The Buzz: Snoopy launches new California license plate

February 6, 2014 

Snoopy License Plate

Snoopy license plates unveiled Thursday emphasize that in California, “museums are for everyone.”

RICH PEDRONCELLI — The Associated Press

  • By the numbers

    A new study calculates that six of the House’s 15 most liberal members come from California. Conversely, none of the 15 most conservative members of Congress is from California. The National Journal studied voting records to determine that Californians Judy Chu, Sam Farr, Mike Honda and Jared Huffman are among seven members tied for No. 1 in liberalism. Neither of the state’s two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, made the most liberal senator list.

    – Dan Walters

Snoopy plates will support California’s museums

Good grief, Toni Atkins!

The San Diego Democrat and Assembly-speaker-to-be on Thursday unveiled a new license plate featuring the image of Snoopy, the iconic beagle of “Peanuts” fame.

“I look forward to seeing Snoopy do his signature twirly-feet dance on license plates all over the state,” Atkins said.

Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz hailed from Santa Rosa, and California has used the original Snoopy drawing with permission from his family. Atkins last year carried a bill creating the plate, with proceeds going to competitive grants for museums.

The California Cultural and Historical Endowment will oversee the grant program. Highlighting the goal of helping museums, sample license plates displayed during a Thursday event at the California History Museum featured the phrase “museums are for everyone” in red text.

When it came time for Atkins to sign up for a new plate, she got encouragement from a Snoopy-suited visitor who bobbed enthusiastically about the new fund.

The Snoopy plates will join a dozen other special-interest license plates offered by the state. The existing plates support Lake Tahoe, pets, firefighters and other causes.

– Jeremy B. White

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