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Mayoral Recall Organizers Prepare To Collect Signatures

They need to turn in 102,000 valid signatures by Sept. 26 to qualify for the ballot.

The group said it will seek signatures in the morning at the end of the annual America's Finest City Half-Marathon in Balboa Park and in the afternoon at a march and rally at Civic Center Plaza.

Meanwhile, the mayor's handlers remained silent today on the question of whether he will return to work Monday. And city officials continue to review their options for getting Filner out of office as soon as possible.

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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.

Those options include possibly seeking a restraining order barring him from entering San Diego City Hall because his presence "creates a hostile working environment for women,'' the Los Angeles Times reported.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith will also reportedly suggest the City Council invoke a charter provision that allows an official's removal for "misusing public money,'' according to the Times.

In addition to the claims of sexual harassment, Filner has also been accused of using his city credit card for personal expenses and other finance-related misconduct.

The mayor, who was elected in November, has stayed out of sight this week as misconduct allegations against him continue to be revealed.

Messages to his private Irvine-based lawyer, James Payne, and the mayor's office seeking comment on when Filner would return to work were not returned.

Filner has not made a public appearance since the last week of July.

His appearances at a groundbreaking for a trolley construction project, followed by a news conference where he announced he would seek therapy to address his treatment of women, attracted a swarm of media.

Sixteen women have publicly accused Filner of making unwanted sexual advances, including three city employees. One of the municipal workers, ex-mayoral Communications Director Irene McCormack Jackson, has sued Filner and the city.

The latest woman to come forward, Peggy Shannon, said the mayor repeatedly asked her out and grabbed her and kissed her on the lips. At a news conference Thursday with lawyer Gloria Allred, Shannon said Filner walked by her after the first sexual harassment allegations were lodged and put his finger to his lips.

Allred said Shannon, a 67-year great-grandmother who works part time serving seniors in the lobby of the City Administration Building, will decide whether to file a lawsuit when a city investigation is completed.

Filner has apologized for his conduct with women, but contends his actions don't rise to the level of sexual harassment.

He also faces investigations into alleged misuse of city-issued credit cards and shakedowns of developers.

In a recall-related development Friday, the City Attorney's Office said a section of San Diego law that requires signature-gatherers be residents of San Diego and registered to vote, in order for the names they collect to be counted, will not be enforced.

Similar provisions elsewhere were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, and the city of San Diego removed them from its code for initiatives and referenda, but kept them on the books for recalls, according to Deputy District Attorney Sharon Spivak.

The entire City Council and numerous other civic and business leaders have called for Filner to resign.

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thompsonrichard | August 17, 2013 at 10:59 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

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Now it's time for everyone to start changing avatars/names. Publius wrote The Federalist Papers: It is essential that gov't. secure private rights / public good against the dangers of a majority -- while preserving the "spirit & form of a popular gov't." Zhong Sheng, which can mean "voice of China" is often used on China Daily articles giving Beijing's position on foreign policy, e.g. "Currently the situation in Syria is complex. Simplistically supporting one side and suppressing the other might seem a helpful way of turning things around, but in fact it would be sowing fresh seeds of discord."

Once more: it is time to change names/avatars as well as City Hall locks. U-T newspaper could change its name to Manchester Guardian. Booz, Hamilton, Allen could change to CIA. Dick Feinstein to Dianne Blum. Linden Blue to Vida Blue. RADM (Ret.) Ronne Froman to Veronica Zasadni. Neal Blue to Neal Allred. Jerry Springer, Jan, and Todd could change to The Gloria Sisters. Bob Filner of the 245,092 votes total, 52.49% of the votes cast could change his name to Cat Walk Model.

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strata66 | August 17, 2013 at 6:19 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

"In a recall-related development Friday, the City Attorney's Office said a section of San Diego law that requires signature-gatherers be residents of San Diego and registered to vote, in order for the names they collect to be counted, will not be enforced."

So a person from Escondido can have our Mayor recalled by gathering signatures? What's going on here? That was not legal last week, I object. That is not fair, it's going to be overlooked and not enforced? You can't change a law to fit a one time situation that favors a few people, what the heck!!!

I think this recall will be so tied up in court, Bob will be able to finish out his term without a resolution. 3 more years.

Another view by the Native Americans:

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DonWood | August 18, 2013 at 5:40 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't you know? The city attorney has suspended all laws until the mayor is removed from office "by any means necessary". The signature gathering has already started under the city's existing recall ordinances, which have been found unconstitutional in a state court decision. On August 24, the city council plans to meet to amend the city's existing recall ordinances to make them constitutional. Does that mean that the recall leaders will then have to throw out all the signature petitions they've gathered up to that date, and begin the recall effort all over again, registering their intent to start a recall petition gathering effort in local papers and with the city clerk? If the recall leaders try to keep the signature petitions they've gathered before August 24 and turn them in as part of their recall petition, will that action be liable to court action? Everyone who signs a recall petition before August 24 may just be wasting their time. Hope KPBS will look into this and let its readers know.

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