Efforts To Recall Mayor Filner Underway
Friday, July 26, 2013
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.
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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.