Walter Mencken 2 p.m., May 28
Furlough Program to Knock 4.6% from Port Workers' Pay
The San Diego Unified Port District announced a work furlough program today (July 12) to begin Friday and last through next June. The program, which should save $1.3 million, should help close a $10 million budget shortfall. Most port employees will be affected, and will get an average pay haircut of 4.6%. The port depends on revenues from restaurants, hotels and other businesses on the San Diego Bay state tidelands that are overseen by the port. However, tourism has slowed very sharply, including at subsidized hotels in the area.