Written By: Dr. Lynn Reaser
The social and ethical issues surrounding Mayor Filner’s sexual harassment allegations are both serious and disturbing. There are also economic implications.
Resources will be needed for all of the legal defenses and investigations that will be required. The issue is also a major distraction, diverting the City Council and other civic leaders from focusing on issues needing attention to improve the economy. Worker productivity has also likely been adversely impacted throughout the economy with ongoing discussions of the topic. Finally, San Diego’s image has been tarnished, which could have at least some short-term negative impact on companies’ decisions to locate or expand here since confidence in a City’s governance is vital.
This is a black mark for San Diego.
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