Three ex-supporters repeated their demand for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (a Democrat) to resign Monday and said he forcibly kissed two constituents and grabbed the buttocks and breast of a staff member, according to the Los Angeles Times, which also reported that:
Filner’s behavior toward women is so egregious that women who work for him call him a “dirty old man” and coined the phrases “the Filner headlock” and “the Filner dance” to describe how he isolates women and then makes unwanted advances, attorney Marco Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said a sexual harassment claim will be filed with city officials. Also, lawsuits are a possibility, he said.
The U-T San Diego newspaper took this story one step further – compiling a list of ten other big sexual harassment cases involving California elected officials. They forgot to include deposed O.C. Sheriff Mike Carona, who is still serving time:
RECENT SEXUAL HARRASSMENT CASES IN CALIFORNIA MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS
- Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto is currently facing two federal sexual-harassment cases filed this month by a veteran female sheriff’s deputy and a longtime corrections sergeant with the department. Prieto, 69, who was first elected Sheriff-Coroner of Yolo County in 1998, denies the accusations.
- Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante was handcuffed and arrested in July 2012 on suspicion of sexual battery, stalking and false imprisonment. Bustamante, a 47-year-old father of three, faces 16 criminal charges, 12 of them felonies. Bustamante has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting seven female employees while he was an executive in the county Department of Public Works and awaits trial.
- Karen Adams, Merced County’s treasurer-tax collector, was censured by the County Board of Supervisors in 2011 and relieved of her appointed duty as registrar of voters after claims of harassment against her were substantiated by an independent investigation. The county spent about $13,000 to conduct the investigation, which said Adams had created a hostile working environment and made employees feel uncomfortable with behavior that included abusive language and sexual comments. Adams, who also serves as the county clerk, said the accusations were exaggerated and said she didn’t plan to resign from her elected roles.
- San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos was accused of sexual harassment and creating a hostile workplace in a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by a former investigative technician in his office. Ramos denied the allegations and a judge dismissed the suit in 2011.
- Contra Costa County Assessor Gus Kramer settled in 2009 an employment discrimination suit filed against him by a former employee, agreeing to pay $993,000. A federal court had jury found that Kramer refused to promote one of his appraisers in retaliation for her filing a racial discrimination and sexual harassment complaint against him. Voters elected Kramer, a Martinez Democrat, to his fourth four-year term in June 2010.
- Councilman Jim Corsaut of the tiny town of Isleton, located about 50 miles south of Sacramento with a population of about 820, was hit in 2009 with a $100,000 judgment in a sexual-harassment and defamation lawsuit filed by a former city hall employee who accused Corsaut of sexually harassing women and creating a hostile work environment while he was serving as mayor. The Isleton City Council stripped the first-term Councilman of his mayor’s title and he was not re-elected in 2011.
- Norwalk Mayor Michael Mendez was hit by a a sexual harassment and sexual battery lawsuit filed by the city’s director of Recreation and Park Services in 2008. The city settled the suit for $500,000. Mendez denied the charges and was re-elected in 2011 and is currently serving as a council member. One year after the settlement was announced, two more sexual harassment suits were filed against Norwalk City Council members Jesse M. Luera and Rick Ramirez.
- Rosemead City Councilman John Nuñez was the subject of a lawsuit by a former employee claimed he sexually harassed her over a two-year period. Nuñez denied any wrongdoing. The city settled the suit in January 2008 for $330,000. After losing his seat on the City Council in 2009. Nuñez collected $11,000 in unemployment benefits from the city, prompting the state to pass legislation banning elected officials from collecting unemployment after losing an election.
- Former Oakland City Auditor Roland Smith and the city paid $200,000 in 2008 to settle a sex-harassment lawsuit filed by an employee who said she was the target of sexual comments and forced into accompanying her then-boss to social events. Smith was ousted in the 2006 election.
- Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby faced accusations of sexual harassment from a former employee who said he made inappropriate comments and touched her breast on one occasion. A jury in 2004 ruled in her favor, but awarded no damages. The ruling was later reversed by an appeals court, which held the alleged acts did not establish a “pattern of continuous, pervasive harassment.” Norby, R-Fullerton, was later elected to represent the 72nd Assembly District, replacing Mike Duvall who had resigned in September 2009 after the broadcast of a videotape in which Duvall was caught boasting in explicit detail to a fellow committee member about sexual escapades with two women, one a lobbyist. Duvall a married father of two, had been hailed as a champion of family values.