Filner files official response to recall campaign
SAN DIEGO -- A local Hooters restaurant has posted a sign on its door letting patrons know that it respects women, and because of that, Mayor Bob Filner is not welcome in the establishment.
The sign reads:
This establishment recognizes that we all have political differences and we serve people from all walks of life.
- We also believe it is imperative for people to have standards.
- The mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment.
- We believe women should be treated with respect.
Some community members joked on Twitter today about the sign, encouraging followers to visit Hooters:
— Stephen Puetz (@stephenpuetz) August 13, 2013
Filner, who returned home this weekend after spending time at a "behavioral therapy" treatment center, has been touting his accomplishments during his first eight months in office, in an apparent attempt to change dialogue about his alleged behavior. At least 14 women have now come forward to accuse the mayor of sexual harassment.
In a formal response to the effort that seeks to recall him, Filner made no reference to the allegations against him.
"Now is not the time to go backwards -- back to the time when middle-class jobs and neighborhood infrastructure were sacrificed to downtown special interest," Filner wrote. "We need to continue to move forward!"
City Council President Todd Gloria, who was one of the first officials to call for Filner's resignation, posted the following Tweet in response to the mayor's memo:
— Todd Gloria (@ToddGloria) August 13, 2013
The full text of Filner's response to the recall petition is below:
Now is not the time to go backwards — back to the time when middle-class jobs and neighborhood infrastructure were sacrificed to Downtown special interests. We need to continue to move forward!
We have moved toward the vision of producing thousands of middle-class jobs in our port; creating a solar-based City to enhance our environment and create jobs; building an efficient international border to bring billions of dollars into our economy; keeping our military and hitech sectors strong and vibrant.
We have produced a creative vision for our Balboa Park Centennial which will make it more accessible and beautiful for our citizens and bring millions of tourists to San Diego. Balboa Park’s Plaza De Panama is at last free of automobiles and will transform the pedestrian experience for the next century.
We have brought world class urban thinkers to transform our neighborhoods into livable, walkable and bikeable adventures. Neighborhood leaders feel a new sense of empowerment and excitement!
We have put millions of new dollars to bring the City’s arts and culture to new levels; our river park systems are experiencing new growth; our homeless population and military veterans have new hope for jobs and self-respect; we are spending more dollars on our road infrastructure than ever before.
We negotiated a five-year labor agreement which brings new stability, hope, and respect for our City employees. Our working people see new hope for livable wages. The expansion of the Convention Center will bring thousands of jobs and millions of tourists to San Diego.
Our position as one of the biggest bi-national metropolitan areas in the world promises new trade, new cultural interchanges and new possibilities. We are developing a proposal for the first bi-national Summer Olympics in world history for 2024!
As your Mayor, I am committed to moving San Diego forward!