La Mesa Chamber News | March 22, 2021
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Spring Has Sprung - Spring is Officially Here!
The First Day of Spring was March 20th
In case you missed last week's email blast, see it here.
Yes, San Diego County is in the Red Tier!
On March 17th you could hear the loud noise and celebration throughout the county in restaurants serving food and beverages (including green beer) to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, the special day people could finally dine inside restaurants, with a specified capacity and do much more! March 17th had a special meaning for some of the following businesses: restaurants, gyms, fitness centers, museums, zoos, places of worship, aquariums, movie theaters and retail shopping to name a few. These businesses are now able to offer/open or increase the capacity within their locations.
You can now dine INDOORS at your favorite restaurant. However, the maximum capacity is 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. So now dine indoors or outdoors at a restaurant of your choice.

All Retail:
Capacity has been increased to 50%. Enjoy shopping in your retail location.

Shopping Centers/Malls:
Has increased to 50% capacity.

Museums, Zoos & Aquariums:
Now open for indoor activities with modifications. Indoor activities now allowed with a 25% maximum capacity.

Places of Worship:
Now open indoors with modifications with a maximum capacity of 25%.

Movie Theaters:
Now can offer indoor entertainment. Capacity allowed is 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

Gym/Fitness Centers:
Now open for indoor classes with modifications. Maximum capacity is 10%. Climbing walls are now added for exercise.

Outdoor Live Events with Assigned Seating & Controlled Mixing (e.g. sports & live performances):
Max 20% capacity includes suites with 25% occupancy per suite and suites no more than 3 households. In-state visitors only, advanced reservations only. Primarily in-seat concessions (no concourse sales).

Amusement Parks:
Maximum 15%. Small groups – Max. 10 people or 3 household groups with no intergroup mixing. Indoor capacity max 15% with some time restrictions. No indoor dining. In-state visitors only. Online ticket purchases only.

Vaccine Reminder & Updates
Remember, the following groups are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:

Phase 1B:
  • Food & Agriculture
  • Childcare & Education
  • Emergency Services

Phase 1C:
  • Persons 16-64 years old with High-Risk Medical Conditions and Disabilities

CDC Update - fully vaccinated people can:
  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people from a single household, indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic

Pharmacies are providing COVID-19 Vaccines - Must be scheduled:
County Extends Rent and Utility Assistance Application Period

The Emergency Assistance Program has been extended through March 31, 2021.

This program is open to San Diego residents impacted by COVID-19 who need help paying rent and utilities.

For more information visit: or call (858) 694-4801 to speak to a housing representative
California COVID-19 Rent Relief

Eligible landlord and renters can apply for financial assistance with unpaid rent. Applications are now open at

For additional information on eligibility call 833-430-2122 for questions and/or application assistance.
Restaurant Revitalization Fund - $28.6 Billion in
Cash Grants to Restaurants
One of the most significant recent developments in the American Rescue Plan is the creation of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). This new $28.5 billion grant program will specifically target hard-hit restaurants and bars, with restaurants able to apply for grants based on lost gross revenue between 2019 and 2020. The maximum grant size will be $5 million for restaurants and $10 million for restaurant groups.

By estimates, the restaurant and bar industry have been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. This industry has lost $250 billion in revenues since the beginning of the pandemic and the passage of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund is an industry-specific solution. The SBA will administer and disperse the RRF grant, but the program does not yet have a launch date.
Shuttered Venue Operators Grant - Offers $16 Billion in Grants
The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act. This program will offer aid to live venues, including movie theaters, concert spaces and museums. The program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of hi gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees.
FFCRA Tax Credits Continue
The Families First Coronavirus Rescue Plan Act (FFCRA) and the requirement employers provide emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave expired at the end of 2020. Around the same time FFCRA ended, Congress passed an extension of the tax credit for employers who volunteered to provide emergency leave through March 31, 2021. The American Response Act extends that tax credit to employers who opt to continue providing FFCRA leave from the end of March to September 30, 2021.

