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Local Businesswoman Alleges Mayor Filner Inappropriately Touched Her

A prominent businesswoman came forward today as the 18th woman to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

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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.

Dianne York, president and CEO of The Spa of La Jolla, told CNN that during a meeting with Filner three months ago, he put his hands on her buttocks while a photo was being taken and others were present in the room.

The first woman to accuse Filner of unwanted advances, groping or, in some instances, forced kissing, was his former communications director, Irene Jackson McCormack. She has sued the mayor and the city for unspecified damages.

Mediation between Filner, lawyers and city officials began Monday. All parties have refused to say whether they would go into a third day of negotiations today -- negotiations reported to be dealing in part with the possibility of Filner's resignation.

None of the key players involved in the mediation, like Filner, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, City Council President Todd Gloria and Councilman Kevin Faulconer, were spotted entering the location of the negotiations before noon today.

"It can be a long process. We are in that process; it is ongoing,'' City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said late Tuesday of the talks taking place on the 17th floor of a downtown high-rise.

McCormack Jackson came forward with her allegations in mid-July. She is one of three city employees among Filner's alleged 18 victims.

Goldsmith told reporters Tuesday that retired federal judge J. Lawrence Irving ordered participants not to discuss the substance of the negotiations.

Goldsmith, himself a former judge, said he would honor Irving's request.

Sources told U-T San Diego that Filner's resignation was on the table.

The newspaper also reported that a key point in the discussion surrounded limiting the amount of money that the taxpayers and the city would have to pay McCormack Jackson.

Filner has attended both days of the talks, so he has not returned to work at the City Administration Building. Neither his spokeswoman nor his Irvine-based private lawyer, James Payne, would say when the 70-year-old former congressman might resume his mayoral work.

Los Angeles-based lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents McCormack Jackson, was not present Tuesday, though she had been the previous day, along with her client. But Allred was reported to have taken part in the Tuesday talks by telephone.

The mayor has apologized publicly for what he called a failure to respect women and for "intimidating conduct,'' but denied his actions amounted to sexual harassment.

Earlier this month, he voluntarily underwent behavioral therapy at an inpatient facility. His lawyer said the mayor was continuing therapy on an outpatient basis.

Filner, who is also mired in investigations over alleged misuse of city-issued credit cards and shakedowns of developers, has so far rebuffed calls from all nine City Council members, other officeholders and business leaders to resign.

While the mediation sessions took place, organizers of an effort to recall Filner circulated petitions around the city. They need to turn in nearly 102,000 signatures to the City Clerk's Office by Sept. 26.

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marasmom | August 21, 2013 at 7:41 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Democratic National Committee: How about a more general resolution against bullying and harassment in public life, one that would address not only the Filner problem but all the Filners who have not yet been identified? I'd like to see the Party say something like, "We covenant together not to keep silent about instances of bullying and harassment, to speak privately to the perpetrators regardless of the positions they may hold, and to come forward publicly if they do not reform. Because we *know* there are other Filners out there." (Thank You, Gila Jones.)

Thank You, DNC member Chris Stampolis yesterday: "This is one elected official in one city at one time and we need to add a statement about future courage among Party leaders ... we have had too many elected and appointed officials of all political stripes with zipper and groping problems for many years and fellow powerful folks have looked the other way."

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strata66 | August 21, 2013 at 8:05 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Smoking hot lady, spends a LOT of money looking as sexy as she can. Looks like a dark-haired Barbie doll right out of Cosmopolitan Magazine. I bet Bob's hand is not the only one that "slipped" and grabbed her butt, probably 500 more but Bob is the biggest "fish" to do that. Southern California skin baby, that's where it's at. Hey did you see Papa Doug Manchester is divorcing his wonderful wife and is marrying a russian "Mail Order Bride"?

That guy is homelier than Bob, and he is stealing your land to develop for himself. You know the Waterfront that my grandfather worked fishing for tuna is going to become another Miami Beach? And Papa going to own it all!! Gluttony at it's finest, and at all of our expense. PLEASE WAKE UP, THIS IS NOT ABOUT BOB...

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dlwintermia | August 21, 2013 at 8:17 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

This entire affair is getting so boring. Could we (the people) please move on to the more pressing issue, which is government. This is a pure and simple witch-hunt. Yes, his behavior was totally inappropriate and embarrassing, but he must have learned a lesson from this excessive badgering by a group of women that had more than ample time to come forward before and are in their own right successful and should be capable of handling his shenanigans on their own. These are not weak, uneducated or necessarily vulnerable women. We need a functioning government and we (including most of the women) elected Bob to do the job. So, let's move on and ditch the utterly idiotic recall.

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muckapoo1 | August 21, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

dlwin, great argument there. With that mentality, we could be back to the lawlessness of the Old West. Sorry, the "boys will be boys" argument is not acceptable in business, the military and any other civilized group. The guy is a major creep and should be made to pay for it.

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CynthiaP | August 21, 2013 at 9:33 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

The Spa of La Jolla was evicted and closed last year. Why not ex-owner instead of making it appear it's an ongoing concern?

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laplayaheritage | August 21, 2013 at 9:49 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago


Close up of Diane York full photo shows hands on waist, not butt.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 21, 2013 at 10:49 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

I have to wonder if this staggered approach to coming out was planned or just coincidence ?

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Missionaccomplished | August 21, 2013 at 12:06 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Right on STRATA, methinks this Cougar isn't gettin' enough money from alimony so she's lookin' for more!

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DonWood | August 21, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Jan Goldsmith and the city council have made it clear that no business will get done by the city, if they have their way, until they achieve their goal of removing the mayor by any means necessary. Goldsmith's office has said they are willing to ignore the city charter and city recall laws if that's what it takes to force Filner out. When you have a city attorney who says publically that he will ignore city laws and refuse to enforce other city laws, it's a recipe for chaos. But that's what the voters got when they put a lying politician in the city attorney's office.

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MamaSchaf | August 21, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe this photo is more edifying

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benz72 | August 21, 2013 at 12:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

"Goldsmith's office has said they are willing to ignore the city charter and city recall laws if that's what it takes to force Filner out."

Please cite.

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Pfaff | August 21, 2013 at 7:50 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago


You are absolutely correct. Her lease did not expire. The Spa of La Jolla was evicted and it was an extremely contentious, messy and nasty procedure.

CynthiaP said, "Why not ex-owner instead of making it appear it's an ongoing concern?" I wonder if it is possible to call City News Service to obtain clarification and speak with that doctor whose speciality is oral spinosis.

I know one of her ex husbands. He is the happiest and luckiest guy on our planet since their marriage ended


Both of your paragraphs are spot on.


said, "Right on STRATA, me thinks this Cougar isn't gettin' enough money from alimony so she's lookin' for more!"

Please clarify; you weren't referring to the Mercury Cougar were you? Until recently, the Mercury brand of Ford Motor Company and Dianne York had something in common; both were out of production. Never underestimate Dianne, whose current surname is York. D.Y. has had three letter initials many times. Trust me, D.Y. is a real "beauty."

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CarlosDangler | August 21, 2013 at 10 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Witch Hunt? Do you mean Warlock Hunt?

To be clear by Warlock I mean Sexual Harasser.

Yes ... it is a Warlock Hunt.

A hunt to rid this city of wretched virtue-challenged piece of work who caters only to himself is currently holding the #8 city in USA hostage.

Think people. Thankfully this mess is almost over. Tentative agreement in the works. Hang tight.

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aamcocapo | August 22, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

It seems so hypocritical the some of the commenters here attack the victims. Forward the liberal agenda by any means including keeping in office a sexual predator.

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