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[flag of City of Anaheim, California] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 January 2008

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Description of the flag

Ranked 137th among 150 in the NAVA American City Flag Survey with 2.56/10 points, the flag of Anaheim (US-CA, Orange Co.) is a Spanish triband of light blue, white and light blue with the city seal on the white panel and lettering saying "City of Anaheim" and "founded 1857" in black bold sans serif capitals respectively on each of the light blue stripes.

The NAVA image is ~21:15 with the seal with black letters on white rim, but the official depiction at  shows rather golden letters on very dark blue rim. I used the latter for the image here.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 27 January 2008

The seal on the web may not be the "official" depiction, but the whim of the artist who drew it. Resolution #6040 (May 24, 1960), adopting the seal, does not provide for any colors; it is shown in black and white. The copies of the seal in color sent to me in October, 2001, by the Anaheim Public Library of publications from the city describing their mission and goals, are all shown with a white outer ring and black lettering. Not infrequently, when no colors are specified for a part of a flag or seal, artists and flag manufacturers interpret them as they wish. Thus it is hard to say, without seeing one, which version of the seal the current flag may show.
John Purcell, 28 January 2008

In this specific case the flag (or at least one exemplar of it) does appear to have a dark blue ring; the letters are either white or a light gold.
Ned Smith, 28 January 2008

[flag of City of Anaheim, California]  [flag of City of Anaheim, California] images by António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2008

Based on these photos, we can say that there is an alternate depiction with 2:3 ratio (wider than the image in American City Flags and the American City Flag Survey) and black seal rim with white letters (unlike images at the official website, with golden letters on dark blue rim). The exact depictions used in these sources (black letters on white rim) and ratio shorter than 2:3 are shown here. As said by John Purcell, these are variations caused by less strict manufacture guidelines, not vexillologically meaningful alternates.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 13 June 2008