Filner Guilty of 3 Criminal Charges in Sex Scandal

City Council: People's Work to Be Done

Leaders say street repairs will happen, parks and libraries will remain open and crews will respond to 911 calls

By Megan Tevrizian and R. Stickney
|  Monday, Jul 22, 2013  |  Updated 4:12 PM PDT
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In a statement Monday, City Council President Todd Gloria repeated his request that the mayor resign.

In a statement Monday, City Council President Todd Gloria repeated his request that the mayor resign.

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San Diego’s leaders repeated their demand that Mayor Bob Filner resign his position in light of recent sexual harassment allegations.

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City Councilmembers Todd Gloria and Kevin Faulconer answered questions from the media Monday to address how City Hall plans to move forward amidst sexual harassment allegations levied against Mayor Bob Filner.

With a strong mayor form of government, Gloria said they need a strong mayor in that leadership position and for that reason, Filner should step down.

“We cannot efficiently and effectively run America’s Finest City with this man in office,” Gloria said. 

Councilmember Faulconer has come out strongly, asking the mayor to step down and said the current scandal has damaged the reputation of the city.

The mayor has decided that his own ego is more important than the reputation of the city, Faulconer said.

In the meantime, both leaders said the city will continue to function. Street repairs will happen, parks and libraries will remain open and crews will respond to 911 calls they said.

Council will meet Monday and next week. They plan on having a legislative recess in August but Gloria said he will call a special session if necessary.

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