San Diego taxpayers mad over council vote on Mayor Filner that could cost city hundreds of thousands
Last Updated: 104 days ago
San Diego taxpayers are fighting mad over a decision by the San Diego City Council Friday that could end up costing the city big, in exchange for Mayor Filner's resignation.
"I don't think that we should be responsible. Let him take it out of his money," said San Diego taxpayer Hope Horton.
Taxpayer Victor Ashbaugh told 10News, "I think I'd have to file a police report on being robbed. We don't want to as taxpayers pay for the recall and waste all that type of money but yet we don't want to pay the mayor to leave either. Ask for anything like that, continue to drain the city of money on funds that should be spent elsewhere is just robbery."
"I don't think he deserves a pension or anything you know. If anything he deserves a boot out of here you know because he took advantage of everybody," said taxpayer Pancho Castillo.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor David Steinberg feels the most plausible settlement between Filner and the city would be some kind of indemnification agreement where the city would agree to pay Bob Filner's legal fees for some kind of future litigation and any kind of damage awards against Filner.
"Whether Filner resigns or not we're going to have to have a new election ... Why spend more? Particularly why give more money to Bob Filner," said Steinberg.
Meantime, Attorney Gloria Allred appeared before cameras Thursday with Filner's ex-fiancé Bronwyn Ingram by her side, urging the council not to vote for any kind of Filner payout and to give San Diegans the chance to speak.
"It would e a slap in the face to the Mayor's many victims to see him get anything from the City of San Diego. His parting gift should be 'good riddance, instead of a handout," said Allred.
Allred said she is against any payment whatsoever to Filner and feels San Diegans should first be given an opportunity to speak to the city council at a public hearing on the issue on whether or not it would be appropriate to make a gift of taxpayer funds to mayor Filner as part of a deal for him to resign.
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