SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1096, which the creation of a Salton Sea license plate, into law Tuesday in Sacramento.
Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, sponsored the bill in a two-year push to see the sea honored.
A high school student from the Palm Springs area, Courtney Donaldson, designed the tribute to win a contest in June 2013 hosted by The Desert Sun and Palm Springs Art Museum.
â€œThe Salton Sea License Plate would not be possible without the tremendous outpouring of support it has received from so many individuals in the Coachella Valley,â€ said Nestande, in a statement.
â€œThe license plate will not only serve as a symbol of the proud heritage of the Salton Sea, but it will also help fund future restoration efforts from the proceeds it generates from its sale.â€
The public voted on their favorite plate art on The Desert Sunâ€™s website, before the top 10 advanced to a panel of judges from the art museum. Donaldson won a $1,000 scholarship for her winning plate, while four runners-up received $500 scholarships.
A campaign to market the plates is being run by the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.