AM Briefing from for July 24, 2013

A second woman has come forward claiming to be a victim of sexual harassment from San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner. In a KPBS report Laura Fink says that Filner patted her on the rear and made lewd comments at a fundraising event in 2005 for Filner’s congressional Campaign.

At that time Fink was a deputy campaign manager for Congressman Filner. Now she runs a nonprofit political consulting firm.

In the KPBS story Fink alleges that while at a crowded fundraiser for Filner someone said quote “this girl has worked her ass off for you” Then she says Filner told her to turn around patted her on her rear laughed and said “No, it’s still there”.

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has set up a hot line for women who want to lodge sexual harassment complaints against the Mayor. And Filner is forbidden to meet with woman staffers alone.

Calls for his resignation are growing

Today The National Women Veterans Association of America is having an event and Filner was supposed to be their key note speaker and receive a life time achievement award from the women’s group. Now Filner is no longer the key-note speaker and the group is having a press conference at 10:30 this morning. They say they are going to “address all of these sexual issues and other associated controversial matters – in a no holds barred public statement!”.

In non-Filner news

This morning at 9:00 The San Diego City Council’s Rules and Economic Development Committee is meeting about how state legislation could impact enterprise zones

Also at 9:00 Over 400 local contractors are going to learn how to work with the San Diego Unified School District in an annual construction expo.

And finally at 10:00 AM officials are going to talk to the media about a planned 14-hour closure of eight-miles on the 805 freeway from August 18 to 19. Crews are going to tear down the East Palomar Street Bridge making way for a new off ramp.

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