La Mesa Chamber News | November 30, 2020
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Breaking News, Holiday Market Event & More
County Approves $20M Relief Package for
San Diego Businesses Impacted by Indoor Closures
On Wednesday, November 25th the San Diego Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $20M relief package. This plan will provide grants to businesses reeling from purple tier restrictions. The proposal co-authored by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox will allocate $20 million from the county’s general fund to businesses like restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, museums, zoos/aquariums and businesses with fewer than 100 employees that have been handcuffed by bans on indoor services. The $20 million will be split evenly among the county’s five districts, leaving each district $4 million to divide between businesses in their area. This Small Business Stimulus Grant will not need to be repaid. The county will try to focus its attention to helping businesses that don’t have the resources to facilitate expanding outdoors. The goal is to have these funds provide a lifeline that will keep businesses from closing their doors for good. Businesses can use the funds to pay rent and mortgage, purchase equipment needed to comply with COVID regulations and pay employees.

The Chamber has Been Approved to Partner on an Event in Grossmont Center on the Weekend of December 12th and December 13th - The Hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join Us and Meet the Public!
The San Diego County Health Department is allowing the Chamber to have display tables in conjunction with the Holiday Market produced by a group called, the San Diego Made Holiday Market. This group produces the largest locally curated market with handmade goods and will have approximately 60 local makers on the weekend of Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th. This event is FREE to the public, with all COVID safety measures in place.
NOTE: This group had the same event over the weekend of November 21st and 22nd and had 2,000 people attend!

The La Mesa Chamber will have an area of the parking lot for our vendors. Chamber Members can purchase a space in the Chamber area of this weekend event. Vendors will need to supply their own table and canopies, as we are outside in a parking lot. The cost for (1) day is $100 and (2) days for $200. Members can take one or both of the days. This activity is to promote Chamber members (in good standing) and the goods and services they offer and provide.
The Deadline is Approaching to Donate to Our Homebound Seniors – Due to the Pandemic and Curfew – Deadline is Extended to 12/4
We are still accepting items to pack and prepare for delivery to these wonderful members of our community. Donating items from your pantry? No problem – just make sure that you check the expiration date on those items to make sure they have not expired. Items can be delivered to Fran Smith at 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 214, La Mesa, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

REMEMBER: The office is upstairs and canned items and other donations can be heavy and bulky, you can contact Mary England at 619-251-7730 and she can arrange to meet you to pick up your items.
Suggested items to purchase or donate:
Canned soups/vegetables/fruits, crackers, pasta, marinara, macaroni & cheese, instant cereals, bars of soap, tooth paste, tissues, hand soaps, hand sanitizer, socks, pens and pads of paper. Gift cards in any denomination from the following locations: Walmart, Target, or any grocery store.

If you have another item you believe will put a smile on their faces, by all means drop them off! We want to make this a memorable holiday for our home bound seniors again this year.
Join Us at the Drive Thru Toy Drive at Grossmont Center for Our La Mesa Military Families - TOMORROW (Tuesday)!
Want to make a difference this holiday season for the children of military personnel that live in La Mesa military housing? Then join the members of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and purchase toys, diapers, gift cards and other items that will make their holiday season special. This project allows the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce to continue their commitment to making a difference in La Mesa and the lives of those within our community.

In the past years we hosted an evening mixer at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse to collect these toys and other items and had a real celebration! With the current pandemic, that is not able to happen. The Chamber will accept your items throughout the month by either calling Mary England, 619-251-7730 to meet and pick them up, or drop them off to Fran Smith at 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 214 in La Mesa between the hours of 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
The final collection of toys (new and unwrapped) and gift items will take place at our new "Drive-Thru" event on Tuesday, December 1st between 5:30pm - 6:30 pm at Grossmont Center. 

We will be staged in the parking lot in front of San Diego Yoga and CVS Pharmacy between the hours of 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Enter Grossmont Center by Target and drive up the entrance and you will see us on the right as you drive in the Center. Look for the pop-up tent and our smiling faces as we greet you!

Every person donating will receive a FREE raffle ticket to be in our drawing to win our huge stuffed bear! This is a popular annual raffle! While in Grossmont Center that evening, we encourage you to visit one of the restaurants and enjoy a bite to eat and be sure to visit the many retail stores that are anxious to serve you.

Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer
“AJ’s Kids Crane” Toy Drive Comes to Grossmont Center - La Mesa Chamber Partners on this Popular Toy Drive - Drop Off a Toy December 2nd – December 6th
AJ Machado, a longtime San Diego radio personality has been hosting a toy drive for 18 years, that has him live in a crane 24-hours a day challenging San Diegans to donate a toy for children. This year he will be collecting toys for our military families in San Diego. The La Mesa Chamber is proud to partner with AJ and his “AJ and Sara Radio” partner Sara Perry to collect toys for our military families.

