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November 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - In Bob Filner's final days as mayor, the city attorney was prepared to do something never before done here: plead with a judge that the mayor posed a threat to women and should be barred from City Hall. A psychologist retained by City Atty. Jan Goldsmith was set to testify that, in her opinion, Filner fit the characteristics of a sociopath, was "without shame, empathy or compassion," and believed no rules applied to him. A court hearing was set for Aug. 21. It was not necessary.
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December 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - In what could be the final act in a long-running drama, ex-Mayor Bob Filner is set to appear in court Monday to be sentenced on three counts of mistreating women, the kind of accusations that drove him to resign. The judge is widely expected to approve a plea bargain that includes no jail time, three months of home confinement, a reduction in his city pension, mandatory mental health counseling and a bar against seeking public office. A probation report will describe Filner as a hard-driving perfectionist with an abrasive manner and a patronizing, retrograde attitude toward women who, under the pressure of being a "strong mayor" and after giving up on his mood-stabilizing medication, engaged in boorish, assaultive behavior for which he is now deeply apologetic and admits he needs therapy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A longtime city employee will file a legal action against the city and Mayor Bob Filner accusing him of sexual harassment, according to the employee's attorney. Attorney Dan Gilleon said the action will be for "battery, gender violence, sexual harassment and failure to provide sexual harassment training. " The employee's "dignity was stolen by the mayor at a city function," according to Gilleon. The new action against Filner is a claim, not a lawsuit. A claim can be a forerunner to a lawsuit if a settlement is not reached.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - In Bob Filner's final days as mayor, the city attorney was prepared to do something never before done here: plead with a judge that the mayor posed a threat to women and should be barred from City Hall. A psychologist retained by City Atty. Jan Goldsmith was set to testify that, in her opinion, Filner fit the characteristics of a sociopath, was "without shame, empathy or compassion," and believed no rules applied to him. A court hearing was set for Aug. 21. It was not necessary.
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April 26, 1998 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gov. Pete Wilson is backing former Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle in his bid for the Republican nomination for state treasurer against Assemblyman Jan Goldsmith. Wilson, who rarely issues endorsements in primaries, decided to support Pringle in the June 2 contest because "he believes Pringle can deliver, knows the issues, and is a shrewd and savvy politician," a senior Wilson advisor said Saturday. The governor plans to make an official announcement of the Pringle endorsement Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Maybe it's premature to say so, but there are indications that the two-decade court battle over seals lounging on a beach in La Jolla may be finished. A San Diego Superior Court judge this week refused to order the city to shorten the rope barrier that protects the marine mammals at the Children's Pool beach from being harassed. Judge Joel Pressman also refused to overturn an order by Mayor Bob Filner that the beach be closed to the public at night. Pressman ruled that the state Legislature in 2009, by giving the City Council the right to declare the area a marine mammal habitat park, ended the dispute about whether the presence of the seals violates the original tidelands grant that gave priority to children for the use of the beach and tranquil water.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- With reporters camped outside City Hall waiting to see if Mayor Bob Filner returns to work, Filner apparently instead was in a second day of mediation Tuesday to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against him. The mediation, overseen by retired U.S. District Judge J. Lawrence Irving, is underway at a downtown office building several blocks from City Hall. At Irving's order, none of the participants would discuss details of the mediation, specifically whether one condition for settling the lawsuit by Filner's former director of communications Irene McCormack Jackson is that Filner resign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Under a pro-business Republican mayor, it was a no-brainer: allocating millions of dollars each year to buy national advertising for the tourism industry - a major economic driver in this vacation mecca. Then Bob Filner got elected, and he had questions: Why couldn't Sheraton and Hilton buy their own advertising? And why should the cash-strapped city lavish funds on an industry that pays low wages to bottom-rung employees like maids and bellhops? The new Democratic mayor also thought the city attorney should provide him with legal guidance on the matter in private, not in front of reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Bob Filner will step down effective Aug. 30 as mayor of San Diego after the City Council Friday approved an agreement involving a sexual harassment case brought against Filner and the city by his former director of communications. In a 7-0 vote, the council approved the deal in a closed session Friday afternoon, six weeks after the first allegations surfaced against the 70-year-old Democrat. As the scandal unfolded, nearly 20 women publicly accused the former congressman of sexual harassment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Instead of showing up at City Hall as promised, Mayor Bob Filner was spotted Monday entering a downtown office building, apparently to engage in mediation aimed at settling a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former staff member. After an all-day session, attorney Gloria Allred emerged with her client, Filner's former director of communications Irene McCormack Jackson, and said only that the mediation was "ongoing" and being supervised by retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2013 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO -- The city attorney is suing to force a medical marijuana dispensary to close, a sign of a changed policy since the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner. Soon after taking office, Filner had called for the city attorney to stop taking medical dispensaries to court to force their closure. The act was the beginning of a rift between Filner and City Atty. Jan Goldsmith. Just days after Filner's Aug. 30 resignation, Acting Mayor Todd Gloria reversed Filner's hands-off policy toward marijuana dispensaries.
