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Description of the flag

At www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us there is a webpage dealing with the symbols of the City of Los Alamitos. No mention of a flag, but they do describe the city seal (which includes 3 flag images): "The City seal of Los Alamitos represents the many factors of its past. The official seal of the City of Los Alamitos was accepted in October 1960, and was designed by William Daniels. The lovely seal consists of a wide, circling band with the words "City of Los Alamitos" interposed on a flat outline of the State of California. In the center of the band is a Cottonwood Tree, for which the City is named. Across the tree trunk are the three flags (Spanish, Mexican, and American) which have flown over the City. ..."

The image of the seal  is at www.ci.los-alamitos.ca.us/
Ned Smith, 14 January 2005

The Los Alamitos municipal seal is superimposed on a golden yellow map of California. It consists of a standard circular format of two concentric circles with a white background. The outer ring has the words 'CITY of LOS ALAMITOS' in a mixture of upper and lower case lettering, both in blue. At the bottom of the central image within the inner circle is the word 'Incorporated' in dark red lower case lettering, while at the bottom of the outer ring is the word and date 'March 1 1880' similarly written. The central image itself consists of a cottonwood tree proper; imposed on the center of the tree is the S&S, while to the right and beneath it is a Spanish flag, and to the left and also beneath it is the Mexican Tricolor. Beneath the seal as a whole is a light blue ribbon, with the words 'Founded in 1784 by Spanish Grant' in white lower case lettering. Details regarding the design of the seal can be found in the text accompanying the seal.  The reason why I think that the Spanish flag depicted on the Los Alamitos seal is anachronistic is that the flag appears to be contemporary, rather than that which would have been recognized as Spanish in 1784, when the original land grant was issued. For this reason, in the above description of the seal, I referred to 'a' Spanish flag but 'the' Mexican Tricolor.
Ron Lahav, 15 January 2005