La Mesa Chamber News | June 16, 2020
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La Mesa is Resilient!
Hello to our Members and Community Leaders:

In our continuing efforts to keep you informed, we are bringing you information regarding the re-opening of industries and provide you an update on other community and business updates.
COVID-19 Information - Status of Businesses and Activities
Who is Open? Who is Opening Soon and When?
We realize that this can be confusing so we have listed the NEWEST businesses that have reopened, what can open ON FRIDAY JUNE 19th and remind you of what was approved EARLIER and what is still CLOSED.

If business have questions e mail:
These businesses CAN OPEN on FRIDAY, JUNE 19th:
  • Nail salons
  • Massage parlors
  • Tattoo and piercing parlors
  • Personal care businesses such as waxing, eyebrows, eye lashes and other services 
Sanitizing and facial coverings at these businesses are important due to the physical proximity of the work.
Opening in the FUTURE:
  • The La Mesa Municipal Pool is scheduled to open on Monday, June 22nd
  • San Diego Zoo will open on June 20th
  • The USS Midway Museum will open on July 1st
These businesses
  • Gyms and fitness facilities
  • Community pools, including those in condominiums
  • Restaurants, bars and wineries
  • Hotels may open to tourism and individual travel
  • Card rooms
  • Satellite wagering and racetracks
  • Family entertainment – including bowling alleys and arcades
  • Movie theaters (use family entertainment guidelines)
  • Museums and galleries
  • Zoos and aquariums
  • Day camps, campgrounds, RV parks, outdoor recreation (includes for-hire fishing and small charter operations)
  • Schools
  • Music, film and TV production
  • Professional sports without in-person spectators
These approved businesses OPENED EARLIER:
Outdoor recreation instruction and day camps that comply with the State COVID-19 Industry Guidance can operate. Day-Camps, may be conducted in parks and recreation facilities.  A permit is required for City parks and facilities. Visit: for City camps.
These businesses are
  • Indoor playgrounds, such as ball pits and laser tag
  • Sauna and steam rooms
  • Live theater
  • Nightclubs
  • Concerts, festivals and live audience sports
Sycuan Supports the La Mesa Business Community
With a Donation of $5,000
On Thursday, June 11th Vice Chairman, Joshua Muse of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation came to La Mesa, along with his marketing team to present a check in the amount of $5,000 to support the La Mesa businesses that were impacted by the civil unrest in La Mesa that began on May 30th. The check was presented to Rick Wilson, President & CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, Mary England, President & CEO La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, and President of the East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Patrick Howard. Sycuan has been a valued member of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and participates in many of our Chamber events and activities. We are grateful for their ongoing commitment to our entire La Mesa business community and for this generous donation.
La Mesa Business Disaster Recovery Fund
Ready to Begin Accepting Applications
Thanks to the partnership with our neighbor, the East County Chamber of Commerce and their non-profit Foundation, a GoFundMe account was established on May 31st. The purpose of this fund is to support La Mesa businesses who were damaged during the civil unrest that began on the night of Saturday, May 30th.

The Foundation Board created the criteria and distribution process on June 9th. The fund distribution process will utilize the expertise of the East County Economic Development Council, who has been a champion of numerous San Diego East County projects since 1984. The La Mesa business owners will be asked to register on the East County EDC website at

The Foundation will have a swift process to put the generous donations in the hands of La Mesa businesses beginning the week of June 29th. Three-quarters of the total amount raised will be distributed during phase 1, with funds held back for later relief assistance, expenses and unanticipated needs. Remaining funds including additional donations received after June 26th will be distributed in Phase 2 with the intention of closing the fund by the end of July.

