The 70-year-old Democrat is nowhere to be seen on his last day at City Hall, and his chief of staff leaves by a back entrance.
By Tony Perry
August 30, 2013, 8:49 p.m.
SAN DIEGO — After nine months of chaotic governance, and six weeks of headline-grabbing accusations of sexual harassment, the tenure of Bob Filner as mayor came to a quiet end at 5 p.m. Friday when his forced resignation became effective.
At 5:01, City Council President Todd Gloria, a fellow Democrat, became acting mayor until Filner’s successor is chosen in a special election.
Filner, 70, who became mayor amid bold promises of a “progressive agenda” that included better neighborhood services and a greater voice for lower-income residents, was nowhere to be seen on his last day as mayor.
His picture and nameplate were taken down without fanfare by midday. His chief of staff left by a back entrance to avoid reporters.
In what may be Filner’s last act as mayor, he authorized a stop-work order Thursday to block expansion of a Jack in the Box restaurant in North Park, a project opposed by neighbors. As his first official act as acting mayor, Gloria overturned Filner’s order.
Even though he is no longer mayor, Filner still faces legal issues.
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