La Mesa Chamber News | March 1, 2021
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Take Advantage of This One-Time Opportunity to Be a Part of "Up & Running California" a New eBay Program Offers FREE Ecommerce Training for Small Businesses
This program is in partnership between eBay and the California Office of the Small Business Advocate. This is an excellent offer the opportunity for small businesses to apply for a grant package including cash, credits and dedicated training through eBay Seller School. Ecommerce offers tremendous opportunity for small businesses, allowing them to stay rooted in their local communities while vastly expanding their reach to potential buyers on a global scale. This new program will equip up to300 in-state businesses to take full advantage of this new opportunity with interactive coaching and instruction that will help them effectively compete and grow online.  

This new, 100% FREE program will offer participating businesses with the educational resources, interactive instruction and seller-to-seller coaching they need to compete on eBay’s marketplace. Participants will enjoy full access to eBay Seller School, their interactive online learning platform. Seller School offers both beginner-level and more advanced courses to help all sellers accelerate and scale their eBay business, regardless of their time and experience on the platform.  
Other program benefits will include:
  • Exclusive access to six weekly webinars, led by a dedicated growth adviser
  • Seller-to-seller coaching
  • 200 free insertion fees per month
  • A 90-day, eBay basic store subscription upon “graduation”
  • A seller “starter kit” that includes various supplies to immediately begin selling online

Selected businesses will learn how to supercharge their listing and marketing strategies, create a dynamic digital storefront, leverage powerful data analysis tools to fuel their performance, and more. Applications are now open at ebay.com/California until 11:59 p.m.PT on Thursday, March 11. 
From Supervisor Joel Anderson: Amazon Wants to Build a Distribution Center in El Cajon - Expected to Bring 300-500 Jobs to East County
Sign the petition to let the Board of Supervisors know how you feel about bringing 400 new jobs to East County.

At the March 3, 2021, Board of Supervisors meeting, a lease expected to allow Amazon to locate a “last mile” distribution center in East County will be voted on.

The site on a County-owned airport parcel is located on property northwest of Gillespie Field, near the trolley station.

Environmental reviews were completed and approved by the City of El Cajon.

Currently, all Amazon packages delivered to East County customers MUST be driven many miles using several vehicles from western San Diego, resulting in increased traffic and pollution.
Amazon “...is expected to bring 300 to 500 jobs to El Cajon, where 21.7% of the population lives below the poverty rate...city’s unemployment rate was 10.2% as of December 2020.” 

Excerpt from Amazon Aims to Build Distribution Center in El Cajon

400 New Jobs for East County

San Diego County has lost approximately 100,000 jobs in the last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic-related business shutdowns.

Some of the poorest parts of East County have been hit the hardest.

The Amazon facility will put El Cajon and Gillespie Field on the map, spurring greatly needed economic activity to our community and region.

In addition to building an 141,300 square foot facility, the developer will construct a minimum of $20 million in improvements plus pay the county $420,000 a year, a minimum of $21 million over 50 years.

The developer has committed that Amazon will accelerate the use of green electric vehicles beyond the State of California requirements.

Sign up now to join this common-sense crusade. It's good for East County. It's good for the economy. It's good for the environment.
Supervisor Joel Anderson Wants Your Opinion on Changing "Vehicle Miles Traveled" Law - Item is on the March 3rd Board Meeting
In 2013 the California Legislature passed a law establishing "Vehicle Miles Traveled" (VMT) as the means for determining the transportation, environmental and regional impacts of any new construction project. In 2020, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted a study guide establishing certain parameters of how to utilize the VMT, but also the role our unincorporated area has in this formula. Under new leadership, the Board is now attempting to change this plan and recommend removing the "Unincorporated County" from this formula and replacing it with "San Diego region." What this means is that new construction will be significantly curtailed in the unincorporated areas, including housing, by requiring massive regulations reports for any construction that is larger than 11 homes. This item is being considered and discussed at the March 3rd County Board meeting - Agenda Item #4. 

Supervisor Anders has shared a copy of the proposed action item and some detailed talking points prepared by his staff that you can review.  