FFCRA-related emergency paid sick leave, and emergency paid family, and medical leave is provided for reasons including:
  • Acquiring an immunization/vaccination for COVID-19
  • Recovering from an illness, injury, disability, or injury related to the COVID-19 immunization
  • Waiting on test or diagnoses results for COVID-19
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Act provides $7 billion to the PPP to help small businesses with the possibility of 100% loan forgiveness. The bill has been expanded to nonprofit organizations and some businesses may be eligible for a second loan from this program.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Advance Program
Businesses with less than 10 employees will be given priority. $15 billion in funds will be distributed to the EIDL Advance program to help businesses experiencing revenue losses resulting from COVID-19. Businesses could receive assistance to help cover financial and operating costs due to the pandemic.
Unemployment Benefits
The American Rescue Plan Act extends and increases the previous unemployment benefits that were provided under the CARES Act and the previous stimulus package (expiring this month). Several items to note:
  • Unemployment benefits will remain at $300 a week. These benefits are available until September 6, 2021.
  • The first $10,200 of unemployment received during 2020 will be untaxable for households that have an income of less than $150,000.
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) has been extended for those who are self-employed or gig workers and might not otherwise receive state unemployment benefits.
Stimulus Payments
The federal government will be sending up to $1,400 in stimulus checks to individuals making less than $75,000 (or $150,000 for those filing jointly).
Apply Now: California Competes Tax Credit - Apply By March 29th
Is your business growing in the state of CA over the next 5 years, or considering leaving CA?

Apply for a significant tax credit to offset your state income tax liability by March 29th

For more information on eligibility and assistance:
NEW Rounds for CARelief Grants are Coming!
Small businesses & non-profits applications Round 5: March 25th – March 31st
Learn more at for eligibility, criteria & updates.
Small Business Can Apply for PPP Funding
SBA will continue to accept PPP applications for all eligible borrowers until March 31.
Local Cities Will Receive $600 Million in Aid From Federal Bill
The federal COVID-19 relief bill signed into law provides more than $600 million to cities in San Diego County to help them cover deficits created by shrinking revenue during the pandemic.

The money, ranging from $306 million for the city of San Diego to $800,000 for Del Mar, will help cities avoid layoffs and cuts to services such as libraries, firefighting, police and parks.

The amounts awarded to each city are based on a federal formula that factors in a city’s poverty rate, population and how much crowded housing it has. The formula does not prioritize tourism-reliant cities like Carlsbad and Coronado, which have been hit hardest financially because of hotel tax revenue has dipped severely. The property tax makes up for 50% of the federal formula. Overall population accounts for 25%, and the final 25% is based on the number of housing units with high ratios of people to square footage. Based on the formula, the City of La Mesa is scheduled to receive $11.1 million. The money can’t be spent to offset tax cuts or pay for pensions and it must all be spent by 2024.

The money will be doled out by the Treasury Department, which will develop rules for use of the funds before distributing the first half in about 60 days, with the second half arriving one year later. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – David Garrick.
California Legislature Oks Expansion of Paid Sick Leave - The Bill Goes to the Governor to Sign
The California Legislature on March 18th to expand paid sick leave for about 10.4 million workers, sending a bill to the Governor that mandates up to two weeks of paid time for things like having coronavirus symptoms, scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine or caring for a child who is doing school at home. The bill, if signed into law, applies to companies with at least 25 employees. The rules would expire on September 30th but are retroactive to January 1. Some companies would have to pay their workers for time off they have already taken. But many companies can get that money back from the federal government. Companies can get a payroll tax credit of up to $511 per day for each employee that takes the paid sick leave. The tax credit is enough to cover workers who make $60 an hour or less, according to Democratic, state Senator Nancy Skinner, the bill’s primary author. The money comes from a significant state surplus, estimated at about $15 billion, which will soon be augmented by another $26 billion in federal aid. But California’s small businesses have not fared well weathering multiple government-ordered shutdowns throughout the state. Small business revenue is down 29% since January 2020, while the number of small businesses open has fallen by more than 34%. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Adam Beam.
Let Supervisor Joel Anderson Know Your Opinion Regarding the Federal Stimulus Funds Expected Soon - San Diego County Expects to Receive $650 Million!
The County of San Diego is seeking input from residents on how best to use the anticipated federal stimulus funds, an estimated $650 million to be distributed under the American Rescue Plan bill. As a County, significant money has been used setting up the vaccine distribution sites, staff and supplies, totaling a cost of more than $100 million. Previous COVID-19 funding was used for small business grants, food services, childcare services, and income stipends. Supervisors would like residents to be a part of that conversation. Each Supervisor is holding a Community Workshop to hear from residents about needs and thoughts regarding this funding.

