La Mesa Chamber News | January 11, 2021
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With new figures released Saturday, county’s toll is 1,857 deaths since the pandemic began. More than 190,000 people in the county have tested positive for coronavirus infection. San Diego County hospitals reported an increase in hospitalized patients Saturday, bringing the current total to 1,755 people, including 412 in intensive care units. 
UCSD to Help with Vaccine at Petco - County Aims to Give 5,000 Per Day at Drive-Thru Operation
Driven by demands from medical professionals, San Diego County will partner with UC San Diego and the Padres to launch its biggest coronavirus vaccination effort to date starting on Monday January 11th. The aim is to put 5,000 shots into arms daily, drawing down a supply of more than 100,000 doses received by the county health department and kept in cold storage for weeks. Dubbed a “Vaccination Super Station,” the operation will occupy the tailgate parking lot across the street from Petco Park. The plan is to work on a drive-thru basis. The county announced that all those in the “1A” tier of its multilevel vaccination schedule will now be eligible for vaccination. That includes about 500,000 heath care workers and employees and residents of long-term care facilities. The county is partnering with UC San Diego to pull together enough volunteers to make the event possible. This new partnership will require hundreds of UC San Diego Health team members to help out. The San Diego County Medical Society will also be looking for volunteers to help out. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Gary Robbins.

NOTE: The full list of people eligible is provided on the county’s website, covering a broad swath of health care professionals, paramedics, pharmacists, and nursing home residents and staff. Those who fall into these categories should contact their health care provider or visit and those without a provider should call 2-1-1 or visit
From Aerotek: Hospital Jobs Available
We have over 70 positions open right now! Anyone who is interested should send in their resume. Many of the positions are long-term, contract-to-hire with an opportunity to be converted to a permanent employee.
Businesses to Receive Additional $500M in Relief Aid - Deadline Extended to January 13th - Have You Applied?  
The deadline for these funds was extended to January 13th 11:59 p.m. This opportunity for funding is for small businesses and nonprofits harmed by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent shutdowns can apply for additional funding through a new California grant program, that was announced last week. The Governor announced earlier this month that $500 million in grant funds would be available for California businesses. The aid is meant to supplement additional aid offered through the federal stimulus bill President Donald Trump signed last Sunday. Businesses can apply to receive funding through the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program:
Budget Plan Targets Billions for COVID-19 Aid
Governor Newsom sent a budget to the California Legislation on Friday, January 8th that calls for swift and expansive boost in the state government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, earmarking much of an unallocated tax revenue windfall for efforts to help workers and businesses, boost public health and speed up the reopening of public school classrooms. The proposal dedicates more than $14 billion to an array of coronavirus relief initiatives, while setting aside money in support of virus vaccination efforts and almost $3 billion in short-term cash reserves if additional needs arise. Newsom urged lawmakers to take action on the most pressing issues – including an extension of the state’s moratorium on evictions and funding for California’s COVID-19 vaccination push-by the end of the month. The centerpiece of the governor’s economic stimulus plan – a $4.5 billion blueprint announced last week, would provide cash infusions to existing state programs that offer tax credits to businesses and apprenticeship programs affiliated with community colleges. Money would also go to expediting housing construction in urban and neighborhood settings, and subsidies for low-income Californians to purchase zero emissions cars and trucks. An additional $500 million would be available for tax credits to encourage the creation of additional housing for low-income Californians. Newsom also proposed cash payments of $600 to the state’s lowest-wageworkers, funds to hopefully be distributed in February or March and estimated to cost $2.4 billion. He also asked lawmakers to fast-track the use of $2.6 billion in federal funds for struggling tenants and new assistance for property owners whose mortgage payments are in jeopardy as a result of unpaid rent. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – John Myers. 
San Diego Blood Bank Calling for Plasma Donations
Have you recovered from COVID-19? If so, the San Diego Blood Bank needs your help. As coronavirus cases continue to climb, the Blood Bank’s stores of convalescent plasma are approaching critically low levels. Convalescent plasma is taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19. When infused into patients still battling the disease, it can help bolster their immune response. Floating in blood plasma are antibodies, a type of protein the body uses to hunt down invaders like viruses and then mark them for destruction. The need for plasma across the country has increased from 10,000 plasma does a day to 25,000 does a day. For more information about donating, visit Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Lyndsay Winkley.
Funding Flash! RFP for Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus
County of San Diego
Request for Proposals for the 
Emergency Solutions Grant Coronavirus 
(ESG-CV): Emergency Shelter Renovation and 
Emergency Shelter Operations

The County of San Diego is seeking proposals to prevent, prepare for, and respond to Coronavirus among individuals and families experiencing homelessness and at-risk of homelessness. The intent is to mitigate the impacts created by Coronavirus within the ESG jurisdiction of San Diego County, with an emphasis on serving those areas within the Urban County (the emergency shelter may be located in any region within the County but must serve those experiencing homelessness in the Urban County).

