La Mesa Chamber News | August 4, 2022

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Evening Mixer at The Hills Local Pub

On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an evening mixer with The Hills Local Pub in La Mesa. The owners of The Hills Local Pub: Ben, Marco, Joe and Jason have created this hip, casual watering hole that has become a favorite of locals and people throughout the region. These young men have the drive and determination to support the local economy while offering a great place to relax and gather with friends. Enjoy great hors d’oeuvres and special drink pricing throughout the evening. The Chamber is thrilled to spotlight this local business and invite members and friends to join in a fun-filled evening. The Chamber will host a raffle throughout the evening. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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

Location: 8758 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa

Cost: Chamber Members: FREE | Guests with RSVP: $15 | At-Door Attendees: $25

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8th Annual “Summer Bash” Business Expo 2022

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The Chamber invites you to a fun-filled evening to meet local businesses and have the opportunity to win FREE door prizes. The evening will be filled with raffles, great samplings of delicious food from local restaurants, vendors and more!

Join us at our chamber member hotel, Courtyard by Marriot San Diego El Cajon in El Cajon. We are excited to be using the 4,500 square-foot ballroom for our vendors and raffles, the foyer for our registration activities and the beautiful courtyard to serve our food and offer beverages to our guests.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon

141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020

Tickets: $10

All tickets need to be pre-purchased. NO tickets will be sold at the door.

Buy Tickets
Display Table Registration
Sponsor the Event

To become a sponsor or for details, call (619) 465-7700 or email

Welcome to our new member, Jefferson La Mesa!

Jefferson La Mesa

Welcome to Jefferson La Mesa, a contemporary apartment community that offers a comfortable home base in livable, lovable La Mesa. Our central location in San Diego County provides quick access to top-rated employers, local eateries, sought-after entertainment, and more. Community amenities include a dual-level fitness center, state-of-the-art yoga studio, sparkling swimming pool and spa with cabanas, lively clubhouse, and more.

4949 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942 | (619) 303-2555 | | Facebook | Instagram: @jeffersonlamesa


14th Annual Salute to Local Heroes & Installation Dinner

This evening is our opportunity to come together and honor those that are dedicated to the citizens of La Mesa and our community. The pandemic has given us a great opportunity to see our local heroes in action. We are celebrating those that serve our community in extraordinary ways from: the La Mesa Police Department, Heartland Fire & Rescue – La Mesa, AMR Paramedics, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. During this evening we will also install our Board of Directors.

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Time: 5:30 – 8:45 p.m.

Location: Sycuan Casino Resort

5485 Casino Way, El Cajon, CA 92019

Wachena Ballroom (property map)

Ticket Pricing:

Individual tickets: $95 ⟡ 2 for $170 ⟡ Table of 8 for $640

Complimentary Valet parking included ⟡ All reservations held at the door

For details: Call 619-465-7700 or email or visit

Buy Tickets
Sponsor the Event

Attention Chamber Members & Business Owners:

We Want to Hear from You - Help the City of La Mesa Evaluate How to Spend Their Funding

We want to hear from you on the subject of asking for $2 million in ARPA funds for local businesses. We have shortened the survey to help obtain the information we need to request these funds from the City of La Mesa. Please note - you do NOT have to fill out ALL of the answers for your survey to be counted! So take a quick moment and answer what you can to help us determine that there is a need from local businesses to receive ARPA funding. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call Mary England, President & CEO of the Chamber 619-251-7730. 

Note: For purposes of this survey, we will consider the beginning of the pandemic as approximately March 2020.

Take the survey here:


From Live Well San Diego Business Sector: Monkeypox Information & Resources

Monkeypox is a viral disease that can make you sick. One symptom includes a rash, which may look like pimples or blisters, often with an earlier flu-like illness. Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close contact. The threat of monkeypox to the general US population remains low. 

Please share the following resources with your community, staff, and partners to help raise awareness and lower the risks of monkeypox. 


