La Mesa Chamber News | July 9, 2022

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In case you missed last week's e-blast: July 1 Eblast See more past email blasts here.

Attention Chamber Members & Business Owners:

We Want to Hear from You - Help the City of La Mesa Evaluate How to Spend Their Funding

Council Member Laura Lothian is a co-chair on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Ad-Hoc Committee for the City of La Mesa that evaluates how to spend the funding directly received from the Federal Treasury. ARPA was signed into law on March 11, 2021, with the purpose of funding various programs and provide critical assistance to small businesses across the country. Council Member Lothian would like to target $2 million dollars of La Mesa’s ARPA funds for local businesses and help them recover from the 2020-2021 pandemic. She believes that 400 grants in the amount of $5,000 each would be an effective way to assist members of our business community.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to share your valuable feedback and let Council Member Lothian know if these funds would help you as you continue to recover. We plan to share your responses with her and assist her desire to allocate a portion of ARPA funds to local businesses. PLEASE RESPOND ASAP!

This survey is designed to assist ALL La Mesa businesses. You do NOT have to be a member of the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce to respond. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of life, including how businesses operate and prepare for the future. La Mesa businesses are the backbone of the City’s economic engine. All information will be handled confidentially, and any results will be aggregated to ensure anonymity.

Note: For purposes of this survey, we will consider the beginning of the pandemic as approximately March 2020.

ALL QUESTIONS ARE OPTIONAL - ANY responses you submit are helpful and the questions regarding the potential funding are VERY important to us as we move forward on assisting businesses with proposed financial assistance of $5,000 per business in La Mesa.

Take the survey here:


Understanding Business Needs, Opportunities, and Challenges – Listening Workshop hosted by San Diego Community Power

San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is seeking your input regarding programs needs and challenges

San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the local renewable electricity provider, is hosting two virtual Business Listening Workshops on Thursday July 21st to hear from our local businesses and business owners regarding your business needs and challenges, what discussions you’re having around energy, energy trends you’re seeing and your evolving energy needs, how climate change is impacting your business, concerns, around electricity, and the kinds of customer programs that can help meet your needs. SDCP will be offering two workshops to ensure we hear from as many local businesses as possible:

Thursday, July 21st

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Register today!

Thursday, July 21st

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Register today!

These listening workshops are part of the development of SDCP’s Community Power Plan which will guide the development of and investment in community facing programs for the next five years. These listening workshops are instrumental in the development of the plan.

To learn more about SDCP, please visit

Thank you,

Your local SDCP team

13th Annual “Taste of San Diego – East” – Monday, July 18th, 2022

The Chamber’s 13th annual popular “foodie” event is set for Monday, July 18, 2022. This special evening where guests can “eat their hearts out” will happen between 5-8 p.m. at the newly renovated Town & Country Hotel in Mission Valley. The popularity and crowd of this annual event has outgrown the La Mesa Community Center, where it was held for the first 10 years. So, make plans to join us and “Taste, Savor and Mingle” in one ballroom, with plenty of room to stroll throughout the food and business vendor tables. Enjoy great food samplings, free prizes from business sponsors/vendors, a silent auction and raffles during this fun-filled evening. Visit

Monday, July 18, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

VIP: 5-8p.m. | General Admission: 6-8p.m. | Sponsor Tasting: 4:30-8p.m.

Where: Town and Country San Diego

500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley


VIP: $60 | General Admission: $40



To become a sponsor or for details, call (619) 465-7700 or email

Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ and Rippee Photography.

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8th Annual “Summer Bash” Business Expo 2022

The Chamber invites you to a fun-filled evening to meet local businesses and have the opportunity to win FREE door prizes. The evening will be filled with raffles, great samplings of delicious food from local restaurants, vendors and more!

Join us at our chamber member hotel, Courtyard by Marriot San Diego El Cajon in El Cajon. We are excited to be using the 4,500 square-foot ballroom for our vendors and raffles, the foyer for our registration activities and the beautiful courtyard to serve our food and offer beverages to our guests.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon

141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020

Tickets: $10

All tickets need to be pre-purchased. NO tickets will be sold at the door.

To become a sponsor or for details, call (619) 465-7700 or email

Buy Tickets
Display Table Registration
Sponsor the Event

County of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Update - Measure Development Virtual Workshop Series

Are you a resident, employee, property owner, business owner, or student in the unincorporated county? We want to hear from you.

Join us for a virtual workshop series for the County of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Update (CAP Update) project! 

Agriculture & Conservation:

Last summer, stakeholders in communities throughout the county shared feedback for their vision of an equitable net-zero emissions future. This summer, the County is hosting a workshop series to provide examples of strategies and measures to meet the unincorporated county’s vision of an equitable net-zero emissions future. The County of San Diego values your input and wants to learn more about your thoughts on strategies and measures for the CAP Update. 

