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Bye-bye Filner? Embattled mayor reaches mediation deal

A video taken on Wednesday night reportedly shows Filner leaving City Hall and loading boxes into a black SUV.
/ Source: hardball

A video taken on Wednesday night reportedly shows Filner leaving City Hall and loading boxes into a black SUV.

Greg Timms, left, signs a petition to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, alongside Tana Piontek, right, at a stand set up in the parking lot of a shopping center Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in San Diego. (Photo BY Gregory Bull/AP)

This week could be Bob Filner’s last as mayor of San Diego.

The 70-year-old Democrat, embroiled in accusations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward at least 18 women, has reached a deal with the city.

City attorneys have said they won’t release details of the negotiations until after they are presented to the city council on Friday afternoon.

A video taken on Wednesday night reportedly shows Filner leaving City Hall and loading boxes into a black SUV.

Talks have been ongoing for the past three days between Filner, attorneys, and city leaders. They were being mediated by Judge Lawrence Irving, a former district court judge. According to NBC News, some of those in the discussions would likely be candidates for mayor, if Filner calls it quits. A special election would need to be held within 90 days.

So far, Filner has refused to step down, despite calls from the San Diego County Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The mayor has admitted he has a problem and enrolled himself in a two-week “intensive therapy” program on July 29,  but said he was able to finish it  early on Aug. 10 and would continue with outpatient treatment.

Meanwhile, efforts to recall Filner are still underway, with organizers collecting at least 11,000 signatures in three days, according to Stampp Corbin, a co-chair of the campaign to force Filner to resign. If this pace keeps up, the effort would obtain the 101,000 signatures (15% of registered voters) it needs in 39 days.

High profile attorney Gloria Allred—who is representing one of Filner’s accusers—is holding a press  conference on Thursday afternoon.