Bob Filner to collect $80K in public pensions, despite felony plea deal

SAN DIEGO - Former Mayor Bob Filner will continue to collect all of his public pensions totaling more than $80,000 a year, despite pleading guilty to a felony.

Filner spent more than 30 years in public positions as a San Diego city councilman, professor at a state university, congressman and mayor.

Team 10 found Filner's estimated federal pension will be nearly $60,000. His estimated state pension will be about $14,000 from his time teaching as a professor at San Diego State University. His estimated city pension will be roughly $8,500.

Filner is grandfathered-in to the city pension system because of his time as a councilman, despite Proposition B, which taxpayers approved to reform the city pension system, including revocation of city pensions from convicted felons.

His federal pension would only be suspended if he was convicted of a federal crime, which he was not.

Filner's state pension would only be suspended if he was convicted of a crime related to his duties at the university, which he was not.

Every year, taxpayers spend roughly $800,000 on pensions for convicted former congressmen, according to the National Taxpayers Union, a nonprofit organization near Washington, D.C.

For example, former San Diego representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham was convicted in a bribery case, yet he collects an estimated $64,000 each year.

Officials and those who are in the mayoral race to replace Filner gave 10News their reactions.

“We do not want convicted felons to get that," said Kevin Faulconer, a city councilman. "Voters were very clear and we were very clear, that we didn't want dollars to go to people like this."

"It's a waste of taxpayer dollars," said David Alvarez, a city councilman. "We should not give pensions to people who are found guilty of felonies like this one."

Nathan Fletcher, a Qualcomm employee, would not comment for this story.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria issued a statement that read, "We've certainly paid the price for electing Filner.  Still, I am relieved he is no longer in office and therefore no longer increasing his pension nor his damage to our City."

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