La Mesa Chamber News | September 29, 2021
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In case you missed last week's e-blast: September 23 Eblast
The Ribbon Cutting and Welcome of the Rogue Salon
to Our Community was a Family Affair!
When guests entered The Rogue Salon, located at 7520 El Cajon Blvd. they were warmly welcomed by a family member of the owner, Tami Campbell.  Tami has created this beautiful property into individual rooms, for the various services offered at the salon. The family were at the greeting area waiting for guests to arrive. It was great that all the ladies that work for Tami invited their families to the open house and ribbon cutting, making it truly a family affair. Of course, Tami’s entire family were in attendance and very gracious.  
The evening had a delectable selection of great treats – assorted meats and cheeses, fresh fruit, nuts, pretzels, chocolates, olives, pickles, delicious beverages and more! The ribbon cutting was staged with Tami and her employees, everyone else was there to celebrate this popular salon. Assembly Member, 79th District Akilah Weber, M.D. sent her representative Moana Cabiles to present a certificate of recognition to Tami, joined by Supervisor Joel Anderson’s Representative, Marc Schaefer who also presented a certificate to Tami. The La Mesa Chamber President & CEO, Mary England joined the group presenting a certificate on behalf of La Mesa Mayor, Mark Arapostathis, and another from the La Mesa Chamber to complete the evening. Take the time to visit this salon and take advantage of the on-going specials they offer. Visit their website –
Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer
Save the Date!
Evening Mixer at the East County Art Association
On Wednesday, October 20th we are ready to celebrate at our valued Chamber Member, East County Art Association with an evening mixer. This FREE evening get-together is long overdue, and we are ready to meet and visit with Linda Baltodano, who is part of the leadership team of the East County Art Association and members of this non-profit organization and meet the artists and the exhibit Light & Dark. This organization was created to promote friendship, fine art appreciation in all media, and art education for members and the community. The East County Art Association features artwork from fine artists, as well as admirers of the arts. This special occasion will offer beverages and fine wines by the glass and enjoy appetizers from local restaurants and more!
We look forward to seeing you in person for great wine and assorted beverages, delicious appetizers, good conversation and fun!

Wednesday, October 20th
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: East County Art Association
124 E. Main Street, El Cajon

RSVP’s: Due to public health and safety, this event is limited to the first 50 people who register to attend.
La Mesa Chamber Joins San Diego Business Coalition to Oppose the Vehicle Mileage Tax
In 2021, 18 Chambers of Commerce came together to form the San Diego Business Coalition. Our goal is to educate the community and businesses about proposed policies that will negatively impact San Diegans.

San Diego Elected Officials are looking to impose a new VEHICLE MILEAGE TAX to charge drivers PER MILE that we drive. This pilot program will then be implemented for all California drivers.

  • 80-cent-per-gallon INCREASE - The Vehicle Mileage Tax would require tracking every driver's mileage and charging them $0.04-$0.06 per mile they drive. That is the equivalent of an $0.80 per gallon increase in gas tax.
  • $600-800 a year - The typical San Diegan driver will be forced to pay $600-800 more a year to drive on roads they already paid for with the original gas and sales taxes. When added with the current car and gas tax, a two-car family is looking at over $3,000 a year in taxes.
  • LOSS OF PRIVACY - The Mileage Tax is an invasion of privacy with a tracking requirement that is still being decided by the government. Proposals include a device installed in every vehicle, a tracking app on cell phones, or your odometer being inspected annually.
DMV Warns Customers of Text Message Scams
The DMV does not ask for personal information through text or email
The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) reminds customers that it will never ask for personal information related to driver’s license number, Social Security number or financial information through text or unsolicited phone calls or email.

The DMV has heard from multiple customers who have received text messages directing them to an unfamiliar link. If a link does not direct customers to the main DMV website at, it is NOT from the DMV.

The DMV does not send customers unsolicited requests for information. When the DMV texts or emails customers, it is based on action initiated by the customer. For example, customers may receive an appointment reminder or cancelation notice by text or email from the DMV. Customers may also receive an email related to DMV services that directs customers to the website to take an action if they choose. Also, when a customer establishes an online account with DMV or has initiated an interactive, assisted online transaction with the DMV, further information may be requested.

“We offer secure online services and send text messages in some instances, but never include verification links that do not direct customers to a link,” said DMV Director Steve Gordon.

The department recommends customers ignore or delete any unsolicited texts or emails requesting personal information claiming to be on behalf of the DMV. Customers can report the phishing attack to the FTC at If you receive a phishing email, forward it to the Anti-Phishing Working Group at For a phishing text message, forward it to SPAM (7726).

Most DMV tasks do not require an office visit. The DMV encourages all customers to use its online services, expanded virtual services, and other service channels to complete transactions, including eligible driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals. Customers can also use the Service Advisor on the DMV website to complete DMV tasks.
Join Us and Welcome Thoughtful Creations to Our Chamber Family and Celebrate Their One Year Anniversary With a Ribbon Cutting and Mixer
On Tuesday, October 5th you are invited to welcome Shawndie Smith and her unique business, Thoughtful Creations. Shawndie has taken her location at 8270 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa and developed a collective group of local crafters, designers and artisans to showcase their items. Visiting this location is truly one-stop shopping and all under one roof! When visiting this location you can shop for jewelry, resin art, personalized shirts and other clothing items, as well as food items, beverages and more! You will be able to enjoy samplings of delicious foods and beverages throughout the evening. Take the time to do some pre-holiday shopping.
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
“Official” Ribbon Cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Thoughtful Creations
8270 La Mesa Blvd. #101
(Park in the Union Bank trailer parking lot, right behind the store.)

