La Mesa Chamber News | January 25, 2021
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Have You Advertised Your Business Yet for FREE in the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper and Online?
Have you filled out the simple form online to advertise your business for FREE? The San Diego Union Tribune has created an opportunity for businesses to let the public know - “Yes, We’re Open.” This business marketing campaign lists your business name, address, phone number and website in ads they print in the newspaper and their online directory.

Sign up NOW - visit to fill out the form to list your business in print and online – FREE!

If you need help or questions - call Mary England 619-251-7730 and we will be glad to assist you!
Advertise Your Valentine’s Day Specials Now!
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we want to share your Valentine’s Day specials. Let us help you offer your special to people wanting to celebrate this annual holiday. Email us the following info to
♥ Business Name
♥ Valentine's Day Specials
♥ Website for Details
♥ Hours
For restaurants: Please let us know: Are you delivering? If so, what delivery services are you using?
Businesses Who are Sharing Their Specials as of Today:
From La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe: Receive 14% Off Your Order
We've got your Valentine's Day bouquet.

Receive 14% off your order (just mention our email), valid now through 2/1. Delivery and/or curbside pickup available.

Place your Valentine's Day orders by February 1st to guarantee delivery! Floral deliveries are taking longer than expected, so to be sure your sweetheart receives their stunning arrangement, place your orders by 2/1.

We <3 Succulent Heart Wreaths! Call the shop to order a custom wreath today.
La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe
8759 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa | | (619) 966-4510
Hours: Weekdays 9am - 6pm | Saturday 9am - 5pm | Sunday Closed/Open on Appointment
From Dream Life Total Wellness, Inc.: Complimentary Virtual Wellness Cooking Experience
Complimentary one hour Virtual Wellness Cooking Experience in the comfort of your home ($100 value). We will teach you how to increase and keep your immune system in good condition through healthy cooking methods. Go to

How it works:
  1. Spend 30 - 40 minutes with one of our health coaches
  2. If it's a good fit we will schedule a Wellness cooking experience 
  3. Enjoy the results of Total Wellness

We look forward to supporting your health commitments!
Dream Life Total Wellness, Inc.
4260 Lomo Del Sur in La Mesa | (619) 439-0190 | |
From La Mesa Wine Works: 50% Off Case Specials!
We are open limited hours for bottle sales to go. Thurs-Sun 1-5. Feel free to call in your order ahead of time & we'll have it ready for pickup.

  • 50% off San Pasqual Winery Mixed White Wine Case
  • 50% off Wyatt Oaks Winery Mixed Red Wine Case
  • Lockdown Special: Buy any bottle, get $5 off each additional bottle. (up to 6)
  • January Case Blowout Special: Wyatt Oaks Winery - 2015 Syrah Rosé - Only $175/case (Refreshing flavors of peach, apricot & vanilla with a creamy smooth finish.)
  • View full newsletter here.
La Mesa Wine Works
8167 Center Street in La Mesa | 619-741-0700 |
From Cali Comfort BBQ: Free Peach Cobbler for Valentine's Day
For any member that signs up for our email newsletter, they will receive an email code for a free peach cobbler with their order.

We will be open from 12pm-8pm.

Delivery available through UberEats, Doordash and Grubhub.

Cali Comfort BBQ
8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977
(619) 337-0670 |
From Express Blinds & More: 11% Off for Members! FREE Installation!
Express Blinds & More
11% Off for La Mesa Chamber Members!! FREE INSTALLATION!!!
6515 Jackson Drive, San Diego, CA 92119
(619) 461-2101 |
Vaccination Goal – 1.9 M By July 1
San Diego Cunty residents 65 and older can now get vaccinated against COVID-19, provided their health care provider has the doses. More than 473,000 San Diegans are 65 or older. The vaccine supply will either make or break the county’s plan to inoculate nearly 1.9 million residents against COVID-19 by July 1 after an initially sluggish vaccine rollout. To get there, the region will have to ramp up to an average of 23,400 shots a day for the next five months. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Jonathan Wosen & Paul Sisson. 
COVID-19 Vaccine & COVID-19 Update
San Diego County officials announced Saturday that they have expanded COVID-19 vaccine availability to include anyone 65 and older. It was decided that with a surplus of appointments to expand the age group for the vaccine. Eligible people are encouraged to contact their doctor or health care provider first to request the vaccine, if none are available, they can make an appointment at a county site. Reservations can be made at: Anyone without an appointment will be turned away. About 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths in the United States have been among people age 65 and up. The rate of new coronavirus infections has been dropping across California, but the related deaths have reached a new high. The state reported 593 deaths on Saturday, down from a one-day record of 764 on Friday. Current sites are prepared to vaccinate 5,000 a day (Chula Vista site) and the Petco Park tailgate parking lot has immunized more than 35,000 people so far. By February 1 the County plans to set up two more sites in East County and North County, along with a total of 18 smaller sites throughout the region.

