La Mesa Chamber News | June 9, 2020
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Important Updates from the La Mesa Chamber
Friday was a Great Day for
The La Mesa Business Disaster Recovery Fund
On Friday, June 5th folks came together to accept check donations from leading businesses that wanted to make a positive impact in the fundraising efforts to assist La Mesa businesses affected by the riots and looting on Saturday, May 30th. Those accepting the first generous $5,000 check from Todd Lane, President & CEO of California Coast Credit Union were: East County Chamber of Commerce, President & CEO, Rick Wilson, La Mesa Chamber President, CEO, Mary England and East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation President, Patrick Howard. Mr. Lane was joined by a few Board Member members and several employees. Mr. Lane shared the philosophy of California Coast Credit Union, as well as the dedication of the entire California Coast Credit Union team, that are committed to making a difference in all communities that they are pleased to serve.

The second check in the amount of $5,000 was presented by John Snyder, EDCO’s Vice President and Chief Amin. Officer who was joined by Sandy Burr, Vice Chairman of the Board of EDCO. EDCO has been a member of the La Mesa community for decades and calls La Mesa home.

EDCO is a family-owned and locally operated waste collection and recycling company. EDCO serve numerous communities in Southern California since 1967. Those within La Mesa and surrounding cities know of EDCO’s generosity and participation in all community events. Sandy and Ed Burr are known throughout the region for supporting activities that enhance people’s lives.
Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer
Walk the Ocean View Lots on Saturday, June 13th at
La Mesa Summit Estates from 9am to 4 pm
Saturday is an excellent opportunity to take a pre-construction “walkabout” at La Mesa Summit Estates. Reserve your home at La Mesa Summit Estates, one of the newest developments in La Mesa. La Mesa Summit Estates is one of the few gated and secure enclaves of homes in all of East County.  View the flyer here and review the list of amenities, pricing and other particulars.
On Friday, June 5th things changed in California, with a large-scale loosening of social-distancing requirements. The Governor released the long-awaited guidelines for the reopening of a wide range of businesses and organizations. The effective date of these openings is Friday, June 12th.

The businesses and organizations include - schools, childcare, day camps, casinos, media production, professional sports without live audiences, campgrounds, hotels, card rooms, satellite wagering facilities and racetracks, family entertainment centers (bowling alleys, batting cages, etc.), restaurants, bars, wineries, fitness facilities, museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums. These businesses are encouraged to review the guidance and prepare now for reopening.

In addition to this great news county officials announced that beginning on Tuesday, June 9th beach parking lots that have been closed for months to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, can reopen. Active sports on the beach can also resume. This can happen among those living in the same household.

In addition to this exciting announcement, the City of San Diego announced that the County of San Diego agreed to enter into a partnership with them to open our lakes. These popular lakes will be reopening for boating, fishing and other recreation over the next two months. A victory for East County families and outdoor enthusiasts. Here are the re-opening dates:

  • El Capitan Reservoir opened Saturday, June 6th
  • Upper Otay Reservoir opened June 6th
  • San Vincente Reservoir will open on Saturday, June 13th
  • Lake Hodges Reservoir will open Wednesday, July 1st
  • Sutherland Reservoir opens Friday, July 3rd
  • Barrett Reservoir will open on Wednesday, July 8th

This action is due to the county’s COVID-19 testing which has increased and the overall percentage of those testing positive has gone down, hospital bed and ICU bed capacity remain stable and that when the county opened up retail shops, restaurants, parks and beaches the case numbers did NOT go up.

We are on our way! Continue to wear face coverings, continue to wash your hands and follow the rules of social distancing! Together we can continue to move San Diego county forward in our ultimate goal of REALLY getting back to normal.
The State Has Not Provided Guidance for the Following Businesses and They Are Currently Closed
  • Community Pools
  • Nail Salons
  • Facial salons
  • Tattoo Parlors
  • Therapeutic Massage Businesses
  • Movie Theaters
These large-gathering activities may stay closed or highly restricted until the end of the stay-home order. They include:

  • Conventions
  • Concerts
  • Live audience sports
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act 2020
On Friday, June 5th the President signed the PPP Flexibility Act which makes significant changes to assist small business borrowers. The bill was passed by the House and the Senate last week.
The key provisions include:

  • Extends the time period in which borrowers must spend their PPP loans from 8 weeks to 24 weeks
  • Lowers the percentage of loan required to be spent on payroll from 75% to 60%
  • Extends the loan coverage period from June 30 to December 1, 2020
  • For the portion of the loan that isn’t forgiven, the bill tends the loan term from 2 years to 5 years 
COVID-19 Business Related Questions/Answers and More!
Musicians and DJ’s Performing at Restaurants – They cannot perform per the State guidelines.

