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San Diego recall advances

| Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, 7:27 p.m.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego's beleaguered mayor had a Monday deadline to respond to organizers of a recall effort who say he should leave office because more than a dozen women alleged he made unwanted advances or inappropriate statements.

Meanwhile, about 70 people gathered outside City Hall for a rally to tell Mayor Bob Filner “Not Welcome Back” as he completed two weeks of therapy.

Under the city's municipal code, Filner must submit a written response of 300 words or fewer to recall organizers, who must then publish it in a daily newspaper and provide a copy to the clerk's office, said Rachel Laing, a spokeswoman for the recall effort.

The petition may begin circulating on Sunday regardless of whether Filner responds, she said.

If he does, his response must be included on the petition. Otherwise, the petition must state that he did not respond.

Filner has not been seen since entering therapy.

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