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What does it take to remove a politician from office?

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner arrives at a news conference on July 26 to announce his intention to seek professional help for sexual harassment issues. He's reported to have left therapy a week ahead of schedule. Bill Wechter/Getty Images

After six long and dramatic weeks, the saga of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner may finally be coming to an end. Tomorrow the City Council will vote on a proposal reached through mediation between Filner, his lawyers, the city attorney and two council members.

There's no word on the final deal reached, but the group had been discussing the possibility of Filner's resignation in exchange for the City Council agreeing to pay some of his legal fees and potential damages from a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Meanwhile, the leader of a recall effort says he'll continue his work until Filner tenders his resignation.

Meeting the legal requirements to recall the mayor is no small feat, but many San Diegans see it as their only option. After all, you can't impeach the mayor. But why not?

For more on what it takes to remove a politician from office, we're joined now by Raphe Sonnenshein, the Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at CSU Los Angeles. 

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