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The effort to depose embattled San Diego mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexual harassment by a growing cast of alleged victims, appears to have gotten a bit more Machiavellian.

According to a Los Angeles Times report today, San Diego sheriff Bill Gore and the state attorney general's office may be hatching a scheme to put the mayor on trial for "egregious misconduct in office."

The move comes in the wake of Filner's refusal to step down and doubts over how quickly and successfully a conventional recall could be mounted.

It might also save big money for Filner's political foes, many of whom, though extremely wealthy, don't seem inclined to write another round of five figure checks so soon after last year's mayoral contest.

Another reported consideration for the anti-Filner plotters is the timing of a special election, which would likely draw a low turnout and allow for less money to be spent electing a candidate most desirable to the business interests.

The first part of the plan, says the account in the Times, was a two hour meeting yesterday between investigators for Gore and Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, along with her client, ex-Filner press aide Irene McCormack Jackson, who has alleged in a recently filed lawsuit that Filner sexually harassed her.

One possibility being discussed by those seeking Filner's ouster would be for the attorney general to use an arcane statute in state law to convene a grand jury and seek a civil complaint against Filner accusing him of egregious misconduct in office. If the grand jury lodges such a complaint, a trial would be held and the mayor, if found guilty, would be ousted.

The attorney general's office is acting as advisor to the Sheriff's Department in place of the district attorney's office because Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis ran against Filner in last year's mayoral primary. Dumanis was defeated and later accused Filner of showing disrespect toward women.

Emerging from the meeting, Allred told reporters that she expects more women to make allegations against Filner. "I don't think the end is in sight," she said.

Of course, if Dumanis is believed compromised enough to step out of the investigation against the mayor, as the Times reports, Sheriff Gore, who endorsed Dumanis against Filner, might also appear to be heavily conflicted, starting with many of his biggest campaign donors.

According to the Re-Elect Bill Gore for Sheriff 2014 campaign financial disclosure covering the first six months of this year and filed July 30 with the county registrar of voters, the sheriff has raised a total of $56,735, much of it from those who are political and economic foes of Filner.

Topping the list is John Lynch, whose occupation is listed on the sheriff's report as "Pres. & CEO Broadcast Companies of the Americas."

Lynch, who the report says gave the sheriff's campaign $700 on June 25, is most famous for being chief executive of U-T San Diego, the media operation owned by developer and hotel magnate Douglas Manchester that has been calling for Filner's scalp even before the current sexual harassment debacle.

Lynch was widely reportedly to have left his position at Broadcast Companies of the Americas back in September 2010.

In addition, a powerful hotel magnate who lost out to Filner in their struggle earlier this year over a lucrative city funding deal that he and fellow moguls thought they had been given by GOP ex-mayor Jerry Sanders, also kicked in big for Gore. Bill Evans, his mother Anne, and sister Grace and her husband David Cherashore gave a total of $1750.

Evans executive Robert Gleason, a friend and major backer of Democratic city councilman Todd Gloria, another Filner foe, gave $250.

If Filner is ousted, Gloria would step into the job of acting mayor and is expected to be extremely friendly to the Evans operation, which runs its hotels on lucrative city leases.

Another key Filner foe, Predator drone maker Linden Blue of La Jolla, gave the sheriff $500 on June 24. The conservative Republican backed Filner's GOP mayoral foes, and his longtime companion, retired rear admiral Ronne Froman, went on television to allege that Filner had touched her and made untoward remarks.

Real estate magnate Malin Burnham, who backed Nathan Fletcher over Filner in last year's mayoral race, gave $700.

D.A. Dumanis gave the same, as did her backer Samuel Kahn, son of the late Teamster-financed developer Irvin Kahn; lobbyist Paul Robinson, who is employed by the U-T's Manchester, gave $350.

Karen and Michael Turk, old campaign friends of the U-T's Roger Hedgecock, gave a total of $1400. Dominic and Katherine Alessio of the fabled border gambling and lodging family contributed the same.

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Michelle_Sturgis Aug. 6, 2013 @ 9:59 a.m.