The fund is continuing to receive donations and has exceeded a total of $200,000 to date. Funds are still being accepted and those that wish to donate may visit the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce website for the donation link: or click here.
The La Mesa Community Comes Together
At Randall Lamb’s on Saturday
The weather was perfect on Saturday as 200 members of the community came out to be a part of the “Inspirational Art Project” for the fencing surrounding the Randall Lamb building. Keri Douglas, of Randall Lamb organized this fabulous community art project and had 20 volunteers in “force” to assist, including a large group from La Mesa Strong. Keri and the leadership of Randall Lamb were so inspired by the artwork throughout the city, they wanted to encourage the community to paint messages on boards to be hung on the fence around their building. Over 115 posters were painted with community messages and now surround the building – take a look! Keri organized this event with the support of La Mesa Strong, the Darcy Family, youth groups and Dixie Line. Keri is especially grateful to Nadia of Pink Rose Café who helped her coordinate the entire event. Antonio Gonsalez did the morning set-up to begin the day. The hungry attendees were fed pizza donated by SurfRider, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Pizza Hut, sipped beverages donated by Pepsi, La Mesa Village Association and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. Adding to these beverages, Jimmy Long of La Mesa Strong brought oranges from his trees and had his family members Isaac and Lamar squeeze oranges and serve fresh orange juice all day long. Marvin of La Mesa Wine & Spirits donated ice, power and a water cooler to help the cause. Volunteers were entertained by San Diego’s legendary DJ, Lee Reynolds and photos were taken by photographer, Ryeo Lee. 
La Mesa Strong Makes a Positive Impact on Our Community
They Are Collecting the Temporary Art-Boards on Business Windows
The Facebook Group La Mesa Strong, #lamesastrong is a new dynamic volunteer organization that was created to support our community in the aftermath of May 30th. The La Mesa Chamber is looking forward to partnering with them on community projects. They are a driving force that has already begun to make a difference. Jimmy Long, the Group Founder along with his team of Keri Crown, Group Founder and Antonio Gonzales, Group Administrator are organized and are "hitting the ground running." They have created the process to collect the temporary art-boards on business windows. Once collected they will be stored, trimmed and sealed for future uses. These temporary art-boards are being recognized throughout the region as artistic masterpieces. If you are a business that has an art-board on your window or know someone who does, please review the information here.
Business Updates
Reopening Economy Means All Kinds of New Jobs
Thermal scanners, contact tracers and decontamination technicians are the jobs and people needed to keep the post-COVID-19 economy running. In the wake of the pandemic a new crop of jobs is emerging. These positions and others are in demand, as businesses rush to reopen. Nearly every industry is looking for types of workers to prevent the virus spread. There is a demand for jobs like social-distancing monitors at construction sites, entrance watchers at nursing homes and Plexiglass installers for offices. Thermal scanners, temperature takers, elevator attendants and contact tracers are needed. There is also an increase in the need for people to sanitize the shopping carts, monitor the door and observe social distancing of customers as they check out at various retail stores. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Jeff Green & Steve Matthews
Laid Off Workers Can Still Get Health Insurance
Many laid-off workers who lost health insurance in the coronavirus shutdown soon face the first deadlines to qualify for fallback coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Taxpayer subsidized health insurance is available for a modest cost - sometimes even free - across the country. If you are one of the people that need to use ACA as a safety net for the first time in an economic downturn, remember there are application deadlines. If you wish to apply for an ACA plan you can go to the federal or the state’s health insurance website. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Ricardo Alonzo-Zaldivar
Forecast – San Diego Rents Drop by 10%
A well-known real estate tracker is predicting a 10 percent drop in rents in San Diego County by the end of the year because of the economic fallout of COVID-19. It would be a historic decline considering rents hardly changed during the Great Recession and San Diego is considered one of the most resilient multifamily markets in the nation.  Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Phillip Molnar
 Why Tax Refunds May Be Taking So Long?
The IRS is still in the process of calling employees back to work and some operation centers won’t open until later this month. As employees return , they’re confronting an almost incomprehensible backlog of paperwork. Millions of paper returns are sitting in trailers, waiting to be input into the IRS’s computers, and no one has been available to process electronically filed returns that were flagged because of problems. People who have already been waiting months may still have to wait several weeks more before they see their money or can even access someone who knows what’s happened to their returns. Remember, the IRS extended the tax filing deadline to July 15th.
San Diego County Food Vendors at a Loss Without the County Fair
But Chicken Charlie’s Comes to Grossmont Center!
Every June for nearly four decades, Charlie Boghosian has worked at the San Diego County Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Boghosian has built up the famous Chicken Charlie’s, a stand that created and popularized the deep-fried Oreo, deep-fried Kool-Aid and a multitude of wacky fair snacks. July would have been his 37th year participating in the County fair. Then came the coronavirus pandemic and like many events, the fair was postponed until 2021. The Del Mar Fair’s loss is La Mesa’s gain. Along came the offer by Grossmont Center to bring his popular Chicken Charlie’s to Grossmont Center. Chicken Charlie’s came to La Mesa with fanfare! The bright tent can be seen in the Grossmont Center parking lot as you enter or drive by Grossmont Center. Chicken Charlie’s is open on Monday – Sunday between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Stop by Grossmont Center and enjoy some of the new items on the menu and some of your favorites – get your Chicken Charlie’s “Fix.”
Tuesday Morning Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Discount goods retailer Tuesday Morning has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the fifth major retailer to do so since the pandemic. As part of the bankruptcy it plans to close approximately 230 of its 687 stores over the summer to focus on high-performing locations and will do this with a phased approach. Tuesday Morning has requested the bankruptcy court to close 132 stores in the first phase and the Phoenix distribution center. Tuesday Morning which generated about 1 billion dollars in annual sales in its latest fiscal year, also plans to renegotiate a significant number of leases during this process. Of the remaining 555 stores, the company plans to exit approximately 100 additional locations leaving a network of roughly 450 stores. Tuesday Morning has reopened about 80 percent of its existing stores and plans to continue store re-openings and bringing back employees. They have a commitment from its existing lender group to provide $100 million in financing to keep it operating during the bankruptcy process.  Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Anne D’Innocenzio
U.S. Consumer Spending in April Sank by Record 13.6% in
Viruses' Wake
U.S. consumer spending plunged in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession. This trend shows that consumers are unable or too anxious to spend much. Even with employers cutting millions of jobs, though, incomes soared 10.5 percent in April, reflecting billions of dollars in government payments in the form of unemployment aid and stimulus checks. Spending tumbled 17.3 percent for durable goods, 16.2 percent for non-durables and 12.2 percent for service. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Martin Crutsinger
Black Business Relief Grant Fund
The Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce(CSDBCC) has created the Black Business Relief Grant Fund with the goal of representing the interests of Black businesses in San Diego County, ensuring that our businesses are equipped with the resources and technical assistance necessary to equitably begin to recover, reopen and rebuild.
  • If you are a local Black business owner in need of aid from the Black Business Relief Grant Fund, please note that the application period will open Wednesday, June 17. To sign up for a notification of when the application period opens, click here.
  • If you are interested in supporting Black-owned business, visit
Effective Monday, June 15th Sycuan is a New COVID-19 Testing Site
A partnership between the County and Sycuan will allow for a FREE drive up COVID-19 testing site beginning on Monday, June 15th. This site located at Sycuan Recreational Center, 5577 Dehesa Road, El Cajon, CA 92019 expands the testing sites in East County and provides another option to those within the area.  CAL FIRE and the San Diego County Fire Authority teamed up to train the Sycuan Emergency Medical Services team, which will administer the tests. The testing supplies will be provided by the County Public Health Lab. The site will be available Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.   Appointments need to be scheduled and those wishing to set up an appointment can call 2-1-1.
SDCCU Invites Community to Attend a Free Home Buying Webinar
Free assistance offered in home buying process
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, will present a free Home Buying Webinar on Wednesday, June 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The webinar will be presented by SDCCU experts, with the format allowing the community to join the presentation online from the safety of their own homes.
During the webinar, SDCCU real estate professionals will walk attendees through the home buying process including, pre-approvals, title, escrow, appraisals and inspections. The presentation will also touch on buying a home during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will also receive a special coupon for no application fee (a $350 value) on their SDCCU mortgage.
This free webinar is open to the public, but virtual space is limited and reservations are required. To register or for details, please visit The webinar is part of Financial Wellness Wendesdays, 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
From Senator Brian Jones:
We Have a Right to Peacefully Protest
“Governor Newsom panicked after Californians protested against his shutdown of businesses‚ parks and houses of worship”

