City Council members ask Mayor Bob Filner to resign in light of new details

SAN DIEGO - Three councilmen urged Mayor Bob Filner to step down Monday after details of the sexual harassment allegations against him were made public, although they made no mention of their demands during the afternoon portion of the city council meeting.

City Councilman Kevin Faulcner (District 2) issued this statement:

"The actions described in these stories are despicable. Bob Filner's deplorable behavior and unwillingness to take responsibility are nothing short of an abuse of power. He must be held accountable and he must step down now."

City Councilman Scott Sherman (District 7) wrote the following letter to the mayor:

Mayor Filner:

When you assumed the Office of Mayor in December many San Diegans had high hopes, including myself. You promised to put neighborhoods first and bring the city together in a cooperative and productive way.

Unfortunately, since that time we have witnessed city government deteriorate under your leadership. I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt that it was, as many claimed, a "transition period."

However, over the last two months it has become increasingly clear that the people's business is unable to move forward with you at the helm of city government. There are countless examples of important contracts left unsigned, hostile behavior toward employees, extortion from local businesses and the recent debacle at the SDCERS Board meeting where your appointees were absent and on vacation. That mistake alone cost taxpayers over $20 million.

Most recently, the media circus caused by your inappropriate behavior and admitted sexual harassment has completely derailed city government. The environment you have created at City Hall during your short time in office is contrary to everything you promised during your campaign to restore the faith and trust of city employees.

On behalf of the People of San Diego I call on you to end this sad chapter in our city's history and stop embarrassing San Diego on a national level. I ask you to resign and let us get back to work serving the residents of San Diego.

City Councilman Mark Kersey said his heart went out to those who had remained anonymous out of fear of retaliation, and called for a full investigation.

"We have a responsibility to ensure that no city worker remains silent out of fear," Kersey said. "Although everyone is entitled to legal due process, it would be in the best interest of the city and our employees if the mayor stepped aside to allow our workers to get their jobs done without being distracted by this circus at City Hall."

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