Statement: “I cannot allow any women on the team at the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. to engage with the mayor – a serious problem, since nearly 70 percent of our team is female,” San Diego EDC CEO Mark Cafferty wrote in an Aug. 1 op-ed for Voice of San Diego.
Analysis: Business leaders were largely mum on the sexual harassment allegations directed at Mayor Bob Filner until this week.
In a Voice of San Diego op-ed published just after the vote, Cafferty explained his decision. He bolstered his argument with a claim that nearly 70 percent of EDC staffers are women, and he doesn’t feel comfortable allowing any of them to interact with the mayor.
We recently fact checked state Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins’ claim about the male vs. female ratio among city workers and turned up some surprising results, so we decided to vet Cafferty’s claim too.