San Diego Tourism Authority Issues Layoffs, Might Close

The San Diego Tourism Authority has issued 60-day layoff notices to 85 employees and might be forced to shut down on May 13 if a Tourism Marketing District contract to fund the agency is not enacted. The executive board of the TMD, formerly known as San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau, has filed a lawsuit seeking to compel the city's Mayor Bob Filner to sign an agreement that would release funding that had been approved last year by local hoteliers and the City Council. A hearing is scheduled for March 22. "We hope the current funding discussions between the City of San Diego and the San Diego Tourism Marketing District are resolved quickly, so we can continue our program of work selling and marketing San Diego to the world," Tourism Authority president and CEO Joe Terzi said in a statement. "During these trying times, our entire staff of hardworking professionals are dedicated to make certain that all of our clients, members and visitors from around the world receive the exceptional services that are expected from our organization and San Diego."