La Mesa Chamber News | July 20, 2020
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La Mesa Chamber News -
What We've Been Up To!
We have been keeping you up to date on all things COVID-19 and the pandemic but thought in this issue we would share some additional news, as we continue to serve you.

We have been active in assisting in raising funds for the damaged businesses of May 30th and 31st and are thrilled that we have the pleasure to deliver checks from the GoFundMe account to local businesses. This is truly an honor! Due to the generosity of people from throughout the region, businesses and corporate leaders, over $240,000 has been raised so far, to assist our businesses.

We have been sharing information to you regarding grants, loans, funding sources and other revenue streams that may assist you during this pandemic. Make sure you take a look each week! In April, we created a Coronavirus survey that gave us your feedback on how the pandemic was affecting you. Who would have known, we would still see no end in sight to the effects of this deadly disease on our lives?
We Want To Share Changes You Have Made Regarding Your Business – Tell Us!
We want to be sure that we promote your business. We are using different avenues to do this, including a partnership to share your information via an expanded social media presence.

TELL US - Have you moved your dining or retail outside to serve your customers? Have you changed your business hours? What other changes can we share to promote your business? Send us an email and let us know of any changes you have made that we can share to:
We are partnering with the Facebook group, Love La Mesa Strong, to assist wherever possible. This includes making sure the beautiful art boards on windows are stored for the future, working with them and sponsors to provide masks to local businesses and other activities that arise, allowing us to partner as we promote our city and business community.

We are here for you and are working tirelessly to be a resource for you as we all navigate this pandemic.
Welcome to our NEW Members!
DLS Investments
DLS Investments is an entrepreneurial real estate development company focused on creating value for our investors and partners through our relentless focus on identifying under performing assets and improving them through strategic capital investment and outstanding property management.
125 S Coast Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 401-2292 |
Star Lux Studio
Star Lux Studio is a recording studio, and music lessons studio. I compose music, edit and produce audio and video, and teach lessons in Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Voice, Recording and Production.
7317 El Cajon Blvd. #139 in La Mesa
(619) 343-9744 |
See below - an Up Close & Personal with Star Lux Studio!
Urbn Leaf
Licensed and Permitted Dispensary operating throughout California from San Diego to Seaside.
At Urbn Leaf you can shop with confidence, knowing your products are clean, tested, and consistent. Our menu features products from California’s most notable cultivators, processors, and manufacturers.
7339 El Cajon Blvd, Ste. C in La Mesa
(951) 760-8037 |
Plans We Have For Future Events
We know that everyone is looking forward to the day when we can gather and be at an event together – like our Business Expos or our popular Taste of San Diego East.

Being positive and planning for the future, we have held several dates for those events. We realize that the COVID-19 pandemic will dictate when and how we can produce those events. However, by setting aside dates and locations, helps us look toward the future and perpetuate the hope that we can see all of you soon. Oh, how we miss you! We took for granted the room(s) full of laughter and chatter, so noisy that no one could hear the announcements on the microphone! The lines out the door of people waiting to enter our event, the truckloads of food vendors arriving to set up, the business vendors arriving and bringing all of their wares and those great door prizes, the announcers who were perplexed that no one could hear them, the photographers and videographers that were running around to capture the evening and the tons of volunteers helping throughout the night. Those were the days my friend! We would give anything, to have those days back again!
Our Business Expo
We are making plans to hold a Business Expo at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon. The entire courtyard is outside and as soon as we clearly know how to produce this event during the pandemic, we shall. We held a date in August. Based on our recent COVID-19 statistics, we will move the “held” date to September.
This annual popular food frenzy is being held at the Town & Country Hotel. We have set aside the date of Monday, October 5th. Obviously, the COVID-19 statistics and the health orders/regulations will dictate if this event can happen in October. Stay tuned!
Mixers and Ribbon Cuttings
The monthly evening mixers are on “hold” at this time. We will be doing small ribbon cuttings for those new members that wish to have one. They will be with owners and/or management team and Chamber staff. These will not an “invitation type” event for members as in the past, due to COVID-19.
The pandemic offers us a great challenge, but also a chance to be creative and flexible. We will continue to make plans for events and activities as we navigate this pandemic because,

