Reports are saying San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will step down from the office as part of the negotiations reached during the mediation deal. The LA Times reported that Mayor Bob Filner was seen Wednesday night loading boxes into an SUV outside of City Hall, apparently saying goodbye to his staff. During the mediation talks one of the issues was the possibility of Filner's resignation in exchange for some of the legal fees filed against him.
Mediation talks ended after three days of negotiations with retired Judge J. Lawrence Irving. All nine city council members along with other officials have called for his resignation. This comes after more than a dozen women have come forward with accusation of sexual harassment and misconduct from Filner. If he resigns, Filner will be the fourth out of the last seven San Diego's mayors to leave midterm. A special election would then be held to fill Filner's position.
Lisa Halverstadt, a reporter at Voice of San Diego
Nancy Bornn, employment law attorney in private practice in Playa del Rey; author of “Representing California Sexual Harassment Plaintiffs” (James Publishing)