La Mesa Chamber News | February 1, 2021
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Visit a Local Restaurant and Remember to Shop for Valentine’s Day!
Let Us Help Promote Your Valentine’s Day Specials
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and we want to share your Valentine’s Day specials. Let us help you offer your special to people wanting to celebrate this annual holiday. Email us the following info to
♥ Business Name
♥ Valentine's Day Specials
♥ Website for Details
♥ Hours
For restaurants: Please let us know: Are you delivering? If so, what delivery services are you using?
Businesses Who are Sharing Their Specials as of Today:
From Cucina Basilico Restaurant: Now Open for Outdoor Dining
Come 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 continue to enjoy Cucina Basilico in the comfort of your own home.

CALL US AT 619 825 3171

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

7200 Parkway in La Mesa |
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 Dream Life Total Wellness, Inc.: Complimentary Virtual Wellness Cooking Experience
Complimentary one hour Virtual Wellness Cooking Experience in the comfort of your home ($100 value). We will teach you how to increase and keep your immune system in good condition through healthy cooking methods. Go to

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

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

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

We will be open from 12pm-8pm.

Delivery available through UberEats, Doordash and Grubhub.

Cali Comfort BBQ
8910 Troy Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977
(619) 337-0670 |
From Express Blinds & More: 11% Off for Members! FREE Installation!
Express Blinds & More
11% Off for La Mesa Chamber Members!! FREE INSTALLATION!!!
6515 Jackson Drive, San Diego, CA 92119
(619) 461-2101 |
The Spreading Kindness Campaign - Feeding Essential Workers 2021 Thanks to Cali BBQ & El Pollo Grill
For Cali BBQ Media founder and media maven Shawn Walchef (, spreading kindness in his hometown of San Diego and through his digital domains has long been a way of life. When challenged to spread kindness even more by his mentor David Meltzer, Shawn accepted the mission and rallied his troops to feed essential workers in the San Diego community. Shawn partnered with Victor Lopez, owner of El Pollo Grill to begin this amazing campaign. Shawn says it so well, “ From the devastation of the coronavirus, to a country divided politically, and drained emotionally – we’re all still striving to get back to normal, prioritize positivity and spread kindness. We have joined up with El Pollo Grill to spread kindness with catered meals for essential workers at ICU units in the San Diego area.”

We salute Shawn and Victor for creating this wonderful program! To donate to the Spreading Kindness Campaign you can Venmo money to Shawn Walchef ( or email to ask how you can help.
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!
Union Bank Opens Temporary Office in La Mesa to Serve Our Community
Union Bank is rebuilding our La Mesa branch which is exciting news! In the meantime, to service customers and continue to be a part of our community they have opened a temporary office. Your original La Mesa team welcomes you back! Stop by and say hello, conduct your banking needs and take a look at the inspiring artwork that continues to send the message, "La Mesa Strong."
Your original La Mesa team welcomes you back.

La Mesa Branch: 4771 Spring Street, La Mesa
Branch Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Have a question? Please give them a call at 619-667-3206 or visit
IRS Pushes Back Start of 2020 Tax Filing Season
The start of tax filing season is postponed by a couple of weeks this year, but the government says it expects to pay most refunds reasonably quickly. Typically, the IRS begins accepting and processing individual income tax returns in late January. But the agency has pushed back the start of filing to February 12 for returns for the tax year 2020. The shift was needed, the IRS said, to allow the agency to update and test its system to reflect late-year tax changes approved by Congress, including a second round of economic stimulus payments. The new start date will allow for people to get their tax refund when needed, as well as make sure they receive their remaining stimulus payments they are eligible for, as quickly as possible. Because of the coronavirus the IRS was delayed in processing some returns, particularly those filed on paper. Though most people file returns electronically, 16 million paper returns were filed last year. As of December 25, there were still nearly 7 million unprocessed individual returns from tax year 2019, according to the IRS website. Even so, the IRS said, most taxpayers due a refund for the 2020 tax year will get it within three weeks if they file electronically and have the money deposited directly into their bank account. The average refund in recent years has been more than $2,500. The change in the start of filing season raised concerns about recipients of antipoverty tax credits, like the earned-income tax credit and the child tax credit, who typically have lower incomes and file early to get refunds quickly. But people claiming the credit can expect to receive their refunds beginning in early March which is typical, as long as there are no issues with their tax returns. Although the IRS won’t start accepting and processing returns until February 12, you can prepare your return ahead of that time and be ready to submit. The IRS Free File program is ready to use now, if people are comfortable preparing their own tax returns. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program helps people with incomes under $75,000. AARP Foundation Tax Aide helps filers of all ages, with an emphasis on people 50 and older or those with low or moderate incomes. Here are some questions and answers about this year’s tax filing season:

Q. Are the federal stimulus payments taxable?

A. No. The economic stimulus payments issued during the pandemic are not taxed, and they won’t reduce your refund.

Q. What if you are eligible for stimulus payments but didn’t receive any?

A. Most people received the payments automatically. But, if you didn’t, or if you got a partial payment, you can still get it if you’re eligible by claiming a recovery rebate credit on your 2020 tax return.

