California Arts Council

State of California

L.A. Times gives a nod to the Arts Plate

"Blowback" prints Director Craig Watson's defense of a very special specialty plate


Published: 12-22-2011

The Los Angeles Times has printed California Arts Council Director Craig Watson's rebuttal to an opinion piece by Michael McGough. McGough's column, entitled, "The solution to the problem of controversial license plates: Get rid of them," suggested that specialty plates were unnecessary and possibly distracting. Watson's rebuttal, titled by the Times, "Vanity plates for a noble cause" argues that California's specialty plates -- particularly the Arts License Plate -- raise much-needed revenue for important work.

The piece in its entirety, with a link to McGough's column as well, can be found here.




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