La Mesa Chamber News | May 11, 2021
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In case you missed last week's email blast: May 3 Eblast
This Month We Begin Meeting “In Person” for Ribbon Cuttings and Evening Mixers - Safely
This month we have scheduled several evening ribbon cuttings for new members and have combined them with an evening mixer, so members can meet the new businesses and get acquainted. We plan to follow all safety precautions at these events and have limited the number of people that may attend due to the current County of San Diego health restrictions. Our new members are anxious to meet you and showcase their business and what they offer – be sure and bring your business cards! Here is the lineup of upcoming in-person events:

Wednesday, May 19 : La Mesa Wine Works Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting
5:30-7pm at 8167 Center Street, La Mesa | Details/RSVP

Wednesday, May 26 : Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar Ribbon Cutting
5:30-7pm at 7235 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115 | Details/RSVP
NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone who is ill – please stay home.
PPP Runs Out of Funding 4 Weeks Early
Four weeks before its scheduled end, the federal government’s signature aid effort for small businesses ravaged by the pandemic – the Paycheck Protection Plan – ran out of funding on Tuesday, May 4th in the afternoon and stopped accepting most new applications.

Congress allocated $292 billion to fund the program’s most recent round of loans. Nearly all of that money has now been exhausted, the Small Business Administration, which runs the program, told lenders and their trade groups on the same day. While many had predicted that the program would run out of funds before its May 31 application deadline, the exact timing came as a surprise to many lenders and they were told via an alert that the PPP general fund is closed to new applications. There is around $8 billion still set aside and available for businesses run by minorities, women, and other underserved communities. Those lenders will be able to process applications until that money runs out. Some money also remains available for lenders to finish processing pending applications. Since its creation last year, the Paycheck Protection Program has disbursed $780 billion in forgivable loans to fund 10.7 million applications, according to the latest government data. Congress renewed the program in December’s relief bill, expanding the pool of eligible applicants and allowing the hardest-hit businesses to return for a second loan. In March lawmakers extended the deadline to May. Two new grant programs run by the Small Business Association – for businesses in the live events and restaurant industries began accepting applications in recent weeks, though no grants have yet been awarded. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Stacy Cowley.
Vaccine Clinic Opens at Helix Charter High School Parking Lot on Saturday, May 22nd
The City of La Mesa has partnered with the County of San Diego, Helix Charter High School, Champions for Health, and the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County to host a COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic. This clinic is part of the City’s efforts to provide access to COVID-19 vaccines, promote vaccine equity, and increase the number of doses administered.

Vaccines are provided free of cost by the County of San Diego, Champions for Health, and the Philippine Nurses Association of San Diego County. Eligible persons aged 16 and older must make appointments for the Pfizer vaccine. For those age 18 and older, walk-ins will be welcome based on availability of Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses. Second dose appointments will be made the day of the clinic based on the vaccine received. ADA in-car appointments will also be available for those who require assistance.
Date: Saturday, May 22nd
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Helix Charter High School Parking Lot
7323 University Ave., La Mesa, CA 91942

Appointments can be made via phone Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. by calling 619-667-1322 or anytime online at
Important County Update on Vaccine Locations & Opportunities
Request to Host a Vaccination Event

The County of San Diego is increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines by working with partners and stakeholders to host vaccination events. We encourage organizations that have the space to host a vaccination event and are in the Health Equity Quartiles to submit a request form here.

For questions please reach out to
Walk-up, No-Appointments at County Sites

All County-hosted COVID-19 vaccine sites are open for walk-up, no-appointment-required vaccinations. Walk-up vaccines will be available while supplies last each day at that site.

To view a list of all County-hosted sites and to make an appointment, if preferred, visit here

To find an appointment at a Walmart location, click here. To find an appointment at a Sam's Club location, click here. And, to find an appointment at a CVS location, click here.

