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Ready or not, a special election is on its way in November. On the ballot will be Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s proposed hotel tax hike to fund a Convention Center expansion, and help pay for road repairs and projects or services to alleviate San Diego’s homelessness crisis. The bulk of the money raised through the tax hike […]

The Chargers have spent the week furiously trying to put together an initiative that would raise the hotel-room tax to fund construction of a new convention center and stadium. A big wrench has come into play: a bombshell court decision that would lower the bar for stadium measures to a simple majority vote.

San Diego attorney Charles Black worked with the city, the Port of San Diego and the Convention Center on planning a new waterfront expansion to the San Diego Convention Center. Now, he’s also working for Fifth Avenue Landing, the company that holds the lease to the land vital for that type of expansion site. Councilman David Alvarez says that violates standards for attorneys that discourage working both sides of a deal. Black and the city say those standards don’t apply here.