Recall petitions against Mayor Bob Filner can circulate beginning Aug. 18

Announcement released by City Clerk's office

SAN DIEGO - Recall petitions against embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are set to circulate on August 18, according to a city clerk memo released Monday.

LINK: Click here to read the memo (PDF)

The recall effort is being led by land-use consultant Michael Pallamary, and he published the intent to recall in a newspaper, served Mayor Filner with a copy of the publication and filed an affidavit of publication with City Clerk Elizabeth Maland.

Maland said Filner has two weeks to respond, if he chooses.

Regardless of the mayor's response, "recall petitions may then be circulated beginning August 18, 2013, and must be filed with the City Clerk's Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013," Maland's memo reads.

A recall petition submitted to the City Council must have at least 15 percent of registered voters, based on the number of registered voters in the November general election. In this case, the number of signatures needed would be 101,597.

There were two recall efforts under way, and there was confusion on whether there could be more than one official effort at the same time.

Michael Giorgino, the city attorney's interim communications director, said attorneys are working on clarity.

"We are reviewing the issue of more than one recall petition and we will have an opinion out on this in the next few days," Giorgino said.

The owner and publisher of LGBT Weekly, Stampp Corbin, started the first official recall process against the mayor by publishing the notice of intent in a newspaper on Friday.

"The city needs to decide," Corbin said. "If they decide he goes, then he goes. If he decides he stays, he stays."

Corbin said the decision to start the process was not based on politics.

Maland said Corbin has 10 days from Friday to file an affidavit of publication to start another round of recall petitions.

She said she saw nothing in the city charter to prevent two simultaneous recall efforts, but deferred further questions to the city attorney's office.

If there are enough petitions on a recall effort, the matter would then go before the City Council, whose majority has called for Filner to resign amid sexual harassment claims by prominent women in the community.

Filner has said he is innocent of the claims. He has not been charged with any crime and there is one civil lawsuit filed against him.

The mayor is entering in "intensive therapy" for his mistreatment of women, he said in a statement on Friday.

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