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Life Sciences Trade Group Biocom Calls For Filner’s Resignation

The trade organization for San Diego's life sciences industry today made the latest call for Mayor Bob Filner to resign over allegations that he made numerous unwanted sexual advances toward women.

Aired 8/13/13 on KPBS News.

The trade organization for San Diego's life sciences industry today made the latest call for Mayor Bob Filner to resign over allegations that he made numerous unwanted sexual advances toward women.

The Board of Directors of Biocom unanimously voted to lend its name to the chorus of calls for the mayor to step down.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) in July.

"The allegations against the mayor are very grave, and while there will be a time and place for him to receive the due process he has called for, there also comes a point where civic paralysis can no longer be tolerated,'' said Bicom Chairwoman Magda Marquet. "We are well beyond that point already.''

Business leaders generally sat out the first couple of weeks of the scandal. More recently, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Port Tenants Association and Business Leadership Alliance have called for Filner's resignation, citing the impact of negative publicity on the local business climate.

Joe Panetta, president and CEO of Biocom, said Filner's behavior around women is unacceptable in a professional setting and civilized society.

"Nothing even vaguely resembling this level of behavior would ever be tolerated in the private sector,'' Panetta said.

"At a time when the life science community in San Diego has enjoyed unprecedented success, the city of San Diego itself has effectively become a punchline, and the mayor's credibility has been damaged beyond the point of any reasonable expectation of rehabilitation,'' he said. "The community can no longer afford this distraction.''

In its statement, Biocom's leaders recognized Filner's years of service to the community and said they hoped he would receive the treatment he needs.

"We believe, however, that in the best interests of all parties involved, the mayor should resign immediately so he can pursue such treatment with no other distractions,'' the statement reads.

Others on the board who voted in favor of calling for Filner's ouster included Jack Lief, of Arena Pharmaceuticals; James Schaeffer, of Merck Research Laboratories; and Mark Stevenson of Life Technologies.

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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.

Biocom is the largest regional life science association in the world, representing more than 550 member companies in Southern California.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 12, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

"...civic paralysis can no longer be tolerated,'' said Bicom Chairwoman Magda Marquet.



Filner's arrogant stand against the people, economy, and progress of San Diego can not last. It must not!

Send Filner back to Pittsburgh! Get ready to sign the recall petition!

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benz72 | August 12, 2013 at 2:49 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Can people who live in San Diego sign the petition if they are not also CA state residents? Or, more accurately, if they do sign, will those signatures be counted?

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nikkineel | August 12, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

they are so grave they dont even rise to the level of criminal behavior and they are soooo grave we only have ONE unsigned claim. I smell a coup....

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thompsonrichard | August 12, 2013 at 4:08 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Filner's Ph.D. is in the history of Science from Cornell University, 1969. San Diego has been his home for over four decades. In his a 20-year long teaching career at San Diego State University, he challenged his students to put thoughts into action to shape the world around them.
Filner became frustrated with the local school board after the announcement of the closure of his children's school in 1979. He was selected as School Board President in 1982.
Filner broadened his civic service when he was elected to San Diego City Council in 1987, fighting to develop the local economy in San Diego.
His leadership and ability to accomplish real results led his peers in the council to select him as Deputy Mayor in 1991.
In 1992, Filner was elected to the United States House of Representatives. In his first term in Congress, he was one of only a handful of freshman legislators to get legislation passed.

Filner took his responsibility as the representative for a military region seriously - almost immediately upon his arrival in Washington, his request for an appointment to the Veterans' Affairs Committee was granted. In 2006 he was elected by his Democratic colleagues as Chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Filner has a solid record of fighting for the working families, seniors, veterans and small business owners.
Filner's experience representing a border community has given him significant insight on the incredible potential of San Diego.
Bob Filner ran for Mayor because he has an outsider's view and approach.

Freedom Rider
Pope Pius XI's Encyclical Vigilanti Cura, sent to American Bishops at the height of '30s Fascist censorship, yearned for a more edifying cinema. Above all else, the portrayal of women must be circumscribed. A heroine in a melodrama had to be a virgin, or faithful wife and mother. It wasn't until Bob was in college that Pope John Paul XXIII ordered that the phrase "perfidious Jews" be stricken from the liturgy. Also, the Jews were exonerated for crucifying Jesus. The recall drive is taken right out of the Nazi playbook. Bob Filner has already done time -- almost two months in Mississippi State Penitentiary aka known as Parchment Farm notorious for its trusty oversight (since outlawed).