Public Gatherings – Gatherings, outside household members, are still not allowed at this time.

Facial Coverings Requirements for Outdoor Worksites – Outdoor work sites can relax the facial coverings requirement in areas where the distance of six feet can be maintained and require facial coverings only when six feet of distance cannot be maintained.

Employee Travel Guidelines – We are still under a stay-at-home order. Traveling is discouraged unless necessary. There are also no local or state requirements to quarantine for 14 days after returning from travel within the U.S. unless the individual was in close contact to a known or suspected COVID-19 case.

Additional State guidance is expected to be released prior to no sooner than JUNE 12TH for gyms, day camps, campgrounds, hotels, card rooms, bars and wineries, zoos, indoor museums, film/TV production, pro sports with no spectators, and family entertainment (bowling alleys, batting cages).
There are questions circulating and we thought we would answer several of them for you.

QUESTION: How long does it take for COVID-19 symptoms to appear?

ANSWER: The respiratory symptoms of COVID-19 typically appear am average of 5-6 days after exposure but may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

QUESTION: Can you have the coronavirus disease without a fever?

ANSWER: The signs and symptoms of COVID-19 present at illness onset vary, but over the course of the disease, most persons with COVID-19 will experience the following: Fever (83-99%) Cough (59-82%) Fatigue (44-70%) Anorexia (40-84%) Shortness of breath (31-40%) Sputum production (28-33%) Myalgias (11-35%) Atypical presentations have been described, and older adults and persons with medical comorbidities may have a delayed presentation of fever and respiratory symptoms.

QUESTION: Is a rash a symptom of coronavirus?

ANSWER: A rash was not initially listed as a symptom, but the World Health Organization have now stated that it is now a less common symptom.

QUESTION: Can you contact the coronavirus disease from packages in the mail?’

ANSWER: Coronaviruses are thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Although the virus can survive for a short period on some surfaces, it is unlikely to be spread from domestic or international mail, products or packaging.
COVID-19 Relief Loan Product: Accion Serving Southern California
Businesses hit by COVID-19 related losses with 50 employees or less can apply to the low interest Accion COVID-19 Relief Loan. The details are:
  • Up to $50,000 term loans for COVID-19 impact relief
  • Low, fixed interest rate with a max of 3.99%*
  • No payments for the first 6 months
  • Terms up to 60 months, including the 6-month deferral
  • Administrative fees waived (State Guaranty fee financed with the loan)
  • Serving San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties
*(1% interest for businesses located in unincorporated areas of San Diego County) Interested in learning more about this 1% product? Sign up for a webinar here.

