La Mesa Chamber News | May 6, 2022

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In case you missed last week's e-blast: April 28 Eblast See more past email blasts here.

Chamber Member Special Opportunity to Promote Your Business

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The La Mesa Chamber is hosting “Shop and Dine La Mesa” on Saturday May 21 at The Marketplace at Lake Murray Village (NE corner of Baltimore and Lake Murray Blvd-Vons Shopping Center) between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm. This is a free event to the public.  We will have an area for members to have display tables for their business, canopies etc. “Shop and Dine La Mesa” is a pilot program presented in partnership with the County of San Diego. It allows the Chamber to spotlight businesses within La Mesa through a Grant Program. We will have entertainment that day for families including face painting, balloon artists, bubble blowing, a spinner game for prizes and more. This is a great opportunity for our businesses to come out and meet the public to present your goods and services for free. Please let us know as soon as possible as the spaces are offered on a first come first serve basis and we encourage you to take advantage of this. Please click here ( to download the registration form and register now!

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The Oakwood Escrow Grand Opening Was a Crowd Pleaser!


The room was full of fun loving people as they gathered to celebrate the opening of Oakwood Escrow. Haley Kremensky and her team had a great spread of food items and snacks, tastefully displayed in their office along with refreshing beverages. The Oakwood Escrow team are a fun loving group of people who want to serve their clients in an extraordinary way. During the evening a representative of Senator Brian Jones presented Haley with a certificate of appreciation for being a business in La Mesa, along with a representative from Assembly Member Akilah Weber’s office who did the same. The Chamber presented certificates of appreciation from the Mayor of La Mesa and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, along with their Chamber membership plaque.


The crowd continued to celebrate long after the ribbon cutting and it was great to see people interact face-to-face and have a good time. For all of your escrow needs give Haley a call 619-467-4110.

Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer.

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Tint World La Mesa Joins Our Business Community


We are happy to announce the addition of Tint World La Mesa to our business community. Owner, David Roche and his team are poised and ready to serve you. It was interesting to learn of all the services that Tint World La Mesa offers they are: tinting of course for your vehicles, sound systems, wheel repair, auto detailing, paint touch up, nano ceramic coating, headlight restoration, and they offer SunTek paint protection technology that preserves your vehicle’s paint. You may also have your vehicle wrapped. There are many options to choose from, so stop in and meet David Roche and his team and see how they can take care of your vehicle needs. Tint World La Mesa is located at 7360 El Cajon Blvd. and their number is (619) 277-9745.

Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer.

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Welcome to Our New Member!

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Housing Voice - Humanity Mortgage

Premiere Residential Mortgage and Real Estate Broker specializing in Purchase Loans, Refinance Loans, Home Renovation Loans and Reverse Mortgage Loans

9311 Madison Ave.

La Mesa, CA 91941

(619) 857-1657 | | | Facebook: @robert.mcmahon.96 | Instagram: @robertmcmahonjr : Linkedin: robert-a-mcmahon-jr-a168998

Don’t Miss Taco Tuesday on May 17th


Shawndie Smith is excited to host another Taco Tuesday at her business THOUGHTFUL CREATIONS located at 8270 La Mesa Blvd. #101 on Tuesday May 17th between the hours of 5:30 and 7 pm. Shawndie is offering raffles and silent auction items in addition to the great menu she will be serving. This evening mixer is free to Chamber members and $5 for guests.


Tuesday, May 17th

5:30 p.m.- 7:00p.m.


Where: Thoughtful Creations

8270 La Mesa Blvd. #101, La Mesa

Park behind her business in the Union Bank parking lot


Cost: Free to members - $5 for guests


Register online or email:

The Chamber Invites You to Join Us at “Shop & Dine La Mesa” and Meet Other Businesses on May 21st at the Marketplace at Lake Murray Village
This family-friendly FREE community event celebrates the strength of our business community! “Shop & Dine La Mesa” was created to shine a spotlight on different businesses in shopping centers in various areas in La Mesa. The Chamber applied for and was granted ARPA funding to promote businesses in La Mesa from the County of San Diego. The first shopping center being highlighted under this pilot program is the Marketplace at Lake Murray Village Shopping Center, at the corner of Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Drive between the hours of 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This program encourages the public to visit this shopping center and meet the businesses that are located there, as well as businesses within the surrounding area. This fun-filled afternoon will have activities like face painting, balloon artists, bubble blowing and other entertaining games with perks. The La Mesa Chamber will offer prizes to guests that visit a percentage of participating businesses that day via a shopping card or a QR code for each of those businesses that will be designed by our digital Marketing Sponsor HUMBL, Inc. Come see our community safety partners - the La Mesa Police Department, our ambulance service, American Medical Response and our team from Heartland Fire & Rescue.
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La Mesa Woman Club Celebrates 120th Anniversary in Style


