SAN DIEGO — The effort to recall San Diego's embattled mayor is getting started in the nation's eighth-largest city.
The petition drive to boot Mayor Bob Filner from office amid sexual harassment allegations officially began at midnight Saturday.
Organizers say they expected some volunteers to start gathering signatures right away. But the effort begins in earnest later Sunday at the finish line of a half marathon and at a "Freedom from Filner" march downtown.
Filner has resisted numerous calls to resign from the nine-member City Council, and state and federal elected officials, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. She says her fellow Democrat should step down and spare San Diego the pain and expense of a recall election.
More than a dozen women have publicly accused the 70-year-old former congressman of making inappropriate statements or advances.