We have linked a document with instructions on how to call in to the meeting during public comment period if you would like. You may view this document here: Voice Your Opinion on Board Items.pdf
Changes Are Made to the PPP Program
On February 22nd President Biden announced a series of changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) designed to make the program more accessible to underserved small businesses, particularly BIPOC-and women-owned businesses. The main key change to PPP is that from Wednesday, February 24th through Wednesday, March 10th, only businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 20 employees and sole proprietors can apply for PPP loans in an effort to reach the smallest businesses. Other changes include: 
  • The way loans are calculated will be revised so businesses without employees get more relief. The previous calculation – based on payroll – made the program ineffective for sole proprietors and independent contractors, including many businesses of color. The Biden administration also will set aside $1 billion in PPP loan funds for businesses without employees in low-and-moderate income areas.
  • The elimination of an exclusion that prevents business owners with no-fraud felony convictions from accessing the program
  • The elimination of an exclusion that prevents business owners who are delinquent on federal student loans from accessing the program
  • Non-citizen small-business owners who are lawful U.S. residents will be able to apply for loans using individual taxpayer identification numbers
Union Bank Welcomed Four-Old Artist to La Mesa Branch Celebrating Her Message of Hope and Healing
On February 24th, Union Bank Branch Manager, Carlton Hill welcomed Aviana Dobesh (age 4) and her parents to the temporary Union Bank branch in La Mesa. Mr. Hill wanted to personally thank Aviana on behalf of Union Bank for the artwork she created in the days following the fire that destroyed the bank's branch in May 2020. Aviana’s painting and message of hope resonated with the Union Bank team and brings smiles to the faces of employees and clients when they enter the temporary branch which opened on January 25th. The look on Aviana’s face, her smile, the sparkle in her eyes and her T-shirt says it all - "All Love Needs Is Us." The Chamber salutes this 4-year old for her painting and message. Visit the temporary branch and take a look at all of the paintings on the fence and in the branch - it is inspiring!

