San Diego’s tourism leaders claim a roughly 2 1/2-month battle with Mayor Bob Filner over marketing dollars is already affecting the industry’s bottom line.

Tourism Authority executive Kerri Kapich recently placed the blame squarely on a canceled advertising campaign meant to draw in spring and summer visitors for a 4.8 percent drop in hotel occupancy during a 28-day period.

In the latest edition of Fact Check TV, Scott Lewis and I vetted Kapich’s claim and took a closer look at Filner’s seemingly contradictory plan to add an excise tax on medical marijuana dispensary sales.

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

The Cost of Cops

Bicycle-Friendly Trips

Voting for an Added Charge

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.

Like VOSD on Facebook.

Like VOSD on Facebook.

Disclosure: Voice of San Diego members and supporters may be mentioned or have a stake in the stories we cover. For a complete list of our contributors, click here.

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...

Leave a comment

We expect all commenters to be constructive and civil. We reserve the right to delete comments without explanation. You are welcome to flag comments to us. You are welcome to submit an opinion piece for our editors to review.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.