could not be combined at the end.

"That was a clear signal to us that we needed to bring both campaigns together, in order for the citizenry of San Diego to be be able to have its say," Corbin said.

Although Corbin said previously he was against the use of paid signature gatherers because of their use in putting Proposition 8 on the ballot, he said Friday he was open to the idea. Pallamary said they hope to use as many volunteer signature gatherers as possible, but will also hire people if necessary.

"When you get a lot of volunteers, there's a lot of energy, but hardworking people, men and women, work every day and they can't be there at 3:30 pm on a Tuesday in front of a Wal-Mart," Pallamary said. "So as any initiative proceeds, there are signature gatherers."

Elisa Brent, who will co-chair the recall effort with Pallamary and Corbin, added, "if we do not win this campaign to recall Mayor Filner, he will have more power. We need to ensure that he's going to be out by having those petition gathering companies with us."

Corbin said he hopes the seven councilmembers who have called on Filner to resign will "engage their organizations to collect signatures." He also hopes the San Diego Camber of Commerce and the Regional Economic Development Corporation will ask businesses to participate.

Pallamary acknowledged he and other organizers met last night at the home of investor Fred Applegate, but said the meeting was not a fundraiser and that Applegate is not funding the recall effort. He said he plans to use small, individual donations collected at the website

Until now, Corbin and Pallamary have been running separate recall efforts, leading to legal questions about whether Corbin's recall campaign could cancel out Pallamary's because Corbin's was filed first. Questions have been raised about whether Corbin's effort was an attempt to derail Pallamary's recall campaign, a claim Corbin vehemently denies.

Corbin did not say Friday whether he decided to join his effort with Pallamary's because Pallamary threatened legal action against him.

Pallamary, a registered Republican, led San Diego's only successful recall effort, which ousted City Councilwoman Linda Bernhardt more than two decades ago. Corbin has been called a Filner supporter, although he says he does not endorse any politicians.

While Filner appointed Corbin chair of the Citizens Equal Opportunity Commission soon after taking the mayor's office, Corbin had already been vice chair under former Mayor Jerry Sanders.

Susan Jester, the leader of the local chapter of Log Cabin Republicans, says Corbin described to her a plot to derail Pallamary's recall campaign by launching his own campaign. Corbin denies this, writing in his publication Thursday, "I am not trying to save Filner; I am trying to save our wonderful city."

On Thursday, the City Attorney's office also released a memo clarifying that two recall efforts can go on at the same time. Once a recall petition, which includes the more than 103,000 signatures necessary to trigger a recall, is filed, no other recall petitions can be filed for six months, the memo said.

However, one person posting their intention to conduct a recall and beginning to collect signatures does not prevent someone else from also posting their intention and collecting signatures.

"It is the filing of a successful recall petition—i.e., one that results in a recall election—that triggers the prohibition against filing another petition for six months," the memo says.

Filner has until August 11 to respond to the recall petition. Signature gathering can begin August 18.

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Avatar for user 'David Lucero'

David Lucero | August 2, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

I know this recall effort will cost us millions, but it's the right thing to do. Imagine sitting back and allowing Filner to remain in office of mayor for the next 3-1/2 years. Our support of this recall will demonstrate to the nation San Diego cares about how our city leaders conduct themselves, and we support women as equals in the workforce.

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strata66 | August 2, 2013 at 8:59 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, let's give all the hoteliers back their corporate welfare, give each of the Team Pinocchio players $1,000,000 and homes overlooking the bay, put a Papa "Slug" Manchester puppet back in office and let the Fat Cats at the Port of San Diego run roughshod over anybody within reach. Yay!!! Great plan!!!

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 2, 2013 at 10:29 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

I will never sign a petition that has Pallamary's name attached to it.


I'd rather pay to have Filner followed 24 hours a day 7 days a week than have an expensive recall effort aimed at giving the city back to Manchester and his ilk, of whom Pallamary is a part.

Filner is a dirty, shameful man for ultimately putting our city in the pickle we are in today.

However, it's easy to forget in the haze of the stench that is the Filner debacle, that San Diego is crawling with dirty, corrupt politicians.

