LOS ANGELES -- As part of an agreement with city officials, the embattled mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, was expected to resign today, ending weeks of political turmoil over allegations that he sexually harassed more than a dozen women, officials close to the mediation effort said Thursday.
Mr. Filner's resignation would end his eight-month tenure as the city's first elected Democratic mayor in more than 20 years, and would force a new and expensive election to pick a replacement.
A lawyer for the former aide to Mr. Filner whose lawsuit against him and the city brought the sexual harassment charges to public light said Thursday that she had not agreed to any settlement, and expected to move forward with the lawsuit.
Local officials, including two City Council members and the city attorney, were part of a three-day mediation effort led by a retired federal judge, and they announced the deal late Wednesday. Mr. Filner, 70, was seen taking boxes out of his office shortly afterward, but did not make any public appearances Thursday.
The City Council is expected to meet this afternoon to approve the deal, which is said to include paying for at least part of Mr. Filner's legal fees in the sexual harassment suit. Eighteen women have come forward in the past six weeks to accuse him of sexual harassment, including during the 20 years he spent in Washington as a congressman representing San Diego before becoming mayor.
The allegations against Mr. Filner include groping and forcibly kissing the women. He had consistently refused to step down, saying he had not broken the law. But calls for his resignation had grown louder in recent weeks, including from the entire City Council and two of the state's most powerful women, Sen. Barbara Boxer, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats.
Organizers began collecting signatures Sunday to force a recall election against Mr. Filner. A spokeswoman for that effort said Thursday that more than 11,000 signatures had been collected, about a tenth of what would be needed. If Mr. Filner resigns, a special election would be held within the next 90 days, which county officials estimate would cost $3 million to $6 million -- the same as a recall election.
Jan Goldsmith, San Diego's Republican city attorney, who had filed a complaint against Mr. Filner arguing that the city should not be required to pay for his defense or for any damages related to the sexual harassment allegations, announced the deal with the mayor Wednesday but declined to provide any details.
The women who said they were harassed include a retired Navy rear admiral, a great-grandmother, a university dean and Mr. Filner's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, who filed the sexual harassment lawsuit against the mayor and the city. Ms. McCormack Jackson has said Mr. Filner told her he wanted to see her naked and asked her to work without underwear.