La Mesa Chamber News | December 30, 2021
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We Wish You a Happy New Year!
We thank each of you for your support this past year. It has been a challenging year. Each of you have risen to the occasion and creatively modified the way you serve your customers. We are proud to have worked with you and are grateful to have the opportunity to serve you.

We look forward to the new year and our opportunity to produce events and activities that spotlight your business. We are excited to produce our "Spring Fling" Business Expo on March 23rd for the first time since 2019.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Staff and Board of Directors
How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in
La Mesa
Place cut trees in green bin on regular collections day through January 7th – No ornaments, tinsel, nails, tree stands or flocked trees. Or drop off through January 17th at EDCO Station, 8184 Commercial St. or call to setup bulky item pickup for scheduled pick up. Visit
You're invited | State of the City Address
La Mesa Downtown District Sign
The La Mesa Village Association (LMVA) is thrilled to announce that the La Mesa City Council approved their proposed La Mesa Downtown Village District Sign at the meeting held on Dec. 14th!” to the beginning.

The LMVA has been working to develop a Downtown La Mesa District Sign to become a beautiful new focal point in our Village community, and will be located at the intersection of La Mesa Blvd. and Palm Ave.! The sign will feature the Downtown La Mesa Village name, plus "Jewel of the Hills" tagline. The sign will also be back lit with LED lights to make it shine at night! The supporting columns will be a work of art, literally, where the community will be able to buy & paint tiles to be placed on the columns for generations to admire! They will also have brass plaques available around the top perimeter of each column. The District Sign will truly be a community project for all to enjoy! They are currently accepting pledges to purchase a tile or plaque. Please visit their webpage for additional details and to make a pledge today at
Pardes Biosciences Nets $199M to Keep Up in COVID-19 Pill Race
Carlsbad startup Pardes Biosciences, which has begun clinical trials for an experimental pill to treat COVID-19, went public on Monday, raising $199 million through a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, or SPAC. Founded in February 2020 specifically to fight the pandemic, the company is pursuing a protease inhibitor antiviral compound called PBI-0451. It aims to offer initial treatment for people with the virus potentially sidetracking serious illness and keeping them out of the overwhelmed hospitals. Pardes Biosciences is a bit of a dark horse in the race for a COVID-19 pill. Pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Merck last week received emergency use authorization from federal regulators for pills to treat the virus. Pardes likely wouldn’t apply for emergency authorization until late next year, at the earliest. Pardes Biosciences is currently in phase I clinical study for its COVID-19 pill. Top-line data is expected in the first quarter of 2022. A potential Phase 2/3 trial could start in the middle of next year. The company currently employs 28 people, all working virtually. It contracts out lab work for now but plans to set up a footprint in San Diego County. Uri Lopatin, MD., and Lee Arnold, Ph.D., founded the company.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune – Mike Freeman.
Community Forum Jan. 20 on County’s Land Use and
Environment Budget
Interested in how the County uses public funds to advance sustainability programs or services that support the region’s built environment? Join us on Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a community conversation via Zoom on the Land Use & Environment Group’s budget. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Live translation will be provided. The deadline to request translation in a specific language is Monday, January 17, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. We look forward to your participation. Questions about the forum can be emailed to

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to join the meeting.
Climate Action Plan e-newsletter December 2021
Would you like to learn more about the County’s Climate Action Plan Update? We are offering presentations to community groups who would like to learn about the CAP Update and provide feedback. Email us at to connect with us.
The County conducted a community transportation needs assessment in La Presa and Spring Valley to learn about challenges residents experience when traveling throughout the community.
Connect with the Sustainability Planning Division on social media to stay up to date on County sustainability and conservation initiatives. This month, meet the Sustainability Team.

  • Jan 7 - Clean Air for All: Carl Moyer/FARMER/Community Air Protection Program Grant Deadline
  • Jan 8 - Watershed Warriors: Bonita Community Cleanup
  • Jan 19 - Celebrate Sustainably: New Year's Resolutions (Webinar)
  • Jan 22 - Watershed Warriors: Flinn Springs Community Cleanup

County Updates for the Business Community for 12.28.21

County offices, family resource centers, libraries and animal shelters will be closed to the public Friday, December 31 for the New Year’s holiday.

County-operated COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites will also be closed Friday and Saturday and will resume normal hours Sunday. Please see the County COVID-19 vaccine and testing schedule for additional details.

On December 22, CDPH released guidance for those working in health care facilities, adult care facilities, state/local correctional facilities and detention centers. All workers currently eligible for boosters, who provide services or work in the listed facilities, must be "fully vaccinated and boosted" for COVID-19. Please click the links below for details:

On December 27, the CDC updated and shortened the isolation and quarantine period for the general public.

If You Tested Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate). Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine).  
  • People who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, are recommended to quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
  • Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. 

