La Mesa Chamber News | December 7, 2020
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New Health Restrictions Began on Sunday at 11:59 a.m.
The stay-at-home order will be in place for three weeks and will bar gathering of people from different households. Under the order, the following businesses/recreational facilities will be forced to close:
  • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds
  • Indoor recreational facilities
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Personal care services
  • Museums, zoos and aquariums
  • Movie theaters
  • Wineries
  • Bars, breweries and distilleries
  • Family entertainment centers
  • Cardrooms and satellite wagering
  • Limited services
  • Live audience sports
  • Amusement parks
  • Gyms and fitness centers - recreational facilities - outdoor only
Note: Unlike previous stay-at-home orders, outdoor recreational facilities can remain open to promote and protect the physical and mental well-being of residents. That include beaches, parks and outdoor gyms; however, none may sell food or drink for on-site consumption. Overnight stays at campgrounds are not able to happen either.

Hotels and lodging
The new stay-at-home order prohibits hotel use for tourism, leisure and other nonessential reasons. Hotels and other lodging locations can remain open, but only to support critical infrastructure sectors.

Office locations should arrange for employees to work remotely, except in the case of critical infrastructure sectors where remote working is impossible.

Those with waivers will be allowed to remain open, along with “critical infrastructure” and retail stores, which will be limited to 20% of capacity. Restaurants will be restricted to takeout and delivery service only. Hotels would be allowed to open “for critical infrastructure support only,” while churches would be restricted to outdoor-only services. Entertainment production - including professional sports – would be allowed to continue without live audiences.

Can I travel under the new order?
Under the new order, Californians are being told to cancel nonessential travel plans.

How long will these restrictions last?
San Diego is locked into the current restrictions for at least three weeks. At that time, the state will project what the region’s ICU capacity will be in another four weeks. If the projected capacity is 15-percent or more, the counties in that region return to whatever reopening tier they fall into based on their COVID-19 case rate and percentage of tests that come back positive. But if the projected capacity is below 15-percent, the order stands, and the state will issue its next assessment the following week. Per Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, “There’s no avoiding the situation we face in front of us. It is going to be difficult. It’s going to be tough," as he stated at the Saturday briefing, noting that the first COVID-19 vaccine doses will soon be on the way. Fletcher further stated, “We can do this. We’ve done it before. We just have to do it one more time.”
La Mesa is Interested in Community Input
Join the Community Meeting December 7th
Teri Black and Company, the executive search firm retained by the City of La Mesa to recruit its next Chief of Police, will host an online community meeting on Monday, December 7, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to give feedback on the characteristics, leadership style, and issues to be addressed by La Mesa’s next Chief of Police.

Webinar Information:
When: Dec 7, 2020 6:00 p.m.
Topic: Community Meeting – Chief of Police Recruitment

Please click the link to join the webinar: or Telephone: 1-669-900-6833
Webinar ID: 976 2892 0296

The public is also invited to complete the Chief of Police community survey at by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

For additional information on the recruitment process please visit:
County Approves $20M Relief Package for
San Diego Businesses Impacted by Indoor Closures
Apply Now if You are in the Following Sectors: Restaurants, gym fitness, yoga studios, movie theaters, museums or aquariums
The San Diego Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a $20M relief package. This plan will provide grants to businesses reeling from purple tier restrictions. The proposal was co-authored by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox will allocate $20 million from the county’s general fund to businesses like restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, museums, zoos/aquariums and businesses with fewer than 100 employees that have been handcuffed by bans on indoor services. The $20 million will be split evenly among the county’s five districts, leaving each district $4 million to divide between businesses in their area. This Small Business Stimulus Grant will not need to be repaid. The county will try to focus its attention to helping businesses that don’t have the resources to facilitate expanding outdoors. The goal is to have these funds provide a lifeline that will keep businesses from closing their doors for good. Businesses can use the funds to pay rent and mortgage, purchase equipment needed to comply with COVID regulations and pay employees.

Local COVID-19 Information
Non-Essential Travel
It is recommended that a 14-day quarantine be done for persons arriving in CA from other states or countries, including returning CA residents.

If you traveled or gathered with people outside your household over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, you were at higher risk of having contracted COVID-19 and could inadvertently be spreading it.

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
They met, and recommended healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities would be in the 1A priority.

Isolation for Infected People
Both symptomatic and asymptomatic who have or may have COVID-19 should stay home, and away from others until they recover.

