La Mesa Chamber News | June 4, 2020
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A Weekend La Mesa Will Not Forget
A Weekend We Will Not Forget
But What Support, We Saw Neighbors Helping Neighbors!
While many of us went about our business this weekend, making plans to dine-in at our local restaurants, shop at our local retail stores or just enjoy the beautiful weather, those plans were changed. We all know that what happened in our city Saturday night is devastating, but this has offered us an excellent opportunity to work together and rebuild.

We should all be SO PROUD of what happened on Sunday morning. People from throughout the area and region came to assist in the clean-up of our business community. Everyone who was involved in person or behind the scenes are doing what we in La Mesa do best - "Neighbors Helping Neighbors."
Volunteers help to clean up outside the Vons supermarket on May 31. Looters smashed windows and burned buildings on Saturday night as other protesters demonstrated peacefully demanding justice for George Floyd.(Sam Hodgson / The San Diego Union-Tribune)
To Keep Our Community Safe Modified City-Wide Curfew Announced
Here is the latest curfew that is in place for our City. Please review and know that this curfew is in place to protect the safety of people and property in La Mesa. Please review.

7 p.m. June 4 to 5:30 a.m. June 5, 2020
7 p.m. June 5 to 5:30 a.m. June 6, 2020
7 p.m. June 6 to 5:30 a.m. June 7, 2020
7 p.m. June 7 to 5:30 a.m. June 8, 2020
Pick Up Your Decal of Support for La Mesa -
"We Are One Strong Community"
Thanks to the forward thinking local business, Fonseca's Design Shop, we have decals that will be available on Thursday, June 4th to be picked at the locations below.  These decals are totally FREE and placing them at your businesses or on your vehicles, at your homes or anywhere you feel appropriate and confirm your total commitment to our City and community. The incident that happened this past weekend does NOT define us - it has made us stronger! Working together, we will show the region and nation that we ARE one STRONG COMMUNITY!

Locations to pick them up beginning Thursday are:

  • Copy It - 5344 Jackson Drive
  • The Hills Local Pub - 8758 La Mesa Blvd.
  • Grossmont Center - Guest Services - located in the middle of the Shopping Center
  • Act II - 8243 La Mesa Blvd.

We thank everyone for their support during these challenging times!
SBA Offers Low Interest, Civil Unrest Small Business Administration Disaster Loans
Please review the form here. Here is an opportunity for those businesses that were physically impacted by the recent unrest and activities that happened in La Mesa, as well as an opportunity to apply for a loan to assist you. The paperwork is quite simple and we encourage any of you that would like to apply, to do so. Take care of yourselves and each other!
This form is for businesses to document damages sustained during the recent civil unrest event(s). This form will be utilized by Local, State and Federal governments in order to request a Physical Disaster Declaration from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). If a Physical Disaster Declaration is granted by the SBA, impacted businesses will be able to apply for a low-interest loan from the SBA. By filling out the attached form, businesses are not obligated to participate in the program should a declaration be issued. Completing the form does not guarantee disaster assistance from the SBA. A minimum of one photograph of the damages is a requirement, as in-person damage assessments will not be carried out due to COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions.
 
Please submit completed forms as soon as possible to recoverysandiego@sdcounty.ca.gov. Any questions regarding this process can also be sent to the recoverysandiego@sdcounty.ca.gov email address.
City Council Holds a Press Conference to Discuss the
Trolley Incident and More!
On Wednesday, June 3rd the Mayor and Council held a press conference to discuss the Trolley incident. Those in attendance for the conference were: the Mayor, all Council Members, the City Manager and the City Attorney. This press conference was filled with a cast of all TV stations and other news and media representatives to hear the comments about this incident. The Mayor began the press conference to discuss the Saturday night protest that turned into a riot and looting and the destruction of La Mesa. The Mayor advised the crowd that the city was not prepared for Saturday night. By the time the city asked for assistance from the National Guard, they had been deployed to Los Angeles and none were available for La Mesa. The Mayor advised the press and all of us at the press conference that an independent review of the entire incident, what transpired during the evening would be happening. The Mayor made it very clear - the Mayor and Council are elected to keep the citizens safe. What happened Saturday night was "Not good enough." He advised the press and attendees that the video of the incident at the Trolley Station will now be made available. Here is the link of the incident for your review: https://tinyurl.com/Amaurie-Johnson-Arrest. The questions at this press conference were also about the woman that was hit by a bean bag during the protest and is still in the hospital. A review of this incident is on-going. The body cam will be reviewed for this incident, as well as others that were injured by the bean bags. The Mayor made it clear at the conference, that more press conferences will now be held, more dialogue will happen, the review will continue on Saturday night and the Trolley incident and there will be a change. The Mayor also announced as of today that the City of La Mesa Police Department is going to follow the lead of the City of San Diego and discontinue the use of the carotid restraint within the La Mesa Police Department while taking suspects into custody.
La Mesa Business Disaster Recovery Fund
Unites Our Business Communities
Thanks to the partnership with our neighbor, the East County Chamber of Commerce we have been able to utilize their non-profit Foundation, and a Go Fund Me account has been created.  
This fund will assist ALL La Mesa businesses who have been devastated by the riots and looting last Saturday night. All proceeds will go to those businesses that were destroyed or damaged. The Chamber Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been helping East County for over 26 years. The criteria is currently being established and when completed, businesses will be able to fill out an application and apply for financial assistance from this fund. The fund began with a goal of $50,000 and has already tripled that amount by the generous donations from people from all over the region. On Friday, June 5th the Chamber Foundation and the La Mesa Chamber will be presented a check in the amount of $5,000 from California Coast Credit Union and a $5,000 check from EDCO to be added to this fund. The Go Fund Me link for donations is: https://gf.me/u/x5x9fa
SBA Disaster Loans - Deferment
All SBA disaster loans, including homes and businesses, will receive a deferment through December 31, 2020.
  • This is being automatically applied and requires no further action on your part.
  • Interest still accrues during a deferment.
  • If you have a Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) in place you must cancel the PAD to prevent it from drafting during the deferment period and set it back up after the deferment period.