AJ and his crane will be located in Grossmont Center by Chuze Fitness Center, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive on December 2nd through December 6th. The Chamber is thrilled to partner with Lincoln Military Housing to put the smiles on many children’s faces! Drop off a new, unwrapped toy, see AJ and stop for bite to eat at a restaurant when you are there, or do some holiday shopping!
La Mesa is Interested in Community Input Regarding Hiring the Next Chief of Police
The City of La Mesa is interested in community input from La Mesa residents and business owners within the City regarding its next Chief of Police. Please visit the City’s website at to complete the short survey by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

For additional information on the recruitment process please click the following link:
Coronavirus Update
1,859 New Cases Reported on Saturday - Hospitalizations Up 19%
San Diego County has seen an increase in positive cases. 1,859 new cases were reported on Saturday and hospitalizations are up 19%. There will be an update from the San Diego County Health Officer. Although there is pandemic fatigue, we encourage you to wear facial coverings, wash your hands, practice social distancing and together let’s help get these numbers to decrease.
Cal Coast Invites SoCal Residents
to Shop and Donate “Local for the Holidays”
California Coast Credit Union is encouraging its members and the community to shop at local businesses and donate to local non-profits through its Local for the Holidays effort, which runs from November 26 to December 31.
Area small businesses and non-profits have been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 pandemic and with Local for the Holidays, San Diego and Riverside County residents are encouraged to support their communities by patronizing local businesses and donating to local charities and non-profits.
By shopping at a business in San Diego or Riverside Counties, Cal Coast members will help raise funds for the Strategic Alliance – San Diego Ethnic Chambers of Commerce, which supports local, minority-owned small businesses. With each Cal Coast MasterCard® Debit or Credit Card purchase made from November 26 – December 31, a portion of the sales will be donated to the Strategic Alliance, up to $20,000. Additionally, the community is encouraged to donate to one of the four featured local charities on the Cal Coast Donation Portal. The four charities Cal Coast is supporting are the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, the Cal Coast Cares Foundation, the Monarch School, and Operation SafeHouse.
“Local businesses are the heart and soul of our community,” said Todd Lane, Cal Coast President & CEO. “This year has been hard for everyone, especially small, locally owned businesses and we hope that our members and the community will join us in providing some relief through our Local for the Holidays effort.”
Residents of San Diego and Riverside Counties who are not Cal Coast members are welcome to make a donation to any of the featured charities through the donation portal. To become a Cal Coast member and help raise funds for the Strategic Alliance, please visit here.
Sycuan Celebrates 37 Years in San Diego
We congratulate the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation for their 37 year anniversary and years of serving our region by supporting various charitable causes. Tribal Chairman, Cody J. Martinez speaks in the video below regarding this momentous occasion.
From DA Stephan's Office: Helping Victims of Crime...
Former La Jolla Restaurant Owner Sentenced For Rape Conviction

A former La Jolla restaurant owner convicted of raping multiple women was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Daniel Dorado was found guilty last December on 20 counts related to rape and sexual assault of four victims who were unconscious and intoxicated.
Man Charged with Husband's Murder

A man suspected of killing his husband at their East County home stabbed the victim 50 times before fleeing the state, was charged with one murder charge and faces up to 26 years to life in prison if convicted.
Keeping Children Safe Online

Do you know how to keep your children safe online? According to the FBI, there are over 750,000 predators online at any time and they thrive on social media.

DA Summer Stephan and Community Partnership Prosecutor Cheryl Sueing-Jones joined Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath in a Child Safety Webinar to to discuss ways parents and guardians can protect their children from becoming victims of human trafficking and other forms of online sexual exploitation.
DA Hosts First-of-its-kind 
Victim and Survivor Summit 

The DA's Office supports more than 13,000 victims of crime every year with a variety of important services. But as a community, we know we can do even better. That's why the DA hosted the first-of-its-kind Victim and Survivor Summit, which brought together hundreds of community members virtually. District Attorney Summer Stephan explains the goal of the summit in this video. Read more about the event, here.
Senator Jones invites you to Virtual Holiday Open House
Member Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining
Anthony's Fish Grotto
Dine by the Lake and enjoy the ambiance from 11:30am - 8pm.
9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
7 days a week from 11am-10pm - Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Curbside Service, & Delivery. Walk-in, first come, first serve service.
5500 Grossmont Drive
(619) 589-7222 |

Brew Coffee Spot
Our patio is open daily from 8am to 3pm! First come first served. No reservations required.
Online ordering through Clover | Take out
6101 Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 246-1244 |

