City Council Mulls Deal for San Diego Mayor to Quit

Filner already signed his resignation, deal could cost taxpayers money


The San Diego City Council is mulling a deal that could clear the way for the city's embattled mayor to step down as early as today and end weeks of sexual harassment allegations.

The council will hold a public hearing on Mayor Bob Filner this afternoon before moving into a closed door session to decide whether to accept Filner's resignation in a deal that could cost San Diego tax payers.

A person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press the main sticking points during talks involved granting Filner indemnity and covering his legal fees in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Filner's former aide, Irene McCormack Jackson. The person was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.