Quarantine for Non-infected People
Those who had contact with a person with COVID-19, should stay home and away from others for 14 days to prevent potential spread and see if they develop symptoms or the infection without symptoms.

Returning to Work After Isolation
Per the CDC, employees can end home isolation and to return to work: At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever, without using fever-reducing medication and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. **Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If an employee had severe illness from COVID-19 (was admitted to a hospital and needed oxygen), their healthcare provider may recommend the employee stay in isolation for longer than 10 days after symptoms first appeared (possibly up to 20 days).

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
Employees can receive up to two weeks/80 hours of paid sick leave at the regular employee’s rate of pay when they are unable to work because they are in quarantine pursuant to federal, state, or local government order, advised by a heath care professional or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Visit the website for more information.
Compliance with Health and Safety Protocols
Most businesses are complying with health and safety protocols. An ongoing challenge is identifying where COVID-19 exposure occurred since the virus is widespread in the community. Action is being taken when the County learns about entities who are not in compliance.

Eviction Moratorium
The County’s eviction moratorium for unincorporated business areas has expired. Alternatively, an additional $20 million was recently approved by the Board of Supervisors to extend the County’s Small Business Stimulus Grant Program as a bridge to support small businesses. Eligible activities for funding include assistance for rent or mortgage payments. Applications are now open.

Close Contact with Confirmed COVID-19 Positive Case
An employee who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine themselves, stay home and away from others for 14 days, to prevent potential spread per the County Health Order. If the employee who has been in close contact, develops COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive, they should inform their employer and then that employer needs to take further action, per the State’s Employer Playbook. To notify the County of San Diego Public Health Department of an employee’s COVID-19 positive test, employers need to compete the necessary form.

Non-COVID Symptoms
Individuals who feel sick with non-COVID symptoms should defer to their health care provider for clinical diagnosis. Individuals in need of a health care provider, can call 2-1-1 or visit

COVID-19 Employer Information for Office Buildings
The CDC website provides steps to create a safe and healthy workplace for workers and clients during the COVID-19 pandemic that employers, owners, managers, and operation specialists can follow. Per the CDC, consider taking steps to improve ventilation in the building such as: Increase the percentage of outdoor air potentially as high as 100%, increase air flow supply to occupied spaces, if possible, consider natural ventilation – opening windows is safe to do and improve central air filtration. For more ways to improve ventilation in the building visit the CDC website.
Anderson Elected County Supervisor!
Senator Joel Anderson (Ret.) has been elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 2, according to the official election results certified by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters today.

"I am grateful to have earned the trust and support of the residents of East County to represent them on the County Board of Supervisors,” said Supervisor-elect Anderson.

“I also want to recognize Supervisor Dianne Jacob the longest serving County Supervisor, for 28 years of dedicated service to East County.

I am looking forward to working with all of my new Board colleagues in addressing the myriad of issues impacting the 2nd District and all of San Diego County,” said Anderson.
The Chamber Event in Grossmont Center that was Set for December 12th and December 13th is Postponed!
Due to the order from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego County Health Officer, we will be postponing our participation at the Holiday Market and adhering to the new health orders. For the time-being it is being postponed. We look forward to a time when we can meet all of you in person and see you at upcoming events that we will be producing in 2021!
Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards -
What Employers Need to Know
From the East County Californian: FREE/ Open for Business Directory
Based on Governor Newsom’s announcement on the Stay-At-Home Order and shut down, the East County Californian is stepping up to the plate again to help our local businesses. We have been the community newspaper for the East County region of San Diego for over 100 years and we want to help.
We will be publishing a FREE Open for Business Directory that will begin publishing next week in our Dec. 11 issue.
Due to the Current Health Restrictions the" AJ’s Kids Crane" Toy Drive is Not Happening at Grossmont Center but You May Still Help Children at Rady Children’s Hospital
Unfortunately, AJ will not be able to be in his crane this year for the children of military families in San Diego, due to the current health restrictions. However, you can still help children at Rady Children’s Hospital with an online monetary contribution. Contributions can be sent to: Thank you in advance for your support of children in our region!
Visit La Mesa and See Some Fabulous Homes & Lights for the Holidays
While our holidays will be so much different this year, we encourage you to take a drive to La Mesa and see some homes that are decorated with "Holiday Spirit.” This is a great opportunity to view these homes from your vehicle. Drive by take a look, while you continue to observe the health guidelines during the pandemic.