4771 Spring Street, La Mesa | 619-667-3206 | unionbank.com/lamesa | M-F 10am – 4pm
Photo “Avi Mom Carlton with Painting”: From left to right – Andrea Soffa, Aviana Dobesh (Age 4) and Union Bank Branch Manager Carlton Hill at temporary Union Bank branch in La Mesa. Aviana and her family were invited on the morning of Feb. 24 to see Aviana’s “All you need is love” painting on display inside the branch. Aviana was presented with some art supplies and gifts as a thank you for her message of hope enjoyed by Union Bank employees and clients. Photo “Avi Mom Talon with Carlton Inside Branch”:
Photos “Avi outside with fence art” and “Avi Solo Outside Close up”: Aviana Dobesh (age 4) was so excited to see her painting displayed inside the temporary Union Bank branch and on the fencing outside. Her message of hope as been an inspiration to the Union Bank team.
Make Plans to Join Other Chambers at the All Chamber St. Patrick’s Day Virtual Mixer – March 11th
Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and meet other business owners at this virtual celebration on March 11th between 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. A great way to celebrate with your favorite beverage in hand in the comfort of your home or office!
Survey Asks La Mesa Residents to Weigh In On Needs
As many as 1,000 households in La Mesa can expect to be contacted in the coming weeks by an outside group asking them to weigh in on a variety of subjects related to La Mesa. The company hired is True North Research, an independent survey research firm. They will be looking to find out how they think the city is doing in providing vital services, share how they feel La Mesa should spend its resources, and give their opinions on topics including public safety, traffic and city business. So that the survey is statistically valid, with data representative of all of its residents, the city said 800 to 1,000 La Mesa households from all quadrants of the city are being randomly sampled to participate in the survey. In 2019, True North was hired to do the survey and reported that about 90 percent of more than 1,200 households surveyed rate the quality of life in the city as either excellent or good. Ninety-six percent said they feel safe walking alone by day in their neighborhood, with 70 percent feeling safe walking at night. Once compiled, the results of the 2021 survey will be posted on the City’s website at www.cityoflamesa.us/531/Public-Opinion-Survey, where results from past surveys can also be found. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Karen Pearlman.
FDA Panel Endorses Johnson & Johnson 1st Single-Dose Vaccine
The Food and Drug Administration said on Friday, February 26th, that it will “rapidly work” to authorize the Johnson & Johnson single-shot coronavirus vaccine, shortly after an expert committee unanimously recommended the vaccine. The agency has notified the company and federal officials involved in vaccine distribution, so that they can prepare to ship the vaccine shortly. The FDA may issue an emergency use authorization as soon as February 27th, with the first few million doses of a shot that is simple to store, easy to handle/administer, will be distributed in the coming week. This third vaccine will arrive as the United States marked last week, the grim milestone of 500,000 deaths at a crucial time of the pandemic.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was 85 percent effective at protecting against severe cases of illness, and there were no deaths or hospitalizations a month after participants received the vaccine. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Carolyn Y. Johnson & Laurie McGinley.
Low-Income Californians to Receive $600 Under the Aid Package
The Governor and legislative leaders announced February 17th that they have agreed to provide low-income Californians a $600 state stimulus payment to help them weather financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic, part of a $9.6 billion economic recovery that also includes $2.1 billion in grants for small businesses. The "Golden State Stimulus" payments provided under the state proposal, which will be expedited for legislature approval this coming week, are in addition to the $600-per-person stimulus checks already approved by Congress and would be on top of direct payments of up to $1,400 per person that have been proposed by House Democrats. The package put forward for immediate action also provides more than $400 million in new federal funds for stipends of $525 per enrolled child for all state-subsidized child-care and preschool providers, which serve some 400,000 children in subsidized care state-wide. The one-time $600 payment to households, which Newsom proposed last month, would cost about $2.3 billion and go to people including those receiving the California earned income tax credit for 2020. In addition, the agreement would provide a stimulus check to taxpayers with individual tax identification numbers who did not receive federal stimulus payments and whose income is below $75,000. This would include immigrants who are in the country illegally who file tax forms. In all, the state would provide $5.7 million in payments to low-income Californians. California residents could be eligible for the earned income tax credit if they have an annual income of $30,000 or less, which last year included 3.9 million taxpayers. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Patrick McGreevy. Image Source: Cal Matters
Are Stimulus or Unemployment Benefits Taxable?
This tax filing season comes with a question different from other tax years: How will the stimulus payments and unemployment income affect taxes?

Because of the pandemic and the government’s relief program, millions of people received both types of payments-but they are treated differently for tax differently for tax purpose. The federal government issued two rounds of payments in 2020 – the first starting in early April and the second in late December. If you got the full amount in both rounds, and your income and family circumstances haven’t changed, you’re all set. You don’t need to include information about on your 2020 tax return, per the IRS.

Individuals with income of up to $75,000 ($112,500 for individuals filing as head of household, typically single parents) and married couples filing jointly with income up to $150,000 qualified to receive the full payment. If you were eligible for the payments but didn’t receive them for some reason – or didn’t receive the full amount – you can still get the money by claiming a “rebate recovery” credit on your 2020 tax return. You must file a return, even if you’re not otherwise required to do so, to claim the credit. You should have received a receipt, Notice 1444 for the first round and Notice 1444-B for the second round – detailing the payments. 

Unlike stimulus payments, jobless benefits are taxed by the federal government as ordinary income. You should receive a form, 1099-G, detailing your unemployment income and any taxes that were withheld, which you enter on your tax return. 

I don’t remember getting a receipt for my stimulus checks. How can I confirm the amount I received?

Check your bank statements to jog your memory. Or the IRS states you can find the amounts using an online taxpayer account. You can set one up if you do not have one.

Could my stimulus payments affect my state taxes?

Stimulus payments aren’t taxable, but they could indirectly affect what you pay in state income taxes in a handful of states. Those states allow federal taxes to be deductible versus state taxable income, according to the Tax Foundation. 

Will the timing of my 2020 tax return affect the size of my check in the next round of stimulus payments?

