Fairgrounds chief executive Tim Fennell notified his employees in a Feb. 4 e-mail that he would not enforce the governor's furlough order, saying he needs his full staff to operate the facility, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The furloughs, which went into effect this month, affects all state employees and represents a 9.2 percent salary cut for the average worker.
Schwarzenegger said it would help bridge the state's $42 billion deficit.
The Del Mar Fairgrounds employs 175 full-time workers and 200 to 1,800 part-time workers, depending on the event schedule.
In his e-mail, Fennell wrote that ``imposing the Furlough Program would negatively impact our ability to host and produce events, resulting in less tax revenue, less jobs and less economic impact to the state,'' the Union-Tribune reported.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture overseas all of the state's fairgrounds. Department spokesman Mike Jarvis declined to say whether there would be any consequence to Fennell's decision.
A masked gunman robbed four Vista businesses in quick succession before fleeing into a nearby vacant field where a sheriff's dog brought him down until deputies arrested him, authorities said Tuesday.
People from both sides of the gun debate are expected to speak out Tuesday afternoon in front of the Del Mar Fairgrounds Board of Directors.
A gunshot victim who was believed to have been shot in San Diego and was brought to a hospital in Coronado, where he died Monday night.
Local and state agencies are continuing their investigations into HiCaliber Horse Rescue, despite an announcement over the weekend that the Valley Center nonprofit is closing.
San Diego Congressional representatives on Monday urged the Navy to study the impacts of sewage spills from Mexico.
Southwest Airlines is canceling dozens of flights as it begins emergency engine inspections on its fleet of jets.
Carlos Asuaje homered and had a career-high four RBIs, Franchy Cordero went deep during a nine-run seventh inning and the San Diego Padres romped past the Colorado Rockies 13-5 on Monday night.
The City Council Monday voted to approve federal grant allocations that include $5 million for construction of a long-awaited community center at Bay Terraces Park in Southeast San Diego.
Legoland is days away from opening its new Castle Hotel and the new accommodations are fit for a king or queen.
An overturned semi truck put a snag in the evening commute Monday for drivers on northbound Interstate 805.