After waiting more than 65 years since becoming a city, La Habra finally adopted its own official motto last week.
The winning slogan, "La Habra--A Caring Community," was chosen by the City Council from a list of three entries, narrowed from the 120 submitted by residents. It was one of 10 ideas submitted by Patricia Evans, a workers' compensation representative for the city.
"It just happened that one thought led to another," Evans said. "I'm excited that's the one (the council) liked because to me it's what La Habra is all about--people that are very dedicated, very giving."
The city has had no official motto since its incorporation in 1925. Choosing one had been a goal Mayor John C. Holmberg had set for 1991. The motto will appear on city letterhead, signs, and the official seal.
Earlier this year, the City Council formed a committee to review entries and make recommendations to the city. Evans' idea was also ranked No. 1 by the committee.