Bob Filner

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.

To read entire story, click here.