La Mesa Chamber News | March 11, 2022
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Request for Temporary Suspension of Gas Tax
Submit an eComment and Have Your Voice Be Heard!
The La Mesa Chamber is committed to helping our members and the entire business community speak out on issues that negatively impact you, your business and your families. One of those issues is the escalating gasoline pricing in San Diego. Thanks to Supervisor Jim Desmond and Supervisor Joel Anderson they have created an agenda item to be heard by the entire Board of Supervisors to discuss and hopefully approve.

Their Agenda Item is asking the Board of Supervisors to draft a letter to the Governor and San Diego County’s State Legislative delegation requesting temporary one-year suspension of the State of California gas tax and a request to back fill the funds using the State’s budget surplus.

We have attached the process to submit your comment - let’s support this and TEMPORARILY SUSPEND FOR ONE YEAR the State’s gas tax.
Our First Spring Fling Business Expo Able to Be Held Since 2019 is Right Around the Corner - Happens on March 23rd - Don’t Be Left Out
The popular Spring Fling Business Expo is finally scheduled for this year and offers members an opportunity to participate and share their goods and services with members, businesses and the public. We would love to see you there! We are making plans to celebrate all of you and the strength of our business community! Take a look at the information below and the link to download a registration form and make pans to join us!
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon
141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020
Ticket Cost: $10
Note: This is a 21 years of age or older event.

Chamber Member Display Tables
Display Table Cost: $150
To reserve a display table, please contact Mary England at (619) 251-7730 or email
Presenting Sponsor: Union Bank
The Following Businesses Will Be Taking a Display Table (to date):

AAA Imaging ∙ Amanda Hammett Insurance & Financial Services – State Farm ∙ American Medical Response (AMR) ∙ BooXkeeping San Diego East ∙ East County Art Association ∙ East County Magazine ∙ Express Blinds & More ∙ Fully Promoted EmbroidMe La Mesa ∙ HNK CPAs ∙ JM Medicare Services ∙ Kristie Facto State Farm Insurance ∙ La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe ∙ La Mesa Courier ∙ La Mesa Flooring Company ∙ La Mesa Lions Club ∙ La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation ∙ Lamplighters Community Theatre ∙ Local Umbrella Media ∙ Major Security Services ∙ Masterpiece Limousine ∙ McGovern Law Group ∙ Nightwalker Caverns Escape Room Adventures ∙ Oakwood Escrow ∙ Reventia Sterling Designs ∙ San Diego Community Power ∙ San Diego Eye Professionals ∙ San Diego Flood Restoration ∙ Spa Piel ∙ St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center ∙ Sungarden Terrace Retirement Community & Adult Daycare ∙ The Upper Hand Spa Salon ∙ Thoughtful Creations ∙ Union Bank ∙ Westmont of La Mesa
Welcome to Our New Member!
Masterpiece Limousine

Our fleet of vehicles will provide you with the level of opulence and extravagance you would normally associate with stars and celebrities, and our highly trained chauffeurs excel not only in a service which is second to none, but also have first hand local knowledge of the best places to see within San Diego and Mexico.

1419 Broadway, El Cajon, CA 92021 | (858) 483-5466 |
Pandemic Numbers Dropping in the County
COVID-19 trends in San Diego County continue to show improvement. For the first time since last November, suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations fell below 300 reaching 283 on March 8th. Over the past week, nearly 5% of Coronavirus tests came back positive, a significant improvement considering the region posted a rate of 30% in the first week of January.

COVID 19 consequences continued to be suffered more frequently by those who have remained unvaccinated.  Although San Diego County has one of the highest vaccinations rates in the state, the region's number of residents who have received at least one dose still has not crossed the 3 million mark. While nearly 1.2 million have now received booster shots, that number represents only about 55% of the 2.1 million across the region that are eligible. Source: San Diego Union Tribune - Paul Sisson. Photo: Ariana Drehsler
Drive-Thru Food Distribution in La Mesa on March 12
Vida Church @iglesia.vidasd in partnership with The La Mesa Police Department @lamesapd will be distributing 1,000 boxes of food for free on March 12th, 2022

This is our way of saying WE LOVE LA MESA and are here to serve.

9AM to 12 PM on March 12, 2022
At the La Mesa Police Department Parking lot: 8085 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91942

For further information, please call (619) 483-7985.
La Mesa Chamber Evening Mixer Hosted by Grossmont Center and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse
Join us and mix and mingle, while enjoying great food prepared by the BJ's staff and see why this restaurant is so popular! Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and a “no host” bar will be offered where you may purchase a great variety of BJ’s award-winning brews on tap every day.

Bring your business cards and join us for great food, hand crafted beer, raffles and more!

