This flag design was proposed by Ricardo Tomasz. It is designed to represent Los Angeles, and the earthquakes that the residents have become accustomed to. It incorporates the existing city flag colors. The green represents the lush landscape and olive trees that dotted the original area. The red represent the major earthquakes Los Angeles has had. They include the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the1990 Upland Earthquake, the 1971 San Fernando earthquake, the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, the 1991 Sierra Madre earthquake, and the 2008 Chino Hills earthquake.
Although the written history of California is not long, records of earthquakes exist that affected the Spanish missions that were constructed beginning in the late 18th century. Those records ceased when the missions were secularized in 1834, and from that point until the California Gold Rush in the 1840s, records were sparse. Other sources for the occurrence of earthquakes usually came from ship captains and other explorers. The earliest known earthquake was documented in 1769 by the Spanish explorers and Catholic missionaries of the Portolá expedition as they traveled northward from San Diego along the Santa Ana Rivernear the present site of Los Angeles. For the period 1850–2004, there was about one potentially damaging event per year on average, though many of these did not cause loss of life or property damage.
Why Flags Matter
Why Los Angeles Needs A New Flag
As was stated in the recent online petition:
There is no doubt that we are one of the greatest, most influential cities in the world. Wired Magazine recently named us the “#1 City of Tomorrow,” and even the New York Times admitted, “Los Angeles is enjoying a renaissance with a burgeoning art, fashion and food scene that has become irresistible to the culturally attuned.” But the one thing we’re missing, the one thing every great city deserves, is a great flag. Our current flag is neither recognizable, nor symbolic, nor representative of us, as a city or as Angelenos. Most people don’t even know it, and because they don’t know it, they don’t fly it.
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