PARTY MAY BE COMING TO AN END FOR GLENDALE'S BOOZY BASSET HOUND.
Byline: Lee Condon Daily News Staff Writer
Image-conscious Glendale may give the star of its proposed Rose Parade float a Hollywood style makeover.
Glendale's float entry is a boozy basset hound basset hound, breed of short-legged, long-bodied hound developed centuries ago in France. It stands from 12 to 15 in. (30.1–38.1 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 25 to 50 lb (11.3–22.7 kg). in a New Year's hat with a noisemaker hanging from his mouth. But the ``party animal,'' as he is known, has been the subject of vicious character attacks within the last week, with some suggesting he's just a hung-over drunk not fit to represent respectable Glendale in a parade seen around the world.
But with no time to find a more dignified star, locals on Tuesday appeared resigned to reinvent re·in·vent
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1. To make over completely: "She reinvented Indian cooking to fit a Western kitchen and a Western larder" the hound's image instead. The proposals range from simply dropping the ``party animal'' name to more radical changes.
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While the dog has been widely smeared, it does have its fans. The presiding judge presiding judge n. 1) in both state and federal appeals court, the judge who chairs the panel of three or more judges during hearings and supervises the business of the court. of the local court, who happens to own a basset hound, supports the dog. The Basset Hound Club of Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, has even offered to help with fund-raising efforts for the float.
``We have a picnic in August and about 200 basset hounds come,'' said Maria Bivens, a member of the dog club. ``We have a costume contest, a howling contest and a napping contest. Glendale could put up a booth and ask for donations.''
D-Day for the dog will come Tuesday when the Glendale City Council takes up the issue. The city is providing $60,000 of the $90,000 it will take the float association to get the float built. That means there is just a week of lobbying time left to influence the dog's fate.
The dog theme was selected as the city's float by the board of directors of the Glendale Rose Float Association in a 12-3 vote. But the board's president, Marilyne Wiechmann, is leading a minority opposition movement against the ``party animal,'' saying it presents an image of Glendale residents as drunks and partyers.
Wiechmann and her followers followers
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Baker thinks the dog is ``awful cute.'' But instead of just being a drunkard One who habitually engages in the overindulgence of alcohol.
In order for an individual to be labeled a drunkard, drunkenness must be habitual or must recur on a constant basis. in a party hat, Baker has suggested adding the cat and children co-stars and making the theme a little more politically correct politically correct Politically sensitive adjective Referring to language reflecting awareness and sensitivity to another person's physical, mental, cultural, or other disadvantages or deviations from a norm; a person is not mentally retarded, but . Rather than being the Spuds McKenzie of Glendale, the basset hound would be a symbol of a community living together in peace for the new millennium.
The Baker plan has been embraced by Wiechmann. On Monday night, Wiechmann held an informal community meeting at Shakey's Pizza Shakey's Pizza is a pizza restaurant chain based in the United States. The chain currently has about 400 stores, 63 in the United States and the rest in Asia. History Restaurant. More than 50 people attended, 34 who support the dog and 22 opposed. However there was a general consensus that the float's name should be changed, said Gary Ackerman, vice president of the group.
`Vision of the Future'
Bill Lofthouse, president of Phoenix Decorating, said adding a cat to the float is possible, but it may not fit in the way some people imagine it would. He suggested Baker's idea of putting children on the float would be a way to follow the ``Visions of the Future'' theme.
While Wiechmann said no one came up with alternative names at the Shakey's meeting, Lofthouse suggested ``It's My Party,'' ``Where's the Party,'' and ``Let's Celebrate.''
Wiechmann says the party animal name does not fit in with the theme of the 2000 Tournament of Roses Parade The Tournament of Roses Parade was established, and first held, on January 1,1890, in Pasadena, California, eight miles (13 km) northeast of Downtown Los Angeles.
Rooted in tradition, this parade is broadcast on multiple television networks, watched by upwards of one , which is ``Celebration 2000, Visions of the Future.'' While she had hoped to gather ideas to completely redesign the float at the Shakey's meeting, Wiechmann admitted that it's no longer practical to junk the dog because the city has to present its final design to the Tournament of Roses by May 1.
At this point she is pushing to drop the ``party animal'' name and make alterations that would fit the ``Visions of the Future'' theme.
Judge partial to hound
Among those at the community meeting was James Simpson The name James Simpson can refer to:
Even Wiechmann, the most strident ``party animal'' opponent, admits she was quite taken with Simpson's basset hound.
``I happen to like basset hounds,'' Simpson said. However, he denied that appearing with his dog was part of a lobbying effort for the party animal. He said he has no strong opinion about whether the name should be changed or whether a cat and kids should be added. But he would like to see the basset hound stay as the star.
``I think the controversy is hysterical,'' Simpson said. ``It's a fun float and people like it and that's what counts.''
Change the name
Glendale Mayor Ginger Bremberg said the best solution is to change the name because there is no time to change the design. Councilman David Weaver, who is also on the float committee, initially opposed the name change but now thinks it might be a good compromise.
Councilman Rafi Manoukian Rafi Manoukian is a former member of the city council in Glendale, California. He was recently notified that he has been selected by the Board of Directors and the Selection Committee of the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) as a recipient of the 2006 Ellis Island could not be reached for comment and Councilman Gus Gomez said he will support the original design because it was picked by a 12-3 majority of the float committee.
Meanwhile, Lofthouse is eagerly awaiting any changes he may have to make before the deadline.
``I don't think people are laughing with them. I think people are laughing at them,'' he said.
PHOTO The proposed ``Party Animal'' design of Glendale's planned entry in the Rose Parade is being opposed by some critics.