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Roundtable: More Filner Accusations

KPBS Roundtable

Roundtable: Filner to Enter Therapy

Aired 7/26/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Mark Sauer


Amita Sharma, KPBS News

Maureen Cavanaugh, KPBS News

Sandhya Dirks, KPBS News


At Monday's press conference held by her attorney Gloria Allred, Mayor Bob Filner's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, revealed details about her working life in the mayor's office.

She accused him of touching her inappropriately, saying it would be better if she came to work without her underwear and putting her in a headlock and dragging her around the office like a rag doll.

It turns out these accusations were only the beginning.

By Thursday, six more women had told similar stories to KPBS investigative reporter Amita Sharma and KPBS metro reporter Sandhya Dirks, all of them professionals, all of them well-known in the business and academic communities.

They include Sharon Bernie-Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association; Ronne Froman, retired Navy Rear Admiral and San Diego's Chief Operating officer under Mayor Jerry Sanders; Patti Roscoe, a businesswoman in San Diego's tourism and hospitality industry; and Joyce Gattas, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University.

Asked why she came forward now, Patti Roscoe said, "because enough is enough."

Six of nine San Diego City Council members have called on the mayor to resign.

A UT-San Diego/10News poll reveals a majority think he should resign. There is a nascent recall effort afoot. And the mayor himself, who used to turn up at almost every public event held in the city limits, is now often MIA.

But the big question remains: What now?

Correction: During the interview, Stampp Corbin was referred to as a "supporter" of Mayor Filner. He takes no position regarding the mayor's politics.


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philosopher3000 | July 26, 2013 at 6:37 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Sharon Bernie-Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association = Downtown business interests and land development.

Ronne Froman, retired Navy Rear Admiral and San Diego's Chief Operating officer under Mayor Jerry Sanders = Republican opposition.

Patti Roscoe, a businesswoman in San Diego's tourism and hospitality industry = Downtown business interest and property developer.

These women are plants.

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philosopher3000 | July 26, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I just listened to an Hour of KPBS 'commentators' speculating about Filner's psychology. A professional psychotherapist breaching ethical boundaries by calling Filner a "Psychopath" based upon pure conjecture.

It is unethical to keep slandering the mayor with NO EVIDENCE. Thirty years in public office without any problems, NEVER EVEN ONE REPORT OF HARASSMENT! NOT ONE!

Filner scares the established power structure and suddenly he's a 'psychopath'. Yea, that's great KPBS, now you have a 'national story', you're committed. When we prove that Filner did nothing worthy of his recall, and he is exonerated in the one civil case, then you'll look foolish. Better pile on, make the news if you can't report the facts.

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MarineRoom | July 26, 2013 at 8:07 p.m. ― 3 years ago


Speculation is just that, and tends to have more entertainment value than truth value, but it is human nature to be both logical and illogical at the same time.

Matt Potter has an apropos quote from the Admiral in a piece he wrote today.

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creatricks | July 26, 2013 at 10 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Bob Filner is doing to the citizens of San Diego the same thing he did to the women he victimized! By not resigning he is forcing himself upon us. We deserve a mayor who can devote himself to the crucial issues facing San Diego, I don’t see how he can do that during the intense behavioral program he described.
As far as him even bringing up the conduct of past generations, it wasn’t appropriate then either, and hasn’t been legally for more than twenty five years. What he is doing is destroying everything he has done in the past that was good, leaving his career in shambles. He’s become a national joke.
He’s going to bankrupt the city with his legal complications, and go down in history as the worst Mayor we’ve ever had.

I would like to say also that this is probably just the tip of the iceberg, As Amita Sharma said there are probably many more women Mr. Filner has treated in this manner, “…clerks, low level clerks, street sweepers….” You think they’ll come forward now, since their credibility will probably be questioned.

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LovTAL | July 27, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. ― 3 years ago

I thought KPBS prided itself on unbiased, professional journalism. I was extremely disappointed with Mark Sauer's treatment of the caller Michael. I may not agree with Michael on everything but it is unacceptable to be rude to a caller, yell, or cut them off simply because you disagree. That's not the standard I look for in NPR.

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