Friday's announcement marks the latest milestone in a saga that has gripped San Diego for seven weeks, when the first in what would be 18 women came forward publicly to accuse Filner -- during his time as congressman and, since 2012, as mayor -- of inappropriate behavior.
Numerous public officials, including all nine city council members and the state's two U.S. Senators, urged Filner to step down. So, too, did a majority of locals, according to polls.
Some of them voiced that view to city council members Friday, before they convened in private session to make their decision on the agreement.
Other speakers also rose to support Filner.
Scott Andrews claimed "everything but due process has occurred," while one woman called what's happening "a circus to get a good man out of office."
A few offered sympathy for the council members, given what they and other municipal leaders have dealt with in recent weeks and the decision that lay ahead.
"It is really about the city that we all love," said Laurie Black, a longtime civic leader. "And make your decision with the intentions of loving your city."
Even once Filner leaves office, the city could bear the repercussions of his alleged behavior.
As Goldsmith noted, the city can be held liable for the actions of its employees -- including its past and present mayor.
Filner, himself, is hardly out of the woods. While he now only faces one lawsuit, others could follow.
Plus, there's the chance that the congressman-turned-mayor could be prosecuted by local, state or federal authorities.
Speaking to that point after news of the resignation became official, California Attorney General's office spokesman Nick Pacilio said, "We can confirm a criminal investigation is underway."