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September 14, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Court documents suggest that the city attorney's office plans a vigorous defense against the sexual harassment lawsuit that drove ex-Mayor Bob Filner from office. Filner "acted in good faith, without malice, and with a reasonable belief that his conduct was lawful, welcome and/or consensual at all times," according to a response filed by City Atty. Jan Goldsmith's office to the lawsuit filed by attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson. Also, Jackson "failed to utilize and exhaust the city of San Diego's internal grievance and/or complaint procedures and remedies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | Tony Perry
Under his resignation deal with the City Council, Bob Filner will remain mayor until the end of business hours Friday, complete with a police security detail. Planning has already begun for a special election to find a successor to fill the unexpired three years of his term. Would-be candidates are assessing their chances at becoming the city's 36th mayor. Council President Todd Gloria, who will become interim mayor when Filner leaves, has asked the city clerk for a timeline on when a primary -- and, if needed, a runoff -- could be held.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A longtime city employee will file a legal action against the city and Mayor Bob Filner accusing him of sexual harassment, according to the employee's attorney. Attorney Dan Gilleon said the action will be for "battery, gender violence, sexual harassment and failure to provide sexual harassment training. " The employee's "dignity was stolen by the mayor at a city function," according to Gilleon. The new action against Filner is a claim, not a lawsuit. A claim can be a forerunner to a lawsuit if a settlement is not reached.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- City Council President Todd Gloria has vowed to repair the damage he says was done to city government under Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned Friday after eight chaotic months in office. While the sexual harassment allegations made against Filner by 18 women dominated the headlines during the six-week frenzy, council members had complained that Filner's management style was hurting the operations of the city. That style, they said, alternated between non-involvement and micromanaging.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Bob Filner will step down effective Aug. 30 as mayor of San Diego after the City Council Friday approved an agreement involving a sexual harassment case brought against Filner and the city by his former director of communications. In a 7-0 vote, the council approved the deal in a closed session Friday afternoon, six weeks after the first allegations surfaced against the 70-year-old Democrat. As the scandal unfolded, nearly 20 women publicly accused the former congressman of sexual harassment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - After an all-day session aimed at settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against Mayor Bob Filner, plaintiff's attorney Gloria Allred said Monday that mediation is "ongoing" and being supervised by a retired federal judge. Allred declined to discuss details, specifically whether Filner's resignation is being discussed as a condition of settling the lawsuit filed on behalf of his former director of communications, Irene McCormack Jackson. After 5 p.m, Allred and Jackson emerged together from the session at an office building several blocks from City Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Instead of showing up at City Hall as promised, Mayor Bob Filner was spotted Monday  entering a downtown office building, apparently to engage in settlement discussions involving a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former staff member. Also entering the building were two members of the City Council and attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Filner's former director of communications, Irene McCormack Jackson, in a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from Filner and the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry and Richard Marosi
SAN DIEGO - After six weeks of civic turmoil over his treatment of women, Mayor Bob Filner submitted his resignation Friday, and the City Council approved a deal to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide. In an emotional and defiant address to the council after the vote was announced, Filner apologized to his victims and supporters but also said he had been victimized by "the hysteria of the lynch mob" caused by politicians and the media once the allegations by some 18 women became public.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Although details of a mediation deal in Mayor Bob Filner's sexual harassment lawsuit have not been announced yet, it is increasingly clear that the settlement includes his resignation from office. Filner was seen Wednesday night loading boxes into an SUV parked outside City Hall -- and driven by a San Diego police officer, part of the mayor's security detail -- apparently after saying farewell to his staff and cleaning out his office. A special election would be held to fill the mayor's post.
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