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Palm Desert, California (U.S)

Riverside County

Last modified: 2019-07-05 by rick wyatt
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[Brea flag] image located by Dave Fowler, 17 June 2019

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Description of the flag

It seems that Palm Desert does have a city flag which incorporates the seal (but perhaps not for long). A Dec. 31, 2004 news story at [registration required] discusses NAVA's flag survey and guidelines and states "Palm Desert Mayor Buford Crites wasn't happy when told of the group's criteria for a good flag. Why? Because Palm Desert's flag, 'I'm embarrassed to say now, has the city seal on it,' he said." "Crites said he likes the idea of creating a new flag that reflects his city's uniqueness."
No further word about the flag's design, or plans to change it.
Ned Smith, 2 April 2005

Some illustrations for the flag of Palm Desert:
Dave Fowler, 17 June 2019

The seal

[City seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 30 May 2019


On the municipal logo consists of the letters 'PD' written in a highly stylized form of block lettering colored ocher on a tan background. In the center and separating the letters is an equally stylized palm frond extending beyond the letters to the left. Within the letters the frond is tan, while externally it is ocher.
Ron Lahav, 29 March 2005

In addition to the logo for this town, I have also found a proper city seal at A much larger version is also available at The city seal has an upper portion a broad semicircle in gold and black, representing the stylized crown of a palm tree. There is a vertical golden line nearly bisecting the central image which represents the tree trunk. The image itself seems to consist of a structure of some kind in terra cotta, with a blue sky above and the crown of a palm tree in green at the roof line. At the very bottom of this image, in the form of two semicircular rows, are the words 'CITY OF PALM DESERT' in miniscule white block lettering, while beneath this is a date similarly written.
Ron Lahav, 31 March 2005

The larger image shows the lower part of the seal contains a mountain next to a golf course, a tennis court, and a desert ...or maybe it is just a huge sand trap on the golf course.
Ned Smith, 1 April 2005