Filner Cancels ‘Meet the Mayor' Hours for August

A statement released by the mayor's office says his open office hours will resume in September

Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has decided to cancel his monthly open office hours previously scheduled for August, his office announced on Wednesday.

According to Filner’s camp, the monthly “Meet the Mayor” session, which is typically held the first Saturday of every month, will not go on as planned in August.

A statement released by the mayor’s office reads, in part:

“The Mayor looks forward to resuming his monthly sessions in the City hall lobby in the month of September, and appreciates your understanding for the cancellation.”

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The cancellation comes after a couple of whirlwind weeks for Filner, who’s been accused of sexual harassment by eight local women.

Former allies, local leaders and the San Diego County Democratic Party have all called for Filner to resign, and efforts to recall Filner are underway.

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Last week, Filner announced he will undergo two weeks of intensive therapy to correct his behavior beginning on Aug. 5. Still, Filner shows no signs of resigning from office and has not addressed any of the specific sexual harassment claims brought to light by his accusers.

Prior to Filner’s scandal taking center stage, his “Meet the Mayor” hours were a hit with constituents.

In February, more than 100 San Diegans lined up at the City Administration building in downtown San Diego for a chance to chat with Filner.

Back in February, Filner told NBC 7 his monthly open office hours were part of his mission as mayor to make himself accessible to the public.

“I’ve always believed that government has to be very close to the people,” Filner told NBC 7 in a February interview. “[I thought] Let’s have people come into City Hall Saturday mornings and we’ll just talk to people. Have some coffee and just talk. It’s as simple as that.”

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