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Yorba Linda, California (U.S.)

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Last modified: 2022-05-28 by rick wyatt
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[flag of Yorba Linda, California] image by Masao Okazaki, 28 May 2021

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The City of Yorba Linda, located in Orange County has adopted a new flag:

New flag chosen from 31 submissions to represent city of Yorba Linda – Orange County Register
Yorba Linda’s City Council has retired a city flag a past council introduced 40 years ago and replaced it with a design that has spawned a bit of controversy regarding what some people say is a a lack of clearly recognizable elements representing the city’s identity.
The chosen design, submitted by resident Michelle Pohl, uses the colors yellow, blue and white. The city resolution notes the design “was inspired by elements of rolling hills” with a star in the “upper left corner, or west side of the flag, as a symbol of the westerly location of the treasured Richard Nixon Birthplace and Museum.”
“The color yellow is a visual representation of ‘gracious living’ and friendship; the color blue represents the intelligence stemming from Yorba Linda high-achieving, award-winning schools; and the color white represents peacefulness, a trait rooted in the city’s pastoral, equestrian beginnings.” And the resolution notes, “the designation of an official flag will provide a symbol of Yorba Linda’s pride and a lasting and historical symbol for official use.”

Some of the flag’s critics wanted more visual representations of the city’s identity, such as a horse, white trail fencing, an orange tree or other portrayals.
The first city flag was introduced at a 1981 council meeting, and a plaque was presented to designer Beth Barton, but a resolution to accept it as an official city flag was never adopted.
Plans call for flying the new flag at City Hall and the Community Center. A flag also will be displayed in the council chambers, with one purchased to be given to the contest winner.
The retired flag “will be preserved and displayed at the Yorba Linda Public Library’s local history area, where other historic Yorba Linda artifacts are housed,” Estes said in her report.

Dave Fowler, 28 May 2021

City flag page:
Masao Okazaki, 13 June 2021

Previous flag (1981)

[flag of Yorba Linda, California] image by Masao Okazaki, 7 April 2022

Attached is a photo of the previous flag of Yorba Linda, obtained from a PDF of a city council meeting packet from when the new flag was adopted.
An even larger image is available here:
Masao Okazaki, 7 April 2022