So we replace a sexual harasser with a corrupt hack who has his pockets open for developer bribes.

We get rid of a pervert and bring in a thief.

That's what I'm afraid of here.

And, Filner is not the only San Diego politician who sexually harasses women in the manner of which Filner is accused - Lorena Gonzalez said publicly Filner is not the only one.

We could go through all this expense to replace one sexist idiot with another.

Filner is dirty, and has rendered himself ineffective.

But until I see a progressive candidate come forward whom I like and whom express interest in running, I'm not interested in signing any recall petition.

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Mmikey | August 2, 2013 at 12:06 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

once its all over, Filner will be seeking revenge.

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DonWood | August 2, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Has Pallamary agreed to pay Corbin money in return for Corbin agreeing to combine the two recall efforts? Follow the money.

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laplayaheritage | August 2, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

These early Recall Effort will also cost City of San Diego Taxpayers $6 million for a Special Election. An alternative to saving $6 million would be for the duo to time a Recall Petition to the Spring 2014 Primary Election. The Recall Effort now will force an election as early as December 2013. Waiting 3 months would be cost effective.

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MarineRoom | August 2, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

So they are going to pay a petition gathering company to stand in for an irate citizenry? The real citizens are just not irate enough, even though they have been told they should be, over and over and over again?

Why not just wait until the next election? Why the big and expensive hurry? We were rushed into recalling Gov. Davis, and his replacement was inferior to him. We were rushed into hating the decent Mayor Murphy so much that he resigned, and the result was not so wonderful. I myself would prefer to wait, and let the social problems of our current mayor be handled as a separate issue.

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russfox | August 2, 2013 at 3:42 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

As the recall begins to take traction, I would hope that some folks interested in running for Mayor, would do so. Otherwise, Peking Duck makes a good point. Why have a recall, if the next guy is going to be an asshole, too?

I don't, however, agree that the next mayor is going to be a republican. Unless Filner manages to stay in for a while... which, will look bad for the democrats. I think he's is doing the party serious harm.

I just changed my mind - how fast can we get rid of this jerk???

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Freemarket | August 2, 2013 at 6:13 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Over 100K signatures in 60 days?? That's an average of 1,600 signatures a day!! And if it all fails, what then??

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nikkineel | August 2, 2013 at 7:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Looks like the plan to recall Filner began the minute he took office. At least 3 recall Filner domain names were registered Jan 7th, 4 days after he took office.

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nikkineel | August 2, 2013 at 7:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

January 7th 2013:

The domain name was registered by the same company 2013-01-07 13:13:42 to keep the owners information private.

So was the domain name and

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sdreefer21 | August 3, 2013 at 9:39 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Pecking duck has some good points. Maybe Filner can play some hardball and stop the cycle we have been in. Or we can let another labor hating pawn take the money from the little guys and give it to the big guy. Take your pick.

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benz72 | August 5, 2013 at 10:06 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

I'm not sure that is a real choice. There are some levels of behavior so unacceptable that groups will expel members who display them even if they share their agenda. Multiple sexual assaults is probably beyond that level.
Besides, surely the left can find a labor loving pawn to take money from the big guy and give it to the little guy who isn't chock full o' skeevy like Filner. Can't they?

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Missionaccomplished | August 5, 2013 at 11:57 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

@benzzz, you mean like Ollie North and the G man who switched careers at mid-life going from infamy to AM Hate Radio, were lionized by those who shared THEIR agenda and NEVER alienated???

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MarineRoom | August 5, 2013 at 12:40 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Strata66. I do love your casual writing style. Refreshing. Makes me feel positively stodgy.

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strata66 | August 5, 2013 at 5:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Can you comp me a dinner for 2 at the Marine Room? :)

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MarineRoom | August 7, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Spoken like an Obecian. I can get you in free to the ocean nearby. Just walk down the steps and tell the fish you know me...they'll let you in for free.

As for the restaurant, I have eaten there once. Extremely nice people, who will take pity on those seafarers who find they need a restroom on occasion. To pay them back, we went there to eat, but it is a lot of money. One of those restaurants that takes the notion of division of labor to previously unknown heights.

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