Filner, Not Back at Work, Attends All-Day Mediation Session

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

SAN DIEGO — Instead of showing up at City Hall as promised, Mayor Bob Filner was spotted Monday entering a downtown office building, apparently to engage in mediation aimed at settling a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former staff member.

After an all-day session, attorney Gloria Allred emerged with her client, Filner’s former director of communications Irene McCormack Jackson, and said only that the mediation was “ongoing” and being supervised by retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving.

Also seen entering the building in the morning were City Council President Todd Gloria, a Democrat, and Council President Pro-Tem Kevin Faulconer, the council’s senior Republican. The two are set to meet with City Atty. Jan Goldsmith on Tuesday.

Goldsmith last week said that he expected Filner to either resign or be ousted and that he was working on a potential settlement to the lawsuit that would provide Filner with “an exit.”

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