Two efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner have begun, according to local San Diego media reports.
Land-use consultant Michael Pallamary filed one recall petition notice with the clerk’s office, according to City Clerk Elizabeth Maland and a report by CBS8. Participants will be able to start collecting recall petition signatures Aug. 18 for that effort.
The other recall notice filed with the city according to CBS8 comes from Stampp Corbin, described in the story as the owner and publisher of LGBT Weekly.
Last week Corbin apparently also signaled his intention to start a recall campaign, but he has been accused in published reports mentioned in the CBS8 report of only doing so in order to “… try to derail Pallamary’s effort.”
And a story from local NBCSanDiego mentions that in order for a special recall election to happen the city code requires signatures from 15 percent of voters, which is said to be about 101,000 votes, in 60 days.
So the starting date is important.
The story from NBC states that the recall process’ “clock starts ticking” once there is a published notice of intention to circulate a recall petition. City rules are unclear on whether two separate recalls could take place at the same time, however.
The CBS8 story mentions that the City Attorney’s Office is studying whether multiple recall campaigns are allowed, and City Council President Todd Gloria was quoted as sthe source for stating that the City Council can’t impeach the mayor, who can only leave office if he resigns, is recalled or is convicted of a felony.
Council members also can’t remove a mayor if he become physically unable to continue in office, Gloria also said, according to CBS8, and amendments to the City Charter might be put before the voters to correct the situation, but that may not be until next year.
Meanwhile 700 people answered questions for local ABC10news on the issue and those results showed:
Q: “Based on what you know, should Bob Filner remain in office? Or should he resign?”
- 67 percent of people thought he should resign
- 22 percent thought he should remain in office
- 11 percent were not sure.
Q: “If Filner does not resign, do you think he should be recalled?”
- 60 percent said yes
- 28 percent said no
- 12 percent were not sure.
The predicament for the mayor is not a small one. Filner is not allowed to be alone with women because of an ongoing lawsuit from former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson, according to the story. The city placed restrictions on Filner, including one that forbids him from any private meetings with women.
Q: “If the mayor is not allowed to be alone with women at work while on official business, does this affect his ability to run the city?”
- 68 percent said yes
- 28 percent said no
- 4 percent were not sure.