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Good grief, Toni Atkins!

The San Diego Democrat and presumptive future Assembly speaker joined other state officials on Thursday in unveiling a new California license plate featuring the image of Snoopy, the iconic cartoon 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 hails from Santa Rosa, and California has used the original Snoopy drawing with permission from his family. Atkins last year carried a bill creating the license 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 (tags: 1CADOG, MUSEOS) featured the phrase "museums are for everyone" in red text.

When it came time for Atkins to sign up for a new license plate, she got some encouragement from a Snoopy-suited visitor who gestured and 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.

PHOTO: Toni Atkins signs up for a new license plate with an enthusiastic famous guest looking on at Sacramento's California History Museum on February 6, 2014. The Sacramento Bee/Jeremy B. White.


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