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Efforts To Recall Mayor Filner Underway

Aired 7/29/13 on KPBS News.

Mayor Bob Filner is heading to therapy, but he isn't leaving office. That is, if he has anything to say about it. However, he may not be the only one with input on the matter.

Mayor Bob Filner is heading to therapy, but he isn't leaving office. That is, if he has anything to say about it. However, he may not be the only one with input on the matter — two recall efforts appear to be underway.

Stampp Corbin is the owner and publisher of San Diego LGBT Weekly.

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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.

Just minutes before Filner was to speak at his own press conference, Michael Pallamary, creator of the "Recall Bob Filner" Facebook page, attempted to serve the mayor a letter at his office. In it, Pallamary demands Filner's resignation by Monday or face a recall effort.

"Every day he’s in office, I believe, regardless whether he’s under a leave of absence, this city is under incredible liability and exposure," Pallamary said to a crowd of reporters. "And I predict more women are coming forward, and every day that this goes on, we’re going to see more liability. It’s horrendous. It’s atrocious. Nothing is getting done here, nothing is getting done.”

Across town at his 5th Avenue office, Stampp Corbin talked about a separate recall effort.

This morning, the founder of San Diego LGBT Weekly posted an announcement in U-T San Diego citing his intention to circulate a petition to recall the mayor. The registered democrat said he neither supports nor opposes Mayor Bob Filner, but that he wants to bring a resolution to the current scandal surrounding his office.

"The reason I did it is San Diegans all across this county and throughout this city are being dragged through this situation, and if the voters are ready to recall the mayor then we should get the process done," he said.

While Corbin stated that neither he nor his publication has ever endorsed the mayor, Voice of San Diego referred to LGBT Weekly as a "one of the most faithful backers of Filner’s mayoral bid."

The San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland was not available to comment on the two recall efforts, but according to the office's website, if either recall movement does go forward, it will be weeks before signatures may be collected.

Comments

Avatar for user 'RLA'

RLA | July 26, 2013 at 6:07 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I have said from the beginning that he will never leave voluntarily. I am concerned that this article indicates that there will be two competing recall efforts requiring double validation of signatures and other confusion factors? This will probably lengthen his term in office and keep San Diego in the news as being so scattered and disjointed that they can't even agree on who gets to recall him.

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muckapoo1 | July 27, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Perhaps the best thing would for one of the accusers to actually file a claim with the police for assault. That would be a huge step to ending this fiasco for our fine city.

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Missionaccomplished | July 27, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

"While Corbin stated that neither he nor his publication has ever endorsed the mayor, Voice of San Diego referred to LGBT Weekly as a "one of the most faithful backers of Filner’s mayoral bid."

1) Yes, Corbin, and you also believe that earth is flat. Tell me another.

2) Really? Did not Fletcher alone have that honor???

3) LGBT does not like Filner for voting on DOMA in the late 90s.

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RLA | July 27, 2013 at 3:09 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

...and now San Diego's recall law is likely illegal? This mayor will be in courts for years all while sitting in the mayor's seat. While Filner stubbornly hangs on the issues of competing recall efforts and a very questionable recall law just give him more reason to stay the course.

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russfox | July 28, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

According to an article in today's Union Tribune, Stamp Corbin has no source for funding the recall. Worse yet, a highly credible person in the LBGT community has come forward as a witness that Stamp is deliberately trying to thwart a real recall effort. We'll know more tomorrow, but it does appear that Stamp Corbin will be adding a bit of shame to the LBGT community, which I am also a member of.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 29, 2013 at 11:33 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

muckapoo - the problem with what you are suggesting, Filner would need to be convicted of a FELONY in order to be forced out (Like Mr. Hedgecock was).

The charges filed by Ms. Allred, I believe, are civil (correct me if I'm wrong); therefore, even if found guilty, he still would not be forced to step-down.

russfox: The UT is little more than a tabloid now, and a bad, unreliable tabloid at that. Out of the seven women who have come forward, they all came to KPBS to tell their stories. None felt comfortable enough going to our "newpaper of record" because it's so jaundiced and biased. I wouldn't give too much credibility to what you are ready in that trash.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 29, 2013 at 11:38 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I think Filner has become unable to govern properly, and I want him out.

But I am also not going to give my signature to any recall effort yet.

I'm not convinced those heading the recall efforts actually have the city's best interest in mind.

Pallamary is a known hack who has been trying to claw his way into being better known for quite some time.

One hack (Pallamary) trying to score political points off of another hack's (Filner) scandal.

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MarineRoom | July 29, 2013 at 4:33 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

It's nice to know the court of public opinion is alive and well here in cyberspace. In the real, three-dimensional world, Mr. Filner gets due process. The final result may be the same, but you don't know that. People seem to think they have all the evidence they need. That is not how it works or how it should work. These two council members are being more courageous than their fellows, not less.

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MarineRoom | July 29, 2013 at 4:51 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

By these two council members, of course I mean Ms. Emerald and Ms. Cole. They seem to be the only ones who are concerned with the rights of the accused as well as of the accusers.

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