Mayor’s response to recall bid omits harassment accusations

Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego cited economic projects he has pursued.
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Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego cited economic projects he has pursued.

SAN DIEGO — Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego responded to a recall effort over sexual
harassment allegations by pointing to progress he said the city has made during his term.

Filner made no mention of the accusations in a written statement addressed to the city clerk’s office Monday to meet a deadline under the municipal code.

Instead, the city’s first Democratic mayor in two decades highlighted economic, environmental, and job-creating projects that he has launched since his election in November.


The recall effort could legally proceed even if Filner missed the deadline, but now his response will be included on the petitions expected to begin circulating next week.

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Filner pointed out a five-year labor agreement for city employees. He said his administration is working on expansion plans for the city’s convention center that will generate thousands of local jobs and on a proposal to try to bring the 2024 summer Olympics to San Diego and neighboring Tijuana, Mexico.

More than a dozen women have accused the 70-year-old former congressman of making unwanted advances, such as inappropriate statements or groping.

There have been numerous calls for Filner to resign.

Several businesses — including four Hooters restaurant locations — have posted signs from a radio talk show campaign stating that the establishments will not serve the mayor because ‘‘we believe women should be treated with respect.’’

Associated Press