Filner spotted at lawsuit negotiations, not City Hall

Filner spotted at lawsuit negotiations, not City Hall

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 settlement discussions involving a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by a former staff member.

Also entering the building were two members of the City Council and attorney Gloria Allred, who represents Filner’s former director of communications, Irene McCormack Jackson, in a lawsuit seeking unspecified damages from Filner and the city.

Council President Todd Gloria, a Democrat, and Councilman Kevin Faulconer, the council’s senior Republican, are set to meet with City Atty. Jan Goldsmith on Tuesday.

Goldsmith last week said that he expects 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.”

Allred declined comment Monday on whether the settlement discussions involved the possibility that Filner would resign…

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