Smith: Better than halfway to Snoopy plate

At last count, 3,936 California car owners have applied for what may become the world's happiest license plate.

The Snoopy plate shows the mascot of the "Peanuts" gang doing the happy dance. Made possible largely by Jeannie Schulz, the plate will go into production once 7,500 people apply for one and pay the fee.

"We'll probably be at 4,000 by Friday," says Mimi Morris of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. The agency is sponsoring the Snoopy plate, fees from which will generate grants to the state's 1,400 museums.

Anything you'd want to know about it is online at snoopyplate.com

Morris said efforts to promote the Snoopy plate included the booth that drew a good deal of attention at the recent Sacramento County Fair.

"There were a lot of people who had never heard about it," Morris said. "We got hugged and kissed!"

A CAR FOR WHOM? This is one of our region's most moving acts of kindness.

Kate Jonasse and her K-Tech Automotive shop in Sebastopol are for a third straight year accepting nominations of west county residents who serve the community and could do more with a reliable used car.

K-Tech will give one nominee a red, 2000 Saturn coupe and a one-year service plan.

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