Los Angeles City flag and seal

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Los Angeles City seal

1854Written in Spanish, the Minutes of the Common Council read, "The City shall provide itself with a seal to be attached to public documents." The seal showed a cluster of grapes and leaves surrounded by the words Corporation of the City of Los Angeles.
1905 March 27A seal was needed to represent Los Angeles' growth beyond a grape-based economy. On March 27, 1905, Ordinance 10,834 authorized and described the present City Seal. The symbolism, described in Ordinance 10,834, is reiterated below.

Lion of Leon & Castille
These symbols originate in the Arms of Spain and represent Los Angeles under Spanish control from 1542 to 1821.

Eagle and Serpent
This symbol from the Arms of Mexico represents the period of Mexican sovereignty from 1822 to 1846.

Bear Flag
This is from the short-lived California Republic of 1846.

Stars and Stripes
These indicate that Los Angeles is now an American city.

The sprays of olive, grape and orange suggest that Los Angeles is set in a garden.

Beaded Circle
The beaded circle surrounding the shield represents a rosary, a memorial to contributions made by Mission Padres in founding the city.

Los Angeles City flag

Ordinance 70,000 was passed on 1931 July 22, providing Los Angeles with its own flag as a celebration of Los Angeles' 150th birthday. Known as the Fiesta Flag, it was designed by Angelenos Roy E Silent and E S Jones. The red, golden-yellow and green colors are present in the Spanish and Mexican flags as well, which had pivotal roles in Los Angeles' early history. The colors also represent the vineyards, orange groves and olive trees in Los Angeles' early agricultural history. In the middle of the flag is the City Seal. The flag was raised in April 1937. The flag was presented to Mayor Frank E Shaw by Isador B Dockweiler, President of La Fiesta Association.