Statements in response to Mayor Bob Filner apology

The following are statements made in response to San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's apology:

San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby:

"Today the Mayor conceded that his past treatment of women has been 'inappropriate and wrong.'

While we have yet to learn any names or details about the women stating that Mayor Filner sexually harassed them, he has admitted to behavior that is intolerable under any circumstances. Such conduct is particularly damaging when the public trust is involved.

The Mayor has taken a step in the right direction by apologizing. He has committed to getting professional help for his behavior, vowed to apologize personally to the people he has hurt, and outlined plans to promote a more respectful environment in his office. Further, he has acknowledged that if his behavior does not change, he cannot succeed in his role as Mayor.

Like all San Diegans, I am deeply disappointed by Mayor Filner's conduct toward women. Now that he has taken responsibility for his actions, I will hold him to his promises. I ask the people of San Diego, who elected Bob Filner to be our Mayor, to join me today and give him an opportunity to live up to his word."

City Council President Todd Gloria, District 3:

"Sexual harassment is a serious matter, and these allegations deserve a response. San Diegans need to hear from the Mayor soon.

People must be treated with respect and are right to expect a workplace that is free of harassment and intimidation. I offer my assurance to any person who may have been harassed that their claims will not be discounted should they come forward. All applicable administrative and legal protocols will be followed by the City.

While this matter continues to unfold, my City Council colleagues and I will remain focused doing the people's business and running an efficient and effective municipal government."

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer, District 2:

"Bob Filner crossed the line. Sexual harassment is completely unacceptable and has no place in this city. Mayor Filner's escalating scandals have eliminated his ability to effectively govern, and the only way for San Diego to begin to recover is for him to step aside."

City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, District 4:

"As a former police officer, I am very aware of the seriousness of these sexual harassment allegations.

I am very shocked and disappointed to hear the Mayor admit to his inappropriate behavior, and seeking help is the right first step.

And as the Mayor has indicated, if his behavior doesn't change or further erodes the ability of the City to conduct the people's business, then he should resign."

City Councilman Mark Kersey, District 5:

"It is disturbing that the Mayor did not deny any of the allegations made by four high-profile San Diegans. Our immediate focus should be on the safety of our workers. No employee should feel intimidated or vulnerable on the job. We have to ensure that the City of San Diego sets the highest possible standards for professionalism in the workplace. Any and all claims must be immediately investigated by the City."

City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, District 6:

"As a woman, I am deeply troubled by this behavior. As an elected official who represents the citizens of San Diego, I am saddened for what this means for our City. I ask that the Mayor do the honorable thing and step down."

City Councilman Scott Sherman, District 7:

"I am calling on Mayor Filner to resign. He has admitted that he is guilty of sexually harassing women and his actions are unacceptable under any circumstance. Unfortunately this is the latest and most disturbing of a series of scandals that make him incapable of leading our city."

City Councilman David Alvarez, District 8:

"Donna Frye showed real courage in bringing these allegations to light. I am also disappointed in Mayor Filner. It is clear to me that the Mayor's behavior must change. If it does not change, then he should resign."

City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, District 9:

"I commend Mayor Filner for the courage to admit he has made mistakes and for his commitment to change his behavior. I hope the people of San Diego will support Mayor Filner in his effort to make a change and continue to make a positive difference in our city."

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