The following site has new operation hours, 1:00pm - 8:00pm and will accept walk-ups and appointments. 
Join Us and Welcome I-Que BBQ to Our Business Community at an Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting
On Thursday, June 3rd we invite you to meet the owners of the newest barbecue restaurant in La Mesa, I-Que BBQ. We are celebrating an evening mixer, where you can sample bites of their famous BBQ. Mix and mingle and be a part of the ribbon cutting that will happen at 6 p.m. Opening a business during this pandemic is a challenge, so we encourage you to come on out and meet these new business owners and show our support of their desire to open their BBQ business and share their BBQ recipes with us.
Thursday, June 3rd

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
“Official" Ribbon cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Location: I-Que BBQ at 8733 Broadway -La Mesa

Cost: FREE for Chamber Members and $5 per person for guests

Due to COVID-19 restrictions RSVP’s are required and limited to the first 30 people: or register online.
NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone ill – please stay home.
Join Us and Welcome the Pink Rose Café and Celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on May 12th
Wednesday, May 12th

Location: Pink Rose Café
8209 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa

Time: 10:30 a.m. Ribbon cutting

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NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone ill – please stay home.
You Are Invited to Attend a Free Presentation on May 20th on Radical Ways to Conduct Research
Evan Siter, CEO of XpertVR will be presenting information of the possibilities of VR and Research. Technology is being used in business to research shopper behavior and employee training processes. This FREE virtual program is available to the first 100 people that reserve their space for this presentation. RSVP to: RSVP by May 17th, 5 p.m. to be included.

Networking: 11:30 - 12 noon
Presentation: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Welcome to Our New Chamber Member!
Major Security Services
Event Staffing & Security Personnel
(619) 886-8218
County Vaccine Doses Hit 3M Mark
On May 6th it was announced that more than 3 million coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered in San Diego County.  Doses administered isn’t quite the same thing as what really matters – how many people have been vaccinated. Around 1.7 million San Diegans have received at least one vaccine dose, little more than half the region. It takes two doses of the Moderna and the Pfizer vaccines or one of the Johnson & Johnson to maximize immunity against the virus. Officials hope to fully immunize 75 percent of residents 16 and up.  

To help with the vaccinations, several of the county-run vaccine sites now take walk-ins, meaning some no longer take an appointment to get a shot. Those who want appointments can book them up to seven days in advance at county-run sites – or as soon as one hour before showing up at your local CVS pharmacy. It’s possible to jump tiers if the percentage of positive coronavirus tests drops overall and in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, but that has yet to happen. Remember, the entire color-coded tier system will fade away on June 15,with the state’s economy set to reopen fully, though some masking requirements will continue. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune - Jonathan Wosen. 
CVS Offers Vaccination Without Appointment
If you’re looking for a coronavirus vaccine, you can now get one at CVS pharmacy locations in San Diego and throughout the U.S. without making an appointment, according to an announcement from the company on May 5th. That includes 1,115 locations in California, with dozens of pharmacies in San Diego County. CVS is also allowing same-day vaccine appointment scheduling – in some cases, you may be able to schedule an appointment as soon as one hour before you show up. Those who wish to make an appointment can visit to find the nearest location that is offering shots. About 70 percent of Americans live within 3 miles of a CVS. 

The move to walk-in vaccinations illustrates how drastically the balance of vaccine demand and supply has shifted. In the early months of the rollout, CVS focused on immunizing residents and staff at long term care facilities, which have been hit hard by the pandemic. The recent move, fueled by a surge in supply, is part of an effort to immunize as many people as possible against the coronavirus in a bid to slow the rate of transmission. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune - Jonathan Wosen. 
The Fun Returns! Join Us and Celebrate an Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting at La Mesa Wine Works
On Wednesday, May 19th we are ready to celebrate our valued Chamber Member, La Mesa Wine Works, located at 8167 Center Street in La Mesa with an evening mixer and ribbon cutting. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. and the mixer will continue until 7 p.m. We will have the “official” ribbon cutting at 6 p.m. This evening get-together is long overdue, and we are ready to meet and visit with Linda and Mike McWilliams, who are part of the ownership team of La Mesa Wine Works and are also owners of San Pasqual Winery. Join us and meet the team at La Mesa Wine Works, a cooperative Tasting Room that features premium wines from San Diego County wineries. This special occasion will offer happy hour pricing of wines by the glass at $5.00 a piece and bottles of wine "to go" at $10 per bottle. Enjoy appetizers from local restaurants and raffles are back!
Wednesday, May 19th