Eligible activities include:
  • Emergency Shelter Renovation
  • Emergency Shelter Operations (including hotel/motel vouchers)

Funding Available: $4.8 million

Proposals Due: February 12, 2021
SDCCU and the San Diego County Library System Present Financial Wellness Wednesdays
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of Southern California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, has partnered with the San Diego County Library System in support of the Live Well San Diego initiative to host Financial Wellness Wednesdays. From January through March, SDCCU will host Financial Wellness Wednesdays webinars on a variety of topics aimed at improving financial health. The closures of non-essential businesses due to the stay-at-home orders because of the COVID-19 pandemic has put so many families in difficult financial situations, which is why financial education is even more important this year. The entire community is encouraged to attend a webinar as part of this year’s Financial Wellness Wednesdays program.

SDCCU offers more than a dozen different FWW webinar topics that include something for every stage of life including, but not limited to; Building a Better Budget, The Psychology of Spending, 30 Ways to Trim Your Budget, Teens and Money, The Keys to Homeownership, Rebuilding after a Financial Crisis, Current Scams and How to Protect Your Finances, Millennial’s Guide to Savings, Elder Financial Fraud Awareness and SDCCU’s Biz Kid$ to help teach kids about money and business.

Financial Wellness Wednesdays webinar topics rotate weekly. The current schedule is located at

​As one of California’s largest locally-owned financial institution and a Live Well San Diego partner, SDCCU is dedicated to improving overall economic well-being by engaging in several financial wellness efforts. Research shows that poor financial health can often lead to diminished physical health. Also, evidence suggests that the average high-school graduate lacks basic skills to manage personal finances, many young people experience difficulty balancing a checkbook and half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Since the onset of the pandemic, the need and demand for financial counseling and education has only increased. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 71 percent of households face difficulty saving because of expenses they didn’t plan for and 50 percent of Americans struggle to make ends meet after a financial shock. Unfortunately, this pandemic, could be the cause of a financial shock for some due to the closures of non-essential businesses. Additionally, 61 percent of Americans do not have a budget according to Experian. SDCCU is committed to helping change these statistics through the financial education of our communities.

For access to financial wellness resources, visit

The County Board of Supervisors launched Live Well San Diego in 2010 with the goal of achieving healthy, safe and thriving communities across the region by partnering with community and city leaders, schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and residents.
County Updates for the Business Community as of 1/11
California Competes Tax Credit Applications Open

Starting today, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) announced they are now accepting applications for the California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC). The CCTC is an income tax credit available to businesses that want to locate in California or stay and grow in California. Businesses of any industry, size, or location compete for over $180 million available in tax credits by applying in one of the three application periods each year. Applicants will be analyzed based on twelve different factors of evaluation, including number of full-time jobs being created, amount of investment, and strategic importance to the state or region.

For fiscal year 2019-2020, GO-Biz will accept applications for the California Competes Tax Credit during the following periods:
  • July 27, 2020 – August 17, 2020
  • January 4, 2021 – January 25, 2021
  • March 8, 2021 – March 29, 2021
Governor Newsom California COVID-19 Update

Department of Consumer Affairs Approves Dentists to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines

As of January 4, Dentists acting within the scope of this Order may independently initiate and administer to persons 16 years of age or older any COVID-19 vaccines that are approved or authorized by the FDA, as specified, and may also initiate and administer epinephrine or diphenhydramine by injection for the treatment of a severe allergic reaction.

BREAKING: SBA in consultation with U.S. Treasury announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers.

To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13. The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. This round of the PPP continues to prioritize millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $284B toward job retention and certain other expenses through March 31, 2021, and by allowing certain existing PPP borrowers to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan.

Key updates include:
  • Borrowers can set their loan covered period to be any length between 8 & 24 weeks to best meet their needs
  • Loans will cover additional expenses, including operations expenditures, property damage costs, supplier costs, & worker protection expenditures
  • The Program’s eligibility is expanded to include 501(c)(6)s, housing cooperatives, direct marketing organizations, among other types of organizations
  • Greater flexibility for seasonal employees
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers can request to modify their First Draw PPP Loan amount
  • Certain existing PPP borrowers are now eligible to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan
  • A borrower is generally eligible for a Second Draw PPP Loan if the borrower:
  • Previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will or has used the full amount only for authorized uses
  • Has no more than 300 employees; and
  • Can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020

For more information on SBA’s assistance to small businesses, visit or
From SDG&E: Four Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill
Lower temperatures and spending more time at home this winter may increase your energy costs. With the arrival of the new year, we remain committed to helping you find more ways to save.