Important information about cancelling an existing Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD).
  1. If you set the PAD up through a third-party financial institution or a BillPay app, the SBA cannot make any modifications including cancellation. You must contact the appropriate office of your financial institution to make any changes.
  2. If you set it up through https://pay.gov/ neither the SBA nor PAY.GOV can make any changes to the PAD on your behalf.
  3. The only way the SBA can modify a PAD, including cancellation is if you set the PAD up through the servicing office with custody of your file or the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center. A cancellation can be requested by contacting the servicing office with custody of your file or SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center.
  4. Please note, once the deferment period comes to an end you must re-establish your PAD as this will not be done automatically.
  5. If you have additional questions or require further assistance, please call our Disaster Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 or, for the deaf and hard-of-hearing 1-800-877-8339 (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time) or email us at: disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
From Supervisor Nathan Fletcher:
San Diego’s Path Forward
Moratorium on Evictions Extended in Unincorporated Areas
On June 2, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed our policy to extend our moratorium on residential and commercial evictions in unincorporated parts of the county. “By extending the moratorium we are giving families and business owners another tool to assist in their recovery from the pandemic,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “The Board of Supervisors did the right thing today.”
Check Out This Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program
As we begin to get our local economy back up and running, we want small businesses and nonprofits to take the front seat. Thanks to support from The San Diego Foundation, the County of San Diego and others, local businesses and nonprofit organizations can now apply for low-to-no-interest loans through the San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program.
Enjoy More Beach Activities Now!
We have been working with our Public Health Officer and with our coastal mayors to ensure a swift and safe reopening of our beaches in phases—we are happy to announce sitting and sunbathing on the sand is now allowed. Remember to only enjoy the beach with your household unit, wear a face covering and to maintain physical distancing from others who are not in your household! Active recreation remains prohibited and parking lots and piers remain closed, but these will be permitted in further phases of reopening.
County Updates for the Business Community 5/29
Hotels for Leisure and Tourism
There are a number of hotels that are either operating or planning to open soon, some of them advertising through email or press releases availability for “staycations”. We wanted to make you aware of the existing guidance and letter we recently provided to the San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association. It is important to remember that the State currently has hotels (including short-term vacation rentals) in Stage 3 of the Resilience Roadmap. Hotels should only open for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, providing accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations.
One-on-One Sports Lessons
Effective May 27, 2020, one-on-one sports lessons are allowed as long as both the instructor and student comply with physical distancing and face covering requirements. Students and instructors should not share equipment.
DBO Consumer Alert: Private Placement Offerings
The DBO issued an investor advisory on exempt securities offerings, also known as “private placements,” in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Because fraudsters often try to capitalize on current issues and problems to promote their scams, the COVID-19 pandemic has motivated some to try to capitalize on the disruption and anxiety to individuals and the financial markets. Read More.
Free Webinar: Reopening Hair Salons & Barber Shops
June 9, 2020 from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

During this webinar, we will provide updated information on COVID 19 and will share tips on reopening your hair salon and/or barber shop. This will cover the safety and protection checklists for your facility.
San Diego Hunger Coalition P-EBT
Families may be eligible to receive a $365 Preloaded Debit Card, per eligible child, for groceries while school is closed due to COVID-19. This new food resource is called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). This resource provides families with a debit card, preloaded with $365 per eligible child, so they can buy groceries while school is closed due to COVID-19 for families with children that would normally receive free or reduced price breakfast or lunch at school.
 
How do students get P-EBT?

  1. Families of students who receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care services will automatically receive this card in the mail by May 25th. If a student receiving one of these services doesn’t get their card in the mail by May 25, call (877) 328-9677.
  2. All other families with students who were receiving free or reduced-price breakfast or lunch will need to apply at www.ca.p-ebt.org by June 30th to receive benefits. 
 
Important P-EBT Facts:

  • Families may continue to pick up grab-and-go meals at their schools in addition to using the P- EBT card to buy groceries!
  • Just like school meals, P-EBT is NOT a public charge benefit and will not impact immigration status.
  • P-EBT benefits are in addition to CalFresh, WIC, and other public assistance; families can and should use all benefit programs available.
Statement by San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan
As the nation and San Diego County grapples with the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, the events of the past several days have resulted in a mix of emotions and reactions. For many, it understandably ignited long-term, historic trauma that has its roots in racism and inequality. It is heartbreaking to watch the dehumanizing of Mr. Floyd's life and our condolences go out to his family. My heart aches over the suffering he endured.

