• Who is in control of the city while the mayor is in rehab?
• Can two recalls go on at the same time?
• Are the city’s recall measures at odds with those of California?
• Who will pay Filner’s legal fees?
“The City Council and other civic leaders throughout the city are responding to the politics of the situation and the outrage that stretches far beyond the region's borders,” says David McCuan, a political scientist at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif., in an e-mail. “Citizens, comedians, state and national leaders – everyone has the same message for the Mayor: get out and get help. Yet, the Mayor is hunkering down and preserving all his legal options. This sets up a monumental battle through a recall effort and if there is more than one effort, the Mayor could potentially survive.”
Filner declared Monday that he thinks the city should pay his legal fees, and the city council rejected that in a late Tuesday vote. The council also voted unanimously to indemnify itself against all damages and legal fees it might incur as a result of the lawsuit.
“If Bob Filner engaged in unlawful conduct and the city is held liable, he will have to reimburse us every penny the city pays and its attorney fees,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said.
In a statement, Councilmember Kevin Faulconer said: “Bob Filner can’t pay back San Diegans for the damage he’s done to our city’s reputation.”
Another figure who says Filner should resign is city council president Todd Gloria, who would become acting mayor in the event of a resignation.