We Can’t Wait to See Again!
The City of La Mesa has issued Executive Order 4-2020 on July 16th, which temporarily allows the use of public and private outdoor areas by retail, service, or other commercial establishments for display of products or provision of services, provided those establishments obtain written authorization from the Director of Community Development and comply with all social distancing and other COVID-19 related health orders and all other City, County (e.g., emergency orders), State and Federal laws(e.g. Americans with Disabilities Act). This Executive order is issued to provide opportunities for retail and service businesses in light of the restrictions placed upon them by the State and San Diego County Public Health Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Businesses may consider using public and private space to offer retail, service, and other commercial establishments may utilize outdoor spaces, including but not limited to adjacent walkways and sidewalks and sidewalks and onsite parking areas, for display of products or provision of services in accordance with these Regulations and approval of a Temporary Outdoor Display or Service Authorization Application by the Community Director, or his or her designee. All COVID-19 rules to protect the spread must be considered, as you create the diagram of your outdoor space - such as the social distancing regulations. The ADA requirements must be followed to allow service to those with the Americans with Disabilities Act and strongly consider how your customers will have access (enter and leave) to your new temporary outdoor space.

Applications available at: For more information please contact in the Community Development department.
Up Close & Personal with Star Lux Studio!
Star Lux Studio has been open for almost 3 years at The Business Center of La Mesa building. I operate a recording studio and give music lessons.

The diversity of my experience. I’ve worked in many styles of music including Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock, Heavy Metal, Country, Reggae and more!

Be honest with yourself and your abilities. Don’t be afraid of a challenge or making mistakes. You only fail if you quit.
I had great teachers like Fred Benedetti and Celino Romero. They changed my life in such a positive way, so I wanted to do that for others too. Because of that, I got the chance to start teaching at Alan’s Music Center in 2005, and I never looked back.

I started going to Grossmont College at age 16 to study Classical Guitar and Audio Recording.
Contact Star Lux Studio today for lessons, recording projects, and more!
SDCCU Stuff the Bus is Collecting Monetary Donations for New, Unused School Supplies for Students in Need
School supply drive held in partnership with the YMCA of Orange County which supports kids in both Orange and Riverside Counties
Kids face many hardships—school supplies should not be one of them. That’s why San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®) has partnered with the YMCA of Orange County to collect school supplies for Orange County and Riverside County students in need and this year, many more parents and students are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, so the need is even greater!
This year, with the closure of many non-essential businesses due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many more families are facing financial hardship and there is even a greater need for support. Having a backpack and all of the needed school supplies is essential for success in the school year. A small donation can make a big difference in the life of students in need.
“We encourage the entire SDCCU community to support this effort and donate to help set these children up for success in the new school year. We are proud to once again partner with the YMCA of Orange County to help make a big difference in the lives of students in need throughout the Southern California,” said Teresa Campbell, SDCCU President and CEO.
Monetary donations will be accepted online through July 31. For more information or to donate online, visit
From Senator Brian Jones: Please Call In
Dear Friends‚

These are hard times.

And I want you to know I am here to help you.

During the COVID-19 pandemic‚ I haven’t been able to hold my regular community town halls.

But your views are important to me‚ and I want to hear from you.

So please join me for my first Tele-Town Hall which is scheduled for Wednesday August 5th‚ 2020!

I’ll provide a brief legislative update and make sure you know of all the ways my team and I can be helpful to you during the pandemic. Then‚ I’ll spend most of our time together answering questions that have been submitted by those that RSVP.

To RSVP for the Tele-Town Hall and submit a question for me to answer‚ please visit

The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday August 4th‚ 2020 at noon.

The call in number and password will be sent to all RSVPs on the morning of August 5th.
If you have any questions‚ please send Aaron Andrews an e-mail at or call the Escondido District Office at 760-796-4655.

I look forward to answering your questions on our first Tele-Town Hall!


