By Doug Porter
It’s day three of mediation between embattled Mayor Bob Filner and the representatives of officialdom seeking his removal from office. The count on women alleging sexual harassment increased to 18 today, and the local political scene continues to roil with the repercussions of what would seem to be the Mayor’s eminent demise.
One local report says that talks could drag on for weeks. And the Mayor could simply walk out, forcing a deeply flawed legal process to remove him to play out. He’s already demonstrated the imperiousness of the thick political hide he’s developed over the years.
Participants in the sessions going on in a downtown office building being run by retired judge Lawrence Irving are operating under a pledge not reveal the substance of negotiations. Rumors persist, however, that the obstacles to any settlement include limiting the city’s liability and the method by which the Mayor’s resignation will be announced.
Any potential deal will require approval of the City Council, which is not scheduled to meet again until August 28th.