Statistics released by the County Saturday showed an additional 2,980 cases reported through Friday, bringing the total to 25,558. The County also reported 111 more hospitalizations, and on Friday there were 1,578 COVID patients in local hospitals, including 434 in intensive care units. The county added 43 more COVID-related deaths through Friday bringing that total to 2,344 or 1-percent of the cases. Despite the staggering statistics some people remain reluctant to follow state and county health orders. Owners of small businesses such as restaurants say they will lose their livelihoods if they are forced to close. Some churches say their right to worship together indoors is protected by the federal and state constitutions. However, the courts have repeatedly recognized the need to protect the public from community spread of the virus. On Friday the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals again upheld the public health orders that restrict indoor worship in a case that Chula Vista’s South Bay United Pentecostal Church has been fighting for several months. Under current orders, churches are allowed to gather outdoors with no capacity limits. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Phil Diehl.
Outbreaks at Nursing Homes Hold Steady Number of Residents Infected by COVID-19 Surpasses 3,000 Mark
For the first week in more than a month, the number of active outbreaks of the coronavirus at skilled nursing facilities throughout San Diego County remains unchanged. The number of cases among nursing home residents surpassed the 3,000 mark, highlighting the urgency to vaccinate a population extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. On Thursday, county public health officials reported that there are 63 active outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities out of the 151 outbreaks that have occurred since the pandemic began. So far, there have been 3,027 residents and 1,842 staff who have tested positive for the virus at skilled nursing homes throughout the county. 22 deaths related to skilled nursing outbreaks, brings the total throughout the course of the pandemic up to 336. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Lauren Mapp
National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
On January 21, the White House Administration released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The National Strategy provides a roadmap to guide America out of the worst public health crisis in a century. It outlines an actionable plan across the federal government to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including twelve initial executive actions issued by President Biden on his first two days in office.
Welcome to our New Member, Flow Rite Painting, Inc.!
We are a military owned contracting firm, with over twenty five years experience.
We are Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
Our mission is to "Provide your paint project with the Spirit of Excellence".
La Mesa  (619) 439-8023
Report Critical of La Mesa Police
The La Mesa Police Department was ill prepared to respond to the riot that broke out the last weekend in May, an outside consultant concluded and lacked the leadership, communication skills, training and policies that likely could have de-escalated the situation and prevented officers and civilians from being harmed. The report commissioned by the city that was released Friday, consultants Hilliard Heintze LLC said the department’s nearly non-existent intelligence-gathering efforts caused it to underestimate the magnitude of the event that occurred the weekend of May 30-31 amid protest about racial injustice and resulted in the widespread looting, vandalism and destruction of public and private property. The entIre article was printed in the Sunday edition of the San Diego Union Tribune – Karen Pearlman.
A Presentation from Hillard Heintze will be Given to the 
La Mesa City Council on Tuesday, January 26th
The La Mesa City Council will receive the final report on the events of May 30th at their Tuesday, January 26th Council meeting. The entire report can be viewed now online under the Regular Meeting “agenda” of the January 26th La Mesa City Council meeting. You are also able to watch the zoom meeting if you wish. The La Mesa City web site has all of the particulars for this upcoming meeting. You are also able to email questions or comments to the City Council. The details can be found here.
COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
From the East County Economic Development Council: 
What's The Business Buzz?
PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) – Reopened Jan. 11 for First-time PPP and Jan. 18 for PPP2

Click here for more information!
If you need assistance with the loan process click on the link below to connect with an SBDC advisor. Sign up here.
Does your business need masks?

Home Depot generously donated 150k masks to be given to small businesses across the region. The East County EDC is giving away 40k of these masks. Please contact Angela Nagel to schedule a pick up at our local office.
EDC Slingshot Program Coming Soon

This program provides risk-free loans of up to $8000 for individuals looking to pay for workforce training. Slingshot helps upskill community members to take the next step in their career and participants only pay their loans back if they see an increase in income. Learn More.
Economic Impact Report

A 2021 economic impact report found that the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District added more than $1.1 billion in additional income to the San Diego County economy, the equivalent of 14,239 jobs. Click to read the full report.
Upcoming Webinars: Cybersecurity Awareness - A Guide to Safeguarding Your Business

Learn tips for safe, secure and effective remote working. This class provides information on cyber fundamentals, best practices for protecting your data, and an overview of the various collaborative tools you can use to empower your remote-working capabilities.

From SDG&E: Winter Energy Saving Tips for Your Business
There are a variety of ways you can reduce energy costs in your business. By assessing the needs of your employees and customers, you’ll be able to make a plan that helps you cut costs where you need it the most.  
  1. Don’t heat what you don’t use. This may seem obvious but it’s easy to oversee. Only heat the rooms and areas of the building which are in use every day. Rooms with low usage should turn down their heat or off until in use. You can also keep temperatures low in hallways as they are not used for more than a couple of minutes at a time.  
  2. Motivate and involve staff. Encourage employees to take part in brainstorming sessions about energy efficiency at work. When employees offer their ideas on how to cut down on energy costs, innovative measures can result.
  3. Schedule an energy audit for your facility. SDG&E offers complimentary energy assessments to help ensure you are using energy efficiently. Schedule your no-cost appointment here.  
  4. Look out for small drafts that may leak air. Small drafts may result in losing substantial portions of your heating costs. Proper air sealing of the work environment can help eliminate those drafts.  
  5. Keep control of your heating. Keeping your office temperature one degree lower during winters can reduce the energy it uses by up to 10%. Purchasing a smart thermostat will allow you to operate temperatures remotely.  

By considering these steps, you may see changes in your energy bill. Don’t underestimate how small energy-efficient changes you make at work can add up to savings. Not only will you be lowering your energy bill, you’ll also be promoting a green environment within your own workplace. For more ideas on how to save energy in your business, visit
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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"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
Boston Beer Company
Edible Arrangements
Sandra Small/ Photographer
SMIB Management, Inc.
The Little Warehouse
Self Storage
Gold Members
AAA Imaging
American Medical Response
Barnes & Noble -
Grossmont Center
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