Salton Sea License Plate Bill signed into Law

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Assemblyman Nestande with Salton Sea Art Contest winner Courtney Donaldson (Palm Springs High School)
Assemblyman Nestande with Salton Sea Art Contest winner Courtney Donaldson (Palm Springs High School)

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.

“The 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,” said Nestande, in a statement.

“The 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.”

The public voted on their favorite plate art on The Desert Sun’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.