Q. When is the tax filing deadline this year?

A. The federal filing deadline this year is April 15. (The date may be later in some states.) Last year, because of disruptions caused by the pandemic, the filing deadline was delayed by three months, but this year it’s currently scheduled for the traditional mid-April date.
February is American Heart Month
Your organization can participate by being a part of the new ”Love Your Heart @ Home Program. ”Love Your Heart@Home is a new component to the county’s initiative to promote heart health. The Live Well San Diego will be hosting virtual events and activities during the month of February. Visit:

High blood pressure is the most common underlying condition identified in San Diego County’s COVID-19 associated deaths!
COVID-19 Updates
  • There is a reduction in daily reported cases
  • 230,066 lab-confirmed PCR cases and 2,421 deaths
  • Unadjusted case rate (7-day average with 7-day lag) = 67.7
  • Community outbreaks = 52
  • ICU Capacity = 16%
  • ICU Capacity 2/21 projection for SoCal = 33.3%
  • Continue to be vigilant and rigorous with following Public Health Officer order guidelines
  • We are currently in the “deep purple” tier based on the cases and trends
COVID Variant Strain
  • New virus variants that spread more easily could lead to a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases.
  • The CDC believes another surge in March due to these variants – 87 confirmed variant cases.
  • There is community spread with the variant strain.
  • This strain is more transmissible, the vaccine may be less effective for the South African strain.
CDC & State Vaccine Updates
The CDC states that the 2nd dose guidance states that people can get it within 6 weeks.

The vaccine website was launched – My Turn statewide website, to register for the vaccine that are available in English and Spanish. Website: More languages to come. It is suggested that you use Chrome over Internet Explorer.

The state is working towards processes to streamline, improve, and expedite the administration of the vaccines.

After Phase 1B tier 1, depending on vaccine eligibility the state may recommend that future groups become eligible on age-based criteria. Stay tuned.
COVID-19 Symptoms – Vaccinated Individuals
Per the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccination will help protect people from getting COVID-19. There may be some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. In most cases, discomfort from fever or pain is normal.

Contact your doctor or healthcare provider: If the redness or tenderness where you got the shot increases after 24 hour hours or if your side effects are worrying you or do not seem to be going away after a few days.
Essential Workers vs Critical Infrastructure Workers
“Essential workers” are those who conduct a range of operations and services in industry that are essential to ensure the continuity of critical functions in the United States. Essential workers were originally described by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s – "Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response." There is some overlap; for example, Education Sector is not considered Critical Infrastructure, but Education is considered essential service.
Refer to links below for further detail:
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Criteria
COVID-19 vaccine eligibility is based on federal and state guidance and recommendations from the county’s COVID-19 Vaccine Advisory Group. Information on specific essential worker categories can be found on the State website.

At the time of your appointment, you must present photo ID/documentation that establishes you meet the eligibility requirements to receive COVID-19 vaccination.

In addition to an employee ID badge, other accepted documents for Phase1A healthcare worker identification include:
  • Professional license AND a photo ID; or
  • A signed letter from your employer on facility letterhead AND a photo ID; or
  • Payment stub or timesheet from your healthcare employer or in-home supportive service AND a photo ID. 