From DA Summer Stephan:
Reminder: WATCH: Facebook Live Panel on Family Violence
Making it Easier to Report Hate Crimes
DA Summer Stephan has responded to calls for justice by making it easier for people to report hate crimes in the county and she discussed the new and improved process to report hate crimes on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego.
Man Charged in Auto Theft Scheme Targeting Hispanics
A man who allegedly took part in an auto theft scheme targeting numerous Spanish-speaking victims from the Los Angeles area was in court last week to face 29 felony counts, including carjacking, robbery, extortion and vehicle theft.
Facebook Live Panel Combats Family Violence
DA Summer Stephan joined Alameda County DA, Sacramento County DA and the US Attorney of the Eastern District of California to discuss domestic violence and child abuse during COVID-19. Watch the discussion on our Facebook page.
Funding for Mental Health Diversion
The DA'S Office announced funding for a new initiative that will divert people with serious mental illness away from the justice system and into treatment, the first of its kind in the County.
Read more, here.
Activities & Specials From Our Members & Community
Sycuan Casino Resort:
NOW OPEN: Viewpoint Neighborhood Kitchen
Enjoy Viewpoint patio as an additional dining option as we reopen Viewpoint Neighborhood Kitchen ( phase two of our reopening plan). Please check new hours and menus as adjustments have been made.


Restaurant & Bar | Thursday - Sunday: 5PM-10PM
Brunch | Saturday & Sunday: 8AM-2PM
For updated menus, please visit our website
La Mesa Wine Works:
A cooperative Tasting Room featuring Premium Wines from San Diego County Wineries

8167 Center Street, La Mesa, CA 91942
OPEN Thursday - Saturday 3-8 & Sunday 12-5

Thanks again for all your support!
Your La Mesa Wine Works Family
Nonno’s Ristorante Italiano:
5314 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942

Is now offering patio dining - Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Closed Sunday and Monday
Reservations required for Patio Dining - Call 619-337-9559 to reserve now! OR

We are doing pickup, carryout, takeout orders
Delivery options: UberEats or Postmate
Chamber Members Open for Business
Barnes & Noble - Grossmont Center
5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr Suite 331 in La Mesa
619-667-2870 |

Business Center of La Mesa
7317 El Cajon Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942

Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World
Mon–Thurs: 9am to 6pm | Fri–Sat: 9am to 7pm | Sunday: 10am – 6pm
Sales: 619-777-8173 |  Service: 619-862-2843
Parts: 619-678-1768
8355 Hercules St |

Elmcroft of Grossmont Gardens
5480 Marengo Avenue, La Mesa | (619) 463-0281

Grossmont Center

Integrated Mac Solutions
(619) 639-2340 |

Marque Urgent Care
6136 Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa
Mattress Makers
8366 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa , CA 91942
1 on 1 appointments  by appointment
(858) 566-4408 |

Ranta Consulting, Inc.
8101 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 463-4191 |

The Regal Bar
8344 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa | (619) 469-1633

Town and Country San Diego
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 291-7131 |

Uneeke Boutique
Curbside pickup at 4674 Nebo Dr. in La Mesa
(619) 825-9487 |

Wells Fargo Bank Grossmont
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. in La Mesa
(619) 461-8660 |

Westmont of La Mesa
9000 Murray Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942
(858) 257-4861 |
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

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 |

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 |
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
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
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
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
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
Monday - Friday: 12 - 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12 - 5 PM
We have one patio table, and continue to sell bottles - order online or call ahead. 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
We're open for 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 |

The Regal Bar
8344 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 469-1633

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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Show Off Your Membership With Pride!
"Most consumers (59%) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It is 29% more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a
company uses good business practices and 26% more effective for communicating that a business is reputable."
Quoted from "The Real Value of Joining a Local Chamber of Commerce"

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.
Special Thank You to Our Premium Members
Diamond Member
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
H & N Management Co.
Sandra Small/ Photographer
SMIB Management, Inc.
The Little Warehouse
Self Storage
Gold Members
AAA Imaging
American Medical Response
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
Barona Resort & Casino
Benchmark Financial
Community Spectrum
Discovering My City Magazine
DMZ Visual Marketing
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
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