La Mesa Chamber News | June 30, 2020
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Your Local & Coronavirus Updates as of
June 30, 2020
Happy July 4th from the La Mesa Chamber!
Have a fun and safe July 4th from the
La Mesa Chamber team!

In conjunction with the holiday, we will not be sending out an e-blast the week of July 6th and will resume information to you the week of July 13th.
Due the increase of COVID-19 cases in our county, we must slow the spread to avoid a full lockdown. This action is taken to “dial back” the cases of COVID-19 cases. Also based on these figures/cases NO NEW OPENINGS WILL HAPPEN DURING THE MONTH OF JULY!

During the July 4th holiday- Per the County of San Diego - Be responsible. And everyone needs to do their part to SLOW THE SPREAD!  
Face Coverings are Mandatory Per the Governor
Per Governor Newsom – Under state law residents must wear a face covering, wash your hands and continue to practice physical distancing. Per Governor Newsom, “California’s strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing.” For more information on face masks and information for those that do not have to wear them visit:
Local Checks Donated to Assist Local Businesses
New Fund Named the “La Mesa Business Assistance Fund”
As mentioned last week, the La Mesa Chamber has been approached to accept donations to give to La Mesa businesses that were damaged on May 30th and May 31st. This fund was made possible by the generosity of several businesses and a leading non-profit organization in La Mesa. The partners of Randall Lamb Associates, graciously donated $5,000 to this fund. As we mentioned, this is a very generous donation, as their building was damaged during the weekend of May 30th. That fact makes this donation so much more heartwarming. The community came together a few weeks ago and had a paint party to create positive comments on boards that are currently hung on the fencing that surrounds the Randall Lamb Associates building. When you have time, go by the building and read the positive messages that were captured on these boards, it is inspirational. The Lions Club of La Mesa also donated $2,000 to the fund. This caring group of community members are busy making a difference in our community. When you are asked to donate to one of their worthy causes, give that opportunity strong consideration. A check was also donated by Gary Green and Jeff Phair, who are partners in the La Mesa Summit Estates development of new homes, right here in La Mesa. They are currently building the fenced and gated community called, La Mesa Summit Estates. Pre-construction lots are available to view. We understand that there are several more donors that wish to join in this worthwhile activity. All businesses that have received funds from the GoFundMe account are still eligible to apply for these funds as well. We are going to have the application ready to distribute, as soon as the first phase of the GoFundMe account are distributed, and Phase 2 of this fund has closed. 
  COVID-19-Reminders & Q & A’s
Remember there are 13 triggers in the COVID-19 Triggers Dashboard. This is important as we continue to reopen, we need to be able to measure any outbreaks or potential negative impacts from reopening.

  • To reduce the spread, businesses need to focus on social distancing, face coverings, sanitation, and temperature checks
  • Temperature screenings are still required – Public Health Order Section 15
  • Notification Process When Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19 – The Health Department will initially get notified of a positive test. If a positive case was identified within a business, the business will be notified of the positive case, not of the individual. 
  • Non-Compliance on State Guidelines – A person/business not complying may be cited. A Business may temporarily shut down.
  • Stores Not Enforcing Face Coverings – You can go to 2-1-1 website or call 2-1-1 and address the situation. They will forward the message accordingly.
SBA’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and
EIDL Advance is Reopened!
To meet the needs of the U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the program!

The SBA is offering low interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses and non-profit organizations that are suffering economic injury as a result of COVID-19.

Advance of up to $10,000. The EIDL Advance is designed to provide emergency economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing a temporary loss of revenue. This advance will not have to be repaid, and small businesses may receive an advance even if they are not approved for a loan.

SBA’s EIDL and EIDL Advance are just one piece of the expanded focus of the federal government’s coordinate response.

