Fair General Manager Ray Malerbi said the staff cut will not be effective immediately.
However, the process has begun and, in the near future, the positions will be eliminated.
"Certainly, it's going to change the way we do business.We're still working through this," Malerbi
said."In the long term, we'll have to make arrangements in contracting work ... as needed."
The fair may recoup some of the losses caused by a carnival ride collapse that injured 23 people and, fair officials believe, hurt attendance.Malerbi
said the fair has revenue-protection insurance that covers losses that can be tied to a government action — in this case, the closure enforced by the state Division of Occupational Safety
Although the fair has submitted a claim, Malerbi
said the way the claim is calculated is to cover up to 80 percent of the difference between this year's revenues and an average of the three previous years' revenues.Within those three years is a 2006 fair that was hampered significantly by rains, bringing down the three-year average.
"There's not a lot of money there to make us whole or make up our entire loss," Malerbi
The fair — along with the Western Fairs Association
, which includes hundreds of fairs in the western United States and Canada — is still awaiting a response from a letter written to DOSH inquiring whether the move to shut down an entire carnival when one ride fails is to become standard practice.Local fair officials have said the move made to do so at this year's fair was unprecedented.
"I don't know if we'll ever get a reason why the carnival was shut down," Malerbi