San Diegans have a misconception that progressives Marco Gonzalez, Cory Briggs, and Donna Frye launched the movement to oust Mayor Filner for his treatment of women.
Right after the negotiations that led to Filner's decision to resign, on August 29, city attorney Jan Goldsmith, bursting with pride and self-gratification that he had gotten rid of his enemy, told a local TV station (KUSI) that he had been working on this ouster for eight months. He said he went the forced-resignation route because recalls require the gathering of so many signatures in just a short period of time. Thus, the city attorney worked for eight months in an ouster did that not permit the mayor due process.
He said he knew on January 2 that Filner had to go, and on February really began strategizing in earnest. His office hired a psychologist. It certainly appears that during those eight month, Goldsmith — who is closely allied with the downtown corporate welfare crowd — settled on sexual harassment as the vehicle for forcing the mayor out.
Goldsmith has always been a corporate-welfare toady; Filner won the election by emphasizing that money should go to infrastructure and the neighborhoods, rather than downtown.