Filner’s Port Mistakes

Filner’s Port Mistakes

File photo by Sam Hodgson

Bob Filner poses with longshoremen, a group of people he may need to get to know better.

 

If there’s one thing that Democratic Congressman Bob Filner has proven himself good at during the San Diego mayoral campaign, it’s laying out a broad vision for the city’s future.

If there’s one thing that Filner has failed at more than anything else, it’s providing any details, specifics or facts to back up his vision.

The latest example comes today with the nonprofit Investigative Newsource taking Filner to task for botching basic facts about the Unified Port of San Diego. Recall that expanded maritime commerce at the port is the basis for Filner’s jobs plan. From the story:

Yet during a fact-check of Filner’s interview, we noticed a few important claims made by the candidate that merited further review. What we found were a number of issues about which the Congressman was incorrect. What’s more, the Congressman has made many of these claims in the past — almost verbatim — while speaking with other news outlets.

Filner talked about the lack of commerce, the number of longshoremen and the port’s niche. His claims were exaggerated or wrong, according to the report.

This is a theme in Filner’s campaign. His most high-profile policy plank is his alternative to a June pension reform initiative. But Filner still hasn’t formally released it. We’ve chronicled that plan’s long and winding road.

Our own Fact Check has taken on Filner six times during the campaign. He’s scored “Mostly True” or better in two of the claims, “Barely True” or worse four times, including one “Huckster Propaganda,” our worst rating.

His August claim about wait times at competing ports earned a “False” rating.

“I don’t want to call a congressman a liar,” the head of a nonprofit that tracks port shipping told us at the time, “but that’s just not true.”

We’ve checked Filner’s opponents in the race, too. Here’s an up-to-date tally.

Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

Claims Checked: Four

True: Two

Barely True: One

False: One

Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio

Claims Checked: 10

True: Three

Mostly True: One

Barely True: One

False: Four

Huckster Propaganda: One

Independent Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher

Claims Checked: 10

True: Five

Mostly True: One

Barely True: One

Misleading: One

False: Two

One note. DeMaio and Fletcher’s numbers are skewed a bit because we’ve checked multiple claims from each of them in single stories.

Liam Dillon is a news reporter for voiceofsandiego.org. He covers San Diego City Hall, the 2012 mayor’s race and big building projects. What should he write about next?

Please contact him directly at liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5663.

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Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon is senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He leads VOSD’s investigations and writes about how regular people interact with local government. What should he write about next? Please contact him directly at liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5663.

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michael-leonard
michael-leonard subscriber

Also not debating Filner's motives. Try staying on topic, Jimmy.

mlcred
mlcred

Also not debating Filner's motives. Try staying on topic, Jimmy.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

The only reason Filner makes this noise is for the transportation and longshoreman's unions, who give him money. Filner's donors are overwhelmingly union and he's looking to pay them back regardless of the cost to the non-union taxpayer.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

The only reason Filner makes this noise is for the transportation and longshoreman's unions, who give him money. Filner's donors are overwhelmingly union and he's looking to pay them back regardless of the cost to the non-union taxpayer.

michael-leonard
michael-leonard subscriber

Obviously, SD can't compete with the port's of LA/Long Beach - nor should we WANT to! So, angling for cleaner smaller cargo business makes more sense.

mlcred
mlcred

Obviously, SD can't compete with the port's of LA/Long Beach - nor should we WANT to! So, angling for cleaner smaller cargo business makes more sense.

Dianne Parham
Dianne Parham subscriber

I agree with Jon--Filner doesn't act like someone who really wants to be mayor. He is either very confident that he will win as a Democrat (I think Fletcher has managed to punch a hole in that illusion) or he doesn't care if he wins or not. How hard is it for a politician to to check his or her facts before he or she opens his or her mouth? Clearly all of them treat truth as a rubber band. Doesn't make any of the mayoral choices very impressive. If you can't trust them now, how do you trust them when they are in office?

dialyn
dialyn

I agree with Jon--Filner doesn't act like someone who really wants to be mayor. He is either very confident that he will win as a Democrat (I think Fletcher has managed to punch a hole in that illusion) or he doesn't care if he wins or not. How hard is it for a politician to to check his or her facts before he or she opens his or her mouth? Clearly all of them treat truth as a rubber band. Doesn't make any of the mayoral choices very impressive. If you can't trust them now, how do you trust them when they are in office?

Richard Ross
Richard Ross subscribermember

Which one is the least transparent? Fletcher wins that one hands down with his orchestrating raising the redevelopment CAP behind closed doors.

Activist
Activist

Which one is the least transparent? Fletcher wins that one hands down with his orchestrating raising the redevelopment CAP behind closed doors.

Jon Osborn
Jon Osborn subscriber

To listen to Filner talk, you'd think he doesn't really want to be mayor. With his "marriage stinks" comment, this Port baloney and his "little joke that couldn't," he's a one-man Three Stooges on the campaign.

Jon Osborn
Jon Osborn

To listen to Filner talk, you'd think he doesn't really want to be mayor. With his "marriage stinks" comment, this Port baloney and his "little joke that couldn't," he's a one-man Three Stooges on the campaign.

Bill Bradshaw
Bill Bradshaw subscribermember

Think someone should tell Bob?

toulon
toulon

Think someone should tell Bob?