On Wednesday May 4th, a group of fun-loving members of the community gathered to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the La Mesa Woman’s Club. In attendance and recognized were two of the members who were 100 and 101 years old. Betsy Quinn and Kathy Tinsley led the day’s program. Members were recognized in addition to a joint proclamation from Senator Brian Jones and Assemblywoman Akilah Weber commemorating this special occasion. Mary England presented a proclamation from the La Mesa Mayor and Councilmembers to the club as well as a certificate of recognition from Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. 


For the past 47 years, LMWC has awarded scholarships to graduating students in the Grossmont Union High School District and awarded 273 scholarships totaling $111,300. The club this year donated $4,902 diapers to East County families and the military mom’s and S.T.E.P. programs. These are just some of the activities supported by this club of dedicated woman and on behalf of the La Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors, we are proud of this club and they have done for our community and look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments.

From Supervisor Fletcher: Approving a Twin Engine Helicopter & How to Administer Naloxone

Board Of Supervisors Approve Acquiring Twin-Engine Helicopter

San Diego County is ready to step up its wildfire response with its first twin-engine helicopter that can fight fires at night, carry more water & is safer for personnel. This week, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved our proposal for the County to purchase it. Read Our Statement

Watch our statement about a new twin-engine helicopter here.

Do You Know How to Administer Naloxone And Save a Life?

Naloxone is a life-saving medicine that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. Thousands of lives are lost every year, and increasing access & education about Naloxone is essential to keeping San Diegans from becoming a statistic. Thank you to everyone who works to educate more people on how to use Naloxone and help our county increase its access so more overdoses can be reversed and lives can be saved. Learn More

Watch this Naloxone demonstration here.

We Continue to Build New Affordable Housing

Our County is making historic investments in addressing homelessness in our region by allocating millions of dollars to develop 40 permanent supportive housing units in the El Cerrito community. We are working in partnership with the San Diego Housing Commission, PATH Ventures and the City of San Diego to build new housing units for our unsheltered community. This week, the Board of Supervisors approved the measure to join the application requesting for these funds. Read Our Statement

Watch news coverage of our Project Homekey announcement before the vote here.

We Remain Committed to Welcoming Asylum Seeking Families

San Diego has always welcomed immigrants, refugees and asylum-seeking individuals into our region and provided them with the support they need when they arrive. Together with Vice Chair Nora Vargas, we’re committed to supporting families seeking asylum, and with Title 42 ending soon, it’s time for our County to prepare to provide shelter, legal services, and any support they need. This week, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved our proposal to identify a County property as a temporary shelter for these families. Read Our Statement

Watch news coverage of our asylum temporary shelter proposal here.

La Mesa Celebrates Bike Month with Free Bicycle Education & Safety Fair

Bike safety checks, educational resources, and bike accessory giveaways prepare 

bicyclists to use their bicycle as an alternative mode of transportation


The City of La Mesa, in partnership with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and iCommute GO by Bike initiative, is ramping up efforts to motivate and educate residents to use their bike during the month of May at a free Bicycle Education and Safety Fair on Saturday May 7, 2022 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The fair will be held in the parking lot of City Hall 8130 Allison Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942

“We are excited to offer a fun family-friendly event to promote biking as a healthy, convenient, and environmentally friendly form of transportation,” said Hilary Ego, Environmental Program Manager at the City of La Mesa. “The City’s Climate Action Plan commits to advancing community-wide bikeability by providing bicycle safety training and educational activities.”  

Event participants will engage with bicycle experts to learn about bicycle riding best practices, how to properly lock and store a bike, how to ride public transportation with a bike, receive a bike safety check, and install free bike accessories to enhance visibility on the trail or road. La Mesa Police Officers will be hosting a Bike Rodeo for kids and teaching residents how to file a stolen bike report. 

This free event is made possible by a grant awarded to the City of La Mesa to support the ongoing effort by SANDAG to encourage people to GO by BIKE, maintain an active lifestyle, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With over 1,700 miles of bikeways in the region, there are plenty of places to GO by BIKE. 

