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In this week’s edition of Fact Check TV, Andrew Donohue and Scott Lewis discuss one of our most-read stories of the year.

The story examines four recent claims about “scooter pay” by City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio. While facing his rivals, DeMaio ridiculed the benefit for San Diego’s parking enforcement officers and called for reform. He said:

It’s on average an 8 to 9 percent increase on base compensation, and by the way, you get paid scooter pay even when you’re not riding the scooter. You get scooter pay like all specialty pays when you’re on vacation and it’s used in calculating your highest compensation for your pension payout.

Donohue and Lewis provide more background about “scooter pay,” which the city officially calls three-wheel motorcycle pay, and explain whether DeMaio accurately described the benefit.

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Keegan Kyle is a news reporter for voiceofsandiego.org. He writes about local government, creates infographics and handles the Fact Check Blog. What should he write about next?

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