It could. The President has proposed a third round of stimulus payments of as much as $1,400, as part of his pandemic relief plan. Details are still being debated in Congress. The IRS is likely to base the payments on either 2019 or 2020 income – whichever the government has available when the payments are issued, so people can get the money quickly. Many people had significantly lower income in 2020 than in 2019 due to the pandemic, which should encourage people to file their 2020 return as soon as possible to maximize their stimulus payment. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Ann Carrns.
COVID-19 UPDATES
Blueprint for a Safer Economy
  • The state has been reporting on Tuesdays. The adjusted case rate is still in the Purple Tier.  
  • 5.0 Testing Positivity – moves to the Red Tier
  • 7.4% Health Equity Metric moves to the Red Tier
  • We remain in the Purple Tier because of the adjusted case rate, but we are moving toward the Red Tier.

Cases & Trends as of 2-23
  • We still are seeing cases but are trending down.
  • We have over 257,000 cases
  • We have a 37% decrease over the last 14-day period for hospitalizations
  • We have a 40% decrease in confirmed COVID-19 - ICU patients
  • Over 3,000 deaths, and have 365 deaths over the last 14-day period

The Triggers Dashboard – 3 triggers in RED
  • 15.0 - Adjusted case rate went down
  • 16.6 – Unadjusted case rate trending down
  • 23 Community outbreaks prior 7-day period
COVID-19 Vaccine Update as of 2-23
Overall:
  • 513,609 San Diego residents partially vaccinated (19.1%)
  • 184,843 San Diego residents fully vaccinated (6.9%)
  • Other data available on the dashboard
  • There are plans to expand phase 1B Tier 1 group by March 1st – depending on vaccine availability
  • There are still FREE MTS rides to vaccine appointments
  • New vaccine sites are: Lemon Grove to open 2-28 and Otay Mesa opened on 2-23
  • 6th Super Station to be opened Sunday on UCSD Campus
  • Pfizer and BioBtech have begun nine-county study of the safety and efficiency of their COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women

Quarantine Guidance:
Per the CDC, local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions. Your local public health authorities make the final decision about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine.  

Options they will consider include stopping quarantine:  
  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives.
Isolation Guidance:
Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 or have symptoms from those who are not infected. The range of symptoms can vary from no symptoms to mild and severe. A healthcare provider should make the determination if a person has COVID-19 symptoms and should get tested. Employers should not require employee to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or healthcare provider’s note to return to work.

Food and Agriculture Sector:
See the State’s website for information about essential workforce. The Food and Agriculture Sectors in Phase 1B Tier 1, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in San Diego County starting Saturday, February 27th. Information about proof of eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available at coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine. 

COVID-19 Variant Data:
A weekly summary of COVID-19 cases caused by a variant strain as determined by whole genome sequencing is available online. The Variant Cases Summary is updated every Wednesday.
Medical Volunteers:
San Diego County vaccination sites are seeking medical volunteers.

KN95 Masks:
KN95 masks are type of filtering facepiece respirator that are commonly made in China and similar to N95 masks commonly used in the United States. Per the CDC masks with exhalation 
valves or vents are not recommended. Look for KN95 masks that meet requirements similar to those set by CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for respirators. 

Be Aware: About 60% KN95 masks in the United States are counterfeit fake and Do Not meet NIOSH requirements.

Travel Guidance:
Local Amazon Facility Could Open in Summer
Amazon’s massive distribution center in Otay Mesa could be completed by this summer and provide up to 1,500 jobs. The Seattle-based retail giant has been constructing the 3.4 million-square-foot facility on Otay Mesa Road for more than a year. It will be one of the largest buildings ever constructed in San Diego County and part of the rapid industrialization of Otay Mesa. Amazon has yet to confirm or mention the facility. However, real estate tracker Co-Star has verified that the retailer is the owner through grant deeds and other research. Public records say Amazon paid $29.7 million for the 65-acre site in March. The facility will benefit from improvements in the area, which have included the conversion of state Route 905 into a freeway and a $137.2 million ongoing remodel of the border crossing. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Phillip Molnar.  
LEARN HOW TO BRING RELIEF TO YOUR SMALL BUSINESS MEMBERS
Upcoming Webinar will Outline FREE Small Business Advising Program
On Wednesday, March 3rd at 1 pm (PST), you're invited to join a free informational webinar hosted by Kaiser Permanente to learn about a Small Business Advising program that is FREE to small business owners in your community.

