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San Diego tourism leaders are working to persuade locals of their industry’s economic impact amid a public battle with Mayor Bob Filner.

Tourism jobs have been a key component in their argument that Filner should sign an operating agreement to allow hotels to collect a surcharge on hotel stays. The mayor refuses.

At a recent City Council meeting, Tourism Authority CEO Joe Terzi claimed that 53 percent of tourism workers make a middle-class salary or higher.

I vetted his claim in the latest edition of Fact Check TV.

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Lisa Halverstadt is a reporter at Voice of San Diego. Know of something she should check out? You can contact her directly at lisa.halverstadt@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0528.

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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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