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San Diego mayor resists calls to step down

His opponents call him ‘unsafe’ for city’s women

SAN DIEGO — A prominent onetime supporter of San Diego’s mayor described how the mayor has repeatedly groped women during his short term, saying no female in California’s second-largest city would be safe in his presence.

Despite that, Mayor Bob Filner, 70, made it clear he will not heed the calls for his resignation from Donna Frye, former councilwoman, and others within his party, even as they held a news conference to divulge details of allegations they said show a dangerous pattern of abuse by the city’s first Democratic leader in two decades.

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