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San Jose, California (U.S.)

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[flag of San Jose, California] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 September 2000

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The city flag of San Jose, California. The state seal of approx. half of the flag's height in diameter is placed centrally on a "Spanish triband" (1+2+1) of orange, white and blue (a Dutch connection in California?!), but its inner background is white rather than blue.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 September 2000

The City of San Jose, California has had a variety of flags, one of which is shown above. However this is only the most recent variant in a long evolution of flags, most of which were flown, but never officially adopted. The adoption was often ex-officio by the mayor, as in the case of a plain white flag with the city's seal which was used for a number of years in the 1950's and 1960's. A temporary commemorative flag, as in the case of the 1976 bicentennial flag designed by a policeman and intended to be flown for a year, but instead was used for at least a decade because no one told the purchasing department. Or just a variant as ordered by the cities purchasing department, such as the current design, in which the wreath of grapes around the seal has been eliminated.
Jim Ferrigan, 23 November 2002