Emerald explains why she waited to ask Filner to resign

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SAN DIEGO — Two days after withdrawing her support for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, City Councilwoman Marti Emerald talked about why she was one of the last holdouts before siding with other council members in calling for Filner’s resignation.

Emerald claimed a road trip of her own kept her from gathering all the information she needed to pull the trigger on a demand for Filner’s job.

“I was in Boston the bulk of the time – the first three weeks of all this.  When I came in I hit the ground running, trying to figure it out,” said Emerald.

MartiEmeraldIn an announcement on Friday, Emerald and councilwoman Myrtle Cole were the final two members to say Filner should go.

“I do believe in due process, however, all the information that has come in and will continue to come out points to him not being able to lead this city,” said Emerald.

City Hall has been in turmoil for several weeks as 14 women have gone public with accusations against Filner for unwanted advances.

There’s also an investigation into Filner’s use of city-issued credit cards in connection to a recent trip to Paris.

Local, state and federal investigators are digging deeper into a $100,000 land deal the mayor made with developer Sunroad Enterprises.   The payment was received around the time the mayor’s office did an about-face on it’s policy on the firm’s Kearny Mesa apartment project, U-T San Diego reported.

According to the U-T, up to 30 City Hall employees have been interviewed so far by the City Attorney’s Office, the sheriff’s department and the FBI. The sheriff’s department has also established a hotline to report allegations of misconduct.

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