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Filner Responds To Recall Effort

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner touted his accomplishments in office over the past eight months in response to a recall effort seeking to strip him of his job.

Filner's comments were part of a formal response he filed with the City Clerk's Office late Monday night. The one-page response made no mention of the sexual harassment allegations against the mayor or the accusations that he has shaken down developers for donations.

"Now is not the time to go backwards -- back to the time when middle-class jobs and neighborhood infrastructure were sacrificed to downtown special interest,'' Filner wrote. "We need to continue to move forward!''

Filner went on to write about his efforts to improve Balboa Park, make neighborhoods more accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians, and San Diego's recently reached five-year labor agreement with city employees.

Organizers of the recall effort said they will publish the response even though it wasn't turned into the official recall committee and was not signed by Filner, as required.

"Mayor Bob Filner obviously believes his policy initiatives excuse his being a sexual predator,'' said recall organizer Mike Pallmary. "His reply is unacceptable. San Diegans want a mayor that doesn't grope and demean women, who doesn't abuse his office to satisfy a perverted quest for a sense of power, and who has the ability to lead our great city -- an ability Filner can never, ever reclaim.''

He predicted residents of San Diego will move the city "beyond the great shame our mayor has brought'' and recall him from office.

City Council President Todd Gloria said the mayor's response shows that "he just doesn't get it.''

"He does not address the serious claims against him and instead provides a laundry list of proposals that cannot be accomplished because he refuses to resign,'' Gloria said.

The councilman, who represents downtown San Diego, Hillcrest and North Park, said he shares a progressive vision that puts neighborhoods first, and agrees this is not the time to move backward.

"The truth is, the only way we can move forward is for Bob Filner to resign,'' Gloria said.

Recall organizers must collect nearly 102,000 valid signatures and submit them to the City Clerk's Office by Sept. 26.

This week, they launched recallbobfilner.com. The website was created after a group of area political consultants joined the recall effort, which previously had been run by Pallamary, who is a land-use consultant, homemaker Elisa Brent and newspaper publisher Stampp Corbin.

The new site has three pages -- a home page, a page for donations and one for volunteer information.

Pallamary said thousands of dollars of donations have come in over the past few days, averaging around $150.

According to Pallamary, the biggest job has been to coordinate volunteers because support from the community has been "overwhelming.''

The website gives the Navajo Road office address of April Boling, who agreed last week to serve as the campaign's treasurer. Boling has served for years as treasurer of campaigns by Republican candidates.

Public relations executive John Hoy and fundraiser Jean Freelove -- who helped qualify a pension reform initiative for the June 2012 ballot -- also joined the campaign, along with Rachel Laing, who will help with communications.

Filner has been accused by 14 women of sexually harassment ranging from unwanted advances to groping and kissing. He has apologized for mistreating women and sought treatment at a behavioral treatment center, but has denied that his actions constitute sexual harassment.

The list of alleged victims includes two municipal employees, one of whom is being represented by Los Angeles women's rights attorney Gloria Allred and has sued Filner and the city, and two women who said Filner made passes at them last year at a meeting of veterans who were raped in the military. One of the complainants is a retired rear admiral.

All nine members of the City Council, both of California's senators and other local civic and business leaders have called for the mayor to step down immediately. He has refused.

In addition to sexual harassment, Filner has been accused of shaking down developers. According to U-T San Diego, a subpoena has been issued to Lee Burdick, Filner's chief of staff, to have her testify under oath and provide her notes about issues involving Sunroad Centrum Partners, a developer that paid $100,000 to the city -- allegedly at the behest of Filner -- before its project was approved. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI.

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Avatar for user 'bwaderunner'

bwaderunner | August 13, 2013 at 8 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Thank you papa manchester for all of your creative donations. We're confident the money will come back through "better" development deals.

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Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | August 13, 2013 at 8:24 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Very civic-minded of him indeed!

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strata66 | August 13, 2013 at 8:24 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Thousands of dollars, wow! I am so impressed!! Seems these recall people are not putting their money where their mouth is. There should be over $300,000.00 by now just to start this dark campaign, and to my absolute glee there is nothing. Seems this is just a few jealous citizens with really loud bullhorns yelling to a indifferent crowd, Lol!!