Try these tips to help lower your bill and increase your savings.
  • Delay chores. Utilize the delay start button on your dishwasher and washing machine for after 9 p.m. Schedule your pool and spa pumps to run outside the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Recharge while you sleep. On average, the number of electronics in the typical U.S. home is now almost 30, and most of them need to be plugged in to charge. Unplug devices when not in use and when you can, charge overnight to take advantage of lower priced energy.
  • Don’t get burned by hot water. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F, if possible. You’ll not only save energy; you’ll avoid scalding your hands.
  • Stop the breeze. Caulk and weatherstrip around drafty doors and windows. Use a door sweep, door sock or even a rolled towel at the bottom of doors with a gap.
Member Restaurants Offering Take Out / Delivery
You are able to order food for “take out” and you may “pick up” meals at these restaurants. You may check the websites of these restaurants to see what food delivery services they use to make your dining experience easy and convenient.
Anthony's Fish Grotto
Takeout: 11:30am - 8pm
Retail market: 11:30am -7pm
9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa

BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse
7 days a week from 11am-10pm - Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Curbside Service, & Delivery.
5500 Grossmont Drive
(619) 589-7222 |

Brew Coffee Spot
Patio open 8-3 daily | online ordering | take out
(619) 246-1244
6101 Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa

Cali Comfort BBQ
Take out: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 7 days a week.
8910 Troy Street in Spring Valley

Cucina Basilico
Takeout: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(619) 825-3171
7200 Parkway Dr. in La Mesa

Dream Dinners
Easy, Homemade Meals
5208 Jackson Dr #116 - La Mesa
(619) 460-6800 |

Edible Arrangements
Free delivery! 8237 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 464-1111 |

El Pollo Loco
10 a.m. - 10 p.m. for drive through meals.
4990 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 797-1956 |

Himalayan Cuisine
Take out: 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 10pm
(619) 461-2503
7918 El Cajon Blvd #P in La Mesa

Hooleys Public House
Takeout & delivery
Tue - Thur 4 - 9 pm | Fri 4 - 10 pm | Sat 11 am - 10 pm | Sun 11 am - 7 pm
5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #277
(619) 713-6900 |
Little Roma
Delivery available.
Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm | Sun: 4pm - 8:30pm
Delivery hours: M-Sat 11am- 9pm | Sun 4-8:30pm
5575 Baltimore Drive, Suite 104 in La Mesa
(619) 461-7000 |

Los Pinos Taco Shop
Takeout: Mon - Sat 10:30am - 9pm.
Sunday 4 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(619) 462-5031
5646 Lake Murray Blvd in La Mesa

Marie Callender's
Take out and delivery available!
Mon-Thur & Sun: 11am-8pm | Fri & Sat 11am-9pm
6950 Alvarado Rd. in San Diego
(619) 465-1910 |

Nonno's Ristorante Italiano
Carry out.
5314 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 337-9559 |

Red Lobster
Takeout: Sun - Thurs: 11am - 10pm, Fri & Sat: 11am - 11pm
(619) 463-4449 | 8703 Murray Drive in La Mesa
Free delivery when ordering at:

San Pasqual Winery
Mon - Thur: 12 - 6 PM | Fri - Sat: 12 - 8 PM | Sunday: 12 - 5 PM
Order pick ups and bottles to go.
8364 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 462-1797 |

Surf Rider Pizza Co.
Takeout: Tuesday - Sunday 11:30am - 7:30pm
8381 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 340-1270 |

The Lunch Box Cafe and Deli
Takeout or delivery!
Tuesday to Friday: 7:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 7:30am - 1:00pm
8751 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 463-4013 |

Valley Farm Market
Fresh meat, chicken and fish, as well as milk, eggs, bread and fresh produce. Products are available on a “first come, first served” basis.
9040 Campo Rd. in Spring Valley
(619) 463-9595 |
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5500 Grossmont Center Dr. #213 in La Mesa
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Boston Beer Company
Edible Arrangements
Sandra Small/ Photographer
SMIB Management, Inc.
The Little Warehouse
Self Storage
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AAA Imaging
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Benchmark Financial
Community Spectrum
Discovering My City Magazine
DMZ Visual Marketing
EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.
Frazier Farms
Hallman Jewelers
Kostedt Design & Marketing
Magnaglobe Enterprises
Mobility Works
Park Station
PenChecks, Inc.
Productivity Plus Office Support
San Pasqual Winery
Sanctuary Cruises
Studio M.I.F.
The East County Californian
Vision Studio Concepts
William H. Sauls
Thank you for being a member and for your support!

Mary England
President & CEO
Cell: 619-251-7730
La Mesa Chamber of Commerce ∙ 8080 La Mesa Blvd. Ste. 212 ∙ La Mesa, California 91942