For additional information, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website at
Business Updates
 Oceanside Funds First Small-Business Loans
Oceanside received 29 applications requesting a total of $430,760 in the city’s COVID-19 business loan program, officials said this week. Three loans totaling $50,000 have been funded so far and a fourth applicant qualified for $20,000 according to an update provided last Friday to the City Council. The City Council allocated up to $1.2 million for the program to help independently owned, consumer-oriented businesses such as retail shops, boutiques and restaurants affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Oceanside is one of several cities in San Diego County that have created loan programs for small businesses affected by closures and other restrictions caused by the pandemic. Available loans in Oceanside range from $2,500 to $20,000, with interest rates from zero to 3.25 percent, depending on the amount and length of the loans. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Philip Diehl
Travel Restrictions and Operating Hours at Land Ports of Entry
The temporary restrictions on non-essential travel across shared ports of entry between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico have been extended for an additional 30 days. Read full article.
Gaslamp to Close Part of
Street for Eateries
In a move to help resuscitate business for restaurants hit hard by COVID-19, the Gaslamp Quarter plans to close a four-block stretch of Fifth Avenue from Thursday to Saturday, essentially converting the heavily trafficked thoroughfare to patio dining. The planned closure, which will remain in effect until midnight each of the three days, follows a similar weekend experiment by Little Italy in which the neighborhood association closed down five blocks of India Street between Beech and Grape streets for five hours on Saturday. A 6-foot pacing will be mandated between pedestrians, as well as facial coverings requirements are mandated by the county public health department. Under a special event permit this concept to close streets will happen. Businesses that are struggling due to the coronavirus restrictions will have this added real estate to attract more customers. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Lori Weisberg
Costco Re-Imagines
Its Food Samples
Costco Wholesale Corp. has begun offering food samples again in as many as 30 locations, but the sampling stations look nothing like the gluttonous free-for-all tables of yore, which customers would crowd around three-deep for a small cup of barbecue beef or spicy salsa. Costco, which has 547 U.S. stores, will now offer prepackaged items kept behind plexiglass shields. They’ll be dished out by servers wearing masks and gloves, according to the company and photos on the website of Club Demonstration Services. CDS will work with local health departments and other authorities to ensure that stations adhere to sanitary and social-distancing guidelines. Costco will start slowly to make sure they are taking the right steps to engage members safely, while maintaining the proper controls around the demo area.  Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Matthew Boyl
Americans Donated $450B to Charities Last Year
Americans gave nearly $450 billion to charity last year – one of the highest amounts on record. Charitable giving rose 2.4 percent in 2019, after adjusting for inflation, according to an annual survey by Giving USA. Individual giving accounted for about 69 percent of donations. The boost in charitable giving comes as lawmakers have been contemplating expanding tax breaks. In March, lawmakers included a measure in the coronavirus economic rescue bill that allows individuals to write off as much as $300 in donations for 2020 even if they don’t itemize their taxes.  Source: Bloomberg News
30-Year Rate at All-Time Low
Long term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week as the benchmark 30-year home loan reached a new all-time low. Mortgage buyer Freddie-Mac reported that the average rate on the key 30-year loan declined to 3.13 percent from 3.21 percent last week. It was the lowest level since Freddie began tracking average rates in 1971. A year ago, the rate stood at 3.84 percent.
Persistently High Layoffs Hint at Slow Economic Rebound
Three months after the viral outbreak shut down businesses across the country, U.S. employers are still shedding jobs at a heavy rate, a trend that points to a slow and prolonged recovery from the recession. The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits barely fell last week to 1.5 million. That was down from the peak of nearly 7 million in March, and it marked an 11th straight weekly drop. The number is still more than twice the record high that existed before the pandemic. The report is stating the scars from the job losses in the recession will be longer lasting than expected. In some hard-hit sectors like the hotel and travel industries, corporations are now slashing white-collar workers because their business remains far below pre-pandemic levels. Even so, nearly 21 million people are officially classified as unemployed. Other recent data have been more encouraging and suggest that the lifting of shut down orders has sparked some pent-up demand from consumers. Until the public is confident that the disease is contained, a full economic recovery is unlikely. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune 
24 Hour Fitness to Close Four Gyms in San Diego County
24-Hour Fitness is permanently shuttering four of its locations in San Diego County following a bankruptcy filing last week. The local spots affected are in downtown Chua Vista, La Jolla West, San Marcos and Vista. These closures are among 130 total 24 Hour gyms to shutter – about 20 percent of the chain’s 445 locations nationwide. The coronavirus pandemic is the source of the financial situation. In San Diego County, over 20 of the gym’s locations have reopened.
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Chamber Members Open for Business
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
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
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 |
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