Takin’ Care of Business 7-14-2022

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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.

July 15, 2022

Grant Opportunity for Non-Profits in SLO

Readers who operate a non-profit in the City of San Luis Obispo have an opportunity to earn a portion of $300,000 in grant monies.

Nonprofit organizations that provide local projects, programs, or initiatives that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the City of San Luis Obispo can now apply for a new grant opportunity. 

The City of San Luis Obispo is offering a total of $300,000 in funding through its HIGH-IMPACT DE&I grant program for FY 2022-23. Applications are due on August 31, 2022 by 5 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered. 

The City plans to award the funds in early 2023. This funding is focused on narrowing equity gaps that have disproportionately impacted marginalized communities. These gaps include, are not limited to: 

• Physical and mental health services
• Education
• Housing
• Criminalization
• Food security
• Community representation

The grants are administered through the SLO’s newly created Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, City staff will host an information session online via Zoom on Wednesday, July 27 at 5:30 p.m.

For details and eligibility requirements, visit www.slocity.org/dei. Questions can be sent to the City’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Manager Beya Makekau at bmakekau@slocity.org.

Medical Doctor Starts Estate Planning Law Practice 

A medical doctor turned lawyer is now available to help with the financial end of succession strategies. 

Klaus Gottlieb, MD, wasn’t happy with what he experienced when family and friends were trying to get their succession plans in order. Trust and Estate attorneys seemed to be too busy to answer their emails in a timely manner and were not returning phone calls.

This frustration, coupled with a conviction that he could do better, and a lifelong interest in the intersection of finance and law (he also has an MBA), convinced Dr. Gottlieb to go back to law school.

“I am not sure my last name is memorable, so I call my practice Wealth Care Lawyer,” Dr. Gottlieb said. “It’s a play on Health Care Lawyer and comes with a website of the same name.

“Wealth Care is also the program, meaning, a holistic approach to passing on your wealth and values to the next generation. That means, we may need to involve your existing planners, CPA, financial adviser, etc.”

The practice opened its doors in May in Cayucos, but Dr. Gottlieb welcomes clients from the entire Central Coast. “A lot can be done virtually, and for the rest, I visit clients all along the coast and in Kern County. I love driving. Besides, I do a lot of CLE [continuing legal education that way].” 

Wealth Care Lawyer – Dr. K. Gottlieb is online at www.wealthcarelawyer.com. He can be reached at 805-286-0258.

SLO Rep Ribbon Cutting

San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre (SLO REP) recently held a ribbon cutting courtesy of SLO Chamber of Commerce, and launched an ambitious schedule of Academy of Creative Theatre (ACT) summer theatre camps in their new headquarters at 3533 Empleo Street in San Luis Obispo. The 10,000 square foot space, purchased by SLO REP in March, is the first permanent ‘home’ for the 76-year-old organization, which has been continually producing shows since 1947. 

“This building represents something that SLO REP has never had in our 75-year history in this community: a home,” said Kevin Harris, SLO REP’s Managing Artistic Director. “For the first time in nearly eight decades, this organization will be able to house all of our administrative and production staff, educational programs, outreach, rehearsal rooms, storage, and scenic and costume workshops under one roof. For the very first time, since 1947, we will have a home base to continue to grow this theatre over the next several decades.” 

The Empleo Street Headquarters is the first site in SLO REP’s “two-site plan” as part of their ongoing Capital Campaign. The second site — a new theatre building with two performance spaces — is slated to open in early 2027 on the corner of Monterey and Nipomo Streets in downtown SLO’s Arts and Culture District. SLO REP will still produce plays and house administrative offices at its current venue at 888 Morro Street until completion of the new downtown theatres. 

For more information about ACT Summer Theatre Camps, go to slorep.org/education/act- theatre-camps/ or call (805) 781-3889, ext. 14. 

For more information about Empleo Street or SLO REP’s upcoming 76th Season of performances at 888 Morro Street in downtown SLO, contact Chris McBride at (805) 781-3889, ext. 15 or email chris@slorep.org. 

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