La Mesa Chamber News | July 19, 2021
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In case you missed last week's email blast: July 12 Eblast
The "Summer Bash" Business Expo Happens on Wednesday, July 21st
If you want a ticket – better order it today – will NOT be selling any at the door. This is the perfect opportunity to “Mix and Mingle” with our business community! We are excited to produce this event – our FIRST since the pandemic and look forward to seeing everyone IN PERSON!

We have 45 business vendors that are just waiting to see you AND they are offering you an opportunity to win one of their FREE Door Prizes! The evening includes other raffles and a silent auction – fun for everyone!
Wednesday, July 21st 
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon
141 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon

Price: Only $10 per person - includes food from 11 food vendors (Beverages may be purchased separately)

Note: This is a 21-year or older event.
To order your ticket you can pay in advance at: Your name will be held at WILL CALL at the Welcome Table in the foyer!
Presenting Sponsor:
Union Bank
Venue Partner:
Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown Mixer and Ribbon Cutting on July 15th - Great Food, Fun & Friends
Rachel Lynch pulled out all the “stops” for the mixer and ribbon cutting at her hotel, TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown, located at 1445 Sixth St., in San Diego. To celebrate this Grand Opening, Rachel had souvenir hats for everyone to take home, had great food to sample, stuffed mushrooms, vegetable platters, homemade cookies, a cheese platter with crackers and fresh fruit dipped in chocolate and more! The bar was serving a mix of fresh cocktails, as well as beer, wine, and soft drinks. The service was fabulous! We were happy to meet her Front Office Manager, Jordan Mauck who has worked with Rachel at other hotels in the past. They make a great team! The staff were friendly and there were smiles throughout the entire room. The area for the gathering had large sofas, comfy cushions, and a fire pit. The ribbon cutting was a testament to Rachel’s ability to bring people together, as friends gathered to wish her well at this hotel. TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Downtown is a beautiful hotel, offering extended stays near the Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park. The downtown suites feature an urban-inspired fitness center, with a kitchen or kitchenette with a microwave and stovetop. Choose between suites with two queen beds or a single king bed, including King Suites with an extra sofa bed. For more information about this new hotel or to book a room call 619-782-6400.
Photos courtesy of: Sandra Small/ Photographer
Welcome to Our New Members!
McGovern Law Group

Sam McGovern is an estate planning attorney who helps to preserve legacies, keep families out of court, and provide peace of mind through living trusts and other estate planning techniques.

9340 Fuerte Drive Ste. 302B, La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 344-0123 |
Workout With Kirk

We assess for fall risk, Reaction Time, Mobility, Flexibility, Strength, Vision, Balance, Functional Movement and of course, Posture. Nationally Accredited Certified and Licensed.

8803 1/2 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942
8803 1/2 La Mesa Blvd |
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.

We have attached the Small Business Stimulus Grant package and provided the link so that you may find the information. The link is:

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.
We Need to Hear From You! Take the La Mesa Business Survey
Attention All Chamber Members & Business Owners!

The City is Expecting Approximately $10.8 Million From the American Rescue Plan Act Funds - These Funds Are to Help With the Impacts of COVID-19

As we begin the road to recovery together, it is important to reflect on the last year. We all had our own individual challenges and learned that this community is strong and our business community is resilient. It is important to capture some data that identifies the direct impacts of COVID. As the City of La Mesa looks to spending portions of the $10.8 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds, it is our hope that some of those funds may be directed to small businesses and nonprofits throughout the City of La Mesa. However, we need to collect information from all of you to see if there is a need, and identify that need. Be sure and pass this survey on to other business within the City of La Mesa to share their opinion, as well.

Answer questions on the survey NOW! Tell us how COVID-19 has impacted your life and business, and if you need any type of assistance. Until we know what your needs are, it is difficult to ask for any portion of these funds. Tell us how funding would help with your economic recovery. We are all in this together!

From the County of San Diego COVID-19 Business Sector:
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Variants and Vaccines

  • About Variants of the Virus that Causes COVID-19​​
  • CDC is monitoring multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19, including four in the United States that seem to spread more easily than others.
  • So far, studies suggest that current authorized vaccines work on these variants.
  • J&J submitted data showing strong, persistent neutralizing antibodies against Delta; says humoral and cellular response still strong at 8 months
  • Studies of Pfizer vaccine show variations in effectiveness against Delta
  • Studies of Moderna vaccine show similar effectiveness, though not as many studies
  • New data released by the California Department of Public Health say 35.6% of coronavirus variants analyzed in June have been identified as Delta
  • Vaccinations Prevent Nearly All COVID-19 Related Hospitalizations and Deaths, New Data Shows
  • "Currently, the Delta variant accounts for approximately 36 percent of cases sampled in California, and we expect this to rise. The most important thing we can do to stop the spread of COVID-19, and the variants, is ensure everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated." -Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer
  • Reminder to get your second COVID-19 shot: Over 140,000 San Diegans Past Due for Second COVID-19 Shot
  • Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy
  • The County has developed a one-pager to be a resource for stakeholders talking about common misconceptions of the COVID-19 vaccine. It addresses questions like: Were the vaccines developed too quickly? Was the FDA evaluation rushed? The trials were too short to detect long-term effects.  
Other Updates 

