Statement: “We made an agreement. You may remember it was a long, drawn-out process where we came to agreement that they would get money but they would give a specified amount of money to what’s gonna be the most important tourist thing for the next few years, that is our Centennial of Balboa Park,” Mayor Bob Filner said in a June 3 interview on KPBS’ “Midday Edition.”
Determination: Barely True
Analysis: Mayor Bob Filner has repeatedly battled with tourism officials over a contract that allows them to collect cash to market the region. The bickering didn’t stop after Filner signed the deal.
Last week, the mayor initially refused to send money collected via a 2 percent surcharge on hotel stays to the city’s Tourism Marketing District because he said the district’s board might not hold up their end of the bargain.