SAN DIEGO -- Mayor Bob Filner kept his low profile Thursday amid speculation he will resign as part of the sexual harassment settlement negotiated by his lawyers and city officials. Meantime, the lawyer for the former Filner aide who sued the mayor said the deal doesn't resolve her lawsuit, a potential sticking point to approval by the City Council.
Details of the agreement struck Wednesday were kept private ahead of today's expected closed-door vote by the council on whether to accept the terms.
A person with knowledge of the negotiations said the main sticking points during the talks involved granting Filner indemnity in the lawsuit brought by his former communication's director, Irene McCormack Jackson, and paying his legal fees. The person was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke only on condition of anonymity.
McCormack Jackson and her lawyer, Gloria Allred, participated in the first of three days of negotiations before a mediator but Allred said she never signed off on a settlement and doesn't know any details. She wants Filner to resign but doesn't believe he should have legal bills covered by the city and urged the council to reject the proposal if it includes that provision.
"There should be no payoff for Mayor Filner," she said.
At least 17 women have claimed Filner sexually harassed them, though only one lawsuit has been filed. All nine member of the City Council along with a laundry list of fellow Democrats including U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have called on Filner to quit.
Filner's lawyers issued a statement Thursday confirming the settlement but declined to provide details "due to the confidential nature of mediation and settlement discussions."
Francine Busby, chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, said voters will accept nothing short of resignation as part of a settlement.
"The voters are ready to get this behind them and move forward. It has to be resignation," she said.
Former city attorney Michael Aguirre said he expects that next week the political discussion will be about who will be the next mayor.
"I think it's pretty clear he's going to resign," he said.