La Mesa Chamber News | February 8, 2021
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Verizon has invested $10 million for small business grants – nationwide. We sent out an e mail to you last Thursday to register and be notified when the application went “live” today and download the application to apply. The grant offers $10K per business. These grant funds can be used for paying rent, utilities, payroll, outstanding invoices to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure and other immediate operational costs. The application can be found here.
Valentine’s Day is 1 Week Away!
Visit a Local Restaurant and Remember to Shop Locally
Planned Valentine’s Day spending in the United States I expected to reach approximately 22 billion U.S. dollars in 2021. This is a decrease of nearly 6 billion dollars from 2020. Valentine’s Day is celebrated each year on February 14th and is commonly considered the most romantic holiday of the year. The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately 190 million valentines are sent out each year in the United States. Another startling statistic is that 58 million pounds of chocolate are purchased in the seven days leading up to February 14th. We encourage you to shop at the following businesses and take advantage of the specials they are offering.
Businesses Sharing Valentine's Day Specials
From Cucina Basilico Restaurant: Now Open for Outdoor Dining
Join us for an amazing Italian lunch or dinner on our cozy, heated patio. If you are not comfortable to join us just yet, you can still order TAKE OUT and enjoy Cucina Basilico in the comfort of your own home.

LUNCH   Wednesday - Thursday - Friday from 11am to 2pm
DINNER  Tuesday through Sunday from 4:30pm to 8/8:30pm

Cucinca Basilico
7200 Parkway in La Mesa | 619 825 3171 |
From Fiserv: .14% processing discount through the month of February
Fiserv: .14% processing discount through the month of February 
  • Complimentary rate analysis
  • No contract
  • Available by appointment. 
Amanda Peterson | (619) 606-6019 |
From San Pasqual Winery: Treats for Your Special Valentine!!
Wine, Roses & Chocolate!!
We've teamed with two of our favorite local vendors to offer special packages for your Valentine's delight!
- Uva's Hand Crafted Chocolates -
- La Mesa Floral Design Shoppe -

Rosé and Rose - $38: 2019 Rosé of Cab Franc and Single Long Stem Rose
Bubbly Bouquet - $75: Toast of the Town Brut Rosé & Bouquet of 5 Roses
Sweet Treats - $38: Late Harvest Petite Sirah & Box of Uva's Assorted Chocolates
Add On or Create Your Own Package:
♥ Single Long Stem Rose - $12
♥ Box of Chocolates (8 pc assorted with or without nuts) - $15
♥ Bouquet of 5 Roses - $50

Pre-Order by Wednesday, Feb 10th

San Diego Area Delivery 2/12 or 2/13 $10 (Free for WC) OR
Pickup at The La Mesa Tasting Room (2/12 - 2/14)

San Pasqual Winery
8364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa | tel: 619-462-1797 |
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
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 |
Welcome to Our New Member, Evolve Treatment Centers!
Evolve Treatment Centers
Evolve Treatment Centers offer the highest quality teen rehab centers and outpatient treatment programs available for adolescents 12 to 17 years old struggling with mental health, substance abuse, or behavior issues.
La Mesa City Council Limits Fees to 15% on Deliveries of Food - Great News for Our Restaurants!
At the City Council meeting of January 26th an urgency ordinance was put forward by Council Member Colin Parent and approved by the La Mesa City Council to cap third-party food delivery fees during the pandemic. The ordinance modeled after one recently put forward by the San Diego City Council, will temporarily cap third-party food delivery fees by businesses such as Uber Eats, Door Dash, and Grub Hub at 15 percent of the purchase price. The City Council unanimously agreed that the city needs to support its restaurants, who have lost customers through mandated closures, partial openings and closures again. Restaurants have limited recourse to avoid unreasonable delivery fees. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune- Karen Pearlman.
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!
Supervisor Joel Anderson Speaks Out on Vaccinations for Law Enforcement Officers and Offers a Survey for You
Supervisor Joel Anderson has created a letter that includes a survey regarding vaccinations for law enforcement officers. His letter also includes a letter for your review from the San Diego County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association. The final portion of his letter includes a survey that you may take and provide your opinion on this matter.
From Supervisor Anderson: Prioritize Law Enforcement for COVID-19 Vaccinations

I’m reaching out to you on a very important issue regarding vaccinations for COVID-19. Unbelievably, local law enforcement officers are not currently included in the top tier (Phase 1A) of those qualified by the County of San Diego to receive vaccinations, despite the emergency services they provide. Please consider the following:

