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Sources: Mayor Bob Filner’s Attorneys In Mediation That Includes Possible Resignation

Two inside, anonymous sources told Team 10 Mayor Bob Filner's attorneys were in a mediation session Monday morning with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and LA-based attorney Gloria Allred.

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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.

One of Team 10's sources said the meeting was scheduled for late morning, with no set end time.

Another source said a retired federal judge is presiding over the mediation, which was designed to include a review of a potential resignation by Filner.

The meeting was at an undisclosed location, but Team 10 discovered Filner entered 101 West Broadway Monday morning. It was not clear if that was where the mediation was to be held.

Some federal offices are in 101 West Broadway, including the U.S. Attorneys office, but the exact location of the mediation could not be determined.

City councilmen Kevin Faulconer and Todd Gloria also were believed to be in the building, and it was not clear if they were involved in the mediation.

The mayor has refused to resign as a recall effort to oust him from office got underway on Sunday. The mayor also has denied mounting allegations of sexual harassment by numerous women, including city workers, former military rape victims and other prominent women in the San Diego community.

Mayor Filner's supporters were scheduled to hold a rally at noon outside City Hall, as former mayoral candidate and current congressional candidate Carl DeMaio was scheduled to make an announcement about the recall effort at 11:30 a.m.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 19, 2013 at 12:08 p.m. ― 3 years ago

This is the first bit of hopeful news I have heard since this whole thing blew-up.

The best thing that can happen to our city is that Mr. Filner resign.

The recall is a sham, and the parasites are out to score their own political points off this.

Case in point, Mr. DeMaio is speaking today.

About what ?

Nobody cares what he has to say.

Filner will always be known as the sexual harassment mayor.

And DeMaio will always be known as the guy who lost to the sexual harassment mayor.

Nobody cares what he has to say.

Filner will always be known as the sexual harrassment mayor.

And DeMaio will always be known as the guy who lost to the sexual harrassment mayor.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 19, 2013 at 12:10 p.m. ― 3 years ago

sorry for the repeats, my computer is going crazy today.

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thompsonrichard | August 19, 2013 at 12:23 p.m. ― 3 years ago

How many besmirched women are there now? a score? This neglected to repeat the 9-member City Council unanimously asked Bob to resign. I saw Kevin Faulconer, Dist.#2, 9:15am out-side Westgate Hotlel "Congrats! Mission Impossible: 'How to steal an election!'" Filner did besmirch faithful&true Bronwyn Ingraham. Today's U-T quotes a recall signer: "Filner is filth." Barbara Boxer demanded Def. Sec. Rumsfield's resignation for the torture at Abu Graib Prison, e.g, the woman-soldier forcing a prisoner to masturbate -- while restraining another with a leash, a stack of bodies 10' high. Sen. Boxer also demanded unmarried Mayor Bob Filner resign for allegedly asking a Marine out for dinner/movie. An Admiral, married to one of the largest arms manufacturers, said Bob Filner touched her cheek/face so she told her two bodyguards to keep him away (he was a member the U.S. House -- and she went to his office on City of San Diego business (she worked as a glorified version of an office manager for Republican then-Mayor Sanders).
The ex-U-T reporter who had been the Dir. of Comm. in Bob's office denounced him & hired Gloria Allred. She still draws the same huge salary in another part of the administration. It's August vacation time. Watch movie Thomas Crown Affair w/ Pierce Brosnan (he gets away w/loot&girl). Or read a book.
If you doubt that 90% can be sure of something and yet be wrong, then you haven't read Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

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CarlosDangler | August 19, 2013 at 1:54 p.m. ― 3 years ago


The only reason i can think of that you are were adamant about not supporting a recall effort is because you fear the people running it might one day claim victory/success and likely you knew in your heart all along and that Bob Filner will be forced to cop a plea bargain with resignation as part of the bargain due to high personal cost to him court fees/settlement fee costs

You fear the public would perceive those leading the recall effort as successful and since they are from an opposing political party you don't want to give them political momentum and public credibility in the eyes of voters because you know that voters soon enough will be on point to identify and elect a replacement.

Common ground to be found in this effort that defies party lines is the elimination of Bob Filner from the Mayor's Office.

The voters of San Diego will do what's right when its time to vote. They'll be giving a lot more thought to character this time around. I am afraid the biggest loser at of this whole mess is Organized Labor for backing BF till the end by remaining silent.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 19, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. ― 3 years ago

And likewise CD you support the recall because you hope the parasites coordinating it do get into power.

Or wait, let me guess -
Those opposed to the recall are all politically motivated but those who support it aren't ?

I did have a feeling Filner would eventually resign and now there are rumors he might do just that.

If you would rather see the city spend millions on a recall instead of Gil we resigning, it can only be political motivation at work.

Just because Filner turned out to be a disaster doesn't mean Carl DeMaio would have been any better.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 19, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. ― 3 years ago


Come on, you have to admit that DeMaio would have been better than Filner even if you disagree with his politics.

Filner hasn't even shown up for work in nearly a month! Plus dragging our city through the mud and tarnishing our image on a national scale. Plus the corruption, bribery, and misuse of public funds. Plus the sexual harassment.

Seriously, anyone would have done a better job than Filner.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 19, 2013 at 5:56 p.m. ― 3 years ago

CaDef, San Diego has a pretty long list of poor mayors. Hedgecock and Murphy both resigned amidst scandal.

Who's the worst?

Does it matter?

They all did plenty of harm in their own "special ways".

Hedgecock pled guilty to a felony in office (he later got it reduced after he was no longer mayor). But a felony conviction while in office isn't exactly wonderful.

And Murphy left us dubbed "Enron by the sea"
A nickname that still haunts the city.

I believe that, if you include Filner and assume he will not be finishing out his term, it will be 3 of the last 6 mayors going down in some sort of scandal.

That's a 50-50 record.

So no, I do not assume Mr. DeMaio would have been any better than Mr. Filner.

For all we know he could have been worse, he does have a shady track record of avoiding taxes and a partner who is well known around town for being a narcissistic premadonna just ripe for some sort of high-drama tabloidesque sultry scandal.

So would DeMaio have been better or even worse than Mayor Filner?

We will never know for sure, but there is no way I would ever draw the conclusion he would have been better than Bob and, yes, that's taking into consideration all of the sexual harassment!!

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laplayaheritage | August 19, 2013 at 6:34 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Linked below is the UStream of the Pro-Filner Rally. I missed the first 5 minutes. There was a large group of people from Districts 4 and 8.

If no volume, unmute the audio on the UStream page.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 19, 2013 at 8:56 p.m. ― 3 years ago


Ok so there is no way to know. But from the long history of corrupt mayors, I'd say Filner tops that pile of filth. Not just for the depth of the corruption and abuse but the speed.

I just can't imagine DeMaio would have ever been as bad as Filner, even if he tried his hardest. Filner just has a special talent for it. Something a person can only learn from 20 years in Congress.

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Mmikey | August 20, 2013 at 7:36 a.m. ― 3 years ago

how much per day does this cost the tax payers?

probably a drop in the bucket compared to the final pay out total.

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MarineRoom | August 20, 2013 at 9:46 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Thompsonrichard: you are so right on!

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MarineRoom | August 20, 2013 at 9:48 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Mmikey: a drop in the bucket compared to the piles of taxpayer money the conspirators will get to spend after they get the People's Defender out of their greedy way.

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