Friday, July 26, 2013
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."
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.