Someone told me about the Reader being the last bastion of support for Filner, and I was suspicious. How hilarious to read this article and see it's true! Keep up the support, this just makes it funnier for the rest of us.

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historymatters Aug. 7, 2013 @ 8:44 p.m.

Michelle I doubt your credibility. I know you are all over FB w/ your Filner bashing.

the Reader is the last bastion of the truth in reporting. They are independently owned and not bowing to special interests like everyone else is. thank god there is some real investigation into this case which is falling apart.

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monaghan Aug. 6, 2013 @ 2:53 p.m.

I guess I don't get what's so "funny" here. Sounds to me like the San Diego Fix is in progress.

Does Reader reporting of Sheriff Bill Gore's swelling re-election campaign funds from Filner foes and pointing out the longstanding connection between former FBI man Sheriff Gore and the anti-Filner establishment make this paper a bastion of anything other than unvarnished truth-telling?

Especially as Sheriff Gore has set up a most unusual "hotline" to take complaints from damaged damsels who wish to complain of unwanted contacts with the Mayor? Especially as such damsel "complaints" could be used to convene a grand jury, using the arcane statute in state law mentioned by Tony Perry in the LA Times.

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Michelle_Sturgis Aug. 6, 2013 @ 3:08 p.m.

I will gladly explain the funny part - it is the part where 20, maybe 30 hard-core Filner supporters still continue to use words like "fix", "plotting", "witch-hunt", "mob", and "lynch mob" - all to describe what the Mayor has both admitted to, AND supposedly checked himself into a clinic for just yesterday.

I, and 99.999% of San Diegan's find it humorous that not even an admission by the perp will sway the last, tiny little handful of supporters from the truth.

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KLoEditor Aug. 6, 2013 @ 5:21 p.m.

Even the U-T poll says 3 out of 4, so I'd say your numbers are as far from reality as the rest of your remarks. The mayor's support remains strong in the 4th and 8th districts, I am confident about that. I would imagine other communities around San Diego who know of his work and accomplishments and agenda for the future of San Diego are very much still in his corner.

You see, this is what happens when you don't bother to get out of the lynch mob, take a walk, and get some fresh air.

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coconnel51 Aug. 7, 2013 @ 9:39 a.m.

Former Filner supporter here. The Sheriff's Office was tasked to set up the hotline because, being under the jurisdiction of the Mayor's office, the police could not.

So, is Kamala Harris now an anti-Filnerite who is drudging up arcane laws out of a vindictive need to remove a foe? Make her yet another Democrat to sing for the choir of Filner's removal. Because, this is so not a partisan deal: both sides of the aisle want him gone. NOW.

How about this: The guy is a problem. He is costing this city politically, economically, and business-wise. He is facing trial for sexual harassment - and, having put his hands and other body parts where they are not wanted - is likely guilty of sexual assault as well.

If you don't like that his political enemies are coming after him now, how about reserve just a little bit of disdain for him for making it so darn easy for them. Because, no matter how you slice it - Filner is the reason for this. Filner alone. At this point, defenders are just as desperate and delusional as he is.

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BlueSouthPark Aug. 6, 2013 @ 5:25 p.m.

Good data here. While Allred is in town, she can offer her service to the State AG Harris, who was called ""by far the best-looking attorney general" by Obama. This sent everyone into paroxysms and Obama had to apologize, though Michelle Obama laughed it off. I always assumed the comparative frame of his statement, which wasn't properly finished (best compared to what?) meant compared to the former AGs, all not so great-looking men.

By the way MS, great, sexy photo! Best-looking commenter in Reader!

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monaghan Aug. 6, 2013 @ 5:45 p.m.

The "truth," Ms. Sturgis, is that establishment enemies of liberal populist Mayor Bob Filner are trying mightily to drive him from the office to which he was elected by 55% of the people of San Diego.

The "sin" for which Filner is being persecuted is serial aggressive behavior with women -- definitely a character flaw -- for which he has apologized and is now seeking to begin to remedy with counseling.

