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The End Of The Filner Saga? Some Educated Speculation

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Roundtable: Mayor Filner Resigns

Above: Mayor Filner has resigned. We sit down to talk with reporters who have been following the saga since the beginning.

Aired 8/23/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

HOSTS

Mark Sauer, Maureen Cavanaugh

RADIO GUESTS

Sandhya Dirks, KPBS News

Scott Lewis, CEO, Voice of San Diego

Carl Luna, Political Science, Mesa College

Dan Eaton, Attorney, Seltzer, Caplan, Vitek

Paul Pfingst, Attorney, Higgs, Fletcher, Mack

TV GUESTS

Sandhya Dirks, KPBS News

Amita Sharma, KPBS News

Alex Roth, inewsource

Transcript

Right now, there are more questions than answers.

The scandal that raised its head on July 10 over charges of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner seems to be reaching some kind of finality.

The operative phrase at this moment -- before today's city council meeting -- is "seems to be."

The July news conference where former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and attorneys Corey Briggs and Marco Gonzalez asked the mayor to resign provided the initial jolt. To say events moved rapidly from there seems an understatement today, but they were a tortuous drip, drip, drip on the public consciousness for a month.

The mayor's fiancee publicly dumped him. More than a dozen women, including many well-known, respected professional women, came forward with their stories of bizarre mayoral encounters. And one-by-one, day-by-day, he was deserted, as politicians -- local, national, Democrat, Republican -- almost everybody, it seemed, except a few die-hards and the President and the Pope -- demanded his resignation.

Just a few of the questions that we hope are answered today:

What is the deal between the mayor and the city?

Does the deal involve public funds, and, if so, how much?

What will happen with Irene McCormick Jackson's lawsuit?

Is there anything that might keep the deal from going through?

If Council Member Todd Gloria becomes interim mayor, will he have all the powers of the strong mayor?

When might the city hold an election for mayor?

Who will run?

Comments

Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | August 23, 2013 at 12:27 p.m. ― 1 year ago

"Educated Speculation"

That phrase doesn't sit well. But I digress...

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Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | August 23, 2013 at 2:31 p.m. ― 1 year ago

"Educated Speculation"

polispeak for wait and see

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