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Local business leaders add to chorus of calls for Filner's resignation

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego area business leaders joined in the call Thursday for Mayor Bob Filner to resign.

In an online post, Mark Cafferty, CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. said he and 30 other business association leaders decided to call for Filner to step down immediately.

Filner's predecessor, Jerry Sanders -- now the head of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce -- called for his resignation on Wednesday.

They previously kept quiet since the sexual harassment allegations dogging Filner weren't business or jobs issues, and because they didn't want to be seen as taking advantage of a weakened mayor, Cafferty wrote on the website voiceofsandiego.org.

"It has become impossible to ignore how interconnected our region's economic development efforts are with the mayor's office," Cafferty said. "This interconnectedness is becoming more of a detriment every day."

He said the allegations of abuse against the mayor has had a "serious negative impact on our economy."

According to Cafferty, conversations with businesses planning to move to or expand in San Diego have become dominated by talk of and questions about the allegations and derailed by jokes.

Also, joint initiatives with the city have been paralyzed by "uncertainty and confusion" in the mayor's office.

Business leaders have threatened to back out of meetings he is scheduled to attend, and he can't send female employees to meet with the mayor, he said.

Cafferty is on the board of the Business Leadership Alliance, which includes Sanders, Kris Michell, president of the San Diego Downtown Partnership, and Joe Terzi, who heads the San Diego Tourism Authority.

The calls for resignation from business leaders is in addition to those from numerous elected officials from both major parties.

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