The business elites of this town are turning heaven and earth to shame, embarrass and hound Filner into resigning his office voluntarily -- something he will not do. The business enemies are reluctant to enter the murky and expensive waters of an official recall, but they collude with the recused District Attorney, the obstructionist City Attorney, the County Sheriff with his extraordinary "hotline" for damsel complaints against the Mayor, the chorus of City Council lackeys and a pack of media mad dogs led by Jacobs-funded twins KPBS and voiceofsandiego.org and the ravening Manchester-U-T.

They even have the offices of famous lawyer Gloria Allred for several of a growing line of alleged "victims," the latest of whom now claims a new wrinkle -- a mayoral quid pro quo demand of sexual favors from a nurse for his political help on behalf of a female Marine with PTSD.

I'd say this is "the funny part."

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coconnel51 Aug. 7, 2013 @ 9:48 a.m.

Oh, so sexual assault is a character flaw? Perhaps you need a vocabulary lesson, but "aggressive behavior with women" does not include:

  • Kissing them against their wishes.
  • Grabbing their butts.
  • Putting your hands on them, unsolicited, in any way - especially when there is a difference in power dynamic between you and said grab-ee.
  • Hitting on sexual assault survivors at a veteran's benefit.
  • Asking for a date in exchange for helping a wounded Marine.
  • Using the power of your office to get women alone, hit on them, and hold the work you may do for them over their heads.

No, that boils down to sexual assault and an "egregious misuse of office."

Check your narrative frame. It's severely flawed.

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monaghan Aug. 7, 2013 @ 9:56 p.m.

Let's take it to a court of law, coco, and see if your list of unsubstantiated hearsay legally is "sexual assault." Until then, I will describe the allegations as evidence of a possible mayoral character flaw. "Check your narrative frame?" is that like making sure one's trousers are zipped? You are over-eager.

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coconnel51 Aug. 7, 2013 @ 9:50 a.m.

How many of these women do you know / have met? You know the thing about a quiet military town by the sea? It's ironically small. I'd drop those quotes if I were you. Your disdain for women is glaring.

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monaghan Aug. 7, 2013 @ 10:05 p.m.

I like your description of San Diego as "a quiet military town by the sea," but I haven't seen it touted in our suffering Tourism Management District convis promotions. I would agree that San Diego -- and perhaps you, coco, are small-minded -- but not so small, really, that there isn't room for the truth. Women in this charade are disgracefully allowing themselves to be used and I am sorry for that.

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Diogenes Aug. 7, 2013 @ 8:22 a.m.

Bob Filner seems to hit on some very powerful, well-connected women. His former fiancee' was nicer-looking than many of the "victims". But when referring to events 10 years ago, we must assume that these victims were more irresistible, shall we say.

Looking up Blue and Froman on Wikipedia reveals that some of the victims are as powerful as people can be, at least in San Diego. Blue was condeming Obama in 2011 quite publically for supporting the European "socialist" system. His company supplies drones. He is fighting the Isamo-COMMIES. He also was incarcerated in Cuba BEFORE the Bay of Pigs.

Filner has a sense of humor referring to Mr. BLUE as being with the Blues Brothers as Blue's own brother is his business partner. Filner's quip at the time of his sexual advance on Ms. Froman who was engaged and is rumored to be married to Blue.

Hard to make this stuff up.

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coconnel51 Aug. 7, 2013 @ 9:30 a.m.

This is totally laughable. Basically, your "reporting" boils down to: the elected sheriff who has received a few hundred bucks from both sides of the aisle, is working with the Democratic state attorney general's office to resolve a problem created by a stubborn mayor who is not only a blight on our city, but a political and economic liability.

No matter your "Machiavellian" adjectives, the details aren't so shocking. Like hyperbole? Go work for Upworthy. Hitting on sexual abuse survivors at a veteran's benefit is an "egregious misconduct in office." Using your position of power to lick someone's face is an "egregious misconduct in office." Asking for intimate favors in exchange for helping a wounded vet is an "egregious misconduct in office." If Filner won't step down, the state attorney general has every right to drudge up a law to investigate these allegations via the legal process she is afforded - arcane or not - for the interests of the city, the reputation of the state, and the integrity of her party - which is suffering politically because of Filner's delusions of grandeur.