13th Annual “Taste of San Diego – East” – Monday, July 18th, 2022
The Chamber’s 13th annual popular “foodie” event is set for Monday, July 18, 2022. This special evening where guests can “eat their hearts out” will happen between 5-8 p.m. at the newly renovated Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. The popularity and crowd of this annual event has outgrown the La Mesa Community Center, where it was held for the first 10 years. So, make plans to join us and “Taste, Savor and Mingle” in one ballroom, with plenty of room to stroll throughout the food and business vendor tables. Enjoy great food samplings, free prizes from business sponsors/vendors, a silent auction and raffles during this fun-filled evening. Visit

SANDAG Kicks-off Free Transit for Youth Program

SANDAG's Youth Opportunity Pass Pilot Program Launched May 1!


Youth across the region have signed up for a PRONTO account or card in the past month to take advantage of the SANDAG Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program which launched on May 1.

Since the program announcement on April 1, more than 1,500 new youth accounts have been set up online with more than 6,000 physical passes distributed directly to youth!

Youth can register for unlimited rides on the bus, Trolley, COASTER, and SPRINTER, now through June 2023, when the Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program ends.  REGISTER NOW

Join SANDAG Bike to Work Day 2022!🚲


Have you registered for SANDAG Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 19? 

Once you register you can stop by one of 100 pit stop locations throughout the San Diego region from 6 – 9 a.m. to pick up your FREE t-shirt, snacks, and encouragement. Take a look at the locations of this year's exciting Pit Stops and start planning your route. Get ready to GO by BIKE!

Check out our San Diego Regional Bike Map, riding and safety tips, bike lockers, and information on bike lockers by clicking the button below. Learn More.

SDG&E Proposes a Financing Program to Help Business Customers Purchase & Install Heat-Pump Water Heat and Space Heating Technologies

Attend an upcoming community meeting to learn how the proposed program would benefit businesses. We will discuss how 0% financing, managed through your utility bill, combined with incentives and credits can help offset upfront installation costs when replacing natural gas equipment with electric heat pump technology.

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We encourage you to register for this community meeting and learn about this program and to get information on this program.

From the County of San Diego: Upcoming Virtual Public Meetings

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The Regional Decarbonization Framework (Framework) team is hosting monthly public meetings to engage and educate the community on our goal of getting to zero carbon emissions by mid-century. 

Meeting Details

Registration links are provided below. You must be registered to receive the event Zoom link. 

More information on the Framework and a full schedule of outreach events can be found on the project website. Additionally, please visit the project engagement portal where you can review and comment on the draft document.  

We value your engagement in the Regional Decarbonization effort. If you have questions about the Framework moving forward, please contact the project team at

Mother's Day Specials From Our Members!

From McGee Mechanical:

Discount for Chamber Members Only!

McGee Mechanical serves as a leading HVAC Contractor Company in the San Diego area. We’re a team of fully-certified professionals who tackle everything from complex large projects to smaller scale jobs. Fueled by our commitment to excellence, we go the extra mile to make sure clients are completely satisfied with our work. Call us today to schedule a consultation.


7870 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

(619) 500-8144 |

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From La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe:

Happy Mother's Day - Get 15% Off!

Use code MAMA15 at checkout for 15% off!

Deal ends May 5th. | (619) 966-4510

8759 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa

From Trilogy Health: 🌸 Spoil your Mom with Savings 🌸
A $150 GIFT CARD FOR $100*

*Can be used towards any of our services including Botox, fillers, PRP injections, body sculpting, laser treatments and vitamin injections

Call to purchase: (619) 567-6914

Dr. Ellyn Levine | Trilogy Health | 5290 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa | | (619) 567-6914

From San Pasqual Winery: 

Enjoy $6 "Mom"Mosa's All Day Sunday!

Shop for a Cause at San Pasqual Winery Seaport Village!


Great Gift Ideas for Mother's Day!! Hope to See You There!

Seaport Village Tasting Room: 805 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, 92101 | (619) 544-WINE (9463)

Enjoy $6 "Mom"Mosa's All Day Sunday!

Celebrate The Amazing Mom's in Your Life at La Mesa Village, Seaport Village and The Toast Bubble Bar! We will be serving our Summer Vine Passionfruit "Mom"Mosas all Day Sunday for $6 a flute!

