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The City Clerk of El Centro, California, informed me that El Centro does indeed have a flag, but it consists merely of the municipal seal in the centre of a rectangular piece of cloth (color unstated). However, the City Council was
dissatisfied with this design, and in 2002 they approved by consensus a design which a firm called Reliance Communications had submitted. I have asked for additional information regarding this flag.
As for the significance of the symbolism displayed on the municipal seal, she further informed me that the sun represents the fact that it shines six months of the year in the area, making it a Mecca for American 'snowbirds', i e, winter tourists. The green fields represent agriculture; the blue the Colorado and New Rivers, which provide ample water for irrigation; while the yellow stands for the city itself and the ample space available for future development.
Ron Lahav, 28 September 2004
The website at www.cityofelcentro.org shows a very modernistic circular format with the lower right hand border of the bottom semicircle in an irregular shape; this is because it is an outline map of the State of California. There is no outer ring, but the upper half of the semicircle consists of the words 'City of El Centro' in upper and lower case letters outlined in black and filled in with gold; the lower part of the
semicircle is also edged in gold, and this edging runs fesswise across the middle of the seal, separating the upper part, which has no images, from the lower portion. This lower portion, as noted above, consists of a map of California in sand color in the right foreground, the borders depicted in black lines. To the left of the map is a blue irrigation canal running into the middle distance, while to the left of this canal is a further stretch of sand-colored land and an area colored a dark green in the left foreground. Within the map of California, marking the geographic location of El Centro, is a small green five-pointed star, from which arises a sand-colored stylized sunburst which extends into the upper semicircle. To the right of this sunburst, in miniscule black letters, is the word 'Incorporated' and an illegible date. Beneath the seal, in gold letters without the black edging which appears in the name of the city, is the municipal motto 'Shining With Opportunity.'
Ron Lahav, 25 September 2004