And away they go! A politician is on the hot seat thanks to lurid allegations, and the national media has suddenly become interested in San Diego politics. Unfortunately, they’re missing a few things, like the facts.
We’ve compiled a guide to some of the biggest errors.
Here are a few: This isn’t a sex scandal, at least by our definition. Our mayors aren’t always in a big fat pile of trouble (although some certainly have been).
Also: Some out-of-towners seem to think Filner will quit. Now isn’t that adorable? (Never mind that last week I thought he would.)
How City Laws Protect Filner from Ouster
It’s not easy, but there are ways that a judge could remove the mayor of, say, Escondido from office. Or the mayor of Oceanside, El Cajon or National City. The judge would just need to believe that the mayor had committed misconduct.
What about San Diego? Not so much. The city has its own quasi-constitution known as a charter, unlike those cities listed above. That means it runs things when it comes to putting people in office and taking them out. And it also means Filner has lots of protections against attempts to boot him that fall short of a lengthy and expensive recall process.