This flag design was proposed by Ricardo Tomasz. It incorporates the current Los Angeles County flag colors. The blue signifies clear skies. the green border is to keep Los Angeles beautiful and the five gold stars stands for the land of opportunity for everyone since gold was discovered in California. The five stars serve a dual meaning, representing the five districts of Los Angeles County, and also representing 5 pivotal events in L.A. County’s history: Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo’s ship the San Salvador sailing into San Pedro Harbor on October 8, 1542; the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel founded on September 8, 1771; the founding of the first Hollywood production company by DW Griffith in 1910; the founding of Jet Propulsion Laboratories on October 31, 1936 which was vital for America winning the space race; and the Los Angeles Olympics which began on July 28 1984.
The written history of Los Angeles city and county began with a Colonial Mexican town that was founded by 11 Mexican families which were known as ” Los Pobladores” that established a settlement in Southern California that changed little in the three decades after 1848, when California became part of the United States. Much greater changes came from the completion of the Santa Fe railroad line from Chicago to Los Angeles in 1885. Emigrants flooded in, especially white Protestants from the Midwest. Los Angeles had a strong economic base in farming, oil, tourism, real estate and movies. It grew rapidly with many suburban areas inside and outside the city limits. Hollywood made the city world-famous, and World War II brought new industry, especially high-tech aircraft construction. Politically the city was moderately conservative, with a weak labor union sector.
Since the 1960s growth has slowed—and traffic delays have become famous. LA was a pioneer in freeway development as the public transit system deteriorated. New arrivals, especially from Mexico and Asia, have transformed the demographic base since the 1960s. Old industries have declined, including farming, oil, military and aircraft, but tourism, entertainment and high tech remain strong.
Why Flags Matter
Why Los Angeles Needs A New Flag
As was stated in the recent online petition:
Los Angeles is currently undergoing a profound transformation. Development is booming, neighborhoods are thriving, and the very heart of our city is growing and adapting to meet the demands of an ever-changing 21st century. We are not just home to celluloid dreams and iconic landscapes, but also to a growing tech industry, world-class cultural centers, and the fastest growing mass transit system in the country. We are in the midst of a stunning revival and, as such, will host the 2028 Olympics. We have set a course to strengthen and transform our city, to create a more sustainable L.A., and right now all eyes are on us. It’s time we show the world how beautiful, creative, and united we truly are.
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