As part of Kaiser Permanente’s Actions to Fight Racism and Promote Equity Initiative, this program connects small business owners with pro bono expert advisors who can help them overcome today’s biggest challenges. Rather than just providing general business knowledge, each advisor has expertise specific to the different needs of the individual small business – expertise in areas like marketing, strategy, finance, or human resources. 

Join the webinar on March 3 to learn how your organization can be a referral partner to help identify small businesses in your network that could benefit from this FREE program.  The webinar will provide an overview and explain how to participate in the Small Business Support Circle to refer businesses you know. All programs are entirely underwritten by Kaiser Permanente.  

Bring your questions to learn more about how you can bring FREE resources to small business owners in your community.
Cal Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Gulls Foundation Join Forces for the San Diego Gulls Book and Learning Supply Drive
California Coast Credit Union is teaming up with the San Diego Gulls Foundation to raise funds for the San Diego Gulls Book and School Supply Drive benefitting Words Alive, a local nonprofit organization focused on reading for children, teens and families.
 
From March 1 through March 8, community members are encouraged to support Words Alive by making a financial donation to the book and school supply drive or purchase books or supplies from the Words Alive Amazon Wish List. Monetary and supply donations made during the event will be tripled as the San Diego Gulls Foundation and Cal Coast Credit Union will each match up to $1,500 in donations made. Links for both can be found here: www.sandiegogulls.com/BookDrive
 
Words Alive Executive Director Rachel Orose said, “Words Alive is so grateful to the San Diego Gulls, Cal Coast Credit Union, and our entire community for helping us connect children, teens and families to the power of reading. Words Alive works with thousands of students– many struggling with distance learning, limited books and learning supplies at home, and being apart from loved ones over the past year. This campaign will re-ignite a joy of reading for hundreds of children and families across San Diego.”
 
Worlds Alive, based in San Diego, has served families in the region for over two decades.
 
“We are excited to collaborate with our partners at California Coast Credit Union and to continue to make a positive impact in the San Diego community,” said Gulls President of Business Operations Matt Savant. “The funds and materials raised for Words Alive will greatly assist students and families in our region and inspire them to use reading as a vital building block for their futures.”
 
The San Diego Gulls and California Coast Credit Union have had a long-standing partnership that includes their shared commitment to making a positive impact in the community. 
 
“Education is at the core of Cal Coast’s values and purpose, so we are proud to collaborate with the San Diego Gulls Foundation on the Book and Learning Supply Drive,” said California Coast Credit Union President and CEO Todd Lane. “Along with the San Diego Gulls Foundation, our goal is to promote and support reading and literacy to help transform people’s lives, especially in underserved communities.”
Important Information for Restaurants and Those That Use Third-Party Food Delivery Services
City Of La Mesa Enacts an Emergency Order That Caps the Per Order Fee of 15% That Third-Party Food Delivery Services May Charge
Effective Tuesday, February 23rd, the County of San Diego ratified the Executive Order that was unanimously agreed upon by the La Mesa City Council. This action places a cap of 15% on how much third-party food delivery services may charge in the City of La Mesa.

This action will support restaurants who have suffered greatly through the mandated closures, partial closures and having to invest in canopies, heaters and other equipment to serve customers in outdoor areas. Restaurants need some type of good news and this new Executive Order will hopefully help you during these difficult times.

To verify this action - you and your third-party food delivery services may view the Executive Order here: www.cityoflamesa.us/DocumentCenter/View/17064/Executive-Order-6-2021.
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 SanDiegoUnionTribune.com/OpenForBusiness 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!
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 | www.bjsrestaurants.com

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.
619-337-0670
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 | dreamdinners.com

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

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

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 | www.hooleys.com
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 | www.littleromalamesa.com

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 | mariecallenders.com

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

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: www.redlobster.com

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 | www.sanpasqualwinery.com

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

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 | thelunchboxcafe.com

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 | www.valleyfarmmarkets.com
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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
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 | www.grossmontcenter.com
Platinum Members
Boston Beer Company
Edible Arrangements
Power Plaques.com
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 ∙ P.O. Box 94 ∙ La Mesa, California 91944