San Diego hoteliers voted to add a 2 percent charge on hotel stays to promote tourism but not all supported the increased bill.

In the latest edition of Fact Check TV, Scott Lewis and I shared the vote tallies to reveal how many hotels actually backed the added fee.

The proposal ultimately garnered enough support to allow the Tourism Marketing District to begin collecting funds but that hasn’t happened because Mayor Bob Filner refuses to sign an operating agreement that would allow the deal to go forward. The hotels are collecting the money but the mayor’s opposition has prevented the marketing district from accessing those tourism dollars.

Lewis and I also vetted a claim by state Senate candidate Hector Gastelum, who said an average of about three businesses leave California for Texas every week. (Gastelum lost Tuesday’s state Senate race to Ben Hueso.)

If you’re hungry for more Fact Check TV, you might also enjoy these recent episodes:

The Economics of Tourism

Years Without Raises

A $1 Billion Gambling Problem

New episodes of Fact Check TV appear on NBC 7 San Diego every Friday during the 6 p.m. newscast and our website the following Monday. What should we feature on our next episode?

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

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