This family decided it would be a fun idea to allow the public to walk through the front yard, and take family pictures while enjoying the lights and Christmas music!

Where: 4573 Date Ave., La Mesa CA 91941
Time: 5pm-midnight EVERY NIGHT
What to expect: 5K+ lights, manger scene, lighten up cross, Christmas tree, and Christmas music.
SDCCU and KSON Bring You the 33rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon!
Help raise funds to support the life saving efforts of St. Jude Children’s® Research Hospital
San Diego County Credit Union® (SDCCU®), one of Southern California’s largest locally-owned financial institutions, in partnership with Radio KSON is proud to support and bring you the 33rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, December 10 through 7 p.m. on Friday, December 11. Please help us raise funds to help cure and save children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
“All donations will help change the lives of these children in need. We encourage all who are able to support the upcoming 33rd Annual St. Jude Radiothon to tune in to KSON and donate,” said Teresa Campbell, president and CEO at SDCCU. “SDCCU is proud to support the efforts of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and to help provide support for critically ill children, which has been vital during this unprecedented time as a result of the pandemic.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, monetary donations are needed more than ever to help support these children and their families in need. Last year, over $250,000 was raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information and details on the drive, please visit
From Assemblymember Weber: Weekly E-Alert 12/4/2020
A Message from Assemblymember Weber:     

With the holiday season upon us, I would like to wish everyone a very special Season Greeting! I am so grateful to represent you, and it is with this spirit that I say thank you and Happy Holidays.

This year, we have overcome many challenging obstacles to make it this far. Although COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on families, friends and society in general, we remain optimistic about the creation of multiple effective and safe vaccines. As we take the time to acknowledge those individuals who have succumbed to the coronavirus, we realize how fortunate we are to be able to celebrate another holiday season. This time of year also is a great opportunity to bless those in need. So please find a safe way to give back to our communities and those around us.

In this time of celebration, the greatest gifts we can give our family and friends are safety and health. We must stay diligent in stopping the spread of the virus by adhering to State and Local gathering guidelines because it is up to each individual and household to stay disciplined as we get through this pandemic. Together, we will overcome and move forward to a brighter tomorrow.

To ensure that you are aware of important information, I have listed below updates on topics including, the Regional Stay at Home Order, Employment Development Department filings and claims, Business relief, safe shopping tips, COVID-19 testing sites and new Department of Motor Vehicles extensions.
Regional Stay Home Order

The Regional Stay Home Order, announced December 3, will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and lifted once a region's projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. Assessments will be done on a weekly basis after the initial 3-week period. Learn more here.
San Diego County Business Grants

Last week, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to give out $20 million worth of grants to businesses reeling from purple tier restrictions. The goal of the Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is to provide a lifeline grant to many local small businesses to get them open, keep them open, and help prevent more from going out of business.

Has your business been impacted by the "Purple Tier" restrictions? Are you in the following industries? Then you need to Apply Now!

  • Restaurants
  • Gyms
  • Fitness Centers
  • Yoga Studios
  • Movie Theatre
  • Museum
  • Zoo
  • Aquarium
  • Event Industry
A Message from the California Retailers Association

COVID-19 has touched every part of our everyday life. All Californians should be doing their part to stop the spread of the virus. Throughout this crisis, California Retailers have put employee and shopper safety at the forefront. We have learned from each other and continue to stand ready to work with policymakers and medical experts on strategies to stop the spread of COVID-19. Learn more tips for safe shopping.


  • Wear a face covering and social distance
  • Utilize contactless options (i.e. curbside pickup or home delivery) if you have been exposed to COVID-19 recently or have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath)
  • Treat retail associates with respect
Scrap Car Reimbursement Program (SCRAP) NOW OPEN!
Get paid $1,000 to turn in your working 1997 or older passenger car or small truck for scrapping. San Diego County Air Pollution Control District’s SCRAP program is now open!

PARTIAL LIST of requirements your vehicle must meet in order to qualify:

• Model year 1997 or older
• In operating condition
• Registered in San Diego County for the past 12 months

For more information, please call 1-800-717-7624
Senator Jones invites you to Virtual Holiday Open House
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 & dine-in: 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. Walk-in, first come, first serve service.
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
Patio dining, 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
Patio dining or delivery.
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
Patio dining,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
Dine in with reservations or 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. Limited wine service on our patio. Visit La Mesa Wine Works, for service on our spacious patio!
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
Dine-in service, 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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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 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