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article imageWith deal in place, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner set to resign

By Yukio Strachan     Aug 23, 2013 in Politics
San Diego - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has reportedly agreed to resign in exchange for the city handling some of his legal fees involving a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him and the city.
U-T San Diego reported that the resolution came late Wednesday after three days of mediation talks over the lawsuit filed by Filner's former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said a proposed resolution will be presented to the City Council during closed session Friday.
"I'm sorry I cannot give more information," he said.
Goldsmith told The Associated Press the proposal would be made public if approved by the council.
The council vote was set for Friday because of a 24-hour public notice requirement.
Those at the negotiating table involving the lawsuit said they have been told not to comment. Filner has been attending the talks, along with Goldsmith, City Council President Todd Gloria and Councilman Kevin Faulconer.
Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing McCormack Jackson, said that she and Jackson participated in a mediation session in connection with the case on Monday, The LA Times reported.
Allred speculate Filner might have negotiated a deal that would shed his financial liability in the lawsuit in exchange for his resignation.
“Since the San Diego City Council is being asked to approve a settlement with the mayor,” said Allred, “we think it is fair to assume that it must involve some payment to him. If ‘the deal’ only involved his resignation, there would be no need for the City Council to approve it … their approval for his resignation is not necessary."
"His parting gift should be ‘good riddance’ instead of a handout.”
The talks, led by retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving, ended hours after a San Diego businesswoman became the latest woman to go public in accusing Filner of making unwanted sexual advances.
Dianne York said Filner placed his hand on her buttocks while she posed for a photo with him about three months ago, according to the AP.
York told reporters at a news conference that the incident took place after a meeting at his office. She said she reported the incident to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
York joins at least 17 other women with similar allegations against the 70-year-old former congressman.
He has denied committing sexual harassment.
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