Recall efforts rev up in San Diego

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

SAN DIEGO – The campaign seeking to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has resisted mounting pressure to resign over sexual harassment allegations, has shifted into high gear.

The recall effort officially began yesterday, but already dozens of local businesses are joining the effort by becoming locations where people can go to sign the recall petition, to help meet next month’s deadline.

photo (2)In just a few hours, dozens of people stopped by the Money Hut in Linda Vista to add their names to the petition.

 “There has definitely been a big reaction,” said Sam Barghout, owner of the Money Hut.

Close to 102-thousand signatures are needed by September 26th, to qualify for a recall vote for the Mayor, who is accused of sexually harassing 16 women.

“There’s no excuse for the mayor and what he did,” said Tarek Nabos, who signed the recall petition.  “I’m sick of all the excuses.”

Experts say not only will the deadline be difficult to meet, but there have only been four or five other successful recalls of this kind in the nation.

“It isn’t a daunting task at all,” said  Mike Pallamary, the organizer of the recall.

Pallamary  headed up the only successful recall effort in San Diego history, back in 1991, against former City Councilwoman Linda Bernhardt.

“We had the same logistical challenges,” said Pallamary.

“Even if enough signatures are gathered by the deadline it may be a moot point,”  said UCSD Political Science Professor, Steven Eries.  He said the recall might be unconstitutional after the Supreme Court raised questions following the recall of Governor Gray Davis.

“I will tell you this unequivocally” said Pallamary, “the will of the people will always prevail, irrespective of any defects that may exist.”