SAN GABRIEL (AP) — The historic San Gabriel Mission in Southern California is laying off a longtime employee because of financial hardships — and he may not be the last.

The mission says its spokesman and activities planner, Chuck Lyons, will depart after 12 years.

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Lyons was a victim of budget cuts as the mission struggles with a decrease in Sunday donations from the parish.

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The mission east of Los Angeles has 20 employees.

Business Manager Al Sanchez tells the San Gabriel Valley Tribune that officials are looking at more positions that could be eliminated.

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