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa

Don’t be left out – RSVP now so we know you will be joining us and prepare enough refreshments.
Save the Date - Join Us and Welcome New Member Oakwood Escrow
The La Mesa Chamber invites you to join them in welcoming Oakwood Escrow to our business community on Wednesday, April 27th. The open house begins at 5 p.m., with the “official” ribbon cutting scheduled for 6 p.m. Join us and meet owner, Haley Kremensky and her team at Oakwood Escrow located at 8697 La Mesa Blvd., Ste. D in La Mesa. Refreshments and delicious beverages will be served. Haley and looks forward to meeting you. RSVP online or to: so Haley can prepare enough refreshments for you.
2022 La Mesa Earth Day Fair - April 9
Join the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation in partnership with the City of La Mesa to celebrate a FREE family-friendly Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 10 AM to 1 PM
at MacArthur Park, 4900 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA.

The event welcomes all ages and will showcase fun, educational, and sustainable activities, products, and services.
Claims for Unemployment Ticking Down
Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week reflecting a low number of layoffs across the economy. Jobless claims fell by 18,000 to 215,000 for the week ending February 26 from 233,000 the previous week the Labor Department has reported.

In total, 1,476,000 were collecting jobless aid the week that ended February 12th, a small uptick of 2,000 from the previous weeks numbers which was its lowest level since March 14, 1970. The US economy has rebounded strongly from 2020’s Coronavirus caused recession.

Massive Government spending and the vaccine rollout jump started the economy as employers added a record 6.4 million jobs last year. The US economy expanded 5.7% in 2021, growing last year at the fastest annual pace since a 7.25% surge in 1984, which also followed a recession. Source: San Diego Union Tribune.
Applause & Accolades
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Google Creates $100M Fund for Skills Training

Google announced on February 17th that it is creating a $100M fund to sponsor an ambitious project to expand effective skills training and job placement programs for low income Americans. The Google-Backed initiative is targeting a big problem: How to find train and create paths to good jobs in the modern economy for the nearly 2/3 of American workers who do not have a 4-year degree. The tech giant is working with three non-profit groups to the effort: Year Up, which focuses on upward mobility programs for the disadvantaged; Merit America, an organization that offers tech training programs for adults without a bachelors degree; and Social Finance, which designs student friendly financing and repayment plans.

The training organizations re paid a portion of their costs up front and receive additional payments only if their graduates land and keep higher-paying jobs. The program will combine Google philanthropy with loan repayments from students. The loans will carry no interest and students will begin repaying only if they get a job that pays at least $40,000 a year. They payments will be about $100 per month and continue for 5 years. The Google fund hopes to fuel total wage gains of $1 billion for 20,000 training program graduates.

The three organizations working with Google are indicative of newer trends in job training and hiring. They focus on results-graduates getting higher-paying jobs rather than numbers of people passing through their programs. They are advocates for hiring based on demonstrated skills instead of screening by college degrees. They are all experimenting with ways to make programs more self-sufficient financially and less dependent on charitable support.

A major part of successful training programs, experts agree, is what they do beyond teaching technical skills. The programs also emphasize so called soft skills like teamwork, communication, and willingness to learn new things. They often provide help with arranging childcare and transportation. They have career coaches, social workers and counselors and foster peer group and alumni networks.
Up Close & Personal Spotlight!
Deano's Pub
Tell us a little about your business.

There’s a new pub in town and everyone’s invited! Deano’s Pub. We are putting the final touches on our bar and venue, offering up a friendly place to enjoy your favorite cocktail or beer after work.

What makes your business special or unique?

As an LGBTQ+ friendly bar, our inclusive atmosphere is top priority for Deano’s Pub and is apparent in the awesome new vibe. We are looking to bring weekly local music, trivia nights, comedy, and karaoke to the neighborhood.

What is the best advice you ever received?

Be true to yourself and don't worry about what people say.

What inspired you to begin your business and work in your current industry?

I wanted to create a cool, inclusive neighborhood bar that everyone could feel safe and welcome to come to.
What is the one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

I love riding vintage scooters around with our friends. Check out San Diego Scoot Mob on facebook.

Deano's Pub
5286 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 | | 619-439-7433 |
Monday- Friday: 12pm - 1am
Saturday - Sunday: 6am - 2am
From Live Well San Diego - Business Sector: Updates for the Business Community 03.09.2022
Topics include:

  • Governor Newsom Calls on California Businesses and Organizations to Support Ukraine
  • Applications for Mini Home Kitchen Restaurants
  • Free Virtual Tax Preparation
  • How to Help Your Organization be a Healthy Workplace
  • Webinar: Strengthen Your Online Presence 
  • Applicants Needed for Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Group
  • San Diego Career Fair
  • And more
City Hosts Interactive Virtual Workshop to Involve Residents in Planning for Future Park
On Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 6 p.m., the City of La Mesa invites residents to participate in an interactive virtual workshop for a future park on the site of the former Lemon Grove Road Station, a 2.84 acre parcel at the northwest corner of Waite Drive and Murray Hill Road. The City of La Mesa Parks Master Plan identified this location as a valuable option for a future park.
“For over a decade, our Parks Master Plan has guided our efforts to reimagine our open spaces,” said La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis. “This workshop will give us an opportunity to discuss reinvesting in our community and work together with our residents to expand our park system.”
About the Workshop
When:      Wednesday, March, 16, 2022 | 6 p.m.
What:       Interactive Virtual Community Workshop (no registration required)
Where:      Zoom Link or dial (669) 900-6833 to participate by phone, meeting ID: 875 0710 8249
As a community engagement tool, the City hopes to get input from community members on the plan to build a new park, discuss conditions and future opportunities, and gather community member’s priorities on desired amenities and character of the park.
For more information, visit, or contact the City of La Mesa News Desk at (619) 667-1191 or email
From Supervisor Fletcher: New Locations for Affordable Homes
We're Using County Land for Affordable Housing