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thompsonrichard | August 13, 2013 at 11:16 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

1964~ UC Berkeley (Cal) freshman class 37% surge
Apr. 4, 1964~ The Beatles held Billboard spots: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist & Shout, She Loves You, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Please Please Me [1 - 5; 16, 44, 49, 69, 78, 84, 88]
June 20, 1964~Mt Zion Methodist Church is #1 of 20 to be firebombed.
Nov. 20, 1964~ Vatican exonerated Jews' guilt for crucifying Jesus
Dec. 3, 1964~ 825 Cal students arrested.
Aug. 26, 1965~ LBJ ordered men married after that midnight & college students w/less than 12 units draft eligible immediately; graduating students to be called up within 21 days
Jan. 17, 1966~ U.S. Air Force B-52 dropped H-bomb accidentally off Almeria, Spain.
Our min-sub found it 60 days later.
Jan. 15, 1967~ 1st Super Bowl; Kansas City Chiefs v. Green Bay Packers
Apr. 30, 1967~ Muhammad Ali (slave name: Cassius Clay) refused induction.
Dec. 30, 1967~ Poet Allen Ginsberg ("Howl") and Baby Care Doctor Benjamin Spock are among 546 arrested while blocking NYC Induction Ctr.
Apr. 15, 1968 Houston Astros over NY Mets 1-0 in 24 innings.
June 3, 1968~ Warhol shot by Valerie Solanas of Society Cutting Up Men (SCUM)
Jan. 6, 1969~ Gov. Reagan asks California Legislature to drive "criminal anarchists and latter-day fascists" off colleges.
Apr. 1969~ U.S. forces in Vietnam reach 543,400.
July 16 - 24, 1969~ Two men moonwalk
Aug. 1969~ 1st pubic hairs; Playboy Magazine photos of Paula Kelly.
Nov. 9, 1969~ American Indians reopen Alcatraz.
Dec. 7 - 1972~ 6th & last lunar landing.
Jan. 22, 1973~ Roe v. Wade.
Jan. 27, 1973~ Military draft suspended.
Mar. 27, 1973~ Last troops leave Vietnam. American dead: 58, 151.
This timeline could be extended 19th thru 21st Centuries w/ regard J. P. Sartre's torture = "plague of 20th C."
1849~Frederick Douglass slavery letter~ "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning -- they want the ocean without the awful roar of its mighty waters." Similar~ Rev. King on Washington DC Mall, Aug. 28, 1963.
Sept. 26, 2005~ female U.S. soldier convicted on counts of conspiracy, maltreating detainees & committing indecency. (Spec. England received 3-yr sentence). Condoleezza Rice refused Abu Ghraib as torture chamber when she was confirmed Sec. of State. She claimed the Geneva Convention does not apply to Al Qaeda. The 20th C timeline might include Pope Pius XI's Encyclical Vigilanti Cura to American Bishops at Fascism zenith. Above all, portrayal of women must be circumspect. A heroine in a photoplay had to be a virgin or faithful wife / mother.
Freedom Rider Bob Filner did 2 months at Mississippi State Penitentiary -- Parchman Farm -- it was a hard time prison because of the Trusty System (later outlawed).
Good Friday,

1963~ Pope John XXIII interrupted the service at Saint Peter's Cathedral. He ordered reference to "perfidious Jews" be stricken from the record.
Fortunate Filner, whose mother was a Jewess, off the hook again!

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | August 13, 2013 at 11:39 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Bob needs to go, but this recall sham is being orchestrated by insincere political hacks who have been planning to recall Filner long before allegations of sexual harassment surfaced.

I will not sign.

Bob, please, PLEASE just step Down.

Help us a avoid this mockery by the Republican Bosses of San Diego County and step te hell down.

You are handing our city over on a silver platter to dirty, filthy hacks like Manchester, DeMaio, Goldsmith, Pallamary et al

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Missionaccomplished | August 13, 2013 at 11:46 a.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Yeah, look who's behind this--Pallmary and Corbin.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | August 13, 2013 at 3:49 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

I can't put my finger on it, but something is not right with Corbin.

Why did he agree to merge the recalls.

I smell some kind of payout or back room deal.

He didn't make the switch for free.

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Avatar for user 'DonWood'

DonWood | August 13, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

Paraphrasing Todd Gloria: I'm a progressive except when I'm voting for Doug Manchester's Navy Broadway Complex redevelopment proposal or Irwin Jacob's proposal to build a giant concrete bridge though the heart of Balboa Park. Then I was being a political pragmatist to get big campaign contributions. But if you'll elect me mayor, I promise to be a real progressive this time...until I get a phone call from Doug or Irwin....

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