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"I'm not going to resign, and here's why," said Mayor Bob Filner in a written statement this morning (July 15). "As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions. But as a citizen of this country I also expect -- and am entitled to -- due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations. I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment."

He announced that Walt Ekard, former chief administrator of the County, will be interim chief operating officer. Ekard appointed Scott Chadwick, who has been interim chief operating officer, to become assistant chief operating officer.

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aardvark July 15, 2013 @ 12:04 p.m.

The clock on Filner is ticking. It's probably just as well that Filner doesn't face the press in person right now, as the press would probably be in grave danger. In the meantime, "Our strong mayor Filner" (as he used to be called by one individual on these boards) continues to attempt to govern by press releases in print or DVD.


Don Bauder July 15, 2013 @ 1:46 p.m.

aardvark: As I have said elsewhere on this blog, Filner deserves due process. He hasn't had anything remotely like it. He has had all kinds of anonymous accusations thrown at him. They may be accurate. Even if the are, do they amount to offenses egregious enough for him to be removed from office? San Diego had colossal public money giveaways under both Murphy and Sanders. Aren't they worse than sexual harassment? Best, Don Bauder


aardvark July 15, 2013 @ 2:35 p.m.

Don--his "apology" last week was not a smart thing to do, as he could well have hastened his own demise.


Don Bauder July 15, 2013 @ 3:46 p.m.

aardvark: I think it was smart to admit his insensitivity. He didn't admit to sexual harassment. But I may wind up being wrong on that. Best, Don Bauder


historymatters July 16, 2013 @ 9:29 p.m.

he did not admit to anything at all. that apology" would never hold up as an admission of guilt in court.


CaptD July 16, 2013 @ 7:06 a.m.

Filner leaving office voluntarily, is the stuff that GOP (and some well connected local DEM's) dreams are made, of so expect to see much drama made of it, which will create much buss but little real NEWS; while at the same time other topics of major importance, like the multi-billion dollar ratepayer debacle at San Onofre or SDG&E's newly proposed Pio Pico Energy Center, LLC that is expected to cost $1.6 Billion, continue to fly below the public's radar thanks to the MSM's reluctance to report on local stories of real import to all those living in SoCal and especially $an Diego!


Don Bauder July 16, 2013 @ 1:56 p.m.

CaptD: Oh yes, the downtown corporate welfare crowd is rejoicing over this matter. They hope to get a Republican vassal or a friendly Democrat replacing Filner. Best, Don Bauder


historymatters July 16, 2013 @ 9:30 p.m.

yep they have been plotting this for years!!


Don Bauder July 16, 2013 @ 9:45 p.m.

historymatters: But they would have preferred to win the election. They lost. They're bitter. Beset, Don Bauder


historymatters July 16, 2013 @ 9:28 p.m.

HELL YEAH!! Go Bob! We are being bullied in a serious way! move that billion dollar CCDC money to the General FUND ASAP to deflate their campaign. they r desperate to get that bounty. Right now there is a 1 billion dollar bounty on ur haed and u r nt gonna b safe til u move it out of CCDCs clutches! We LOVE U Bob!


Don Bauder July 16, 2013 @ 9:47 p.m.

historymatters: The downtown establishment does love Bob now -- hated him just a few months ago. Best, Don Bauder


Tiger Cherry July 19, 2013 @ 6:24 p.m.

Keep up the good work, historymatters. The truth will prevail. What bugs me is all these "faux feminists" claiming that Bob has thrown women's issues "under the bus" when I would bet these same people would not lift a finger in regards to equal pay for women, the Equal Rights Amendment and a woman's right to choose. Now THOSE are women's issues. Sexual harassment is more about a woman communicating where she has set her own boundaries.


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