In the latest development in this coup by land developers to take our town the Democratic Party just voted to "demand" Filner resign.

As a voter I am outraged at this language because these "leaders" have no right whatsoever to bully Filner into resigning.

Francine Busby and Tony Atkins and Todd Gloria can ask ALL day long for Filner to resign but they can NOT demand he step down. We, the voters elected him to office, and it is ONLY we, the voters who can fire him from office.

The UT (of all papers) investigated whether or not the City Council or anyone could simply fire Filner:

"But what about the City Council just firing him, right out?

No-can-do, says the City Charter. Only the voters have that right, via recall. And they don't need a reason, said Dan Eaton, an employment attorney for Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek.

California is an at-will state for employees, and Filner works for the public. He was elected by the people, and the there is no city code that allows the City Council to remove him from office, the way Congress could impeach the president, Eaton said. He noted that Filner in his statement Thursday only admitted to behavior that was inappropriate and wrong.

"It is important to underscore as a preliminary matter that Mayor Filner has not specifically admitted that he engaged in sexual harassment," he said.

Filner's in a unique situation because he can fire unclassified workers at any time, but only the people can remove him. That terminator role used to reside with the city manager, but now Filner has it because he is the strong mayor, a system approved by voters in 2010. The city charter says a vacancy in the mayor's office can only come from death, resignation, or recall. No mention of termination."

Stay strong San Diego. This case gets weaker every day with each new questionable accusation of "abuse". They are desperate for him to step down before their case unravels.

There is WAY too much at stake. If Filner goes we will lose Balboa Park forever to the developers behind this.


w16521 July 25, 2013 @ 7:46 p.m.

Whoever you are, you are in utter and complete denial. Filner is a sexual harasser.


BrianBrady July 25, 2013 @ 7:57 p.m.

The author lacks an understanding of the First Amendment. The San Diego County Democratic Party can put out any statement they want...even if it is weeks too late


historymatters July 25, 2013 @ 8:34 p.m.

they can "say" what they want. they can not force any action


urbanrealtor July 26, 2013 @ 2:57 p.m.

The author might feel differently if he were female. (Pretending to be doesn't make it so). Being a puppet and booster for Filner is just kind of sad. A couple weeks ago, the author suggested I work for Gloria (I don't) because I had secret knowledge of a pending election (because of my satirical "Todd for Mayor" poster). That is about as foolish as all his posts. You don't need to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Being a booster for a predator is as dumb as it sounds.

The Dems have as much right to tell Filner to resign as this dumb author has to be a cheerleader for an evil person.

Thanks for the waste of pixels.


rdotinga July 26, 2013 @ 4:21 p.m.

The author is a she. Her identity is well known.


urbanrealtor July 26, 2013 @ 4:39 p.m.

And she says this kind of thing? Seriously? Dude.


historymatters July 27, 2013 @ 9:48 p.m.

Urbanrealtor I merely suggested it was odd that you guys knew there'd likely be a mayoral race in 2013 the day after the 1st press conference and I STILL think it's odd so I will continue to investigate to see if there was any communication w/ Todd's office from the sign makers.

NTM this conspiracy is blatant. Goldsmith was frantically searching for ways to make SDs recall process easier back in early May of this year as seen in this VOSD article...long before any sex scandal. Why months after the election was the City atty obsessed w/ recall?


rgaudinousa1 July 29, 2013 @ 11:46 p.m.

San Diego leadership is necessary to expand knowledge statewide in 2014 to. raise our No. 49 national ranking for education as California's first city. It's time. The Pacific 500 Birthday and Renaissance is ready inspire creativity in enterprise for future economic prosperity. The Mayor of San Diego has the historic geographic location and moral cultural capacity to lead by inspiring learning and direct community service of USA PROUD residents - wanting to raise our no. 49 ranking in education. Filner is not fit to be in front to sell the community vision for improvements in education, business and tourism. Chi dorma non piglia pesce.


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