SAN DIEGO — Mayor Bob Filner, besieged by sexual harassment allegations, sat down to the negotiating table with a key bargaining chip: His refusal to resign.
Now that a tentative deal aimed at ending one of San Diego’s darkest periods of political turmoil has been reached, many wonder whether the tenacious, former congressman has finally agreed to step down, and if so, in exchange for what.
The City Council is set to rule today on the proposed agreement between the mayor and city negotiators that emerged after three days of settlement talks in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Filner’s former aide. Irene McCormack Jackson was the first of at least 17 women to publicly accuse the mayor of inappropriate behavior.
Details have not been disclosed of the deal, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations said the main sticking points involved granting Filner indemnity and covering his legal fees. The person was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.