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Filner's chief of staff turns over meeting notes to City Attorney's Office

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Mayor Bob Filner's chief of staff Monday turned over to the City Attorney's Office notes from two high-level meetings in which sexual harassment allegations were discussed.

By doing so, Chief of Staff Lee Burdick beat a 5 p.m. deadline to turn over the notes or be sued by the City Attorney's Office.

According to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, even though Burdick is a lawyer, she is not employed in that capacity, so she can't withhold the documents by claiming attorney-client privilege.

The notes had been requested by reporters under California's Public Records Act.

The documents cover meetings which took place June 20 and June 29.

According to the June 20 notes, then-Deputy Chief of Staff Allen Jones told Filner his behavior was unacceptable. In an adjacent margin, Burdick wrote, "Agree. People in my off. crying."

Jones then quit, followed by Irene McCormack Jackson, according to the document. McCormack Jackson, who sued Filner and the city, said, "Guess you think it would be better if I didn't have my panties on," the notes said.

Burdick noted that the mayor seemed "perplexed," but McCormack Jackson referred to an earlier conversation. The former communications director contends in her lawsuit that Filner once told her she would work better without her panties on.

Communications problems were discussed in the June 29 meeting, according to the notes.

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