Mayor Bob Filner Quits To Settle Harass Suit

San Diego's 'Mayor Grabby' Throws In Towel

getty images

By Reuters

Published August 23, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, facing a sexual harassment lawsuit and numerous allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women, has signed a letter of resignation, the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Friday.

The reports come just ahead of a closed-session meeting of the City Council at which the city is expected to reach a settlement with Filner over how to handle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the mayor by his former press secretary, Irene McCormack Jackson.

Filner, 70, a Democratic former congressman elected last year to lead California’s second-largest city, has faced mounting pressure to step down over behavior toward women that he has acknowledged was inappropriate.

Jackson sued Filner in July, accusing him of sexually harassing her. Since then, 17 more women have come forward to say he groped them or made other unwanted advances.

Jackson’s lawsuit is at the center of a proposed settlement between Filner and the city, which City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced on Wednesday and said would be discussed in closed session by the City Council on Friday.

Goldsmith did not disclose the terms of the settlement, but the Los Angeles Times and other media outlets have reported the deal would require Filner to step down.

Reuters could not immediately confirm that or the reports that he signed a letter of resignation in advance of the closed-session meeting.

Jackson is represented by high-profile attorney Gloria Allred. On Thursday, Allred told reporters her client was not part of the deal and criticized any terms of a settlement that might call for Filner to leave office in exchange for city assistance with his legal expenses.

The City Council, which sued Filner last month to seek to hold him responsible for any damages that may arise from Jackson’s lawsuit, is set to begin its meeting at 1 p.m. local time on Friday. It will first take public comments and then go into closed session.

Representatives for Filner did not return calls or emails, and the mayor has kept a low profile in recent weeks.

If Filner does step down, City Council President Todd Gloria would become acting mayor, and a special election would be held within 90 days under the terms of the city’s charter.

If no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election would be held within 49 days.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • "I’ve never bought illegal drugs, but I imagine a small-time drug deal to feel a bit like buying hummus underground in Brooklyn."
  • We try to show things that get less exposed to the public here. We don’t look to document things that are nice or that people would like. We don’t try to show this place as a beautiful place.”
  • A new Gallup poll shows that only 25% of Americans under 35 support the war in #Gaza. Does this statistic worry you?
  • “You will stomp us into the dirt,” is how her mother responded to Anya Ulinich’s new tragicomic graphic novel. Paul Berger has a more open view of ‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: Hundreds of protesters marched through lower Manhattan yesterday demanding an end to American support for Israel’s operation in #Gaza.
  • Does #Hamas have to lose for there to be peace? Read the latest analysis by J.J. Goldberg.
  • This is what the rockets over Israel and Gaza look like from space:
  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.