The first televised debate in the San Diego mayoral election took place Thursday afternoon. Below the video of the entire debate, I rounded up some quick thoughts I’ve posted on Twitter. Please excuse any typos and lack of capitalization. I was typing the tweets out on my cell phone.

And don’t forget our media partners NBC 7 San Diego will be hosting a second televised debate on Monday at 6 p.m.

[Fact Checked some of DeMaio’s other claims on the expansion and found them to be False and Huckster Propaganda.

City attorney who wrote Conv. Center law. MT @brantwill: Interesting. It’s all public money: hotel tax, port, city. All public.Liam Dillon
DeMaio was best on roads and infrastructure repair. Clear and accurateLiam Dillon
Labor leader Evan McLaughlin responded to this tweet. McLaughlin brought up Proposition A, which is about banning the city from requiring union-friendly agreements on construction projects. DeMaio said Prop. A’s passage would help him fund road repairs. But it’s financial impact is unclear.
Was not accurate on Prop A’s impact on road repairs. RT @dillonliam DeMaio was best on roads and infrastructure repair. Clear and accurateEvan McLaughlin
.@EvanSDlabor Fair point on DeMaio, Prop. A and roads. I was speaking to extent of problem & his financial plan for it.Liam Dillon
Here’s more on all the candidates plans for road and infrastructure repairs.
I thought Dumanis’ close was her best argument yet. Shame time ran out on her.Liam Dillon
Dumanis talked about her rise from a low-level county staffer to district attorney and how she broke glass ceilings along the way. She said the Mayor’s Office was too important to trust to legislators and the city needed someone with her executive experience. “I’m not going to stand up here and give you a bunch of bull. I tell it like it is. I’m tough and I’m fair.”
Candidates were allowed to ask each other questions during the debate. DeMaio asked Fletcher if the assemblyman was currently under any ethics investigation. Fletcher said he wasn’t. As you’ll see below, the complaint in question was about Fletcher’s alleged misuse of a state account for the mayoral campaign. And it was dismissed.
After debate DeMaio campaign hands out ethics complaint against fletched dated march 26.Liam Dillon
Fletcher says he was unaware of any complaint and one was dismissed last year.Liam Dillon
Letter from the FPPC from @NathanFletcher’s campaign on a complaint about state $s for mayoral election. Dillon
A few more notes re: Ethics Complaint on Fletcher. Letter his campaign provided didn’t deal with issue at play. Different state account.Liam Dillon
However, Ethics Commission sent me this. The complaint referenced at the debate today was dismissed yesterday Dillon
Ethics head Fulhorst: “It’s 100% correct that Nathan had no way of knowing about this unless the complainant told him.”Liam Dillon

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

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Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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