Letter to the editor: Include the people of Juaneno / Acjachemen in the new seal of the city

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JERRY NIEBLAS, San Juan Capistrano

Personally, I think it is really time that our San Juan Capistrano logo was changed and “updated”. It is certainly encouraging and very positive that our city council and the appropriate city boards are finally giving serious consideration to a possible logo change – a long overdue issue.

I certainly hope that our city council and all the commissioners involved will work together to create a new logo. A new logo that would be comprehensive, honor and encompass all of the historical elements that make San Juan Capistrano so historically significant. Personally, I think it is time that we created a logo that would include an appropriate symbol that represents our first people of these lands, our Juaneno / Acjachemen people. Consideration should also be given to including symbols that would honor our ancient Californio Rancho history, our ancient Mexican history, early European contributions, and the period of citrus production – appropriate symbols that would truly represent and honor all of our rich and layered history. . These are the very first lands and inhabitants of what is now Orange County. A possible new logo design should honor and respect their heritage and contributions. Again, something much anticipated.

Let’s be clear: my desire for a new logo has nothing to do with Saint Father Junipero Serra, absolutely nothing. I fully supported his canonization. Anyway my personal issue / issue has always been how our ancestors were treated, were forced to change, were forced to adapt or whatever, then the forced and overwhelming silence inflicted on our ancestors by the very first Spanish soldiers of the Mission. These were the very cruel individuals who acted forcefully under the leadership of the Spanish Crown of this period.

I would respectfully request relevant city staff, city council and relevant city boards to move forward with the creation of a new city logo that would represent all of San Juan Capistrano. A new logo design that definitely respects and incorporates all of our very rich and layered history.

Editor’s Note: The photo shown shows the proposed new City Seal, as featured by council members Troy Bourne and Sergio Farias. Graphic courtesy of the City of San Juan Capistrano.

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