  • There are currently over 4,000 local law enforcement officers routinely called to respond to emergency calls, many requiring medical attention.
  • Law enforcement officers serve high-risk populations daily.
  • Without vaccinations, law enforcement is extremely susceptible to infection, adversely impacting their staffing levels to serve the public.
  • Medical first responders and firefighters have already been placed in the top tier.
  • San Diego’s law enforcement counterparts in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties have been placed in the top tier to receive vaccinations.
I am enclosing a letter below from the San Diego County Police Chiefs’ & Sheriff’s Association that outlines this issue in greater detail. If you are like me, and believe our law enforcement officers should be placed in the top tier for vaccinations along with their first responder counterparts, please fill out this form, allowing me to include your name in a list of those citizens supporting this action. Let’s stand up for those who are always standing up for us.
Grossmont Center is the Latest COVID-19 Vaccination Super Station
San Diego is expanding locations to receive vaccines for COVID-19 and the fourth vaccination Super Station is right here in east county at Grossmont Center! The site opened in partnership with Sharp Healthcare last week. San Diegans getting their first dose at Grossmont Center will get the Pfizer vaccine, but doses of Moderna’s will be available for anyone who has had the vaccine first and needs a second dose.
Health care workers, long-term facility workers and residents and individuals ages 65 or older eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in San Diego County may register to receive their vaccine at Grossmont Center. Appointments must be made online and walk-ins will not be accepted at any vaccine site, including the new one in La Mesa. The Grossmont Center walk-up clinics will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Grossmont Center at what was formerly the Charlotte Ruse store near the food court. To schedule an appointment for a vaccine, click here.
Coronavirus Cases Down But Eclipse Spring, Summer Peaks
The worst of the current wave of coronavirus infections seems to be behind us, with the seven-day rolling average of new cases trending down in almost every part of the United States. Some parts of the country, including the Upper Midwest, are experiencing bigger decreases in new cases than others. Four states in the region – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa – have seen average daily cases fall by 80 percent or more. The U.S. has recorded more than 26.9 million cases and more than 460,000 deaths since the pandemic began. California continues to record more cases than its previous peaks, though it is on the decline from the post-holiday surge, tallying more than 14,000 new cases Friday, bringing the state’s total to more than 3.4 million since the pandemic began. Overall, more than 43,000 people have died in California. In San Diego County, officials on Saturday reported 1,265 more coronavirus cases, bringing the county Sunday to 245,334. In all, 2,812 people have died, including 35 deaths reported on Saturday. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Lazaro Gamio.
Despite Legal Action, Indoor Service Held at Churches
The nation’s highest court decided Friday that California’s pandemic prohibition on indoor worship violates the Constitution’s protection of the free exercise of religion. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision granted an appeal by South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, which challenged the state’s restrictions on church service, including its ban on singing and chanting. The split decision still allows California to cap attendance at indoor worship services at 25 percent of a building’s capacity and to restrict indoor singing and chanting. Gov. Newsom’s office said Saturday that it would issue revised guidelines in line with the court ruling. San Diego County data does suggest that places of worship are among the top locations for community exposure of COVID-19. Places of worship ranked fourth on a list of eight potential community exposure settings, according to county case data from June 5 to January 30, according to the most recent data Friday morning. About 2 percent - or 2,064 of the 106,024 people with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who were interviewed said they visited a place of worship in the two weeks before the onset of symptoms. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune - Morgan Cook.
Newsom Names June 8 for 79th Assembly Special Election
Governor Newsom set June 8th as the date for a special election to fill the 79th Assembly District seat recently vacated by California Secretary of State Shirley Weber. The primary for the seat will be April 6th. The 79th District encompasses southeastern San Diego and parts of Chua Vista, Bonita, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and National City. Assemblywoman Weber vacated her position to take on the role of Secretary of State. Weber was appointed by Newsom to fill the vacancy caused by his appointment of Alex Padilla to the United State Senate seat vacated by Vice President Kamala Harris. Weber is the first Black person to serve in this position and was confirmed by both houses of the Legislature without a no vote. Weber taught African studies at San Diego State University for 40 years. She chaired the Assembly Budget Committee and the Assembly Committee on Elections and was chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. Weber’s daughter Dr. Akilah Weber, a La Mesa City Council member and obstetrician/gynecologist, has announced her candidacy for the Assembly seat.
From DA Summer Stephan: New App Supports Children Exposed to Trauma
New App Supports Children
Exposed to Trauma

The San Diego County District Attorney's Office, local police and schools unite to launch a new App that will help support children exposed to violence or trauma. Read more here. Watch more in this video.
Woman Charged with Arson in Carlsbad Fires 

A homeless woman was arraigned Monday, charged with seven felony arson counts for lighting a series of fires in Carlsbad last month, one of which sparked a blaze that threatened homes and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate. Deputy District Attorney Matt Hardy is prosecuting this case.
Join the American Red Cross for a Series of Virtual Preparedness Presentations
Join the American Red Cross for a series of virtual preparedness presentations. These seminars are free to ensure everyone in our community knows what to do before, during and after the most common disasters in Southern California. No registration is necessary but please invite all that can benefit from this information. Please mark your calendars!
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.
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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 ∙ P.O. Box 94 ∙ La Mesa, California 91944