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Ribbon cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Where: La Mesa Wine Works - 8167 Center Street, La Mesa

Cost: FREE for Chamber members and $5 per guest.
Due to public health and safety, this event is limited to the first 50 people who register. RSVP’s required. RSVP to: or here.

We look forward to seeing you in person for great wine, good conversation and fun!
NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone ill – please stay home.
Wine Works Celebrates Nurses Day All Month!
To express our gratitude to those who have given so much during the pandemic, we are offering half price wine specials to all nurses & health care workers through the month of May.

Also discounts from our weekend food vendors through May.
Food Vendor Schedule
May 8th, 5-9: Thumbs Up BBQ
May 14th, 5-9: Motor-Bites
May 22nd, 5-9: Motor-Bites
May 28th, 5-9: God Save The Cuisine
San Diego Officials Pass Eviction Ban and Rent Cap
San Diego leaders adopted a countywide temporary rent cap on May 4th and new rules to make evictions more difficult for landlords during the pandemic. The new ordinance takes effect in early June and lasts until sometime in August. Landlords under the new law can no longer evict tenants for “just cause” reasons, such as lease violations; they can only be removed if they are an “imminent health or safety threat.” This makes it one of the strictest anti-eviction laws in the state. 

It also blocks a homeowner from moving back into their property and kicking a renter out, which is allowed now by law. Rent will be capped at roughly a 4 percent increase but may need some refining before it is implemented. The ordinance said the cap would be based on the inflation rate included in the Consumer Price Index for the San Diego region for April 2020 to April 2021. Only numbers for March are currently available, which had a CPI rate of 4.1 percent. San Diego supervisors voted 3-2 to approve the ordinance. Statewide law prevents a renter from being evicted for nonpayment of rent until June 30 due to income loss related to COVID-19.
There was immense public interest in the ordinance. The county received 766 written comments and more than 400 callers into the virtual meeting. The supervisors’ meeting started at 9 a.m. but did not hear the ordinance until slightly after 6 p.m. and the governing body completed voting around 10:30 p.m. 

Small landlords called into the meeting to say it was unfair to put more restrictions on them after year of eviction ban. Many that are renting properties would need to take rental housing off the market if eviction bans and rent caps continue. A letter was sent in opposition of the ordinance that was signed by the mayors of Coronado, El Cajon, Poway, San Marcos, Santee and Vista. These public officials wrote in the letter that the ordinance violated their right to local control, and many organizations raised the specter of legal action if it passed. Tenants’ rights proponents said the threat of COVID-19 was still an issue despite dropping case numbers and that more protection was needed to keep people in their homes.  Several program throughout the county pay back rent, but those have struggled to get applicants. Language barriers are noted as one of the problems and also the need for back rent to be paid is less than many people assumed. 

San Diego County’s legislation says it will last for 60 days after the Governor lifts all COVID-19 related stay-at-home orders. This probably means June 15, when the Governor has said the color-coded restriction tier system will conclude. It says the ordinance will begin 30 days from the meeting date of Tuesday, May 4th. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Phillip Molnar. Photo: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.(San Diego County screenshot)
Opportunity to Receive Personalized Support from the County on Safe Business Practices by Being Certified
The county is offering to offer a FREE Business Certification Course (2 days) online. This Employee Certification Class is provided by a trained public Health Nursing Educator to prepare businesses to provide a safe environment for employees and customers.