Applications are currently being accepted at
JCPenney Store Closings to Begin
J.C. Penney announced June 4th that it will start closing 154 of its stores next week in what it is calling the first phase of its efforts to shrink its footprint. The retailer said it could take about 10 to 16 weeks to complete the closures. A list of the stores closing was published on Penney’s website. None of the stores are in San Diego county.
41 Million Have Lost Jobs Since Start of Pandemic
About 41 million people – the equivalent of 1 out of every 4 American workers have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic grabbed hold in mid-March, These figures rival the bleakest years of the Great Depression. The crisis threw at least 2.1 million Americans out of work, despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country. Despite the latest job-loss figures, there were some encouraging signs: the overall number of Americans currently drawing jobless benefits dropped for the first since the crisis began, from 25 million to 21 million. The first-time applications for unemployment benefits have fallen for eight straight weeks, as states gradually let stores, restaurants and other businesses reopen and the auto industry starts up factories again.  Source: The San Diego Union Tribune News Service.
New Vehicle Loan Rates Drop
Interest rates on U.S. new vehicle loans dropped to 4 percent on average last month, the lowest since 2013 as automakers offered 0 percent financing to juice sales amid coronavirus stay-at-home orders.
County Updates for the Business Community 6/8
Immediate Relaunch of
Additional Activities
Announced June 8, 2020, the following activities are allowed to open immediately with restrictions:
  • Day Camps
  • Campgrounds
  • RV Parks
  • Outdoor recreation (sport fishing and private charter boats)
For more information, check the Safe Reopening page. Other activities for relaunch will be available later this week.
CDC Reports 1 in 3 Adults Used Unsafe Cleaning Practices
About one in three adults used household cleaners and disinfectants unsafely to prevent COVID-19, such as using bleach on food products and improperly using household cleaners and disinfectants on hands or skin. As a result, calls to poison centers regarding exposures to cleaners and disinfectants have increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report adds an Internet panel survey of identified gaps in knowledge about safe preparation, use, and storage of cleaners and disinfectants. Read more.
Critical Supplies and Guidance to Support Re-Opening of Schools and Childcare Facilities
As the science evolves and the school year draws closer, the guidance will be updated based on the most current information.
  • The Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the Department of General Services will assist public schools (traditional and charter), private schools and childcare facilities in procuring necessary PPE, supplies, and equipment. The following supplies will be distributed to meet the near-term needs of schools and childcare:
  • No-touch thermometers for every school and childcare facility totaling over 47,000;
  • Face shields for every teacher and childcare provider, totaling approximately 2.4 million;
  • Over 14 million cloth face coverings for staff and students;
  • Over 16 million disposable masks;
  • 123,000 N95 masks for school-based health professionals, including those interacting with symptomatic students; and
  • 143,000 gallons of hand sanitizer.
  • Newly released interim guidance to assist communities, school leaders, staff and parents to plan for the upcoming school year.
  • Updated guidance for childcare programs and providers, including resources for parents and for employers supporting employees with childcare needs.
County Updates for the Business Community 6/5
Cal OES is providing a free 2-week supply of PPE (3 Ply disposable surgical masks and hand sanitizer) to Biocom members who qualify as essential businesses. Orders under 2,000 units will be aggregated by Biocom and available for pick-up at locations in the Bay Area and San Diego. Program will be extended if inventory is available.
The Phoenix Project
Courtney Dade, a local small business owner of a marketing and consulting business, was inspired by the impact of COVID-19 on her business and other small business owners. Determined to make a difference, Courtney birthed the Phoenix Project during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a collection of articles and interviews with entrepreneurs and small business owners to help provide ongoing support and inspiration.
Webinar: June 10 - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Updated for Today's World
June 10 from 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT
Thirty years ago, Stephen Covey wrote the best-selling book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which changed the way people think about success and how they pursue it. On the anniversary of the book’s publication, it is being re-released with new insights from Sean Covey, Stephen’s son and president of FranklinCovey Education.
A set of 13 triggers was shown to the Board of Supervisors during an update on the County’s COVID-19 response at their meeting Tuesday. The variety of data indicators reviewed would lead public health officials to pull back on the reopening of the local economy. The modification of the health order would be triggered if any of the following criteria was met:
  • More than seven new COVID-19 outbreaks in community settings in a 7-day period
  • A total of 50% or fewer local hospitals have at least a 15-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) at hospitals over a rolling 3-day period
  • Less than 20% of the county’s ICU beds available
  • One or more of the remaining criteria in at least 2 or 3 columns are met
To help the public understand and monitor COVID-19 activity in the region, the County has launched a dashboard of all 13 triggers that show a green or a red color depending on the current situation. Some triggers will be updated daily and others periodically, depending on the availability of data.
Public Health Order Update
Effective 12:00 a.m. on June 4, 2020, the County of San Diego Public Health Order includes the following changes for reopened businesses and childcare and daycare services:

Reopened businesses stated in section 21f may open under the following conditions:
  • The State has posted the applicable COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE
  • The Public Health Officer has posted an acknowledgement of reopened status on the County of San Diego Coronavirus website
  • The business has complied with the requirements of this Order

Schools offering necessary childcare or daycare services may hold classes or school activities provided they conform to the requirements of section 5.
  • Child daycare and child care providers may also be carried out in groups less than 12 if required by a facility’s licensing requirements

Plan for Public Health Order Update – Beginning Tuesday, June 9, 2020, an amendment to the Public Health Order will allow local jurisdictions to decide when and how to open their beaches. Changes include the following:
  • Parking lots can open
  • Active sports with household members
From Assemblymember Weber:
CORONAVIRUS: Important Updates, Links and Upcoming Events 6/6/2020
Need UI Assistance?
We're here to Help!
Employment Development Department (EDD) Assistance
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on California's economy in so many ways. We want to help! If you, or someone you know, reside in the 79th Assembly District and are struggling with EDD filings relating to either general Unemployment Insurance (UI) or Pandemic Unemployment Assistance(PUA), please contact my District Office, so that we can help you. Click here for assistance or call (619) 531-7913.
Virtual Graduation 2020
Due to COVID-19, I realize that the traditional graduation ceremonies are not being held this year. However, I want to recognize your academic achievement! If you are graduating from Kindergarten through the 12th grade, I will be hosting a virtual Graduation Friday June 12th at 3PM to celebrate you. Please send your best graduation picture to my staff at or as you post on your individual social media pages,  #AD79graduates or #AD79Classof2020 for recognition of your great accomplishment.
Weber's Legislative Update:
This year has been very challenging and has presented many obstacles. However, we are pleased to announce that all of my bills are headed for a full vote on the Assembly floor.

