Bob Filner doesn’t live here anymore, and he’s kept mum since he abandoned his post as part of a legal settlement over sexual harassment claims. But the former mayor still keeps tabs on local and national politics from Los Angeles, and he got in touch with VOSD to weigh in on veteran homelessness.
Filner spent much of his conversation with our Lisa Halverstadt talking about this topic through the lens of his own accomplishments, his goals and the city’s lack of progress.
Then Filner talked about the allegations against him that sparked one of the biggest scandals in San Diego’s history. “I have a few legal things I have got to settle about it but I as I said, I gave them the ammunition but they pulled the trigger. They aimed the gun and pulled the trigger. It wouldn’t have happened to someone else.”
He adds: “When you look at what, quote, I was charged with, you know, it was, really, nothing illegal and it was just an attempt of the establishment to take back their city, which they did … I never sexually harassed anybody by the way.” Filner did, however, plead guilty to one felony charge and two misdemeanors tied to the accusations.
Filner claims he was removed through a coup, hints darkly that accusers were paid and says his office was bugged. (The former police chief tells us that the cops didn’t find a bug.)
For the full interview, which also includes Filner’s comments about the stadium mess and the Sunroad mess, click here.