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City Council Considers Stripping Filner Of Some Responsibilities

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Members of the San Diego City Council are considering stripping embattled Mayor Bob Filner of his intergovernmental relations responsibilities on grounds that he has allowed the city to go without the services of lobbyists for eight months.

San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria sent a memorandum to Filner on Wednesday requesting an update on the city's representation at the state and federal level.

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Gloria Requests Information On Contracts

Gloria Requests Information On Contracts

In a memo to Mayor Bob Filner, City ...

Gloria said that Filner, shortly after he took office, terminated the contracts with the firms hired to lobby state and federal officials on the city's behalf. Members of the council have repeatedly asked the mayor's staff about new representation and were told new contracts soon would be awarded.

"Sadly, eight months have passed without any substantive public action on your part, and the city remains without a voice in our state and national capitols, as far as I'm aware,'' Gloria wrote.

Gloria said the council may consider taking over direct responsibility for arranging for representation.

Filner "should be aware that we may act to move the city's intergovernmental relations under the council's direct authority if appropriate action on this critical matter is not taken in the near future,'' Gloria wrote.

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf raised similar concerns in a memo sent earlier this month regarding the mayor's office's handling of the legislative agenda approved by the city council, according to Gloria.

Gloria said the lack of representation regarding such issues as base closures could have an impact on the city's finances.

"As a former member of Congress, Bob Filner knows that major decisions are made daily in Washington that impact cities and their citizens,'' Gloria said. "It is beyond me why he has allowed San Diego to not be represented over the last eight months.''

Gloria said he plans to visit Washington, D.C., in late September to advocate on the city's behalf.

All nine members of the city council, along with other prominent elected officials, have called on Filner to resign amid allegations he sexually harassed numerous women to various degrees -- from unwanted advances to groping and kissing.

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

He has apologized for mistreating women and attended a behavioral treatment center but has denied that his actions constituted sexual harassment.

Filner also has been accused of shaking down developers.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | August 15, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Oooops! I missed the part that read "of some of his responsiblities."

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thompsonrichard | August 15, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Bob Filner made front page above the fold news in the New York Times May 12 2013 about economic cooperation with Tijuana. One day a couple of months ago it took my brother and me two hours and 30 minutes to get across la linea / the border.

But people with Sentri passes zipped through. Why are some passports more equal than others? My brothers lives in wine country -- Paso Robles -- and he brought Robert Hall wines to please his dental receptionist and the dental surgeon. He needed serious jaw reconstruction and he plans to return next month now that the implants can be set. He might be better off fling from San Francisco.

El Secretario de Estado de los Estados Unidos de América por el presente solicita a las autoridades competentes permitir el paso delciudadano o nacional de los Estados Unidos aquí nombrado, sin demora ni dificultades.

I remember South Bay Assemblyman Pete Chacone saying that a distinguishing attribute of a gentleperson was his or her bilingualism. And I say to Council President Todd Gloria, if you're going to Washington DC next month to support John Kerry in reducing wait times at the border, count me as your amigo. Also let me know if Obama will let you in the door.

Have you visited the office in Tijuana [Via Corporativo, Mision San Javier 10643 Zona Urbana Rio (Tel: 634-7603)] Mayor Bob Filner set up to improve interdependencia?

Then again, Mr. Council President, if your (joint) purpose (with Jerry Sanders, Jan Goldsmith) is the undermine Bob Filner then I'll say a few words in choice Spanish: Chacales que el chacal rechazaría piedras que el cardo seco mordería escupiendo víboras que las víboras odiarán.

Oliver Cromwell did say in English to the last trembling members of the Long Parliament: “Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

Former San Diego Mayor Sanders should stick to his knitting. If he can uninvite his successor to the national headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, then the $400,000 in dues Qualcomm paid might have had something to do with it. Bush doesn't attack Obama. Schwarzenegger doesn't attack Brown. In American political life, we are subject to three kings: President, Governor, Mayor. Sanders should follow an honored role in the Unwritten Constitution. I've written to the Chambers in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, California State, Arizona and Texas to warn them about his putsch. Sincero...

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benz72 | August 15, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Fewer lobbyists? SD not getting in line at the pork-barrel? Why is this a problem? Everybody should be doing this.

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MarineRoom | August 15, 2013 at 1:20 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

The headline says City Council, but mentions only Gloria and Zapf. One wonders just how much the other members long for a return of the lobbyists? Certainly they miss something about those lobbyists...one wonders what it could be? They want something from them, something that is lacking since our Mayor forbade the lobbyists entrance to the temple...now, what could it be?

A warm, fuzzy, helpful feeling? Perhaps that's it, because they haven't been too helpful to the neighborhoods, nor has their dear friend Goldsmith who ostensibly works for us and refused the Mayor's stop work order on the illegal North Park Jack. That must be it...they want to help someone.

Just can't imagine any other motive.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | August 15, 2013 at 2:38 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

MarineRoom,

You're going to be bitterly partisan to the very end aren't you?

All 9 Council Members (5 Democrats and 4 Republicans) have demanded that Filner resign immediately.

Why wouldn't they all be in favor of stripping Filner of as much power as possible? This has nothing to do with partisan politics and everything to do with stopping a corrupt megalomaniac who abuses women.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 15, 2013 at 4:33 p.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

SAN DIEGO (CNS): City Council Considers Stripping Filner Of Some Responsibilities

And in other news from city hall:

Filner Considers Stripping Some Members of City Council.


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Avatar for user 'CarlosDangler'

CarlosDangler | August 17, 2013 at 11:42 a.m. ― 1 year, 2 months ago

Now that Bob Filner can no longer 'see Alice' alone in the Mayor's Office....

....This is a little song I would like to dedicate to Bob Filner called. 'The Bob Filner Lament Song'

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