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The webpage at www.ci.fairfield.ca.us shows a logo consisting of a large green square, with four rectangles, each with rounded rather than pointed or angular sides. The upper right rectangle contains a brown mountain, with a light blue sky overhead, stylized blue and white waves beneath, and a golden sun in the upper right corner. The upper left rectangle contains a large golden sun in a golden sky. A small group of figures in black, apparently two adults and a child, are walking along a white road into the middle distance in the direction of the sun; on either side of the road are green fields. The lower right rectangle contains an airport terminal building in brick red with white windows. In a blue sky a jet airliner is seen climbing into the sky. The lower left rectangle contains a multistory building in brick red windowed white. Overhead is a bright yellow sky, while the landscaping around the building is green. In front of the building is a light blue pond, and to the left of the pond is a tree with a light green crown and a brown trunk.
Ron Lahav, 3 October 2004
While not knowing for sure, I would say that the terminal building and "jet airliner" represent Travis Air Force Base, on of the primary reasons for Fairfield's size and importance. The "airliner" could be an Air Force cargo plane which are frequently seen in the skies over Fairfield. On my screen, the upper left corner looks more like green and white lines, not blue and white as reported, under the hill, which would be consistent with the farming associated with the area around Fairfield. Fairfield was a farming community before the housing boom with commuters from the Bay Area.
Michael P. Smuda, 4 October 2004
The Fairfield City Clerk informed me that Fairfield does not have a city flag, but merely flies the S&S and Golden Bear flags on the same flagpole in front of City Hall. The logo was designed by the Senior Graphic Artist within the government. It was commissioned by the then mayor to be used on his letterhead, but the design proved so popular that it came to replace the existing logo. However, it was never formally adopted by the City Council or put to a vote; and consequently it would appear that the logo itself has no actual legal status.
With respect to the actual design of the logo, all that the clerk was able to provide was that it exists in the shape of four quadrants (her term). The upper left depicts Twin Sisters Peak in the Suisun Valley, with agricultural crops below, and represents the importance of agriculture both in the past and in today's Fairfield. The upper right corner represents family life in Fairfield and shows the city parks and recreational facilities. The bottom left corner shows an airplane and represents Travis Air Force Base, which is located within the city boundaries, and also a large industrial building representing economic development and work opportunities. The bottom right corner shows City Hall and the Civic Center park and lake, and represents government. The slogan 'Heart of Solano County', signifies Fairfield's geographical location within Solano County and also the fact that it is also the county seat.
The city also has an official seal, which consists of a circle with 'some sort of sunburst design' in the center and the name of the city around the border. Nobody knows anything about this seal; it has apparently always been in existence as it appears on official documents as early as the 1870s.
The logo exists only in the form of an enameled pin which city officials, council members, etc, wear.
Ron Lahav, 14 October 2004