California State Flag

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The flag of California was officially adopted in 1911 but had first been hoisted in 1846 as an act of rebellion against Mexico, which still ruled California at the time. The grizzly bear, at one point ubiquitous to California, but now extinct in the state, was intended to intimidate Mexican authorities. The red star is said to imitate the “lone star of Texas.” Some in California would like to see a new flag adopted, one that is more current and less associated with a long-ago rebellion by what an editorial in the Los Angeles Times calls a band of “thieves, drunks, and murderers.” Sadly California has no more grizzly bears,


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