Dates: Thursday 6/3 & Friday 6/4 | Time: 9am-4pm (1 hour lunch) | Location: Online
As Tourism Rebounds 3M Workers Wait for Callback
Business is rebounding quickly across the country at hotels, restaurants and airlines, but millions of employees have been left behind as companies seek to lock in pandemic changes to their models and slash labor cost in the future. 

For a year, hotels, airlines, casinos and restaurants – at least those that remained in business – have made it with fewer workers, often well under half of the number they employed before the pandemic. Customers have adjusted, with hotel guests checking themselves in on mobile apps and restaurant patrons’ content with picking up takeout. Employment has begun to recover, with 3.8 million people employed in leisure and hospitality jobs this March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up from 8.7 million last April after mass layoffs took place. But that’s still 3 million jobs short of where the industry was before the pandemic. Some large employers are signaling they plan to make do with fewer employees as they experiment with new business models. Several large hotels are making changes and experimenting with new strategies. The Marriott is testing contactless arrival kiosks, the Hilton chain is looking at reducing labor costs, some are even reducing housekeeping staff and using a new model for cleaning rooms. Some high-end hotels are only cleaning rooms every other night, instead of nightly. Such a change could result in the hotel employing half of the number of housekeeping staff jobs. Nationally that would mean the permanent loss of millions of jobs. How much slimming of these services will remain in place once travel more fully returns is unknown, largely because many of the hotels rely on business travel, which is nonexistent. International travel, business travel and business meetings and events need to come back to see a share of the jobs return. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Jonathan O’Connell.
Biotech Company Offers COVID Tests to Community Colleges
San Diego biotech company, Biocept is bringing coronavirus testing to community colleges throughout California in a bid to help schools eyeing a return to in-person classes. The company recently announced a testing partnership with the Foundation for California Community Colleges, a nonprofit supporting 116 community colleges serving 2.1 million students. These schools will be able to administer COVID-19 tests to students and staff, send samples to Biocept’s local lab and receive results within 48 hours. 

This is an unusual pivot for Biocept, a company that mainly focuses on developing ways to detect cancer sooner. But then again, the past year has been nothing if not unusual. The biotech began offering coronavirus testing about a year ago after it realized it had the equipment, expertise and laboratory certification to run the tests. So, Biocept began using a test made by Thermo Fisher to detect genetic material from nasal swabs. 

The company did not know what to expect, hundreds of tests a week or thousands. The answer? Thousands, with Biocept’s lab processing up to 15,000 samples a week at one point. The company has received more than 300,000 tests, with most coming from nursing homes in California. This has paid off for the biotech as it reported its first profitable quarter in company history. Biocept reported around $27 million in revenue last year, $23 million of which came from coronavirus testing. The demand for testing will be greatest for student-athletes, who will need to be tested regularly before competitions. But who knows what the demand will be as more people get vaccinated and the spread of the virus slows. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Jonathan Wosen. Photo: Biocept lab assistant Kyle Wallace prepares several collected samples before running them through the process to test for COVID-19. (Nelvin C. Cepeda /The San Diego Union-Tribune)
Join Us at the Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting for Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar
We are happy to welcome Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar to our business community. This cozy bar has a living room setting, outdoor patio, relaxing atmosphere, and serves a top-notch selection of craft beer and wine, as well as delicious specialty plates - cheese plates and meat & cheese plates, sandwiches - Californian Sandwich, Ham Sandwich, Turkey sandwich, Prosciutto Caprese & Fresh Mozzarella sandwich, salads and more!

Come meet the owners and join us as we welcome them at an evening mixer from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. with the "official" ribbon cutting happening at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26th. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and happy hour pricing will be offered throughout the night. Visit or call 619-303-0988.
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 26th between 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Location: 7235 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115

Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and enoy happy hour pricing!

