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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner seen leaving City Hall with boxes

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is seen leaving City Hall on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013. (Diana Palacios)
August 21, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is at the center of a mounting sexual harassment scandal, was spotted leaving City Hall with several boxes Wednesday evening.

Cellphone video taken by a city staffer shows Filner getting into a black SUV. A close look at one picture shows the SUV is full of boxes loaded from his office.

This comes as San Diego's city attorney, city leaders and the mayor's attorneys announced that a proposed resolution was reached following three days of mediation. It's not clear if Filner's possible resignation was discussed during the mediation session regarding a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The confidential proposal will be presented to the San Diego City Council at a closed session on Friday afternoon.

The mayor's former communication's director, Irene McCormack Jackson, was the first to go public and is the only one to file a lawsuit against Filner and the city.

McCormack's attorney, Gloria Allred, has not commented after talks of the proposed deal ended Wednesday. Her office announced she would give her reaction to the deal Thursday at a news conference at her office in Los Angeles and would be accompanied by Filner's former fiance, Bronwyn Ingram. The announcement pointed out that Ingram and Allred in the past have called for the mayor's resignation.

Meantime, another woman has come forward to accuse Filner of alleged sexual misconduct. This time, the allegation includes a photo and witnesses.

San Diego business owner Dianne York says she went to Filner's office along with three staff members for a business meeting. It was her first time meeting him.

"When we got up to say our goodbyes, I asked for a photo from the mayor because I thought it was exciting to get to meet the mayor for the first time," said York.

During a news conference on Wednesday, York said Filner inappropriately touched her when she posed with him for the photo.

"There was a hand that went to my back, to my buttocks, and I was shocked. It was inappropriate, and I was startled at the time," said York.

York says she has reported the incident to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. She is the 18th woman to openly accuse Filner of making unwanted sexual advances.

The latest accusation comes as pressure mounts for the mayor to resign. A petition drive to recall the mayor is in full swing.

If the mayor announces his resignation, then City Council President Todd Gloria becomes acting mayor. A special election for a replacement will then take place 60 to 90 days later.


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