Our District 2 Community Workshop was already held. For those of you who could not attend the virtual meeting and would like to share your opinion on these funds, please send your comments directly to Supervisor Anderson at:
Anderson Alert: Lease for "Last-Mile" e-Commerce Distribution Center Approved and More
This past week, the Board of Supervisors met for our regularly scheduled board meetings. We covered a number of agenda items, including voting on a long-term lease at Gillespie Field, which passed unanimously.

Our team is proud of the work we accomplished this week. I am personally grateful to my board colleagues for working with me on several measures. Through this lease approval, we hope to bring hundreds of jobs to East County!

Below are some additional highlights from the week. As always, if there is ever any way my office can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out using the contact form on my website. You may also view the newsletter here.
Anderson Leads Approval of Lease for "Last-Mile" E-Commerce Distribution Center

Supervisor Joel Anderson and his Board colleagues unanimously approved a long-term lease of County-owned property near the Gillespie Field trolley stop that will allow this location to serve as a new e-commerce distribution center in East County.

"This is such great news," said Supervisor Anderson. "For many, many years, we have worked tirelessly to develop the business potential at Gillespie Field. I want to thank my Board colleagues— for their leadership and support. Today's action is an important first step in bringing more good-paying jobs to East County-- a community that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am confident this lease will serve as a springboard for future economic growth as business leaders recognize that East County is open for business!"

Supervisors Approve Anderson's Co-Authored Board Letter Enhancing Wildfire Safety

Supervisor Anderson, along with his colleague Supervisor Desmond of the 5th district, proposed a board letter that would enhance wildfire safety on county roads. Fire hazards represent a high-level threat to individuals and property located in the unincorporated areas of the County. The board letter, which was approved, will direct the Chief Administrative Officer to identify public roads where twenty feet (previously ten feet) of vegetation clearing should occur to enhance public safety.

Anderson Presents His First County Proclamation to Barry Jantz

Grossmont Healthcare District CEO Barry Jantz is entering retirement and Supervisor Joel Anderson provided him with a County proclamation to congratulate him. Barry has been an outstanding member of the East County community and has accomplished many remarkable things throughout his career. Watch the proclamation presentation below!
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Another Reminder - Be Sure and Advertise Your Business for FREE in the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper & Online Directory
Have you filled out the simple form online to advertise your business for FREE? The San Diego Union Tribune has created an opportunity for businesses to let the public know - “Yes, We’re Open.” This business marketing campaign lists your business name, address, phone number and website in ads they print in the newspaper and their online directory.

Sign up NOW - visit to fill out the form to list your business in print and online – FREE!

If you need help or questions - call Mary England 619-251-7730 and we will be glad to assist you!
Member Restaurants Offering
Take Out / Delivery
You are able to order food for “take out” and you may “pick up” meals at these restaurants. You may check the websites of these restaurants to see what food delivery services they use to make your dining experience easy and convenient.
Anthony's Fish Grotto
Takeout: 11:30am - 8pm
Retail market: 11:30am -7pm
9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
7 days a week from 11am-10pm - Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Curbside Service, & Delivery.
5500 Grossmont Drive
(619) 589-7222 |

Brew Coffee Spot
Patio open 8-3 daily | online ordering | take out
(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
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
Delivery available.
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
Take out and delivery available!
Mon-Thur & Sun: 11am-8pm | Fri & Sat 11am-9pm
6950 Alvarado Rd. in San Diego
(619) 465-1910 |

Nonno's Ristorante Italiano
Carry out.
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
Order pick ups and bottles to go.
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
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 |

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
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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
Sandra Small/ Photographer
SMIB Management, Inc.
The Little Warehouse
Self Storage
Gold Members
AAA Imaging
American Medical Response
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
Benchmark Financial
Community Spectrum
Discovering My City Magazine
DMZ Visual Marketing
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
Frazier Farms
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 ∙ P.O. Box 94 ∙ La Mesa, California 91944