This flag design was proposed by Ricardo Tomasz. It’s designed to represent California Raptors and incorporates the blue of the Los Angeles County flag. It symbolizes the spirit of Los Angeles County flying high against the sky, experiencing the freedom of the clouds. The three golden circles represent the three major airports of Los Angeles county: Long Beach Municipal Airport in Long Beach; Bob Hope Airport in Burbank; and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), located in the Westchester district. The Raptor symbol also incorporates European flag designs such as Albania, Austria, and Spain.
The golden coloration is meant to represent California hawks.
The red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) is a bird of prey, one of three species colloquially known in the United States as the “chickenhawk,” though it rarely preys on standard-sized chickens. It breeds throughout most of North America, from western Alaskaand northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies, and is one of the most common buteos in North America. Red-tailed hawks can acclimate to all the biomes within their range. The 14 recognized subspecies vary in appearance and range. It is one of the largest members of the genus Buteo in North America, typically weighing from 690 to 1,600 g (1.5 to 3.5 lb) and measuring 45–65 cm (18–26 in) in length, with a wingspan from 110–145 cm (43–57 in). The red-tailed hawk displays sexual dimorphism in size, with females averaging about 25% heavier than males. The bird is sometimes referred to as the red-tail for short, when the meaning is clear in context.
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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