La Mesa Chamber News | April 28, 2022
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In case you missed last week's e-blast: April 22 Eblast See more past email blasts here.
Welcome to Our New Members!
Angelo’s Towing & Recovery

Angelo’s Towing is a reputed San Diego towing company with 16 years of experience in the field. The professionals at Angelo’s Towing ensure that all customers are satisfied from their services and they make all efforts possible.
1177 S 26th St., San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 702-8888 | angelostowing.com | Facebook: @Angelos.San.Diego.Towing | Twitter: @angelostowing
Charcoal House Restaurant & Bar

Est. 1963. Newly remodeled with an essence of elegance.
Exquisite Eatery | Traditional Hookahs | Spirits & Wine Bar | Banquet Hall
9566 Murray Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 439-7203 | charcoalhousesd.com | Facebook: @CharcoalHouse
Kelly Austin Signings

Mobile Notary Public in La Mesa/San Diego, CA - Available for Residential and Commercial Property Notary Signings
9399 Tropico Dr., La Mesa, CA 91941
Welcome Tint World La Mesa to Our Business Community! 

Join us at the open house on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 that begins at 5:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 6:00 p.m. Tint World is located at 7360 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115. We look forward to seeing you there.
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.
San Diego Region Protected from Water Shortages
You might have heard on the news that millions of Southern Californians will be impacted by drought emergency rules adopted this week by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s Board of Directors to address serious water shortages in parts of the agency’s service area that solely depend on the State Water Project.

Those restrictions do not directly affect residents and businesses who receive water from the San Diego County Water Authority through their retail water provider because our region is not currently receiving water from the State Water Project.

The San Diego region continues to have reliable water supplies for 2022 and beyond due to a long-term commitment to conservation and investments in a diversified water supply portfolio, including drought-resilient sources like the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant. However, extreme drought conditions are felt widely across the West, and we strongly support agencies taking appropriate conservation actions where they are needed.

The Water Authority’s Board of Directors has not enacted water-use mandates as we wait for the State Water Board’s direction and final emergency regulations in late May. In addition, Water Authority’s diversified supplies remain intact.

We continue to support the Governor’s call for increased voluntary conservation at homes and businesses. We encourage actions such as taking shorter showers and fixing leaks immediately, along with taking advantage of rebates for replacing turf with landscapes that are WaterSmart and appropriate for our climate.

Check out the tips, resources and rebates for homes and businesses at www.watersmartsd.org.
April 22, 2022 City Manager Update | News You Can Use
EV Charging Infrastructure Program

In a continued collaborative effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, SDG&E® has partnered with the City of La Mesa to bring four (4) EV chargers to our very own MacArthur Park.

To watch the City of La Mesa's Debut YouTube video about these installations, please click here.

For more information on the program, please click here.
Do you need help paying rent?

Our partner at Home Start, Inc. continues to process rental assistance applications to help La Mesa residents pay their rent. If you have demonstrated financial impacts caused by the pandemic, you may qualify for up to $5,000 to help with past due and/or future rent payments. Applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. For more info, please visit the program's website.
SeeClickFix: Report a problem, concern, or unsafe condition

We'd like to thank our residents for continuing to use SeeClickFix to report any graffiti and other maintenance issues.

A broken fence separating a city park from private property was reported to SeeClickFix. Our Public Works parks staff was able to respond quickly and replace the broken fence.

Please continue to report your neighborhood issues using SeeClickFix.
EDCO Bulky Item Pickup Program

Did you know that EDCO provides bulky item pickup to La Mesa residents? EDCO will pick up items such as furniture, kitchen appliances, water heaters, and TVs. There is a nominal fee of $30 for the first item, and $15 for each additional item for a max of 6 items per pickup.

For other concerns about illegally dumped items, please call our Public Works Operations staff or submit a SeeClickFix ticket and the items will be picked up by EDCO.

Please contact EDCO to schedule a bulky item pickup.
From Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber: National Earthquake Preparedness Month
Know what to do before, during, and after a quake, visit www.caloes.ca.gov. For important earthquake insurance information visit www.earthquakeauthority.com or call (877) 797-4300.

BEFORE the earthquake:
  • Practice Drop, Cover, and Hold drill.
  • Gather critical personal and financial documents.
  • Discuss how to prepare with your family, friends, and neighbors.
  • Gather and store basic supplies.

DURING the earthquake:
  • If indoors: drop, cover, hold on. Do not run outside!
  • If outdoors: move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.
  • In a high-rise building: stay away from windows or walls, and elevators.
  • If driving: stop, stay in vehicle, avoid stopping near buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires.

AFTER the earthquake:
  • Check for injuries, provide assistance if you have training.
  • Have utilities inspected by qualified professionals.
  • Stay away from damaged areas.

If you do EVACUATE:
  • List 3 places where family members should go if they cannot stay or return home.
  • Be in communication. Use phone for emergencies and out-of-area contact to inform statuses.
  • Take necessary supplies with you.
  • Post a message inside your home indicating where you can be found.

OPT-IN FOR REAL-TIME NOTICES: Text your "Zip Code" to 888777 

Earthquake Insurance Info.:
From the County of San Diego: Updates for the Business Community 04.27.2022
Articles in this issue include:
  • CalScope Study
  • Industry Day: Business Funding Opportunities
  • Budget Communications Survey
  • Webinar: Become Your Own Boss Through Franchising
  • Webinar: Working with Employees
  • Webinar: Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
  • Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance
  • County Modifies Vaccine and Testing Efforts
  • Affordable Connectivity Program
  • Free Chromebooks for Seniors
  • DEA Take Back Day
  • And more.
SAVE THE DATE!
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 taste.lamesachamber.com.
Congratulations to San Pasqual Winery!
Our own locally owned winery has just received (2) Silver medals for their wine - we are so proud of Linda and Mike McWilliams.

Stop by and order a glass or take home a bottle of these two award winning wines!
Silver - 2021 Chardonnay (San Diego County)
Silver - 2016 Petite Sirah (Clarksburg)
These award winning wines are curently offered at our La Mesa Blvd and Seaport Village locations! Stop by and give them a try!!

San Pasqul Winery
8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942 | 619-462-1797 | www.sanpasqualwinery.com
From La Mesa Wine Works: New Food Truck This Weekend!
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 | www.trilogyhealth.net | (619) 567-6914
From SDG&E: Need Help With Your Energy Bill?
SDG&E recognizes that this is still a challenging time for many customers and wants to help. Check out these energy assistance programs.
  1. California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Find out if you qualify at sdge.com/CARE.  
  2. Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t qualify for CARE and your household has 3 or more people, you may qualify for FERA. You could receive an 18% discount on your electric bill. Visit sdge.com/FERA to learn more.  
  3. Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may qualify to receive free energy-saving improvements for your home, such as new appliances, lighting, insulation and more. Find details at sdge.com/ESAP.
  4. Arrearage Management Plan (AMP): If you have outstanding bills and you are a CARE or FERA customer, you may be eligible for debt forgiveness. See if you qualify at sdge.com/AMP
  5. Business customers: Set up a flexible payment plan, so you can rest easy knowing you’re covered. Visit sdge.com/recovery to learn more. 

Online assistance program applications are easy, fast and convenient. For more information, visit sdge.com/assistance.
Don't Forget to Apply for the Small Business Stimulus Grant
ALL FUNDS HAVE BEEN DISBURSED FOR THIS PROGRAM!
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

La Mesa Chamber Calendar
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.

For local La Mesa news, visit lamesacourier.com

For East County news, visit ww.eccalifornian.com
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 www.lamesachamber.com 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
858-549-2874
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