Eligibility criteria for other Phases will be shared at
COVID-19 Vaccine Tier for Hotel Workers
Hotel workers managing or servicing hotels or other commercial and residential buildings that are used for COVID-19 mitigation and containment measures, treatment measures, provide accommodation for essential workers, or providing housing solutions, including measures to protect homeless populations are listed within the State’s “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers List” as part of sector 13-Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services. This sector is in Phase 1B Tier 2 for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Older Adults Scheduling Assistance for COVID-19 Vaccine
Individuals age 75 and over, who do not have access to the internet and, can call 2-1-1 by phone for assistance in making an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Reporting Positive COVID-19 Cases
Per the Public Health Order, if an employer becomes aware that an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19 they must promptly notify the County Department of Public Health. Employers can report information by completing the online COVID-19 notification form. It is recommended for businesses to only provide notice of the exposure to any employees, and contractors (who regularly work at the workplace). Reporting individual cases to the County satisfies the AB685 (Chapter 84, Statutes of 202) California law that requires employers to report workplace outbreaks to the local health department.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Individual and Commercial Workers
Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Sheltering Facilities and Services sector is in Phase 1B Tier 2 for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Feedback on State’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
Distribution of COVID-19 vaccine will be done in phases broadly determined by the CDC. More detailed Tiers are determined by California’s Drafting Guidelines Workgroup, which are then shared with the State’s Community Vaccine Advisory Committee. The meetings of the Community Vaccine Advisory Committee will be conducted virtually and open to the public to listen-only mode. All meetings will be noticed on the CDPH website in advance and summaries of the committee’s meetings will also be posted. Inquiries may be sent to

NOTE: For the COVID-19 vaccine phases visit for most up-to-date information on COVID-19 vaccine phases.
COVID-19 Vaccine Residence Eligibility
People employed in the County of San Diego are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from County sites regardless of living outside San Diego County.
Face Coverings Guidance
The California Department of Public Health guidance mandates that face coverings be worn at all times when outside of the home, unless one or more exceptions apply.
Small Business Stimulus Grant Program
Districts 2, (Our District) 3 and 4 have already allocated all of their funding and are no longer accepting applications.
From California Coast Credit Union: Webinar for Business Owners - Navigating Your Business Through Difficult Times
Cal Coast is hosting a free webinar for business owners on February 17th!

Navigating Your Business Through Difficult Times
Join us to discuss the simple steps you can take to successfully manage your business during the pandemic and what resources and services are available today to help your business during these difficult times. Topics will include managing your finances effectively, operational best practices and the current financial assistance resources available to you as a business owner.

Presented by Rob Disotell - Chief Lending Officer, California Coast Credit Union

Wednesday, February 17 | 12pm | Registration:
From DA Summer Stephan: Important Tips to Keep Children Safe Online
DA, Senator Renew Effort to Keep Sex Offender Hearings Open

This week, District Attorney Summer Stephan joined State Senator Pat Bates in reintroducing legislation to keep sex offender court hearings open to the public.
Victims, families, and the public should have the right to witness such hearings.

Social Media is the Most Common Way Human Traffickers Recruit Victims

Now that students are all spending more time online due to distance learning and COVID-19, they are a captive audience for would-be human traffickers making contact on social media, which means we have to expand our efforts to educate them to prevent them from falling victim to predators. 

These red flags are common with some adolescents that should be taken seriously:
  • Teenager or child may be acting secretive of their online activities
  • Hiding what is on their computer screens
  • Out of sight or behind a closed door when online
  • Vague talk of making new friends with little to no details
  • Agitated behavior when answering their phone or needing to take calls in private
  • Sneaking out of the house and/or untruthful about who with/where
  • Dressing/wearing make-up to look older
  • They get home late
  • Unexplained expensive gifts/money/clothes

What can parents/guardians do to protect children online?
Parents/guardians are also on the frontlines when it comes to all forms of child abuse and exploitation, whether online or in person - children and adolescents often do not feel vulnerable or understand and appreciate what risks they may face form online or in person victimization. 

Click here to read some important recommendations from the FBI, to help parents keep their children safe online.

Over $90,000 in Cal Coast Cares Foundation Student Scholarships Now Available
The Cal Coast Cares Foundation has announced that over $90,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year. Applications are being accepted until April 16, 2021. The non-profit foundation provides scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $2,500 to graduating high school seniors and foster students in San Diego and Riverside counties to reach their goal of pursuing higher education. To view the requirements and to apply, students can visit here:
The Cal Coast Cares Foundation awards scholarships to both high school seniors who have proven dedication to academic excellence and community leadership as well as current and former foster youth. Recipients of first-year foster student scholarships are eligible for second-year scholarships as long as they meet certain minimum academic requirements.

“Cal Coast was founded by teachers and we are proud of our legacy of supporting the entire education community, including teachers, staff, students and families,” said Cal Coast President & CEO and Board Member for the Foundation Todd Lane. “With the student scholarships, we hope to help local students in pursuing their educational goals and ease the financial burden, especially in these challenging times.”

Established in 2015, the Cal Coast Cares Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides scholarship opportunities for local students and grants for educators. You can learn more or help students and teachers by donating to the Cal Coast Cares Foundation here:
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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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