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Filner Returns To City Hall After Three-Week Absence

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Embattled Mayor Bob Filner today made his first appearance at the City Administration Building in more than three weeks, prior to the resumption of mediation over his political future in San Diego.

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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.

While the mayor's office refused comment over whether Filner was present at City Hall, his departure to go to the negotiating session was captured by television news crews.

His last public appearance was a July 26 news conference in which he announced he would enter an inpatient behavioral therapy program. Some witnesses reported seeing him at City Hall four days later.

Mediation has been taking place in a downtown high-rise. The participants, other than Filner, have included City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, City Council President Todd Gloria and Councilman Kevin Faulconer.

While sessions Monday and Tuesday began in the morning, today's meeting didn't begin until mid-afternoon.

After talks broke up Tuesday, Goldsmith said participants had been ordered by retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving to not publicly reveal the substance of negotiations. He also said mediation "is a long process.''

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | August 21, 2013 at 4:55 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Don't cut deals at taxpayer expense. Speculation is Filner wants to wait until Dec 2013 to leave office in order for him to receive all or a sizable amount of his pension. He also may be willing to leave if he is guaranteed from having to go to court and face civil and federal charges for harassment accusations. And he wants the city to pay for damages and his legal bills.

I say, "No!" Let's ride it out and go to court. Yes, it will hurt San Diego. But we're stronger than Filner is and can ride it out and still come out on top. We shouldn't have to pay any damages to the victims because Filner was not acting on behalf of the mayor's office. Filner was being Filner, and thus should be fully accountable for paying his own legal fees and damages awarded to the alleged victims.

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CarlosDangler | August 21, 2013 at 9:46 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Harry Street.. i like your thinking! I have not heard a credible argument to challenge your recommended approach. Lots of noise on the topic but no sound counter-arguments. And the argument against the 'Recall' effort but pro 'Step down Filner', i think your argument is starting to shed light on the true ulterior motives of others with strong opinions.

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Mmikey | August 22, 2013 at 7:13 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

3 weeks of media entertainment, other than that not much change of our every day lives.

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