Cost: FREE for Chamber members and $5 per guest.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions RSVP's are required and limited to the first 30 people: or register online.
NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone ill – please stay home.
Business News Updates
Another Sign Pandemic Easing - Disneyland’s Open and Welcomed Guests for the First Time in 412 Days!  

Disneyland reopened to cheering visitors donning sequined Minnie Mouse ears and snapping selfies, marking a dramatic turnaround in a state so overwhelmed with coronavirus cases just four months ago that patients were being treated in outdoor tents. California’s world-famous theme park, which unlocked its gates after an unprecedented 13-month closure, is admitting only state residents and operating under a limited capacity for now. The reopening marks a big shift for the nation’s most populous state from just months ago, when COVID-19 cases were surging, hospitals were running out of ICU beds, and hundreds of people died from the virus each day.

Now, California boasts the country’s lowest rate of confirmed coronavirus infections and more than half of the population eligible for vaccination has received at least one dose. Children have been returning to in-person classes, shops and restaurants are expanding their business, and the Governor set June 15 as a target date to further reopen the economy, possibly with health-related restrictions. Visitors must wear masks and can remove them only to eat in the designated areas. Hugs and handshakes with characters are off limits, and parades and fireworks shows have been shelved to limit crowds.

Disneyland is a Major economic engine in California, drawing nearly 19 million in attendance the year before the coronavirus struck. It and other such attractions were shuttered in March 2020 as the Governor imposed the nation’ first statewide shutdown order. For now, the park is allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity under the state health rules. The reopening was also welcomed by employees eager to get back to work and owners of hotels and shops in the surrounding area were also grateful for the park’s reopening. The city’s convention center saw more than 300 cancellations since the pandemic began and so far, have only rebooked a quarter of them. Source – The San Diego Union Tribune – Amy Taxin.
La Mesa Woman’s Club Celebrates 119 Years of Community Service

We are proud to announce the 119th Anniversary of the La Mesa Woman’s Club. This dedicated group of ladies have been providing exemplary community service for all of those years! Let’s join them at their celebration, "May Flowers" and help them collect donations of diapers for active military duty junior enlisted families. Bring any size diapers to donate to these families, as you celebrate this anniversary!

When: Monday, May 17th between 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Light Refreshments Served

Where: 5220 Wilson Street, La Mesa

RSVP to: Kathy Tinsley at or 619- 770-0257

Donate a package of diapers - any size that will be given to: The San Diego Military Outreach Ministries, who will distribute to active duty junior enlisted families. Can’t stay for the celebration? We encourage you to just stop by and say "hello" and drop off a package of diapers! Help these military families!
Gallo Wants Site in South Carolina 

South Carolina will likely soon tweak its liquor laws to allow the biggest winemaker in the United States to spend $400 million on a new building and distribution center in the state. The House voted 98-11 on May 4th to approve the bill that would allow California based E & J Gallo Winery to open tasting rooms where people can sample their wines. The tasting rooms needed an exception to South Carolina’s quirky liquor laws. 
Uber Taps GoPuff For Deliveries

Uber will vastly expand grocery delivery in the U.S. this summer through a partnership with GoPuff, a fast-growing delivery startup and the owner of the liquor store chain Bev Mo, the companies announced. GoPuff will make the inventory of convenience store and grocery items available to Uber customers in 95 cities, starting next month and nationwide by the end of the summer, the companies announced. GoPuff will handle logistics and delivery for the orders, and Uber will take a percentage of each transaction made through its app.
Anderson Alert: Anderson Proves State Violating Local Law on Placing Sex Offenders
Supervisor Joel Anderson today, standing in front of the house where the State has proposed Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Douglas Badger be placed, provided evidence that the State’s contractors routinely violate local zoning codes in placing SVPs. 
“There is a blatant disregard for local laws and regulations in placing sexual offenders,” said Anderson, providing evidence of violations at two locations housing sex offenders in East County: on Horizon Hills Drive and on Cordial Road

“Not only is the state dumping sex offenders in my district, but they are overtly violating our local laws to do so, while pocketing up to $30,000 a month in taxpayer dollars per sex offender,” said Anderson. 

