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Mayor Bob Filner wants San Diegans to keep a camera rolling that records La Jolla’s seals.

Filner suggested the city chip in $50,000 to operate the seal cam after its initial private operators struggled to keep up with costs.

The mayor recently tried to persuade the City Council to support his plan and aimed to bolster his argument with a claim that the five-month-old camera has made San Diego an internationally known hub for seal research.

I vetted his statement in the latest edition of Fact Check TV. Here’s a hint: He was wrong.

I also revisited Councilman Kevin Faulconer’s April statement that the mayor’s budget didn’t line up with the City Council’s five-year plan to improve streets, storm drains and buildings after the mayor increased funding in his budget revision.

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

A Trio of Fences

Doubling Down in District 4

Protesting Beer

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

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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