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City chooses Rose Float design

The Glendale City Council Tuesday endorsed the design for the city’s 2011 Rose Float, “Say Cheese.”

The 122nd Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2011 will mark Glendale’s 97th float entry, the second longest standing participant in the parade’s history. Glendale’s floats have won over 50 major awards, including 12 Sweepstakes Awards for the most beautiful entry in the parade with outstanding floral presentation and design.

The 2011 float entry “Say Cheese” will depict a mouse taking pictures on an old-fashioned press camera. Framed photos highlighting a variety of family memories will be included in the design. The float will be approximately 35 feet long and 17 feet high, and will accommodate 10 riders.

The float will be built by Phoenix Company, at a cost of $99,000. Of that, $50,000 will come from the private Rose Float Association of Glendale.

Board baffled by Sparr Heights project

The city’s Design Review Board #1 appeared to be at a loss for words to deal with a Sparr Heights home presented in its last meeting for legalization of unpermitted work.

They ended up agreeing with board member Yong You who said, “The whole thing is wrong,” and referred the project for redesign.

None of the board members appeared to know quite what to do with the project at 3525 Downing St. which was apparently built without permits and working drawings.

Owner Mark Rousseau said the 1,417 square foot addition to an existing 984 square foot structure was built by friends and relatives while the owner was dealing with a family bereavement.

Rousseau said he had no working drawings on the project as done, though he had constructed some afterwards.

A city attorney case is now pending against the property for an illegal second story. The board finally ordered the owner to hire an architect or designer to modify design elements, and to arrange with building and safety for inspections to determine safety issues. He has six months to comply.

By Charles COOPER