Sip, snack and shop!

Don’t miss out on the festivities!
Help Us Honor Our Local Heroes! Join Us at the 13th Annual Salute to Local Heroes
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces their thirteenth annual Salute to Local Heroes, which will incorporate the theme, “Hooray for Our Heroes.” This festive night celebrates our local heroes, installs the Board of Directors, includes a silent auction, raffle and more. We believe that throughout this past year we have all witnessed extraordinary acts of bravery and want to commend those that do so much for our community. This year we are adding two honorees from Sharp Grossmont Hospital increasing the number of heroes to be recognized. We will now be honoring men and women from the La Mesa Police Department, Paramedics, Heartland Fire, the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and Sharp Grossmont Hospital. They are chosen by their individual departments for selfless acts of courage, dedication, bravery, compassion, and service to our community. This event is open to the public.

Wednesday, October 13

Sycuan Casino Resort (Wachena Ballroom)
5469 Casino Way in El Cajon
Complimentary valet parking

1 for $95 | 2 for $170 | Table of 8 for $640

Sponsorships are available for this celebration. Contact Mary England, 619-251-7730 to be a sponsor and spotlight your business or organization at this special event.
Join Us and Welcome West Coast Smoke & Tap House to Our Business Community at Our Ribbon Cutting
Join us on Thursday, October 21st and welcome West Coast Smoke and Tap House to our business community. West Coast Smoke and Tap House is your neighborhood pub serving great food, with meal specials in addition to regular items on he menu. They pride themselves on having a rotating draft beer selection featuring some of the finest brews around. Some of the delicious menu items include: rib plates, pork plates, smoked brisket, a half chicken plate, salad, house-made soups and more!

Meet Kristina Blake and the staff to see why they are a popular addition to the La Mesa business community. They will be serving happy hour food and beverage specials for this special night.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
“Official” Ribbon Cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Location: West Coast Smoke & Tap House - 6126 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa

Don’t miss this opportunity to say hello and sample some green food and brew at Happy Hour prices!
County Updates for the Business Community for 9.27.21
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
The CDC recommends that people in the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completion of their 2-dose Pfizer series:

Per the CDC, people who may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster include:
  • People ages 18–49 with an underlying medical condition
  • People ages 18–64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to working or residing in certain settings

People can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot is appropriate for them. Only the Pfizer booster shot is available at this time. 

Pfizer booster shots are available in San Diego County where standard vaccinations are received- through a healthcare provider, local pharmacies, and current County of San Diego Vaccination Sites
By the Numbers: Who's Dying Now in California Amid the COVID Delta Surge 

It’s been longer than a year and a half since COVID-19 first arrived in California, and the demographics of who is dying from the virus are changing. 

So far, 67,628 people have died in California during the pandemic, more than in any other state, but the lowest rate...Continue reading

Find ready-to-use digital resources that can be shared in your community and on social media.
N95 Mask Distribution Day! SD East County on October 6

PPE Unite is partnering with the SD East County Chamber of Commerce and SBDC San Diego/Imperial Valley to distribute N95-ONLY masks to local san Diego businesses and organizations.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
at San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
201 S. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020

Click here for details and to RSVP. 
Climate Action Plan e-newsletter September 2021
The County is committed to crafting its Climate Action Plan Update using the most current data available.

The 11th annual National Drive Electric Week is September 25 to October 3, 2021.

As a part of the Climate Action Plan Update, the County is holding a series of public workshops throughout the year to present project updates and solicit feedback.

An update to the County's Green Building Code increases water efficiency in new residential development.

From Journey Community Church: God at the Movies
Movies have a way of communicating, unlike any other art form. In them, we find powerful stories of the human experience—an experience marked by an intersection with the divine. Whether filmmakers know it or not, God's fingerprints can be found all over their stories. We'll take some of the most popular films from the last year (and beyond) and look at how we can find God at the movies."

Oct 1-3 : 1917
Oct 8-10 : Tenent
Oct 22-24: Knives Out
Oct 29-31: Peoples Choice

Don't Forget to Apply for the Small Business Stimulus Grant
Small Business Stimulus Grant Funding is Available NOW 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
October 5 - Thoughtful Creations Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer : 5:30-7pm at Thoughtful Creations | 8270 La Mesa Blvd. | Details/RSVP

October 13 - Salute to Local Heroes & Installation Dinner : 5:30-8:45pm at Sycuan Casino Resort | 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019 | Details/RSVP

October 20 - Evening Mixer at the East County Art Association : 5:30-7pm at East County Art Association | 124 E Main St., El Cajon | Details/RSVP

October 21 - West Coast Smoke & Tap House Ribbon Cutting & Evening Mixer : 5:30-7pm at West Coast Smoke & Tap House | 6126 Lake Murray Blvd. | Details/RSVP

November 10 - Evening Mixer at Hooleys Public House : 5:30-7pm at Hooleys Public House | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa | 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
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
SMIB Management, Inc.
Gold Members
AAA Imaging
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
Park Station
PenChecks, Inc.
Productivity Plus Office Support
San Pasqual Winery
Sanctuary Cruises
Sears Mechanical
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