Created: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:45:00 PST
Updated: Sat, 24 Aug 2013 11:15:50 PST
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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Despite the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner, volunteers collecting signatures for his recall will still be out in force around San Diego Saturday.
"We remain skeptical and we certainly don't trust him," recall campaign chairman Mike Pallamary told City News Service.
He said Filner has "reneged" on deals before, so the signature-gathering campaign will continue until the City Council schedules a special election for mayor.
Pallamary said around 30,000 signatures have been gathered since Sunday. Nearly 102,000 valid signatures are required to place a recall on the ballot.
Filner resigned Friday, effective next Friday at 5 p.m. His action came shortly after the City Council approved a deal with him that provides a defense in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by his former communications aide, Irene McCormack Jackson.
As part of that deal, the city will provide a joint legal defense with the mayor of claims against him by city employees or contractors, but the city reserves the right to seek reimbursement for any damages it suffers.
Filner will also be permitted to hire his own lawyer, according to the city attorney. Although he apologized, Filner blamed a "lynch mob mentality" for leading to his demise, and insisted that he "never sexually harassed anyone."
"I think I let you down," Filner said, addressing his supporters in the room. "We had a chance to do a progressive vision in this city for the first time in 50 years...We need you to carry that vision forward. This is not the time to let it die."
Filner, a 70-year-old former congressman, offered a personal apology to his former fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram. "I love you very much," he said. "You came to love San Diego as much as I did. And you did memorable things in the short time you were first lady and I personally apologize for the hurt I have caused you, Bronwyn."
"To all the women that I offended, I had no intention to be offensive, to violate any physical or emotional space. I was trying to establish personal relationships, but the combination of awkwardness and hubris led to behavior that many found offensive."
Filner, mired in the sexual harassment claims and allegations of misusing a city-issued credit card and shakedowns of developers, had signed a resignation letter prior to the council's meeting.
The City Council listened to about one hour of public testimony before considering the settlement with Filner, which was reached after three days of mediation overseen by retired federal Judge J. Lawrence Irving. The panel then deliberated for about 90 minutes before voting 7-0 to approve the deal.