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    Allen Jones, the longtime ally of Mayor Bob Filner, the one who set up his transition to mayor and worked as his deputy chief of staff said he resigned because of the mayor’s repeated humiliation of members of his staff.

    “On a number of occasions, I talked about how I thought the way the mayor interacted with and treated mayoral staff and members of boards and commissions and others was demeaning and abusive. And it, most importantly, undermined his ability to pursue the progressive agenda he campaigned on,” Jones said.

    He said he couldn’t stand it any longer.

    “When I see mayor’s staff treated in that demeaning of a manner so often, if I remained, I believed I was being complicit in sustaining that abusive environment and I can’t do that,” Jones said.

    Filner said the controversial Sunroad issue didn’t play a part in Jones’ resignation.

    “He disagreed with the way I was conducting the office,” Filner acknowledged in a press conference Friday. He also confirmed that communications director Irene McCormack resigned alongside Jones.

    The mayor described a staff meeting in which Jones had brought up concerns about the way Filner was treating staff. When Jones said he was leaving, Filner said he asked if anyone else wanted to, and McCormack said she did.

    When a reporter asked the mayor if he was going to be reflecting on his behavior or toning down his style, Filner said he would.

    “Clearly, anybody who’s intelligent would have to undergo some self-examination, which I have and which we’re trying to deal with. So yes, the answer’s yes,” Filner said.

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      Written by Scott Lewis

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      30 comments
      Felix Tinkov
      Felix Tinkov

      I think I must be missing something. Jones said he didn't like the staff interactions but failed to provide a single example? For someone (actually, two someone's) to quit you would think he could relate a story. Maybe even the one that broke the proverbial camel's back.

      Felix Tinkov
      Felix Tinkov subscribermember

      I think I must be missing something. Jones said he didn't like the staff interactions but failed to provide a single example? For someone (actually, two someone's) to quit you would think he could relate a story. Maybe even the one that broke the proverbial camel's back.

      Gaspar Luna Oliveira
      Gaspar Luna Oliveira

      I support the idea of removing automobiles from the Plaza de Panama. I am a volunteer at several Balboa Park venues and I have only heard positive comments. Keep up the good work!

      Daina Shaffer
      Daina Shaffer

      What a Loser Filner turned out to be !!!! TYPICAL. Thanks, Dems. When is he leaving for his Big Trip to AFRICA ............. oh, excuse me ........... Europe ?

      Ryan Clumpner
      Ryan Clumpner

      Not included in this story is his claim that this is all because he strives for excellence and is bucking the system, which were the next words out of his mouth. You cannot simultaneously say you are undergoing self-examination but that these are all byproducts of your excellence. That's not self-examination, it's narcissism. What he really said is that he examined himself, he is awesome, and everyone else just sucks.

      Ryan Clumpner
      Ryan Clumpner subscriber

      Not included in this story is his claim that this is all because he strives for excellence and is bucking the system, which were the next words out of his mouth. You cannot simultaneously say you are undergoing self-examination but that these are all byproducts of your excellence. That's not self-examination, it's narcissism. What he really said is that he examined himself, he is awesome, and everyone else just sucks.

      Bit-watcher
      Bit-watcher

      It's remarkable how this kind of behavior demonstrated by our mayor seems to pass with so little comment or blowback. I was in Old Town when the new concessionaire took over from Delaware North Corporation, and our now-current mayor was there with a loud group of union folk trying to disrupt the ceremony. He and some others were arrested for blocking access -- notice how that wasn't covered during the election.

      Bit-watcher
      Bit-watcher subscriber

      It's remarkable how this kind of behavior demonstrated by our mayor seems to pass with so little comment or blowback. I was in Old Town when the new concessionaire took over from Delaware North Corporation, and our now-current mayor was there with a loud group of union folk trying to disrupt the ceremony. He and some others were arrested for blocking access -- notice how that wasn't covered during the election.

      Allen Hemphill
      Allen Hemphill

      Bob Filner is a proud Honor graduate of the Alec Baldwin Charm School

      Allen Hemphill
      Allen Hemphill

      I expect stiff competition. Bob is such an easy target.

      Kelly Abbott
      Kelly Abbott

      This could be a contender for Comment of the Week.

      Allen Hemphill
      Allen Hemphill subscribermember

      Bob Filner is a proud Honor graduate of the Alec Baldwin Charm School

      Allen Hemphill
      Allen Hemphill subscribermember

      I expect stiff competition. Bob is such an easy target.

      Kelly Abbott
      Kelly Abbott contributormember

      This could be a contender for Comment of the Week.

      brymacsr
      brymacsr

      When is the next election?

      Richard Rider
      Richard Rider

      So now Filner is up for a little "self-examination"??? This narcissistic fellow has been self-examining himself 24/7! A more egotistical, arrogant SOB in office I can't imagine.

      Bruce Coons
      Bruce Coons

      Richard,did you happen to miss Sanders or what?

      Allen Carter
      Allen Carter

      This mini diatribe is pretty funny (and ironic) coming from Richard Rider.

      Kelly Abbott
      Kelly Abbott

      I don't think Fascist means what you think it means.

      MARK GIFFIN
      MARK GIFFIN

      Bloomberg is a RINO Fascist and Filner is a progressive Fascist. It shows up in both their management styles. Ultimately both want Total control, seek to consolidate that control, are willing to push the limits of their authority to achieve it and have little tolerance for dissent. Ultimately with Filner it will be the cause of his own undoing. Be it right or left this kind of behavior turns people off. He certainly is entertaining.

      J.C. Cleaver
      J.C. Cleaver

      Sanders was professional; I expect more from the Mayor of San Diego than what I've seen from Filner so far.

      Chris Wood
      Chris Wood

      I think Wikipedia addresses that, Bloomberg is in a whole different class than Sanders or Filner: "Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American business magnate, politician and philanthropist. He is the 108th and current Mayor of New York City, having served three consecutive terms since his first election in 2002. With a net worth of $27 billion, he is also the 7th-richest person in the United States.[1] "

      Richard Rider
      Richard Rider subscribermember

      So now Filner is up for a little "self-examination"??? This narcissistic fellow has been self-examining himself 24/7! A more egotistical, arrogant SOB in office I can't imagine.

      Chris Wood
      Chris Wood subscriber

      I think Wikipedia addresses that, Bloomberg is in a whole different class than Sanders or Filner: "Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American business magnate, politician and philanthropist. He is the 108th and current Mayor of New York City, having served three consecutive terms since his first election in 2002. With a net worth of $27 billion, he is also the 7th-richest person in the United States.[1] "

      Bruce Coons
      Bruce Coons subscriber

      Richard,did you happen to miss Sanders or what?

      Kelly Abbott
      Kelly Abbott contributormember

      I don't think Fascist means what you think it means.

      Allen Carter
      Allen Carter subscriber

      This mini diatribe is pretty funny (and ironic) coming from Richard Rider.

      Mark Giffin
      Mark Giffin subscribermember

      Bloomberg is a RINO Fascist and Filner is a progressive Fascist. It shows up in both their management styles. Ultimately both want Total control, seek to consolidate that control, are willing to push the limits of their authority to achieve it and have little tolerance for dissent. Ultimately with Filner it will be the cause of his own undoing. Be it right or left this kind of behavior turns people off. He certainly is entertaining.


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