Mayor Bob Filner’s hostile encounters with city officials and other power players tend to shape the narrative about his administration. But the people who show up to monthly “Meet the Mayor” sessions tell a different story — one of a small few who are eager to spend quality time with the mayor and who have some unusual items to address.

Some of Filner’s Saturday conversations are your typical constituent-to-politician fare. Residents share concerns or ask if the mayor can attend an event.

But a visitor’s log we obtained after a records request revealed some especially amusing Saturday encounters with the mayor.

Here’s our top five, in no particular order.

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1. A February visitor invited the mayor to a “Robert Redford film.” We’re not sure what the movie was or whether the mayor took her up on the offer.

Photo by Sam Hodgson
Photo by Sam Hodgson

2. Another February attendee “wanted to remind (the mayor) that he’s the greatest mayor San Diego has ever had.”

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3. A man who stopped by in March gave the mayor a book and apparently wanted to talk about unidentified flying objects. We aren’t sure about the mayor’s stance on little green men.

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4. One man showed up in April to enjoy some “general chit-chatting with the mayor.”

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5. In February, a resident approached the mayor about a diaper drive for homeless families he hoped to host outside City Hall. He returned in April to thank Filner for making the effort happen.

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Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa is a senior investigative reporter who digs into some of San Diego's biggest challenges including homelessness, city real estate debacles, the region's...

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