SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The locks to Mayor Bob Filner's were changed by his chief of staff, as the embattled mayor was scheduled to complete a behavioral therapy program Saturday.
Filner was to come home to the reality that his last two supporters on the San Diego City Council now want him to resign.
The mayor, publicly accused of unwanted sexual advances by 14 women and under investigation for alleged shakedowns of developers, entered his therapy program a week early because of intense media scrutiny.
During Filner's absence, the locks on his 11th-floor office were changed, his chief of staff Lee Burdick acknowledged.
"The fact is that I had the locks changed to protect the mayor while he is away," Burdick told the Voice of San Diego in an e-mail. "My concern is/was that if anything was removed while the mayor was away, it could raise all kinds of questions about preservation or spoliation of potential evidence. Because I could not possibly determine everyone who had keys, I believed it was necessary to ensure the integrity of his physical office in his absence. The mayor will be given the keys upon his return."
Last month, Filner apologized for his behavior, said he would enter the behavior-modification program on Aug. 5 and said he would return to work two weeks later.
A statement from his lawyer, Irvine-based James Payne, said he will continue therapy on an outpatient basis and will not return to work next week.
It wasn't immediately clear when the mayor would return to his office, but when he does, he will find that all nine members of the City Council are united in calling for him to resign immediately.
The last two holdouts, Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald, said in a joint statement that they were shocked by his conduct and lack of respect for women after hearing the most recent allegations.
"Mayor Bob Filner must resign immediately," the councilwomen said in the statement. "Disturbing new evidence about the mayor's conduct makes it crystal clear he can no longer remain the chief executive of the city of San Diego."
They said women who work in the mayor's office have told investigators of daily harassment and abuse by the mayor.
Also Friday, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., wrote an open letter to Filner calling for his resignation.
She wrote that allegations he made advances toward women who were raped during their military service "have shaken me to my core."
Her colleague, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has also called for Filner to step down.