Alhambra City Council approved the use of $130,000 in public funds to enter and construct a float for the 2015 Rose Parade. The city will use $5,000 to pay for the sponsor fee and $125,000 to build, decorate, and make the float fully operational. The outlay will be a 44 percent increase from last year when the city spent $90,000 on the float.
The city is contracting Phoenix Decorating Company to design the float. Expenses are appropriated from the Art in Public Places funds and fundraisers by the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.
The theme for the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade will be "Inspiring Stories." Alhambra's float theme will be decided next month, according to Irma Hernandez, office manager for the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce.
Councilman Gary Yamauchi was not present at the meeting.
City Council meets every second and fourth Monday of the month in the second floor of the City Hall: 111 S. First St., Alhambra, Calif., 91801.
There will be a Special Strategic Planning Meeting on May 8, Thursday at 8 am. The meeting will be held at the Alhambra Civic Center Library and is open to the public.
*CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the city spent $95,000 on the 2014 Rose Parade float.