Two recent campaign mailers claimed District 1 Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, who is running for re-election, voted to give $28 million in bonuses to city staffers “just for doing their jobs.” The mailers also accused Lightner of rewarding campaign donors with taxpayer funds.

In this Fact Check TV, our Scott Lewis focuses on that bold claim in the District 1 council race and another by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association about the San Diego Unified School District’s spending on iPads purchased using bond money.

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Lisa Halverstadt

Lisa is a senior investigative reporter who digs into some of San Diego's biggest challenges including homelessness, city real estate debacles, the region's...

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