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 Navy SEAL is being held in a military brig while authorities investigate the stabbing death of an Islamic State combatant while he was subdued in Iraq last year.
A California kindergartener can keep bringing a cannabis-based drug used for emergency treatment of a rare form of epilepsy to her public school, a judge ruled Friday.
A clear and warm weekend as temperatures begin to warm. Humidity levels in the desert will gradually lower through the weekend as a weak ridge briefly builds Saturday.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer signed two resolutions with Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum supporting international trade and border infrastructure programs.
City Attorney Mara Elliott announced that her office, in coordination with other state and city agencies, reached a $1.6 million settlement with Whole Foods Market California Inc. and two related entities resolving allegations of unlawful handling and disposal of hazardous waste and materials.
Police arrested a 32-year-old Escondido man on suspicion of murder in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified male at a bar on West Grand Avenue.
A woman was killed when she stepped out of her boyfriend's car onto a Chula Vista street and was struck by a passing vehicle, authorities said Saturday.
Residents in La Mesa’s Eastridge area are trying to solve a mystery surrounding a dinosaur. The Tyrannosaurus Rex statue appeared on an empty plot of land sometimes over the past few days with no explanation.
Three major freeway closures across San Diego County will put the brakes on several routes from east to west this weekend. The first closure is the eastbound SR-94 connector to southbound SR-125 on Saturday, September 22.
National City police and sheriff's deputies will not face criminal charges in connection with the death of a drug-impaired mentally ill man following his combative arrest in the South Bay city last spring, District Attorney Summer Stephan announced Friday.