Takin’ Care of Business 3-14-2024

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Written by Theresa-Marie Wilson

Theresa-Maria Wilson has been a journalist covering the North Coast and South County area for over 20 years. She is also the founder of Cat Noir CC and is currently working on a novel.

March 14, 2024

Nominations Open for Morro Bay Chamber Awards

The Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Annual Awards event. Recognizing outstanding contributions, the event honors those who have made a significant impact on the community’s welfare and prosperity. Nomination deadline is April 4.

“We are thrilled to launch the nominations for our Annual Awards,” said Cherise Hansson, board chair of the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. “These awards highlight the incredible efforts and dedication of those who make Morro Bay a truly special place to live, work, and visit.”

The Awards Categories include:

Business of the Year: Recognizing a business that has demonstrated excellence in its field, contributed to the local economy, and actively engaged in community initiatives.

Nonprofit of the Year: Celebrating a nonprofit organization that has made a significant difference in Morro Bay through its services, programs, and community involvement.

Citizen of the Year: Honoring a Morro Bay resident who has selflessly volunteered their time and efforts to enhance the quality of life for fellow community members.

Living Treasure: Acknowledging an individual whose lifetime of service and dedication has left an indelible mark on Morro Bay and its residents.

To be eligible for nomination, candidates must meet specific criteria outlined by the Chamber of Commerce. Detailed requirements for each category can be found on the nomination forms. A downloadable nomination form can also be found on the Community Awards page of the Chamber’s website.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.morrochamber.org/community-awards or by mail to Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce, 695 Harbor Street, Morro Bay, CA 93442. 

The Chamber Board will carefully review all nominations and select the deserving recipients, who will be honored at the Annual Awards Gala on May 31

For more information on the nomination process or the Annual Awards Gala, visit www.morrochamber.org.

Top Litigator Joins Carmel & Naccasha, LLP

Emilie de la Motte has joined Carmel & Naccasha, LLP as a Partner with San Luis Obispo’s largest law firm.  

de la Motte’s diverse expertise includes product liability, construction defect, insurance defense, business litigation, employment law, premise liability, municipal law, and toxic tort. She has extensive experience representing clients in both the public and private sectors and has a strong track record of successfully bringing cases to favorable conclusions through summary judgments and pre-trial motions.  

Prior to joining Carmel & Naccasha, de la Motte served as an independent contractor at law firms such as Hawkins, Parnell & Young in San Francisco, Andre Morris & Buttery in San Luis Obispo, as in-house counsel for The Wonderful Company in Los Angeles and Dunn & Pangotacos in San Francisco. She also worked for many years as a senior associate-civil litigator at Selman Breitman in San Francisco and Meyers Nave in Oakland.

de la Motte enjoys preparing complex motions, including motions to quash, protective orders, preliminary injunctions, motions to strike, and summary judgement motions.  In addition, she has years of experience aggressively working up cases for trial, including taking multi-day depositions, managing electronic discovery, negotiating in mediation, handling expert discovery, and participating in oral argument and trial. 

de la Motte also maintains a passion for legal writing which extends to teaching at the San Luis Obispo College of Law, where she instructs first year law students the art of effective legal writing. 

She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis with a double major in history and Spanish and her law degree from the King Hall School of Law at UC Davis. de la Mote is a board member of the Women’s Lawyer Association of San Luis Obispo, currently serving as its secretary; a member of the San Luis Obispo Bar Association and a member of the IESA-Chilean ex-pat volunteer organization in La Serena, Chile. 

Fluent in Spanish and conversational in French, in her spare time Emilie enjoys playing tennis, skiing, spending time outdoors, learning Italian and is a book club enthusiast.

Tickets for SLO Sip and Saunter on Sale

Explore downtown San Luis Obispo’s retailers while tasting some of the finest beverages and food the Central Coast offers. Local wineries, beverage providers, restaurants, and caterers from around SLO County will serve tastings and small bites at downtown retail locations.

It all takes place on Sunday, May 5 from 1–4 p.m. in downtown San Luis Obispo

Tickets are on sale now: DowntownSLO.com/Sip. Early Bird pricing lasts through April 1.

Are you or a neighbor Taking Care of Business. Is your business, including non-profits, supporting our community? Maybe you’re launching a new business, or you’re making updates to your current business model, or re-opening. Perhaps you have a job opportunity, or have been doing some volunteer work, or are collaborating with another business or a non-profit. Or maybe you know someone who is. Submit your awesome local efforts for publication to Editor@EsteroBayNews.com.

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