Cucina Basilico
Patio service Tuesdays - Sundays: 4.30pm-9 pm
(619) 825-3171
7200 Parkway Dr. in La Mesa

Hooleys Public House
Dine under the (3) tents right by the restaurant.
Tue - Thur 4 - 9 pm | Fri 4 - 10 pm | Sat 11 am - 10 pm | Sun 11 am - 7 pm
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #277
(619) 713-6900 |
La Mesa Wine Works
A cooperative Tasting Room featuring Premium Wines from San Diego County Wineries
8167 Center Street, La Mesa, CA 91942
Thursday - Saturday 3-8 & Sunday 12-5
619.714.0700 |

Little Roma
Dine on the patio that surrounds the restaurant.
Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm | Sun: 4pm - 8:30pm
5575 Baltimore Drive, Suite 104 in La Mesa
(619) 461-7000 |

Marie Callender's
Patio dining available!
Mon-Thur & Sun: 11am-8pm | Fri & Sat 11am-9pm
6950 Alvarado Rd. in San Diego
(619) 465-1910 |

Nonno's Ristorante Italiano
Dine in with reservations, or carry out
5314 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 337-9559 |

Sycuan Casino Resort
Enjoy the Viewpoint Neighborhood Kitchen patio!
Restaurant & Bar | Thursday - Sunday: 5PM-10PM
Brunch | Saturday & Sunday: 8AM-2PM
(619) 445-6002 |

The Lunch Box Cafe and Deli
Dine-in service, takeout or delivery!
Tue - Fri: 7:30am - 2:00pm | Sat: 7:30am - 1:00pm
8751 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 463-4013 |
Member Restaurants Offering Take Out / Delivery
Anthony's Fish Grotto
Takeout & dine-in: 11:30am - 8pm
Retail market: 11:30am -7pm
9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
7 days a week from 11am-10pm - Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Curbside Service, & Delivery. Walk-in, first come, first serve service.
5500 Grossmont Drive
(619) 589-7222 |

Brew Coffee Spot
Patio open 8-3 daily | online ordering | take out
(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.
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 |

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

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

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
Patio dining, takeout & delivery
Tue - Thur 4 - 9 pm | Fri 4 - 10 pm | Sat 11 am - 10 pm | Sun 11 am - 7 pm
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #277
(619) 713-6900 |
Little Roma
Patio dining or delivery.
Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm | Sun: 4pm - 8:30pm
Delivery hours: M-Sat 11am- 9pm | Sun 4-8:30pm
5575 Baltimore Drive, Suite 104 in La Mesa
(619) 461-7000 |

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
Patio dining,take out and delivery available!
Mon-Thur & Sun: 11am-8pm | Fri & Sat 11am-9pm
6950 Alvarado Rd. in San Diego
(619) 465-1910 |

Nonno's Ristorante Italiano
Dine in with reservations or carry out.
5314 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 337-9559 |

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:

San Pasqual Winery
Mon - Thur: 12 - 6 PM | Fri - Sat: 12 - 8 PM | Sunday: 12 - 5 PM
Order pick ups and bottles to go. Limited wine service on our patio. Visit La Mesa Wine Works, for service on our spacious patio!
8364 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 462-1797 |

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

The Lunch Box Cafe and Deli
Dine-in service, takeout or delivery!
Tuesday to Friday: 7:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 1:00pm
8751 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 463-4013 |

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.
9040 Campo Rd. in Spring Valley
(619) 463-9595 |
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company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable."
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Not only do we provide members a physical plaque to display at their place of business, we also provide a way to further brand your business by providing a Virtual Plaque to display right on your website. Membership in a chamber of commerce has come to signify corporate citizenship and excellence, and your website is your storefront to the consumer and the world. Just place it on your website with a link back to or to your personal business page in our directory.
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Grossmont Center
At Grossmont Center, you’ll be reminded why our center has thrived since 1961 because it’s where friendships are made, family bonds are strengthened and memories are created.
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #213 in La Mesa
(619) 465-2900 |
Platinum Members
Boston Beer Company
Edible Arrangements
Sandra Small/ Photographer
SMIB Management, Inc.
The Little Warehouse
Self Storage
Gold Members
AAA Imaging
American Medical Response
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
Benchmark Financial
Community Spectrum
Discovering My City Magazine
DMZ Visual Marketing
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
Frazier Farms
Hallman Jewelers
Kostedt Design & Marketing
Magnaglobe Enterprises
Mobility Works
Park Station
PenChecks, Inc.
Productivity Plus Office Support
San Pasqual Winery
Sanctuary Cruises
Studio M.I.F.
The East County Californian
Vision Studio Concepts
William H. Sauls
Thank you for being a member and 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