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Filner Latest: Mayor not attending airport expansion ceremony

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Bob Filner's stint in behavioral therapy brought on by his admitted disrespectful treatment of women will keep him from attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning for one of the biggest construction projects in San Diego in years.

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority has confirmed that Filner had been invited to the event to celebrate the $1 billion expansion of Terminal 2 at Lindbergh Field, scheduled for 10 a.m., but would not attend because of his treatment.

The mayor started his two weeks of therapy, described as "intensive" by a psychologist. He's scheduled to return to work Aug. 19.

Filner has been accused of unwanted advances by 14 women, including two city employees and military veterans who were speaking at an event for females raped while in the armed forces. Some of the women said he tried to kiss and grope them.

The website Voiceofsandiego.org reported Thursday that Filner has hired a lawyer to handle accusations in another area, alleged shakedowns of developers.

The FBI has been reportedly investigating a $100,000 payment made to the city of San Diego by Sunroad Enterprises around the time the mayor's office changed its policy on the firm's Kearny Mesa apartment project.

According to the website, Filner is represented by Jerry Coughlan, who has represented other local political figures in corruption cases in the past. He successfully defended former City Councilman Michael Zucchet, now the head of the Municipal Employees Association, in a federal corruption case.

The website also reported that the City Attorney's Office has issued a subpoena for Lee Burdick, the mayor's chief of staff, for a deposition on the Sunroad matter that's scheduled for next Friday.

Filner previously hired San Diego-based lawyer Harvey Berger and James Payne of Irvine to handle the sexual harassment allegations.

Filner has so far rebuffed numerous calls for his resignation from political and business leaders, including seven of the nine members of the City Council, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles and Senate Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

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