On June 8‚ State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) released the latest edition of his acclaimed “Are You Kidding Me?” (AYKM) video series questioning government actions and decisions that just don’t make any sense.

Today’s AYKM has to do with the people’s right to peacefully protest.

Click here to view and listen to Jones’ video commentary.

Click here to only listen to the audio.
Brew Community Monthly Market
The Brew Community Market brings the community together by creating this diverse venue of local artisans, craft home goods, fresh produce, hand-made creations, organic soaps, scented candles, activities, LIVE music, and more. The market is located in the parking lot in the front of the shopping center and hosts up to 30 different vendors. This monthly event is back on so mark your calendars now and join us. Come shop 10am to 2pm from many local businesses in our community and spread some Brew love!

Every person will be required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing of 6 feet at all times. Hand sanitizer will be provided at each vendor booth and at the entrance. We ask that if you are showing any symptoms of illness, please stay at home. Temperature screenings may also be required for all vendors and attendees.

Upcoming 2020 Monthly Saturdays
July 11 | August 8 | September 5
October 3 | November 7 | December 5

For details email Vendor Inquiries please contact Tara Van Sickle at
How SDG&E is Helping Business Customers During COVID-19
Many businesses, especially small businesses, are facing new challenges due to COVID-19 and still have ongoing expenses during the pandemic. SDG&E wants to help during these difficult times and offers these solutions and resources.
  1. Flexible payment arrangements are an option. Call SDG&E’s Business Contact Center at 1-800-336-7343.
  2. Find the right pricing plan for your business on
  3. SDG&E’s Economic Development Rate (EDR) Program offers a 12% electric discount to businesses to help retain jobs and continue or expand operations instead of moving your business out-of-state. Learn more at or email
  4. Visit SDG&E’s Business Customer Resource Center at and get information on how to:

  • a. Improve your cash flow and working capital with the Supplier Quick Pay Program. 
  • b. Connect with suppliers offering Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). 
  • c. Take a free training webinar on topics such as green building design, home performance and rebate and incentive programs. Find out more at
  • d. Check out various external community organization and chamber resources for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
6. If your income has been impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for a discount on your home energy bill of 30% or more. Learn more and apply at
Chamber Members Open for Business
Grossmont Center
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