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Diogenes Aug. 7, 2013 @ 7:20 p.m.

The City Charter may conflict with Government Code section 3060. Where does that leave us? Back to the unconsitutional recall law?

There are no good alternatives if Filner decides to force the issue. Maybe his therapy will help him behave himself.

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monaghan Aug. 7, 2013 @ 10:13 p.m.

Coco, you don't really sound to me like you're laughing at Matt Potter's story. You sound like you're angry and if we can't find a law to hang Mayor Filner with, well hell, let's just make one up. That sounds like an extra- military way of dispatching a problem, but fortunately that's not the way civil society works. Which reminds me, whatever happened to all the op-ed calls for "civility" we had just a few months ago?

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historymatters Aug. 7, 2013 @ 8:48 p.m.

Thank you Matt!!! You are doing a great job!

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historymatters Aug. 7, 2013 @ 8:50 p.m.

Matt, someone posted this comment on my blog about the guy bank rolling the recall effort. He really needs to be investigated further.

.....Interesting. On 7/6/13, I waited in line to speak with Bob Filner (at his once-a-month forum to speak directly with him) for a couple hours. NEXT to me in line was Michael Pallamary, Land Use Consultant, and current recall head fellow. We visited on and off about his reason for being there (representing LA Developer Kilroy Realty's 23 acre Carmel Valley project) to voice his chagrin/disappointment with Filner's position. Per article in today's UT, "Earlier this year, Filner intervened at a community planning meeting to oppose a 23-acre project in Carmel Valley, saying the 2.1 million-sqare-foot, mixed use project was far bigger that what the neighborhood wanted. Los Angeles developer Kilroy Realty subsequently downsized the One Paseo complex by one-third and is awaiting approval for City Hall." The above item, the UT ownership (Papa Manchester, John Lynch) and other 'connections' are very, very much in play......what media in SD will have the courage to connect the dots?

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Diogenes Aug. 9, 2013 @ 6:43 a.m.

Pallamary is working for Kilroy? Is representing the same as being paid?

I was at a One Paseo meeting last night.

I suspect that Kilroy has to pay for support. There are some people who think having no public transportation to a suburban mixed use monstrosity is "smart growth." By definition, smart growth includes a mix of transportation.

The pro-developer crowd has been in control of this town for many decades. Some elected officials tell me that the Filner allegations are absurd. It is all about MONEY.

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historymatters Aug. 7, 2013 @ 8:53 p.m.

I dont know if you saw thia but I put this timeline of the recall together which certainly suggests it was planned from the start.

I am obv just a blogger trying to scrape together what I can because no one but the SD Reader is looking into any of this, Thank you for being one of the few journalists who is. maybe some of the stuff I have scraped together can help put this big picture together.

Thanks again Matt!!!

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Duhbya Aug. 8, 2013 @ 5:39 a.m.

And thank you, historymatters, for reposting that link. I missed the original posting, and am most impressed with your communicative acumen. Bravo. You are one commenter whose screen name fits perfectly.

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stevecsd Aug. 13, 2013 @ 7:54 p.m.

I am the person who posted here a week ago about the connection I learned (at 'Meet the Mayor Forum on 7/6/13) between Michael Pallamary and the developer for the Carmel Valley development. I also contacted 10 News on 8/6/13.....they sent a 'news team' team to my home, interviewed me and told me they would have the story in a newscast on 8/6 or thereof. They later called me to say they had been 'in touch' with Michael Pallamary..... and that he denied being at the 7/6 forum. I said perhaps they could get 'the log' from that day.....and his name would be on there. IF he didn't 'sign-in,' I am SURE there are other people there who could verify he WAS there......let's have some transparency on BOTH sides in this issue. Fillner being guilty of a moral/criminal issue....don't know....not a court of law. BUT anyone who thinks this is ALL about what you read in the local UT OR hear on local news stations should wake up.............

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