“If they violate laws in placing sex offenders, how can we trust the State and its vendors to monitor them and keep our kids safe,” said Anderson. 

“That is why I received unanimous support from my colleagues to have staff review the process and add accountability and transparency at the state and local level.” 
A report is due back in early June.
From the The County of San Diego Independent Redistricting Commission: Public Outreach and Engagement Services
The County of San Diego Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) has updated and reposted their Request for Proposal (RFP) for Public Outreach and Community Engagement Services (RFP 10926) onto BuyNet to allow solicitors more time to prepare their proposals. Redistricting, which only occurs once every 10 years, is the process of redrawing supervisorial district lines. To support this, the IRC is looking to retain a contractor Public Outreach and Community Engagement to seek and encourage broad and diverse community input during the redistricting public review process.
Pre-Proposal Conference, May 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm
(see RFP for more details on participating in pre-proposal)
Questions Due, May 18, 2021, prior to 5:00 pm (San Diego Time)
Proposals Due, June 01, 2021, prior to 3:00 pm (San Diego Time)
Visit BuyNet to make a solicitation for RFP 10926.
The IRC’s goal is to reach as many residents of the County as possible to participate in the redistricting process for the County of San Diego.
For any questions, please email or call (619)409-3003.
The District Attorney just released this.

The newly-released District Attorney Midterm Report provides a summary of 50 specific initiatives, programs and reforms that have been achieved by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office under DA Stephan’s leadership thus far.

Halfway through her first term, District Attorney Stephan
has cleared San Diego’s rape kit backlog, increased support and services for crime victims, tripled the prosecution of hate crimes, created multiple opportunities for people to be diverted away from jail and onto a better path, and established innovative programs focused on helping some of the most vulnerable in San Diego County— those with mental illness, the elderly and our youth.
From Sycuan Casino Resort: Saturday Night Swim, Armed Forces Day, UFC 262 and more!

Sycuan Casino Resort's brand-new event features San Diego's top DJs spinning live every Saturday night from 7PM-11PM at Retreat Pool & Cabanas! Kicking off this Saturday, May 15, grab your swim suit and join Frankie V from San Diego's #1 Hit Music Station, Channel 93.3FM, for a fun and exciting neon atmosphere you can't find anywhere else! Get your tickets now!

Join us for the very best in music and entertainment! Make your night a memorable one by being a part of all the latest and upcoming events coming back to Sycuan Casino Resort!

Visit to see upcoming shows! Buy your tickets today!

Every Friday is Dive-In Movie Night at Retreat Pool & Cabanas! Enjoy drinks, food, and your favorite movies on the big screen poolside!

Purchase your tickets for this Friday, May 14, to watch the hilarious Step Brothers featuring Will Ferrell and John C Reilly!
SDCCU Miracle Month of May is Collecting Monetary Donations for Children’s Hospitals in Southern California
SDCCU has partnered with Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, CHOC in Orange County, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cottage Children’s Medical Center in Santa Barbara
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of Southern California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, is collecting monetary donations for children’s hospitals in Southern California. The participating hospitals include: Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego, CHOC Children’s Hospital Orange County, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cottage Children’s Medical Center in Santa Barbara. In Celebration of Miracle Month of May, SDCCU is collecting monetary donations online through May 31 and encourages the community to join Team SDCCU for the virtual CHOC walk on May 22 at

“SDCCU is proud to raise donations for four of Southern California’s finest children’s hospitals. We have supported Rady and CHOC children’s hospitals for many years, and are pleased to expand support to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Cottage Children’s Medical Center in Santa Barbara this year. We are honored to support these amazing children’s hospitals, and invite the community to join Team SDCCU and donate online,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Campbell. “Together, we can make an impact in the life of critically ill children whom we may never meet but whose lives have been impacted through our support of these hospitals.”

