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We’re not the only ones fact checking the mayor’s race. Reporting by San Diego CityBeat and U-T San Diego spurred admissions of error from two candidates last week.
Here’s a quick summary of the findings:
• CityBeat called out Nathan Fletcher for denying his affiliation to a business-backed, conservative organization called the American Legislative Exchange Council.
The group became a campaign topic when Fletcher left the Republican Party and registered as an independent. The local Democratic Party argues Fletcher is still a conservative at heart and cites his membership to the organization to back it up.
In an interview with CityBeat, however, Fletcher claimed no affiliation with the conservative group. He said, “I was never a member of ALEC.”
That’s false. Fletcher touted his membership to the group during a 2010 speech. When CityBeat asked about the speech, Fletcher’s campaign apologized for the mistake.
“He only remembers welcoming a group of legislators — not becoming a member,” campaign spokeswoman Amy Thoma told CityBeat.
In an email, Thoma told me Fletcher is no longer a member of the organization and hadn’t been a very active when he was.
• The U-T called out Carl DeMaio for inflating the size of City Council members’ pensions. DeMaio refused a pension after taking office and claimed the payments would’ve added up to $800,000 over his lifetime.
That’s false. DeMaio miscalculated the total because he figured council members could start receiving pension payments sooner than city rules allow. “The actual value of his rejected council pension would have been about $428,000,” the U-T reported.
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