We must all work together to address our region's housing crisis. The County and the Metropolitan Transit System to look for new opportunities to build more affordable housing throughout the region & repurpose their surplus land. There are currently 9 properties available for interested developers to build new units. Read more.
Mobile Crisis Response Teams Are Working

If someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, they deserve to have the same access to care that we would provide to anyone who suffers from a physical injury. Mobile Crisis Response Teams are a critical way to connect people experiencing a crisis to the care they need. In the year that MCRTs came online, they have helped over 600 San Diegans and connected many to services they previously had no access to. Please call 888-724-7240 to reach the Crisis Line. Learn more.
The County is Continuing to Support Harm Reduction Practices

Everyone deserves accessible medical & behavioral healthcare services that can meet them where they are. The County provided Family Health Centers Of San Diego with a grant to support the purchase of a new mobile Harm Reduction Vehicle. Implementing more mobile services allows us to connect to more people and get them treatment and support services. We have worked to expand Harm Reduction Practices, syringe services, and mobile health centers across the county and it’s great having partners like Family Health Centers San Diego working with us. Read more.
From Trilogy Health: Don't miss out: Juvéderm deal ending soon
Ending 3/31- Book Now!

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2 Syringes of Juvéderm*
Up to 12 units of Botox**
for only $850

ALSO receive DOUBLE Allé Points worth $80 off a future treatment

*Only applies to Juvéderm Fillers: Ultra, Ultra Plus, Volbella 
**Botox offer is limited to mouth area for this deal. (No additional discount if Botox not desired. Fillers only for lips/mouth area) 
2nd syringe can be banked for later use in 2022
From La Mesa Wine Works: Live music Friday, Saturday & Sunday
  • Wine Wednesday: Enjoy BOGO Wine Flights on Wednesdays 3-7
  • FRIDAY, March 11th: The Exiles (6:00-8:30) & No Leftovers (5:00-9:00)
  • SATURDAY, March 12th: Big City Blues (6:00-8:30) & Thumbs Up BBQ (5:00-9:00)
  • SUNDAY, March 13th: Jason Jenkins (2:00-4:00) - SUNDAY FUNDAY: Enjoy $6.00 Wine Slushies all day on Sundays! (12:00-5:00)
From SDG&E: 5 Ways to Lower Your Gas and Electric Bill
Did you know there are simple ways to lower your energy bill? Check out these quick and easy energy-saving tips to help lower your bill while staying warm and comfortable.

  1. Keep your furnace clean: Check furnace filters monthly and replace them every 3 – 4 months. A dirty air filter can increase energy costs and cause problems with your equipment.
  2. Power off: Turn off lights, computers, TVs, gaming consoles and other electronic devices when not in use. Use a smart power strip to make powering off easier with the push of one button.
  3. Don’t get burned by hot water: Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, if possible. You’ll save on energy and avoid scalding your hands and body.  
  4. Wash with cold water: Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half; using cold water will save even more. Bonus – cold water helps your clothes last longer.
  5. Stop the breeze: Caulk and weatherstrip around drafty doors and windows. Use a door sweep, door sock or towel at the bottom of doors with a gap.

Visit for more savings tips.
A Grant Program for Small Businesses Available
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has awarded $4,175,000 in funding to the County of San Diego for the Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. This program will provide grants of $2,500 to County of San Diego microbusiness owners who were in operation in 2019, still in operation, and were impacted by the COVID-19 public health restrictions.

Who Can Apply?

Some of the highlights are below:
  • Self-employed workers, independent contractors, sole proprietors and corporations with no more than 5 employees in 2019.
  • Currently have no more than 5 employees
  • Gross revenue under $50,000 (as reported for 2019)
  • In operation before December 1, 2019 and still in operation in 2022
  • Demonstrated decline in revenue or service demand due to COVID-19 in 2020 or 2021 as compared to 2019
  • Operating within the County of San Diego

We suggest that you go to the website to review ALL of the particulars of this funding.
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 4

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.

Chambers have been asked 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
FEATURED EVENT! March 23 - "Spring Fling" Business Expo : 5-8pm at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon | 141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon | Details/Buy Tickets

April 6 - Evening Mixer Hosted by Grossmont Center and BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse : 5:30-7pm at 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa | Details/RSVP

April 27 - Oakwood Escrow Ribbon Cutting - 5pm at 8697 La Mesa Blvd., Ste. D in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

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

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

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

For East County news, 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:
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