The City of Alhambra has notified the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce that it may lose $190,000 in funding for the next fiscal year starting on July 1, due to budget cutbacks.
The Chamber, which promotes businesses in Alhambra, traditionally receives $100,000 from the city for operational expenses, as well as $90,000 for its float entry in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. It was paid through the city's general funds for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. A proposed 2011-2012 budget will be presented to the City Council on May 31. Mayor Gary Yamauchi told the West San Gabriel Journal it's still too early to determine the fate of the Chamber.
Chamber Executive Director Owen Guenthard said the problems stem from the state level. "It's an effect of what California is doing to the cities: taking funds from them to pay for the state's problems," he said. "The state has accumulated billions in deficit. They have not resolved their budget, so cities, redevelopment agencies and school districts can't put together their own budget yet."
Chamber projects include the Lunar New Year Festival; the monthly publication Around Alhambra; and annual "Taste of Alhambra" festival, which will be held on June 5 on Second Street between Main Street and Commonwealth Avenue. In the past, the Chamber also sponsored the Summer Jubilee.
While the Chamber may be forced to "reduce its activities" in the case that funding is cut, Guenthard maintains it will continue to operate by reaching out to other sources for money. He expects Around Alhambra to remain in publication.