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Elbiru | August 12, 2013 at 4:26 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

This man needs to go!
If he claims that the city of San Diego is responsible for his abusive behavior because WE--the city--did not give him sexual harassment training, may I remind him that his behavior started way before he became mayor and therefore PRE-EXISTING conditions DO NOT apply? He is a disgrace and should be gone already.
If he thinks two weeks of rehab will erase his sick behavior, he has another thing coming. Do the decent thing and resign. Go!

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CaliforniaDefender | August 12, 2013 at 4:35 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Take a look at the two radical Democrats above, nikkineel and thompsonrichard.

They label a recall initiated by us San Diegans the "Nazi playbook" and a "coup".

Is this how Democrats are now known? Radicalized and out to suppress the will of the people? Do Democrats now ignore, or worse, enable the abuse of women?

It is a shameful and dishonorable mark on the record of San Diego that Filner spent even one minute in the Mayor's office. Time to send him back home to Pittsburgh forever!

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progressivebuthey | August 12, 2013 at 5:35 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

to: thompsonrichard

more reason for him to go. it's about the people's interests, not his.

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asuttonsd | August 12, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

to: thompsonrichard
Thank you for posting your viewpoint. I agree it is a proven method to remove people from office by solely focusing on negative aspects of said person's behaviors. It is obvious the power of media when you look at the average person's posts regarding Mayor Filner. They cannot do any more than regurgitate what they heard last on the news. DON'T MISINTERPRET WHAT I AM SAYING. I DO NOT support any sexual harassment behavior, particularly in the workplace. But shouldn't we also take into account Filner's accomplishments in his short time in office? I admit, I was skeptical about Filner before the election, and I did not vote for him. None of the candidates really stood out to me as an obvious choice. However, I feel Mayor Filner has the aggressive type of personality it takes to get things done in politics. We have to take the good with the bad. If he is willing to change his behavior, by whatever method that works for him, and on his own dime, I can accept that. Let's get back to getting San Diego back on track.

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MarineRoom | August 12, 2013 at 9:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago


I agree with your sensible approach. Why recall a mayor who is fulfilling his campaign promises to the people who elected him, when he has indicated he is tending to the weaknesses that have interrupted his work? Some might wish to recall him precisely because he is fulfilling those promises, which they oppose, and using the Mayor's unenviable dating techniques as an excuse.

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sdreefer21 | August 13, 2013 at 8:25 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Most everyone knew he had character flaws prior to the election. Most did not know they were this bad. However the mayor is shaking things up a bit and the status quo does not like that. This is kind of like a coup. I would call it character assassination but the mayor lacks a decent moral fabric. Asking women out is not a crime nor is it illegal. He did undoubtedly harass a few of these women and try to abuse his power. I really don't see that as a reason to spend a couple million on a recall. rep vs. dem is irrelevant at the municipal level. lets stop flaming those with a strong viewpoint and embrace what makes our democracy so great. The right to be involved, to have a say, and to engage in discourse. It seems as though some of the commenters are quick to attack someone simply cause of their party line regardless of the relevancy of their comment. If your logic relies on party lines your speaking points are a fallacy. And reasoning is to be questioned. If we embrace the best of both sides maybe we can come to a conclusion that is beneficial to all.

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MarineRoom | August 13, 2013 at 1:14 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Nice commentary, reefer.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 13, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago


What status quo did Filner shake up? It looks like to me he continued the exact same "pay to play" attitude that has plagued City Hall for decades. Are you aware the FBI is investigating him for corruption and bribe taking?

As you put it: "The right to be involved, to have a say, and to engage in discourse." That is exactly what this recall is about.

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sdreefer21 | August 13, 2013 at 5:54 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

He is a labor friendly mayor and I suspect that many do not want a labor friendly mayor. Yes those are some serious allegations. But I think he was playing hardball with the city's best interest a close second to his own. Which in our city, I think is a change of pace. I think the recall is for some a chance to evict a dude who is socially incompetent. For many more I feel it's a "kansas city shuffle" or misdirection play. I think there is some piling on here with people who have only monetary and political interest and not genuine interest in seeing the city to a better time.

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