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It’s not every politician who wants to be known for wastewater treatment. But Rep. Bob Filner is no ordinary legislator. A while back, he even dubbed himself “Congressman Sewage.”
As monikers go, that’s not exactly up there with “Honest Abe.” But he tried to make it stick. And he indeed had a role in getting a waiver that allowed the city of San Diego to save big bucks in a flap over an environment-protecting upgrade for its sewage treatment plant.
Now you-know-what has cropped up in the mayoral race. “My first bill in Congress saved San Diego taxpayers, you guys, over $3 billion,” Filner declared in one of the endless debates.
San Diego Fact Check finds the claim is mostly true. Why a caveat? Because “the situation isn’t as simple as Filner makes it sound,” our City Hall reporter Liam Dillon reports. In short, we still have sewage issues.