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image by Jens Pattke and Pete Loeser, 23 June 2014
- indicates flag is known.
- indicates it is reported that there is no known flag.
Municipal flags in Santa Clara County:
An deep yellow map of the county on a blue background, with 26 deep yellow stars on the border. The words SANTA CLARA COUNTY and the date 1850 appear around the map in white. There is a white star in the center of the map. The blue color is rather a pale blue-green color.
Source: The World Encyclopedia of Flags, by A.Z., p. 232
Mason Kaye, 7 July 2004
With the help of Supervisor Mike Wasserman and his board aide, Elizabeth Stanford, I received the following conformation of the Santa Clara County Flag from Gwendolyn Mitchell, Director of the Office of Public Affairs, Santa Clara County, dated June 13, 2014.
"Santa Clara County did not have an official flag for 125 years until a contest was sponsored to create and adopt one by the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission to coincide with the United States Bicentennial Year - 1976. The contest was originally advertised in schools across the County months before the established deadline and 175 entries were received.
The Santa Clara County Flag was designed by Vincent Cetta, a County employee in the Assessor's office and a trained draftsman, who read about the contest just the week before the deadline. His idea was that 26 stars would border the edge of the flag to represent the limitless opportunities in the County, while encircling an image of the County, which would have its own huge, white, opportunistic star at the center. Across the field in white would be the inscription, "Santa Clara County 1850." The colors Cetta proposed were red, white and blue. However, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and the Historical Heritage Commission decided the flag required distinctive colors.
The Pantone colors that most closely match the colors of the flags that have flown here at County Government Center are: Blue - Pantone 2925; and Gold - Pantone 131. The dimensions of the flag flown outside are 12 feet x 8 feet; indoor ceremonial flags are 5 feet x 3 feet and also have gold fringe around the borders."
Pete Loeser, 23 June 2014