U.S. Economy Shrinks for a Second Quarter

The U.S. economy shrank from April through June for a second straight quarter, contracting at a 0.09 percent annual pace and raising fears that the nation may be approaching a recession. The GDP report for last quarter pointed to weaknesses across the economy. Consumer spending slowed as Americans bought fewer goods. Businesses slowed the restocking of their shelves, shaving percentage points from the GDP. Higher borrowing rates, a consequence of the Federal Reserve’s series of rate hikes, clobbered home construction, which shrank at a 14 percent annual rate. Government spending dropped too. On July 27th the Fed raised its benchmark rate by a sizeable three-quarters of a point for a second straight time in its push to conquer the worst inflation outbreak in four decades. Americans are still spending, though more tepidly. Spending on goods like appliances and furniture, dropped at a 4.4 percent annual rate last quarter. But spending on services, like airline trips and dinners out, rose a 4.1 percent rate, indicating that millions of consumers are venturing out more. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – The Associated Press

30-Year Mortgages Retreat to 5.3% 

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates retreated this past week just as the Federal Reserve announced another big rate hike in its bid to get four-decade high inflation under control. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported this week that the 30-year rate fell back to 5.3 percent from 5.54 percent last week. One year ago, the average 30-year rate was 2.8 percent. The Fed on July 27th ratcheted up its main borrowing rate by three -quarters of a point, the second such increase in less than two months. Higher borrowing rates have discouraged house hunters and cooled what was a red-hot housing market.

5,000 Fewer Americans Applied for Unemployment Benefits Last Week

Fewer Americans applied for jobless benefits last week, but the previous week’s number was revised upward significantly, with claims breaking the 250,000 level in back-to-back weeks for the first time in more than eight months. Earlier this month, the Labor Department reported that employers added 372,000 jobs in June, a surprisingly robust gain and like the pace of the previous two months. Economists had expected job growth to slow sharply last month given the broader signs of economic weakness. The unemployment rate remained 3.6 percent for a fourth straight month, matching a near 50-year low that was reached before the pandemic struck in early 2020. Earlier in July, the government reported that the U.S. employers advertised fewer jobs in May amid signs that the economy is weakening though the overall demand for workers remained strong. There are nearly two job openings for every unemployed person. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – The Associated Press.

La Mesa Police Department Presents Chat with the Chief

Please join the La Mesa Police Department for the "Chat with the Chief" event to discuss public safety concerns in La Mesa and what the police department is doing about it. Save the dates for August 8, 2022 from 6pm-8pm at Journey Community Church (8363 Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942) and August 25, 2022 from 6pm-8pm at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942). 

From Lantern Crest Senior Living: Sizzling Summer Showdown

From Knights of Columbus: Chaldean American Festival

The Chaldean American Festival is Back and bigger then ever, more Rides, more Games, more Vendors! 🤩🎡🎠🎪🎸🎤

Join us Sept 17 and 18, 2022 from 4pm to 10pm at Hillsdale Middle School. 1301 Brabham Street, El Cajon, CA 92019. Learn more at

From La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation: La Mesa Rocks!

Come Fly with US

Join the La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation for

their 6th annual "La Mesa Rocks" fundraiser on 

Saturday, August 13, 2022, | 6 - 10 PM

at the beautiful Allen Airways Museum at Gillespie Field.

This will be a fun-filled evening with dinner, drinks, and entertainment to raise funds for La Mesa's parks.

Buy tickets to the fundraiser by Wednesday, July 20, and receive 35% off the ticket price.  Use code BUYBYJULY20 to buy your tickets online.

The Foundation's mission is to fundraise and facilitate diverse projects and programs to strengthen community and family bonds to improve the quality of life in La Mesa and its parks!

Please call 619.667.1319 or email with questions.

La Mesa Chamber Calendar

August 10 - Evening Mixer at The Hills Local Pub : 5:30-7pm at The Hills Local Pub | 8758 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

FEATURED! August 18 - "Summer Bash" Business Expo : 5-7:30pm 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! September 24 - Shop & Dine La Mesa : 11am-4pm at The Marketplace at Lake Murray Village | Details

FEATURED! October 5 - 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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Charcoal House

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Focuscom Inc.

Frazier Farms

Kostedt Design & Marketing

Major Security Services

Mattia Law, APLC

McGee Mechanical

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PenChecks, Inc.

Productivity Plus Office Support

Sanctuary Cruises

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The East County Californian

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Whissel Realty Group

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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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