  • What do you think of proposed strategies and measures?
  • Should the County consider any other strategies and measures?
  • How can equity play a role in proposed strategies and measures? 

We look forward to seeing you and hearing all that you have to share!

About the Climate Action Plan Update 

The County is preparing a Climate Action Plan Update to reduce (1) greenhouse gas emissions generated from activities within the community and (2) greenhouse gas emissions generated by County facilities and operational activities throughout the county, including County operated facilities and operations located within incorporated cities. The goal of these efforts is to meet or exceed greenhouse gas reduction targets required by State law and directed by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

For more information, visit:

From La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation: La Mesa Rocks!

The La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation is excited to announce that our 6th annual “La Mesa Rocks” fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, August 13 at the beautiful Allen Airways Museum at Gillespie Field from 6:00-10:00 PM. We invite you to join us for an evening of fun with dinner, drinks and entertainment to raise funds for La Mesa’s parks.


Tickets available now for 25% off through July 13!

  • Buy tickets to the La Mesa Rocks fundraiser at
  • Use discount code BUYBYJULY13 for 25% off tickets

The Foundation’s mission is to fundraise and facilitate diverse projects and programs to strengthen community and family bonds to improve the quality of life in La Mesa and its parks. Over the past few years and with the help of proceeds from the La Mesa Rocks fundraisers, the Foundation has:


  • Funded multiple new playgrounds in La Mesa’s parks
  • Funded, built and opened a Community Garden at MacArthur Park
  • Hosted free events in the parks including:
  • Earth Day Fairs at MacArthur Park
  • Sundays at Six Concerts at Harry Griffen Park
  • Movies in the Parks in various La Mesa parks
  • Park Appreciation Clean-up days in all La Mesa parks
  • Art in the Park at the Community Garden
  • And more

From SDG&E: Take Advantage of No-Cost Training From Energy Experts

Did you know that SDG&E provides webinars for business owners and trade professionals, so you can learn new skills at your own pace? And most are at no cost. You or your employees can learn about the latest in green building practices, technology and energy-saving solutions from industry experts. Certifications and continuing education units are available for many classes. Check out the class listing at

Some of July’s topics include:

  • July 19: Home Energy Efficiency, Solar and Storage
  • July 20: Rethinking Energy Solutions Sales in the Wake of Market Disruption
  • July 21: Criteria for Building Automation Dashboards
  • July 28: Assembling the Zero-Carbon Home
La Mesa Chamber Calendar

FEATURED! July 18 - "Taste of San Diego - East" : 5-8pm at Town and Country San Diego | 500 Hotel Circle North in Mission Valley | Details/Buy Tickets

August 10 - Evening Mixer at The Hills Local Pub : 5:30-7pm at The Hills Local Pub | 8758 La Mesa Boulevard in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

FEATURED! August 18 - "Summer Bash" Business Expo : 5-7:30pm at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon | 141 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon | Details/Buy Tickets

September 15 - Joint Mixer with La Mesa and Santee Chambers : 5-7pm at Lantern Crest Senior Living | 300 Lantern Crest Way, Santee, CA 92071 | Details/RSVP

September 21 - Annual Evening Mixer at Hooleys Public House : 5:30-7pm at Hooleys Public House | 5500 Grossmont Center Drive #277 in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

FEATURED! September 24 - Shop & Dine La Mesa : 11am-4pm at The Marketplace at Lake Murray Village | Details

FEATURED! October 19 - Salute to Local Heroes & Installation Dinner : 5:30-8:45pm at Sycuan Casino Resort | 5485 Casino Way, El Cajon | Details

December 7 - Toy Drive for La Mesa Military Families & Party at BJ's : 5:30-7pm at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse | 5500 Grossmont Center Dr. in La Mesa | Details/RSVP

NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone who is ill – please stay home.

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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:
Cush Plaza La Mesa
Cush Plaza La Mesa
Commercial Real Estate
5565 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Platinum Members
Gold Members

American Medical Response

Angelo's Towing & Recovery

Barnes & Noble -

Grossmont Center

Benchmark Financial

Cabrillo Credit Union

Charcoal House

Restaurant & Bar

Community Spectrum

EDCO Waste & Recycling Corp.

Focuscom Inc.

Frazier Farms

Kostedt Design & Marketing

Major Security Services

Mattia Law, APLC

McGee Mechanical

Park Station

PenChecks, Inc.

Productivity Plus Office Support
Sanctuary Cruises
Sensi Media
Studio M.I.F.
The East County Californian
Ultimate Catering Concepts
Whissel Realty Group
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
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