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San Jose, California (U.S.)

Santa Clara County

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



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Description of the flag

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


City Hall Flag

The city of San Jose in Santa Clara County, California, USA, has a flag for the building for city hall. There are four poles outside the building and they fly the US flag, the California flag, the City of San Jose flag and a flag for city hall. It is a white rectangle with what looks like an outline of the building profile and the words "San Jose City Hall" on it.
Picture: www.waymarking.com/gallery/image.aspx?f=1&guid=c25a4cc4-e72e-4b5b-8a2d-d33cb6554c09
San Jose flag flying directions: www.sanjoseca.gov/clerk/cp_manual/CPM_2_1.pdf
Michael P. Smuda, 30 October 2010

I don't think that this flag is "acting" as a building flag, but as a departmental flag. In some cities in USA, the "City Hall" is one of the city departments, consisting of a city clerk, assistant and receptionist.
Valentin Poposki, 31 October 2010