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Citing Financial Crisis Caused By COVID-19 Del Mar Fairgrounds Cuts Majority Of Its Staff

Officials with the Del Mar Fairgrounds say the venue is struggling to survive after months of lost revenue due to COVID-19. The Fairgrounds income is down nearly 90%after the closure of the San Diego County Fair last summer and other revenue-generating events. In the latest cost-cutting move, the fairgrounds reduced its staff by nearly 60% this month from over 150 employees to 62 with many of the remaining staff in maintenance and security positions.

Officials with the Del Mar Fairgrounds said the venue is struggling to survive after months of lost revenue due to COVID-19.

The fairgrounds' revenue is down nearly 90% after the cancellation of the San Diego County fair last summer and other revenue-generating events, according to reporting by The San Diego Union-Tribune. In the latest cost-cutting move, the fairgrounds reduced its staff this month from over 150 employees to 62.

Meanwhile, the city of Del Mar is hoping to negotiate for a section of the state-owned fairgrounds to build at least 51 affordable housing units.

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Phil Diehl has covered the impacts of the pandemic on the fairgrounds and the latest effort to build housing on the property and joins Midday Edition on Wednesday to discuss the latest.