The Fact Check Blog seems to be having a pre-emptive impact on the public debate.
At a city budget meeting last week, Councilman Todd Gloria asked Mario Sierra, who oversees the city’s road repairs, for how much money the city was spending this year to fix its road system. Gloria wanted to be sure.
“Can you give us a rough estimate?” Gloria asked Sierra. “If I had to go out and tell my constituents what we’re spending this year on street repair, can you give me a number that I can share that would survive a Fact Check?”
Sierra and his deputy estimated the figure at $100 million, but Gloria asked for a “firm number so we can make sure that all council members can be successfully fact checked on this.”
We’d be happy to see the number, too. And to fact check it when it comes out.
— ANDREW DONOHUE