May is an especially important month for Children’s Miracles Network hospitals as many fundraising events take place across the U.S. and Canada in support of children’s hospitals. That’s why “May is for Miracles,” as the fundraising efforts impact the 170 hospitals affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network that provide 32 million treatments to thousands of children they help each year.
For more information on SDCCU’s support or to donate online, visit
Nominate or Apply as a Small Business for the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Tuition-free Executive Leadership Training Program!
The Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program is a tuition-free leadership training program that helps small- and medium-sized businesses in under-resourced communities build capacity and resilience for sustained growth as well as survive the continued economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The 2021 ICCC program is uniquely designed to provide access to capital, one-on-one coaching, and capacity-building education. ICCC is currently accepting applications for their 2021San Diego cohort, and I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this free resource by applying here to participate!
ICCC participants will leave the program with business recovery strategies, capital relief solutions, community building resources, and the tools to lead their business into 2021!

Learn more about ICCC here. For questions, schedule a time to speak with the ICCC team here or contact Indhira Taveras at or (617)-238-3030.
From Trilogy Health: 🌸 Amazing Deals 🌸
Our Jump Start Facial Package is an incredible option for facial rejuvenation. It offers a powerful combination of IPL to minimize facial redness and brown spots caused by sun damage and Laser Genesis to produce new collagen to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels provide the finishing touch to clear your complexion.
Get $50 off on each Juvéderm or Radiesse filler when you purchase at least 30 units of Botox
Noticing your forehead wrinkles and smile lines getting more pronounced? 

Botox injections and Juvéderm fillers can smooth things out! Both are effective, non-surgical treatments that can bring the glow of youth back to your face.
Book a chemical peel in May and receive a FREE skin pigment fading cream ($60 value)
Dr. Ellyn Levine
Trilogy Health
5290 Baltimore Drive
Phone: (619) 567-6914
Click here for info on our
COVID-19 safety measures.
FREE Virtual Home Fire Education Sessions to Keep You Safe Presented by the American Red Cross
The Chamber encourages you to sign up NOW for your personalized session!
The American Red Cross is offering to educate our community virtually on safety and how to reduce home fire deaths and injuries. Did you know that home fires are the most common emergency across the country? Each year the Red Cross responds to an average of more than 60,000 disasters, the vast majority are home fires. Home fires claim SEVEN lives every day!

The Red Cross is now scheduling virtual home fire safety education sessions in our community. You will learn how to create a safety plan, and how to stop home fires before they start. The campaign to reduce home fire-related deaths and injuries looks different this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When it’s safe, they will be partnering with fire departments to install smoke alarms in homes.

These personalized sessions can be requested by calling 619-354-9609 or by signing up on their website at The flyer below provides all the information you need.

The Chamber encourages you to sign up and schedule your personalized Free Home Fire Education session NOW. Together, we can stop home fire deaths and injuries!
Another Reminder - Be Sure and Advertise Your Business for FREE in the San Diego Union Tribune Newspaper & Online Directory
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!
La Mesa Chamber Calendar
May 12 - Pink Rose Café Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting : 10:30am at 8209 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa | Details/RSVP

May 17 - La Mesa Woman’s Club Celebrates 119 Years of Community Service : 2-4pm at 5220 Wilson Street, La Mesa | Details/RSVP

May 19 - La Mesa Wine Works Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting : 5:30-7pm at 8167 Center Street, La Mesa | Details/RSVP

May 26 - Next Door Craft Beer & Wine Bar Ribbon Cutting : 5:30-7pm at 7235 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115 | Details/RSVP

June 3 - I-Que BBQ Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting : 5:30-7pm at 8733 Broadway, 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.
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
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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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