  •  Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear face coverings except for certain situations during outbreaks and in settings where CDPH requires all persons to wear them. Employers must document the vaccination status of fully vaccinated employees if they do not wear face coverings indoors.​
  •  Employees are not required to wear face coverings when outdoors regardless of vaccination status except for certain employees during outbreaks.
  •  Employees are explicitly allowed to wear a face covering without fear of retaliation from employers.​
  • Physical distancing requirements have been eliminated except where an employer determines there is a hazard and for certain employees during major outbreaks.
COVID-19 Business Sector Feedback Form

The Business Sector invites you to fill out a short form to let us know how your business is doing during this pandemic recovery phase. Your input and suggestions will help us learn how we can better support you, your business and your employees.

Please click the "Feedback Form" button or scan the QR code to access the form. 
🍴 Don't Miss This Year's "Taste"! 🍤
The 12th Annual "Taste of San Diego - East" is on Monday, August 30th
The Chamber’s 12th annual popular “foodie” event is happening on Monday, August 30, 2021. This special evening where guests can “eat their hearts out” will be 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.
Monday, August 30, 2021

Time: 5-8pm
VIP Tasting: 5-8p
General Admission Tasting: 6-8pm
Sponsor Tasting: 4:30-8pm

Where: Town and Country San Diego
500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley

Early Bird Tickets (purchased by 8/2021):
Early Bird VIP: $60, 5-8pm | Early Bird General Admission: $40, 6-8pm

For details and to buy tickets, visit
Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber Hosts Virtual Back to School Forum
On July 12, Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber hosted a panel of San Diego County School Superintendents and other representatives from within the 79th Assembly District to discuss their plans for returning to in-person student instruction this Fall. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond, joined the conversation with an opening statement. He also shared remarks about the California Department of Education’s updated guidance on school reopening and in-person learning, which is outlined in the California Department of Public Health’s K-12 guidelines.
Superintendents or representatives of the Lemon Grove School District, La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, San Diego Unified School District, Chula Vista Elementary School District, and Sweetwater Union High School District provided parents and community members with information about their campus reopening plans. Presentations also included important details about masking requirements, testing practices, vaccinations, and virtual learning options.
If you missed this important forum, you may still view it on Assemblymember Weber’s website and Facebook page. Please visit and share: or
SD Business Sector Telebrief - Employment Law Considerations for Return to Work
View the presentation that was provided to the Business Sector Telebrief on 7/14/21 regarding Employment Law Considerations for Return to Work.
Crews Continue Night Closures at SR-67/Magnolia Avenue and I-8
Motorists advised to allow additional travel time for detours
Construction crews continue bridge repair work at Interstate 8 (I-8) and State Route 67 (SR-67) and will close a segment of SR-67/Magnolia Avenue at I-8 Sunday through Thursday nights from 9 until 5 in the morning through the end of July, according to Caltrans.

The closures include two lanes of westbound and eastbound I-8 along a half-mile segment near the SR-67 separation. At least one lane will remain open for traffic.

Crews will also close the Mollison Avenue on-ramp to westbound I-8 and the eastbound I-8 off-ramp to southbound Magnolia Avenue during the closure times.

Warning signs will be placed ahead of the closure locations with the following detours:

  • Freeway closure—Northbound SR-67/Magnolia Avenue: Detour northbound SR-67 to eastbound I-8 and exit onto Second Street north, to westbound I-8 to northbound SR-67.
  • Freeway closure—Southbound SR-67/Magnolia Avenue: Detour southbound SR-67 to westbound I-8, to Main Street east to eastbound I-8 and exit onto southbound SR-67/Magnolia Avenue.
  • Freeway lane reductions—Westbound and eastbound I-8 near SR-67/Magnolia Avenue: No detour. At least one lane will remain open for traffic.
  • Ramp closure—Mollison Avenue on-ramp to westbound I-8: Detour north on Mollison Avenue to Broadway west to westbound I-8.
  • Ramp closure—Eastbound I-8 off-ramp to southbound Magnolia Avenue: Primary detour to northbound SR-125 to eastbound SR-52 to SR-67/Magnolia Avenue.

Secondary detour to northbound SR-67, exit onto Bradley Avenue east to Mollison Avenue south, to Madison Avenue west to Magnolia Avenue.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible and to allow additional travel time to reach their destinations.

