Mayor’s Former Aide Describes a Humiliating Work Environment

Mayor’s Former Aide Describes a Humiliating Work Environment

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Bob Filner

Allen Jones, the longtime ally of Mayor Bob Filner, the one who set up his transition to mayor and worked as his deputy chief of staff said he resigned because of the mayor’s repeated humiliation of members of his staff.

“On a number of occasions, I talked about how I thought the way the mayor interacted with and treated mayoral staff and members of boards and commissions and others was demeaning and abusive. And it, most importantly, undermined his ability to pursue the progressive agenda he campaigned on,” Jones said.

He said he couldn’t stand it any longer.

“When I see mayor’s staff treated in that demeaning of a manner so often, if I remained, I believed I was being complicit in sustaining that abusive environment and I can’t do that,” Jones said.

Filner said the controversial Sunroad issue didn’t play a part in Jones’ resignation.

“He disagreed with the way I was conducting the office,” Filner acknowledged in a press conference Friday. He also confirmed that communications director Irene McCormack resigned alongside Jones.

The mayor described a staff meeting in which Jones had brought up concerns about the way Filner was treating staff. When Jones said he was leaving, Filner said he asked if anyone else wanted to, and McCormack said she did.

When a reporter asked the mayor if he was going to be reflecting on his behavior or toning down his style, Filner said he would.

“Clearly, anybody who’s intelligent would have to undergo some self-examination, which I have and which we’re trying to deal with. So yes, the answer’s yes,” Filner said.

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Felix Tinkov
Felix Tinkov

I think I must be missing something. Jones said he didn't like the staff interactions but failed to provide a single example? For someone (actually, two someone's) to quit you would think he could relate a story. Maybe even the one that broke the proverbial camel's back.

Felix Tinkov
Felix Tinkov subscribermember

I think I must be missing something. Jones said he didn't like the staff interactions but failed to provide a single example? For someone (actually, two someone's) to quit you would think he could relate a story. Maybe even the one that broke the proverbial camel's back.

Gaspar Luna Oliveira
Gaspar Luna Oliveira

I support the idea of removing automobiles from the Plaza de Panama. I am a volunteer at several Balboa Park venues and I have only heard positive comments. Keep up the good work!

Daina Shaffer
Daina Shaffer

What a Loser Filner turned out to be !!!! TYPICAL. Thanks, Dems. When is he leaving for his Big Trip to AFRICA ............. oh, excuse me ........... Europe ?

Ryan Clumpner
Ryan Clumpner

Not included in this story is his claim that this is all because he strives for excellence and is bucking the system, which were the next words out of his mouth. You cannot simultaneously say you are undergoing self-examination but that these are all byproducts of your excellence. That's not self-examination, it's narcissism. What he really said is that he examined himself, he is awesome, and everyone else just sucks.

Ryan Clumpner
Ryan Clumpner subscriber

Not included in this story is his claim that this is all because he strives for excellence and is bucking the system, which were the next words out of his mouth. You cannot simultaneously say you are undergoing self-examination but that these are all byproducts of your excellence. That's not self-examination, it's narcissism. What he really said is that he examined himself, he is awesome, and everyone else just sucks.

Bit-watcher
Bit-watcher

It's remarkable how this kind of behavior demonstrated by our mayor seems to pass with so little comment or blowback. I was in Old Town when the new concessionaire took over from Delaware North Corporation, and our now-current mayor was there with a loud group of union folk trying to disrupt the ceremony. He and some others were arrested for blocking access -- notice how that wasn't covered during the election.

Bit-watcher
Bit-watcher subscriber

It's remarkable how this kind of behavior demonstrated by our mayor seems to pass with so little comment or blowback. I was in Old Town when the new concessionaire took over from Delaware North Corporation, and our now-current mayor was there with a loud group of union folk trying to disrupt the ceremony. He and some others were arrested for blocking access -- notice how that wasn't covered during the election.

Allen Hemphill
Allen Hemphill

Bob Filner is a proud Honor graduate of the Alec Baldwin Charm School

Allen Hemphill
Allen Hemphill subscribermember

Bob Filner is a proud Honor graduate of the Alec Baldwin Charm School

brymacsr
brymacsr

When is the next election?

Richard Rider
Richard Rider

So now Filner is up for a little "self-examination"??? This narcissistic fellow has been self-examining himself 24/7! A more egotistical, arrogant SOB in office I can't imagine.

Richard Rider
Richard Rider subscribermember

So now Filner is up for a little "self-examination"??? This narcissistic fellow has been self-examining himself 24/7! A more egotistical, arrogant SOB in office I can't imagine.

Allen Hemphill
Allen Hemphill

I expect stiff competition. Bob is such an easy target.

Kelly Abbott
Kelly Abbott

This could be a contender for Comment of the Week.

Allen Hemphill
Allen Hemphill subscribermember

I expect stiff competition. Bob is such an easy target.

Kelly Abbott
Kelly Abbott contributormember

This could be a contender for Comment of the Week.

Allen Carter
Allen Carter

This mini diatribe is pretty funny (and ironic) coming from Richard Rider.

MARK GIFFIN
MARK GIFFIN

Bloomberg is a RINO Fascist and Filner is a progressive Fascist. It shows up in both their management styles. Ultimately both want Total control, seek to consolidate that control, are willing to push the limits of their authority to achieve it and have little tolerance for dissent. Ultimately with Filner it will be the cause of his own undoing. Be it right or left this kind of behavior turns people off. He certainly is entertaining.

J.C. Cleaver
J.C. Cleaver

Sanders was professional; I expect more from the Mayor of San Diego than what I've seen from Filner so far.

Bruce Coons
Bruce Coons

Richard,did you happen to miss Sanders or what?

Allen Carter
Allen Carter subscriber

This mini diatribe is pretty funny (and ironic) coming from Richard Rider.

Mark Giffin
Mark Giffin subscribermember

Bloomberg is a RINO Fascist and Filner is a progressive Fascist. It shows up in both their management styles. Ultimately both want Total control, seek to consolidate that control, are willing to push the limits of their authority to achieve it and have little tolerance for dissent. Ultimately with Filner it will be the cause of his own undoing. Be it right or left this kind of behavior turns people off. He certainly is entertaining.

Bruce Coons
Bruce Coons subscriber

Richard,did you happen to miss Sanders or what?

Kelly Abbott
Kelly Abbott

I don't think Fascist means what you think it means.

Chris Wood
Chris Wood

I think Wikipedia addresses that, Bloomberg is in a whole different class than Sanders or Filner: "Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American business magnate, politician and philanthropist. He is the 108th and current Mayor of New York City, having served three consecutive terms since his first election in 2002. With a net worth of $27 billion, he is also the 7th-richest person in the United States.[1] "

Kelly Abbott
Kelly Abbott contributormember

I don't think Fascist means what you think it means.

Chris Wood
Chris Wood subscriber

I think Wikipedia addresses that, Bloomberg is in a whole different class than Sanders or Filner: "Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American business magnate, politician and philanthropist. He is the 108th and current Mayor of New York City, having served three consecutive terms since his first election in 2002. With a net worth of $27 billion, he is also the 7th-richest person in the United States.[1] "