No business leader in this region can possibly condone a workplace where women are not respected, where they are intimidated, inappropriately touched, demeaned or are treated any differently than their male counterparts.
My job is to manage the affairs of an association that markets the San Diego region as a world-class business destination. More than 150 San Diego businesses give us their money and trust to be a strong and responsible voice for regional competitiveness, job creation and economic prosperity.
Over the past few days, I have responded to articles and tweets from my colleagues at Voice of San Diego that were critical of the local business community’s silence regarding the sexual harassment allegations being directed at Mayor Bob Filner. Some business leaders have wanted to speak out aggressively. Others have wanted to stay silent.
I have argued with VOSD that this may not be a “business” or “jobs” issue and have pushed back against the accusations that the business community is using this tragic situation as an opportunity to take advantage of a weak mayor and push through pet projects and personal agendas.
But our silence and my arguments end today. As a proud San Diegan and as a voice for the businesses and partners I represent, I have joined with more than 30 business association leaders from across our region in asking Bob Filner to resign immediately from the office of mayor of San Diego.