The construction schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions, traffic incidents, or construction related reasons.

Caltrans thanks community members for their patience during this necessary bridge work. Please drive with caution during construction activities and Be Work Zone Alert!

Follow @SDCaltrans on Twitter at and like Caltrans District 11 on Facebook at for news related to state transportation in San Diego and Imperial counties.
Lamplighters Theatre presents
written and composed by Jason Robert Brown
“Take a breath, take a step, take a chance.”

Lamplighters Theatre presents The Last Five Years, Tony-Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s poignant and smart contemporary musical of five years in the relationship of an ambitious young writer, Jamie, and his struggling actress wife, Cathy.

Funny, uplifting, and told in a unique non-linear form, this musical captures some of the most heartbreaking and universally felt moments of modern romance.

“[Jason Robert Brown is] a leading member of a new generation of composers who embody high hopes for the American musical.” –New York Times

“A bracing music theatre piece…brimming with persistent melodies, throughout lyrics and a heartfelt, compelling story” -Associated Press

“Unpredictably heartfelt insights, energized by a seductive, rhythmic drive” – Newsday

DIRECTORS: Teri Brown and Jonathan Sturch
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Christopher T. Miller
PRODUCER: Pamela Stompoly
CAST: Christopher T. Miller and Keri Miller

PERFORMANCE DATES: July 23, 2021 through August 15, 2021
TICKETS: General admission: $26; Students/Seniors/Military: $23 (group rates available)
RESERVATIONS: 619-303-5092 or


The Last Five Years contains adult situations and language. This show is best suited for those over the age of 16 and is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI ( Originally Produced for the New York stage by Arielle Tepper and Marty Bell. Originally Produced by Northlight Theatre Chicago, IL.
Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grant Applications Now Open
Funds available to help with classroom projects
The Cal Coast Cares Foundation has announced that the application period has opened for 2021 Educator Grants to help local teachers with classroom projects. This year, the Cal Coast Cares Foundation will award $40,000 in grants ranging from $500 - $2,000 per teacher. Applications are being accepted until August 16, 2021 and can be completed conveniently online at the Cal Coast website (

“Educators are on the front lines, teaching and inspiring the next generation of innovators, leaders and game-changers,” said Todd Lane, President and CEO of California Coast Credit Union. “We know that sometimes funding can be an obstacle for teachers. California Coast Credit Union was founded by educators and we remain committed to helping our local education communities, including teachers as they return to in-person and hybrid learning environments.”

The Cal Coast Cares Foundation Educator Grants are provided to teachers in K-12 public, private or charter schools, community and state colleges/universities in San Diego or Riverside Counties with funds to support special classroom projects related to any of the STREAM fields (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

Teacher grant applications and additional information can be found here:

Cal Coast Cares Foundation was established by California Coast Credit Union in 2015 as a non-profit organization to give back to the community by providing scholarships to local students and grants to educators. You can help students and teachers by donating to the Cal Coast Cares Foundation here:
Anderson Alert: Small Biz Stimulus Grant Applications Now Open
Are you a small business owner who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? If so, you might qualify for the Small Business Stimulus Grant! Your local Chamber of Commerce can help fast-track your application to our office. To get started, please reach out to your local chamber, who is on standby and waiting to assist you. Note: you must submit a new application for the 2021 program in place, even if you've already received funds or have applied before.

For more information, please visit the San Diego County's official stimulus grant website.
From San Pasqual Winery: La Mesa Classic Car Show is Back!
Come to La Mesa Village for this annual summer event! Our patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine, while watching classic cars cruise down La Mesa Boulevard. Hundreds of show cars, motorcycles, DJs and live bands are all part of the festivities! Get there early to get a patio table with a front row view!
Every Thursday 5-8 PM
8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942 |
Invite from Union Bank: Upcoming Virtual Event: Women Owned Businesses - Survival from the Pandemic
From SDG&E: Take Advantage of SDG&E’s No-Cost Trainings From Energy Experts
Did you know that SDG&E provides webinars for business owners and trade professionals, and most are at no cost? You or your employees can learn about the latest in green building practices, technology and energy-saving solutions from industry experts. Some of July’s topics include HVAC and heat pump performance, zero energy homes, Title 24 – Residential Standards for Architects and Designers, green buildings, emergency lighting and power systems and outdoor lighting.

Certifications and continuing education units are available for many of the classes. Check out the class listing at
La Mesa Chamber Calendar
July 21 - "Summer Bash" Business Expo : 5-8pm at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon | Details/RSVP

August 30 - "Taste of San Diego - East" : 5-8pm at Town and Country San Diego in Mission Valley | Details/Buy Tickets

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

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.
For local La Mesa News, please visit
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
Discovering My City Magazine
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
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