Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio calls himself San Diego’s taxpayer watchdog and often highlights his push against proposals to increase taxes, fees and other revenue sources.

So it’s interesting that DeMaio now supports an expanded Convention Center, because part of the project’s financing plan would increase hotel-room taxes and raise more than $1 billion over the next three decades.

When asked about this twist by City Hall reporter Liam Dillon, DeMaio made two interesting claims in an attempt to align his political identity with the expansion’s financing plan.

In this edition of Fact Check TV, Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis explain what DeMaio said that grabbed our attention and examine whether his claims are true or false.

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