Three mayors riding down Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena
One, of course, will be Pasadena’s recently elected Mayor Terry Tornek. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti will ride his city’s entry in the annual parade as well.
The third will be Mayor Jose Estevez of Milpitas California.
"It's exciting, I'm thankful to join Singpoli in prompting Milpitas. A float is a positive way of introducing a city like Milpitas to the world."Mayor Jose Estevez of Milpitas, CA
Milpitas is a Silicon Valley town with a population of just over 70,000 residents.
The vast majority of whom, like Estevez, are Asian. While Tornek will be aboard a vintage car announcing his presence. Estevez will be riding the Singpoli Group float titled “Marco Polo: East Meets West.” Designed by Charles Meier, the piece is highlighted by an enormous fire-breathing dragon and features hundreds of thousands of flowers gathered from around the world.
Also along for the ride will be Milpitas veteran of the year retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Arthur “Art” Ebright.
The float is sponsored by the Singpoli Group, an Arcadia, Calif.-based company designing Milpitas’ planned 18-story Landmark Towers. Marco Polo is Singpoli’s third entry in the annual New Year’s Day parade.
“As a Southern California company we’re proud to have roots in the Silicon Valley,” Singpoli Group CEO Kin Hui said. We see this float as representative of our commitment to the communities of Northern California.”
In his sixth term as mayor, Estevez said he can point to many proud moments for the community that lies just northeast of San Jose.
“It’s the gateway to the Silicon Valley and a home to major high tech companies as well as retail and manufacturing,” Estevez noted. “We’re one of the fastest growing cities in California. And in Money Magazine we were rated 29th best place to live in the United States.”
Estevez said he will be smiling the entire time he’s making the 5.5 mile journey through the heart of Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
“I’m happy to represent Milpitas and promote Milpitas,” he said. “I’m grateful for Singpoli and the company’s service to the community at large.”