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City Council To Set Special Election Date

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The City Council is scheduled today to set a special election to fill the post of outgoing Mayor Bob Filner, whose resignation becomes official at 5 p.m. Friday.

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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.

The City Clerk's Office has proposed scheduling the vote for Nov. 19. If approved, candidates would have to file by Sept. 20.

The council's special meeting comes one day after a lawyer for the third woman to bring legal action against the city of San Diego demanded $250,000 for his client.

Attorney Daniel Gilleon told City News Service that his client, whom he identified only as Marilyn, accuses the mayor of kissing her at a May event at Johnson Elementary School in Emerald Hills. He said she had asked the mayor to send archival material to a May event at Johnson Elementary in Emerald Hills, but he showed up instead.

According to the lawyer, his client poked her head in a classroom when Filner arrived to announce his presence, and the encounter took place when she returned.

Mayor Bob Filner tells the City Council he will resign.

"He grabs her face and plants a kiss on her forehead,'' according to Gilleon, who said his client was "in shock.''

Filner also demanded her last name and took too long trying to remove an adhesive name tag from her chest, according to the lawyer, who said the mayor also put his hand around her waist and tried to walk her away.

Parts of the incident were witnessed by another woman and a boy looking out the window, according to Gilleon. He said a member of the mayor's security detail was there at the time.

The city's response to the demand will determine whether he files a lawsuit on behalf of the woman, a 34-year employee of the state who is a secretary to a workers' compensation judge. She also serves as an advocate for domestic violence victims in the South Bay, he said.

Gilleon also represents Stacy McKenzie, the district manager for city-run Mission Bay Park, on whose behalf he filed a $500,000 claim on Monday.

McKenzie, 50, first went public with her accusations on Aug. 8, alleging Filner asked her for a date and placed her in a headlock at a city function at Mission Bay on April 21. She said he also grabbed her wrists so she was unable to move.

McKenzie's claim says the mayor acted "for his own sexual gratification.'' It also accuses the city of failing to warn employees of Filner's "predatory nature'' and protect them from it.

Gilleon said he is asking for more money for McKenzie than Marilyn because McKenzie is a municipal employee.

The city can choose to accept or deny the women's claims. If the claims are denied, the woman may file a lawsuit.

The city has already been sued by Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former communications director, who alleges Filner told her she should work without panties on, that he wanted to see her naked and could not wait to consummate their relationship.

McCormack Jackson -- the first of the 19 women to come forward -- also alleges Filner put his arm around her and dragged her along in a headlock while making sexual remarks. It was mediation over her lawsuit that led the 70-year- old former Democratic congressman to resign after less than nine months in office. He officially step down at 5 p.m. Friday.

Eight candidates have expressed their intention to run in the special election, including ex-Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Now an executive with Qualcomm, he finished third in the June 2012 mayoral primary.

Other candidates who have filed intention forms are Paul Michael Dekker, who, according to his website, is director of information technology at the San Diego-based nonprofit Global Energy Network Institute; Jared Mimms, who says on his LinkedIn page that he has founded or co-founded four companies; psychiatrist Ashok Parameswaran; website owner Tobiah Pettus; Kurt Schwab, who founded an organization for veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq; Mark Schwartz, a Libertarian activist who created a Facebook page for his campaign last month; and David Tasem, who operates a taxicab business.

The council will also take a look at amending the city's law on recall elections.

A state requirement that a voter had to answer whether an officeholder should be recalled before their selection of a replacement candidate is counted was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge 10 years ago. San Diego's section on recalls includes similar language and was never updated.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said the municipal law is currently unconstitutional. Some observers said Filner could have used that fact as a loophole to get a recall against him overturned had he tried to remain in office.

Comments

Avatar for user 'thompsonrichard'

thompsonrichard | August 28, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. ― 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Mayor Bob Filner served as a witness on behalf of an activist for seals at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, criticizing his own police department for citing the defendant and the city attorney’s office for prosecuting him. And that was BEFORE he'd been lynched.
Democratic National Committee voted unanimously by voice w/o discussion to demand he resign (should former 10-term Democratic Congressman Bob Filner not resign the mayoralty, measures to rid his noxious presence included bonding w/ Glenn Beck & His Rancho Santa Fe Hooters). My father drove Eleanor Roosevelt to a $100-a-plate fundraiser at the El Cortez. She stopped by to use the facilities. She placed her hand on my head -- sealing me in the Tribe of the Old Shoe forever. In Dec. '61, I saw Martin Luther King Jr. at Santa Monica Civic. I stood in the aisle, and he shook my hand. In '08 I was pledged to Hillary. I couldn't understand why my fellow Unitarians were being shy. Then I found out that Maya Soetoro-Ng, who sang in the choir w/ husband Konrad, had received her early religious education upstairs w' her half brother Barry. I sent Hillary $20 for her 8 primary victories after Madam Pelosi said it was all over. If the DNC wanted to help Hillary by lynching Bob Filner, they've failed. I much prefer the "bull in the swelter of summer/ come in his great, good time To the sultry, biding herd" over the lynch mob (DNC) approach.

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Avatar for user 'twells'

twells | August 28, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. ― 11 months, 4 weeks ago

A lynching usually result in a man (often black) hanging from a tree .. Bob Filner was not lynched. He did this to himself, and to to others unwilling to have him put his hands on them.

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Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | August 28, 2013 at 11:54 p.m. ― 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Twells:
No evidence was ever brought forward that those charges were true. Lynching is a word that can be used as a metaphor as, for example, when Clarence Thomas described the criticisms he received in the press as a lynching.

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Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | August 28, 2013 at 11:57 p.m. ― 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Thompson:
Sufficient into the day...

Wonderful story about Eleanor Roosevelt. And I agree about the DNC. However, I never did send them much money so I doubt that my financial boycott will mean anything to them.

Are you voting for mayor, or sitting it out?

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