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Group Working To Recall Filner Schedules Signature Gathering Events

Organizers of the campaign to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced their schedule of events for Sunday, the first day they can begin gathering signatures.

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Volunteers will begin circulating petitions at the finish line of the America's Finest City Half-Marathon in Balboa Park Sunday morning, recall organizers said. The race is set to begin at the Cabrillo National Monument at 7 a.m. and wind its way through city streets to the finish in the Pan American Plaza.

A kickoff event will be held at the Town & Country Resort, Pacific Ballroom, from 1 to 4 p.m. to meet volunteers and hand out petitions.

A march and rally is set for 2 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza. Marchers are encouraged to wear white T-shirts bearing their own respectful slogans, and ride the trolley to avoid parking hassles, organizers said.

"This march is for the people to send a message that Mr. Filner must immediately resign or be removed from office,'' said Kathryn Vaughn, an attorney and workshop leader on sexual harassment in the workplace. "San Diego deserves to have a leader with honor, integrity and respect for all people. Bob Filner's appalling behavior will not be tolerated and is unacceptable for our city's leader.''

Recall organizers said more than 800 people have signed up to volunteer in the effort to collect nearly 102,000 valid signatures by the deadline of Sept. 26. Eighteen have been named area directors for various geographic regions within the city.

"We're so gratified and encouraged by the enthusiastic response to our call for volunteers,'' said Michael Pallamary, a land use consultant who filed the petition to recall Filner. "This is a tremendous grassroots undertaking — truly the people taking back their government from an abuser who has betrayed San Diegans, demeaned women and who can no longer lead our city.''

The recall petitions will be available for download beginning Sunday from the website, which will also include a real-time mapping function that shows where San Diegans can go to add their names.

Filner has been publicly accused of various forms of sexual harassment, from groping to unwanted advances, by 16 women. He also faces investigations into alleged misuse of city credit cards and shakedowns of developers.

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Avatar for user 'thompsonrichard'

thompsonrichard | August 16, 2013 at 1:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

Dr. John E. Warren's in a Aug. 15, 2013 San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Editorial spoke against the snide innuendos about Bob Filner, for example, the San Diego Mayor's taking women to the Westgate Hotel. Eight charges totaling $511? That hotel has gold toilet fixtures! At $40 average, he and the women he escorted weren't doing much.

J. Edgar Hoover was convinced that Martin Luther King Jr. had a super-sized libido.Both Bob and Martin did time: Mississippi State Pen and Birmingham Jail, respectively. But neither stint was for violating employed women under their control. Mayor Filner did almost two months in Mississippi State Penitentiary -- Parchment Farm -- notorious for its trusty oversight (since outlawed).

Nor can I see -- again, in agreement with Dr. John E. Warren -- why almost a quarter-million Filner votes should be overthrown in a putsch.

Meanwhile, according to Attorney General Kamala Harris, a Canadian utility was buying California electricity, shipping it to Canada and then exporting it back to the state at huge markups. For Powerex, the settlement represents a discount from a potential liability of $3.2 billion. The utility was the target of a slew of lawsuits.

O.K., O.K. What's really important?

Imposing a fine on a chalk artist who dares to graffiti a bank sidewalk. YES!

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 16, 2013 at 2:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

FACT: Nearly all prominent Democrats have condemned Mr. Filner.

FACT: Nearly all prominent Democrats have called on Filner to resign.

FACT: Nearly NO prominent Democrats have come out publicly in favor of he current recall effort.

There is a huge red flag here, a disconnect.

People in the know who want Filner out are not signing on to this thing.

This recall effort is not a pure and honest effort to remove an ineffective and inappropriate mayor.

It's a politically motivated, politically calculated, agenda-driven sham trying to mimick a bi-partisan effort.

I will not sign and I encourage anyone against the good 'ol boy politics that has stifled San Diego for decades to avoid signing as well!

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CarlosDangler | August 16, 2013 at 9:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

FACT: Stampp Corbin has come out and has joined the recall effort.

FACT: There are people who would love to disrupt the recall with disinformation campaign in an attempt to minimize the number of signatures gathered.

FACT The 'recall' and signature gathering effort is a means to an end to remove Filner from office just as 'resignation' is a means to the same end. The 'recall' effort has a tight timeline and serves as the Plan B backup vehicle should Bob Filner choose NOT to resign, the path he has chosen thus far.

FACT: An valid argument as to why signing on for recall is not a good thing has not been made. This is the 'red' flag. Don't let misinformation dupe you in keeping Bob Filner in the Mayor's Office.

Stay Classy San Diego.

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