6th San Diego City Councilmember demands mayor's resignation

Councilmember David Alvarez reported info to HR

SAN DIEGO - A sixth member of San Diego City Council stepped forward Friday evening calling for Mayor Bob Filner's resignation. 

At least six of nine San Diego city council members are calling on Filner to resign. Councilman David Alvarez, who is described as someone who does not rush to judgment, says he learned new information Friday evening that led him to report the mayor to the city's human resources department.        

Before that, 10News spoke with Council President Todd Gloria, who says he is ready to lead the city on an interim basis, should Filner step down.

"It doesn't change my position, said Gloria."I still believe the mayor should resign."

That is how Gloria responded to Filner's most recent statement released Friday evening that reads in part, "While I stand by my comments and pledge of yesterday to make changes to improve the workplace environment in my office, I am confident that a fair and independent investigation will support my innocence with respect to any charges of sexual harassment."

Gloria said, "The business of the city has to continue if we're marred in investigations and internal soul searching, we're not going to get the city's work done. We have to get back to the people's business and this does not do that."

The mayor's statement comes a day after he issued a video statement where he never stated he sexually harassed anyone, but admitted he needs help and vowed to undergo sexual harassment training,

"I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them. It's a good thing that behavior that would have been tolerated in the past is being called out in this generation for what it is: inappropriate and wrong," Filner said in the video statement.

Just hours before the mayor released his new statement Friday, Vince Hall, his longtime friend and chief of staff, quit and then tweeted, "As a lifelong activist for women's rights and equality, I feel I must resign effective today."

Soon after that, in a statement, San Diego Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby called for a special meeting of the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee stating, "Our priority is to ensure that the Office of the Mayor is leading San Diego effectively."

Just a few hours later, Alvarez announced he met with the mayor face-to-face on Friday evening and demanded his resignation.

In a statement, Alvarez says he "... received new and firsthand information regarding sexual harassment allegations against Mayor Filner" and that he "immediately reported this information to the City of San Diego's Human Resources Department."

Alvarez ended his statement with the following:

"My heart goes out to the victims of this abhorrent treatment. Please know that you have my support during this difficult time."

On Friday evening, Carl DeMaio – former councilman and Filner's opponent in last November's mayoral race – posted a statement on his Facebook page with a button that reads, "We shall overcome."

"It has been a rough week for San Diego - and it may not be over yet. But I have faith - and so should you! Let's come together, get beyond party labels, and do what's right for our city!" DeMaio wrote.

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