Statement: “The council, without any staff report, pushed this easement deal through – that is no payment – through both the committee and then the council, nine-nothing. You tell me who should ask the questions,” Mayor Bob Filner said at a June 28 press conference.
Determination: Barely True
Analysis: There’s been plenty of scrutiny in recent weeks of a developer’s $100,000 donation to the city and two of Mayor Bob Filner’s favorite city projects.
But Filner, who said he’s since returned the money to the developer, said the City Council deserves some blame for the debacle that led to accusations of extortion.