To protect yourself from the Omicron variant, you can get vaccinated and get a booster if you qualify, wear a well-fitting mask, get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, wash your hands frequently, and practice physical distancing. 

Local Data: County of San Diego Summary of Variant Cases (Updated twice a week) 
Healthier Living Workshop - Diabetes

The County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services is offering virtual workshops throughout the month of January! See flyer to register for workshops covering health goals, meal plans, and how to talk to a healthcare provider about symptoms.
Women in the Wild

The County of San Diego Parks and Recreation Women in the Wild program is designed to teach outdoor skills in a fun, nurturing and non-competitive environment. Learn about the 2022 events at
Free Legal Assistance 

The University of San Diego School of Law has an approved Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic to provide legal assistance in the following areas. Please click here for additional details, or call 619-260-7470 for more information.
From La Mesa Wine Works: Happy New Year! Sip & Shop!
From SDG&E: Winter Energy-Saving Tips for Businesses
Article 1: Winter Energy-Saving Tips For Businesses
Did you know that as the season changes and the sun sets earlier in the day, there may be less renewable energy on the grid? This can result in your business relying more on electricity which can lead to changes in your energy bill. If you’d like to stay in control of your energy use, SDG&E has a few timely tips that can help you start saving now.

  1. Upgrade your lighting. Using LED lighting could help your business save year-round.
  2. Weatherize your business. Weather strip and caulk drafty doors and windows to keep in the heat when you need it most.  
  3. Use an advanced power strip. Electronics such as smart TVs, laptops or cable boxes use energy even when they are turned off. Using a smart power strip can help cut off power to devices even when they are on standby mode.
  4. Change air filters regularly. Replacing dirty air filters can increase the airflow throughout your HVAC system, helping it run more efficiently. 
  5. One of the easiest ways to save money is by controlling your thermostat. Smart thermostats can be adjusted remotely to run energy-efficient schedules. If you join SDG&E’s Smart Thermostat program, you’ll receive $50 per registered thermostat with a max of four thermostats for business and two for your home. Get details on

It’s always a good idea to prepare. Get ahead of your energy usage and implement energy-savings tips for your business today. Visit for more helpful information.
Don't Forget to Apply for the Small Business Stimulus Grant
Small Business Stimulus Grant Funding is Available from the County of San Diego – We Are District 2

The County of San Diego has received funds from the federal government’s American Recovery Plan Act. This grant is to provide economic assistance to help businesses and non-profit entities impacted by COVID-19. This financial assistance will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses and nonprofit entities based on the availability of funds, program guideline, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation.

Supervisor Joel Anderson District 2 Supervisor has asked chambers to assist with the paperwork for small businesses to complete the submission application. The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is happy to help. The La Mesa Chamber has decided to take an extra step in this grant funding process and the recovery of our businesses in La Mesa and announce immediately:

All Businesses in La Mesa - Whether a La Mesa Chamber Member Or Not - Can Contact Mary England for Assistance in Applying for This Grant

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce believes that assisting ALL businesses in their recovery from the pandemic and ability to obtain funds from the American Recovery Plan Act should be a priority. We are ALL in this together! Chamber Members and Non-Chamber members, effective immediately, may receive help from Mary England, President & CEO of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce in filling out all paperwork and answering any questions you may have. Mary may be reached 7 days a week – or 619-251-7730 to assist you.

If you are NOT sure of how to answer questions on the application or need assistance on clarifying what documents you need to submit – contact Mary England at or (619) 251-7730, we are happy to help!

NOTE: If you applied for and received county funds under the other Small Business Stimulus Grant, allocated from the CARES Act funding – YES you may apply for these funds, you just need to list the amount you received from the county on the application.
La Mesa Chamber Calendar
March 23, 2022 - "Spring Fling" Business Expo : 5-8pm at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon | 141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon | Details

July 18, 2022 - "Taste of San Diego - East" : 5-8pm at Town and Country San Diego | 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley | Details

August 18, 2022 - "Summer Bash" Business Expo : 5-8pm at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon | 141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon | Details

NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone who is ill – please stay home.

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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:
Cush Plaza La Mesa
Cush Plaza La Mesa
Commercial Real Estate
5565 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Platinum Members
Gold Members
A.L. Sound
American Medical Response
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
Benchmark Financial
Community Spectrum
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
Frazier Farms
Kostedt Design & Marketing
Magnaglobe Enterprises
Major Security Services
McGee Mechanical
Park Station
PenChecks, Inc.
Productivity Plus Office Support

Sanctuary Cruises
Sensi Media
Studio M.I.F.
The East County Californian
Ultimate Catering Concepts
Thank you for being a member and for your support!

Mary England
President & CEO
Cell: 619-251-7730
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce ∙ P.O. Box 94 ∙ La Mesa, California 91944