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image by Michael Smuda, 14 August 2000
Livermore, California is a community in Alameda County located about 50 miles (80
km) east southeast of San Francisco.
The official flag of the city of Livermore, California, is the result of a contest held in 1990. The winner was Ernestina Shay, a graphic artist, although some changes were made in the original design before producing the final flag. The flag consists of three equal horizontal bands in tan, white and burgundy. In the center band is the name Livermore in burgundy and yellow. The yellow is placed over the letters with a wavy top to represent the grass covered hills surrounding the city (In California, the grass turns golden in the summer, not green like in most other locations). The "i" in Livermore is "dotted" with a bunch of grapes representing the importance of wine making to the local economy. The original design used blue, white, and yellow for the bands with the lettering in blue and yellow.
While the Livermore Herald reported this to be the first flag of Livermore, that same newspaper reported an earlier "first" flag in an article on 22 November 1975 with a picture of a flag resulting from a contest sponsored by the Community Affairs Committee in 1972. This flag was divided diagonally from upper fly to lower hoist with orange over white. In the center was a green ring with the phrase "Livermore Alameda Friendly County" in black. In the ring is a steer's head between two shafts of wheat. Over the head is a sign representing atomic energy with three electron orbits. Under the head is a bunch of grapes.
Michael P. Smuda, 14 August 2000