La Mesa Tasting Room: 8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942 | (619) 462-1797


From Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber: Final Senior Stroll Info

In observance of Older Americans Month, please join me in partnership with the George Stevens Senior Community Center for a Legislative Update and Senior Stroll at Chollas Lake Park on Saturday, May 14, 2022 from 8am-9:30am. Chollas Lake Park is located at 6350 College Grove Drive, San Diego, CA 92115. We will begin our event with a legislative update and then go into our Senior Stroll around the Lake, featuring the Fourth District Seniors Resource Center Glide and Stride Walkers!

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From Dream Dinners: Feed the Dream Meal Packing Event

Will you help Fill the Box?

Donate at:

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Volunteer /Donor Sign Up

Sign up to join us for our 2022 Meal Packing Event on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at Del Cerro Baptist Church from 9 am -12 pm. Together we hope to raise enough money to pack 20,000 meals for insecure families in here in our own community as well as those aboard. In Partnership with Dream Dinners Foundation and Kids Around the World, we can help feed families, educate children and build playgrounds. Volunteer a few hours, donate a few bucks, form a team or sponsor the event.

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From SDG&E: It’s Just Dirt, Right?


Dirt isn’t scary, but accidentally breaking an underground gas line can be! So before undertaking any digging projects, please contact 8-1-1 at least two working days prior to your excavation to have underground utility lines marked for free. You can also submit a location request at

It’s important that you contact 811 before you begin any projects, like trenching, drilling, road work, building a pool or installing landscaping. Contacting 8-1-1 helps keep your neighborhood and utility services safe. 

Accidentally hitting a gas line can result in a serious safety hazard, fires, property damage, loss of utility service, costly repairs and fines. Gas leaks also cause a range of inconveniences including service outages, closed streets and unnecessary strain on emergency teams. 

Gas pipelines and electric lines can be located anywhere — under streets, sidewalks and yards. Even simple projects like planting trees or installing a fence require you to find out if any utility lines are running underground in the area you are planning to dig. Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires contacting to have buried lines marked by SDG&E at no cost. 

California state law stipulates you need to contact before you dig. According to the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report, an underground utility line is damaged every six minutes in the United States because someone decided to dig without having utility lines marked first. 

Because many utility lines are buried just a few inches below ground, you should only use hand tools to dig within 24 inches of marked gas lines. Something as simple as a slight gouge, scrape or dent to a gas pipeline could lead to a leak. 

Remember, contacting 8-1-1 helps prevent injuries, property damage and costly repairs. Failure to do so can result in expensive fines and you could be charged with the repair costs of damaged underground facilities. 

If you suspect a natural gas pipeline has been damaged, or you detect a gas leak, call SDG&E immediately at (800) 411-7343. Always err on the side of caution. 

Please visit for more information.

La Mesa Chamber Calendar

May 17 - "Taco Tuesday" Mixer : 5:30-7pm at Thoughtful Creations | 8270 La Mesa Blvd. #101 in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

FEATURED! May 21 - "Shop & Dine La Mesa" : 11am-4pm at The Marketplace at Lake Murray Village | 5550-5680 Lake Murray Blvd. | Details

June 4 - La Mesa Flag Day Parade | Details

June 8 - Evening Mixer at Anthony’s Fish Grotto : 5:30-7pm on the “Lake” at Anthony’s Fish Grotto | 9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

June 21 - "Taco Tuesday" Mixer : 5:30-7pm at Thoughtful Creations | 8270 La Mesa Blvd. #101 in La Mesa

FEATURED! July 18 - "Taste of San Diego - East" : 5-8pm at Town and Country San Diego | 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley | Details/Buy Tickets

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

September 15 - Joint Mixer with La Mesa and Santee Chambers : 5-7pm at Lantern Crest Senior Living | 300 Lantern Crest Way, Santee, CA 92071 | Details/RSVP

September 21 - Annual Evening Mixer at Hooleys Public House : 5:30-7pm at Hooleys Public House | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive #277 in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

FEATURED! October 19 - Salute to Local Heroes & Installation Dinner : 5:30-8:45pm at Sycuan Casino Resort | 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon | Details

December 7 - Toy Drive for La Mesa Military Families & Party at BJ's : 5:30-7pm at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

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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"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.
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Commercial Real Estate
5565 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Platinum Members
Gold Members
American Medical Response
Angelo's Towing & Recovery
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
Benchmark Financial
Cabrillo Credit Union
Charcoal House
Restaurant & Bar
Community Spectrum
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
Focuscom Inc.
Frazier Farms
Kostedt Design & Marketing
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
Whissel Realty Group
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
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