It's clear that while this is a time to grieve, it is even more so a time to double down on our commitment to act in a manner that honors our values and our common humanity, and to forge permanent solutions. We in the San Diego County District Attorney's Office stand in solidarity with our communities to condemn racism and bigotry wherever it exists, in any form, in any uniform, by any perpetrator.
From Union Bank: Important Update Regarding La Mesa Branch
To Our Valued Clients,

We are saddened to share that on Saturday evening May 30th, our La Mesa Branch was destroyed by a fire during local protest activities in our community. We are grateful that no one was hurt in the fire. Unfortunately, the La Mesa branch is closed until further notice. We know how distressing this situation is to our community, and we are making every effort to ensure you have the support you need from us.
SDCCU Presented a Free Webinar on Cyber Security, Including Coronavirus Scams and Threats
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of Southern California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, presented a free educational webinar with security expert Jim Stickley on Wednesday, April 22. The webinar enabled the community to join the presentation online from the safety of their own homes to learn more about common scams and threats in the current environment.

Stickley offered valuable insight into various methods of cyber-attacks that criminals use and detailed how to reduce your risk by showing examples of real cases and more. Given the current environment, he specifically focused on scams and threats related to Coronavirus including scam emails and phone calls from the IRS, phishing emails appearing to come from a co-worker, malicious COVID-19 mobile apps, fake e-commerce websites selling essentials such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer, and healthcare updates promoting fake cures available for purchase. To watch a full recording of the webinar, visit sdccu.com/stickley.
The webinar is part of Financial Wellness Wednesdays, an ongoing program hosted by SDCCU to help provide the community access to free financial wellness information. For a complete list of upcoming Financial Wellness Wednesdays webinars, visit sdccu.com/fww.
Chamber Members Open for Business
NOW OPEN!
Business Center of La Mesa
We have full-time offices, part-time shared offices, mail service, business address, virtual offices, and a modern conference room and seminar room for anyone who may need a place to make phone calls or have business meetings. We are offering a disaster discounts for these services.
7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942
Take Out / Delivery
Anthony's Fish Grotto
Takeout and retail 2-7pm, 7 days a week
9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
Delivery: 11am - 11:30pm
Curbside Pickup: 11am - 9pm
5500 Grossmont Drive
(619) 589-7222 | www.bjsrestaurants.com

Brew Coffee Spot
Online Ordering & Pickup
(619) 246-1244
6101 Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa

Cali Comfort BBQ
Take out: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 7 days a week.
619-337-0670
8910 Troy Street in Spring Valley

Cucina Basilico
Takeout: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(619) 825-3171.
7200 Parkway Dr. in La Mesa

Dream Dinners
Easy, Homemade Meals
5208 Jackson Dr #116 - La Mesa
(619) 460-6800 | dreamdinners.com

Edible Arrangements
Free delivery
8237 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 464-1111 | www.ediblearrangements.com

El Pollo Loco
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. for drive through meals.
4990 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 797-1956 | elpolloloco.com

Himalayan Cuisine
Take out: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10pm
(619) 461-2503
7918 El Cajon Blvd #P in La Mesa

Hooleys Public House
Tue-Thur 3:30-7:30pm & Fri-Sat 3:30-8:30pm
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #277
(619) 713-6900 | www.hooleys.com
Los Pinos Taco Shop
Takeout: Mon - Sat 10:30am - 9pm.
Sunday 4 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(619) 462-5031
5646 Lake Murray Blvd in La Mesa

Marie Callender's
Takeout: 11am - 8pm
(619) 465-1910.
6950 Alvarado Rd. in San Diego

Nonno's Ristorante Italiano
Open to dine in with reservations, as well as pick up or carry out orders.
5314 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 337-9559 | www.mynonnos.com

Red Lobster
Takeout:
Sun - Thurs: 11am - 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11am - 11pm
(619) 463-4449
8703 Murray Drive in La Mesa
Free delivery when ordering at: www.redlobster.com

San Pasqual Winery
Order pickups and bottles to go only (no wine service) - Mon - Fri 12 - 6 & Sat & Sun 12 - 5
(619) 462-1797
8364 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa

Surf Rider Pizza Co.
Takeout: Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am - 7:30pm
(619) 340-1270
8381 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa

The Lunch Box
We're open for dine-in service, takeout or delivery!
Tuesday to Friday: 7:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 1:00pm
(619) 463-4013
8751 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa

Valley Farm Market
Fresh meat, chicken and fish, as well as milk, eggs, bread and fresh produce. Products are available on a “first come, first served” basis.
(619) 463-9595
9040 Campo Rd. in Spring Valley
Thank you for your support!

Mary England
President & CEO
Cell: 619-251-7730
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce ∙ 8080 La Mesa Blvd. Ste. 212 ∙ La Mesa, California 91942