Mayor Bob Filner’s hostile encounters with city officials and other power players tend to shape the narrative about his administration. But the people who show up to monthly “Meet the Mayor” sessions tell a different story — one of a small few who are eager to spend quality time with the mayor and who have some unusual items to address.

Some of Filner’s Saturday conversations are your typical constituent-to-politician fare. Residents share concerns or ask if the mayor can attend an event.

But a visitor’s log we obtained after a records request revealed some especially amusing Saturday encounters with the mayor.

Here’s our top five, in no particular order.

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1. A February visitor invited the mayor to a “Robert Redford film.” We’re not sure what the movie was or whether the mayor took her up on the offer.

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Photo by Sam Hodgson

2. Another February attendee “wanted to remind (the mayor) that he’s the greatest mayor San Diego has ever had.”


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3. A man who stopped by in March gave the mayor a book and apparently wanted to talk about unidentified flying objects. We aren’t sure about the mayor’s stance on little green men.

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4. One man showed up in April to enjoy some “general chit-chatting with the mayor.”

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5. In February, a resident approached the mayor about a diaper drive for homeless families he hoped to host outside City Hall. He returned in April to thank Filner for making the effort happen.

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    Written by Lisa Halverstadt

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    12 comments
    Kevin Swanson
    Kevin Swanson

    "Opportunity paged me, beeped me, emailed me, and spammed me - but I was expecting it to knock" is the caption for the cartoon showing a character with a large nose laying on a psychiatric couch. Over two years ago I began promoting a framework around which to build a Regional Brand for 2015, 2016 and leading up to 2019 as the 250th Anniversary of San Diego being founded as the start of the Californias. The Opportunity Clock for 2015 is ticking down while I create personal opportunities in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Countdown will officially start on October 12, 2013 when "The Roar" takes place. The Horseless Carriage Club (LJRG) will start their engines to drive the Historic 1915 Point Loma Race Course to celebrate the Cabrillo National Monument's 100th Anniversary. Will someone hear this Roar, as Dr. Harry Wegeforth heard a lion's roar in 1916 and became determined to start the Zoological Society of San Diego? Opportunity knocks - and eventually goes away when the door remains closed. Will Mayor Filner and others be visiting psychiatrist offices in 2015 while lamenting how they let Opportunity slip away? I've slipped away to Abu Dhabi for six months to start on other Opportunities while Mr. Filner keeps the door closed to my knocking. He actually had a staff member set up a meeting, then cancel it, before I left San Diego in April.

    Kevin Swanson
    Kevin Swanson subscriber

    "Opportunity paged me, beeped me, emailed me, and spammed me - but I was expecting it to knock" is the caption for the cartoon showing a character with a large nose laying on a psychiatric couch. Over two years ago I began promoting a framework around which to build a Regional Brand for 2015, 2016 and leading up to 2019 as the 250th Anniversary of San Diego being founded as the start of the Californias. The Opportunity Clock for 2015 is ticking down while I create personal opportunities in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Countdown will officially start on October 12, 2013 when "The Roar" takes place. The Horseless Carriage Club (LJRG) will start their engines to drive the Historic 1915 Point Loma Race Course to celebrate the Cabrillo National Monument's 100th Anniversary. Will someone hear this Roar, as Dr. Harry Wegeforth heard a lion's roar in 1916 and became determined to start the Zoological Society of San Diego? Opportunity knocks - and eventually goes away when the door remains closed. Will Mayor Filner and others be visiting psychiatrist offices in 2015 while lamenting how they let Opportunity slip away? I've slipped away to Abu Dhabi for six months to start on other Opportunities while Mr. Filner keeps the door closed to my knocking. He actually had a staff member set up a meeting, then cancel it, before I left San Diego in April.

    Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman

    Another February attendee “wanted to remind (the mayor) that he’s the greatest mayor San Diego has ever had.” No, he may not be the greatest mayor ever, but he's a damn site better than some we've had. What's really "amusing" are the demands for his recall--even though he has done absolutely nothing illegal.

    Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman subscriber

    Another February attendee “wanted to remind (the mayor) that he’s the greatest mayor San Diego has ever had.” No, he may not be the greatest mayor ever, but he's a damn site better than some we've had. What's really "amusing" are the demands for his recall--even though he has done absolutely nothing illegal.

    David Hall
    David Hall

    This "article" was about as useful as the stock photos. Embarrassing doesn't begin to describe it.

    David Hall
    David Hall subscriber

    This "article" was about as useful as the stock photos. Embarrassing doesn't begin to describe it.

    Don Wood
    Don Wood

    At last San Diego has a real mayor who listens to all the people, instead of only meeting behind closed doors with the downtown developers, political operatives and big campaign contributors like our last mayor did.

    Don Wood
    Don Wood subscriber

    At last San Diego has a real mayor who listens to all the people, instead of only meeting behind closed doors with the downtown developers, political operatives and big campaign contributors like our last mayor did.

    Gaby Dow
    Gaby Dow

    It's "they're" (they are), not "their" -- just to add a little more color to this discussion ;)

    Gaby Dow
    Gaby Dow subscriber

    It's "they're" (they are), not "their" -- just to add a little more color to this discussion ;)