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San Diego Binational Affairs Director Mario López said Wednesday that he is leaving the post.
López had opened San Diego's first permanent office in Tijuana early last year after being appointed binational affairs director by then-Mayor Bob Filner. Filner, a Democrat, resigned in disgrace in August following sexual harassment allegations.
Interim Mayor Todd Gloria kept the office open, and newly elected Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a Republican, told U-T San Diego last month, "I will absolutely be keeping our Tijuana office open." Faulconer even spoke some Spanish as he took office.
López, who was active in Filner's campaign for mayor, said he will return to the opportunities his cross-border consulting business have to offer.
In an interview with Frontera newspaper last week, he lauded the achievement involved in opening the Tijuana office and said it is important that San Diego and Tijuana keep up a strong, visible relationship. Story, Frontera (PDF).
Feb. 11, 2014: Filner harassment suit settled, Faulconer elected.
Febuary 2013: Filner opens Tijuana office.