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San Diego Tourism Authority Cuts 31 Jobs

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego's Tourism Authority is laying off 40 percent of its staff as it struggles with a drastic funding cut.

U-T San Diego says 31 of 79 staffers will get the axe next Tuesday. They include top-level managers and administrative, sales and marketing workers.

The authority also plans 20-percent salary cuts for five senior employees.

The Tourism Authority in the nation's eighth-largest city expects to receive only about 15 percent of the funding it had last year.

The money comes from a hotel room surcharge collected by the city but the funds can't be released because of pending litigation challenging the levy.

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