Here is the list of my bill package:

  • ACA5 - Restores equity & opportunity for women and people of color in business, employment and education. Learn more.
  • AB3121 - Establishes a task force to study & develop reparations proposal for African Americans.
  • AB1835 - Protects LCFF education funding for students who need it most.
  • AB2992 - Expands existing protected leave to victims of violent crime and immediate family members.
  • AB3070 - Prohibits the removal of a juror on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, or religious affiliation, as specified in the bill.
Relief Fund for San Diego Renters
San Diego City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to establish a rental relief fund to help struggling tenants and property owners who are hurt financially by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will make direct payments to property owners whose tenants have been unable to pay rent because of the pandemic's economic fallout. Click here for more info.
California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Speaks Out!
The civil unrest we are facing in this Country serves as a brutal reminder of how much work still has to be done. As Chair of the CLBC, I vow to continue to be a voice for the voiceless and fight for the many social injustices we see running rampant in this country. Click here to listen to the latest CLBC press conference on the death of George Floyd and police brutality.
Insurance Coverage During
Civil Unrest
To help California business owners understand some of the key insurance issues relating to civil unrest, the Department of Insurance has presented a general overview of relevant insurance coverages and some important tips to consider. Click here to view fact sheet.
COVID-19 Testing Sites:
While there is a push in San Diego County to reopen the economy, widespread testing capacity must be a priority for all communities to ensure that we reopen responsibly and safely. To that end, we are proud to announce two new testing sites in the heart of the 79th Assembly District. Both sites will require an appointment and results are usually available within 48 hours.

  • Tubman-Chavez Center (132 walk-up appointments daily, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.Mon-Fri) - Schedule your appointment today online at OR by phone at (888) 634-1123.
  • Euclid Health Center (80 drive-up appointments every Sat, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) - Call 2-1-1 to schedule your appointment.
A Message from Sycuan's Honorable Tribal Council
June 3rd, 2020

Statement from the Sycuan Tribal Council regarding recent national protests in response to the killing of George Floyd

The members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation stand with our family and friends in the African-American community as we grieve the brutal murder of George Floyd, and will continue to use our voice and position of influence to shed light on injustices and abuse and reveal them for what they represent. The tribal members of our community are descendants of the first peoples of San Diego, and for over six generations we have endured systematic failures of multiple governments to recognize the plight of Native Americans in this country. Today, our tribe represents many ethnic backgrounds that combined with our Kumeyaay blood make us one of the most diverse communities in the region. We recognize the pain that our community is feeling today. We know first-hand that we will survive, as we have endured for centuries. We remain committed to all communities of
color and those who have not benefited equally from equal opportunity. We are proud of our team members and tribal members that have peacefully protested to raise awareness to social injustice.
We also commit to double our efforts across the entire organization and all of our partner relationships to ensure we continue to be a force for good when it comes to providing jobs, contracts, opportunities, grants, input on critical public policy and a respected voice on matters of critical concern to our communities of color. We will strive to be a part of change for our community and our country.
Offer from Chamber Member - Erik Egelko - Real Estate
A List of La Mesa Businesses Open or
Planning to Open Soon
In our effort to keep you informed of businesses that are open to serve your needs or are planning to open soon, we have compiled a combined several lists for you.
La Mesa Village "Open for Business" Directory
We are updating the "Open For Business" directory continuously as we are informed of businesses re-opening. Please be sure to check with individual businesses before visiting to confirm current hours and their shopping options (dine in, in-store shopping, curbside pick up, online shopping, takeout/delivery, by appointment, etc). As always, please adhere to County health guidelines of social distancing and wearing a mask in public when you are within 6 feet of another person.
Grossmont Center
Chamber Members Open for Business
Ranta Consulting, Inc.
(619) 463-4191
8101 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr Suite 331 in La Mesa
Wells Fargo Bank Grossmont
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. in La Mesa
(619) 461-8660 |
Welcome Back to Town and Country

Enjoy a change of scenery with a staycation at Town and Country. Book hassle-free with flexible cancellation for overnight stays June 12 through August 31, 2020.

Note: Town and Country is currently under renovation. All guest room renovations are complete, however, the main pool, and some dining outlets and amenities are closed.

We are delighted to welcome you back to Town and Country San Diego. The health and wellness of our guests and associates is paramount. As part of our ongoing commitment to you, we have enhanced our efforts to ensure a safe and comfortable experience during your stay with us. Please view the Town and Country Health and Wellness Commitment for more information.
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 |

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.
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
Tue-Thur 3:30-7:30pm & Fri-Sat 3:30-8:30pm
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #277
(619) 713-6900 |
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 |

Red Lobster
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
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