The national media on Friday seemed stunned by the news Friday that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would seek “corrective behavior” treatment instead of resigning. Most San Diegans found it about par for the course of an absurd week.
Seven accusers came forward this week. A declaration by a former Filner intern posted by KPBS said he was disturbed by some things he saw and an encounter between the mayor and a “high level education administrator” who is pretty clearly San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten. But the intern did not say what happened and no misconduct with Marten is described.
Filner’s decision means there is only one mechanism remaining to change city leadership before the next election: a recall. Zack Warma and Lisa Halverstadt explained why the city’s murky laws could complicate what would already be a difficult process for Filner opponents.