La Mesa Chamber News | May 27, 2021
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Happy Memorial Day from the
La Mesa Chamber
As we celebrate Memorial Day and set aside a day to honor and express our gratitude to our veterans, we thank you for your service and dedication to our country.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors
California to Reopen in Full - June 15
More than a year after the COVID-19 pandemic essentially brought the state’s economy to a screeching halt, California will reopen fully on June 15, state officials confirmed on May 21st.

Declining infection and hospitalization rates driven by the rollout of safe and effective vaccines made state officials decide that it was time for the nation’s largest state to return to pre-pandemic normalcy, doing away with the complicated set of reopening tiers that have governed what businesses can be open and at what levels.

As of June 15, the answer will be far simpler: 100 percent.

“We will not have capacity limitations.” Said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s secretary of health and human services. "There will no longer be restrictions for attendees, customers and guests." State officials have signaled for weeks that they expected June 15 to be the reopening date, but Friday’s announcement was official confirmation.
There will still be some guidelines for large venues. Outdoor venues that seat 10,000 or more will be asked (though not required) by the state to verify that attendees have been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19; they can also have the unvaccinated and untested mask up. By comparison, attendees at indoor venues that seat 5,000 or more must have been vaccinated or recently tested. In those large indoor settings, untested and unvaccinated people won’t be able to attend, even if they are wearing a mask.

The state will revise its mask mandate on June 15 to match the recommendations from the CDC, who recently said that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks in virtually all settings, with public transportation one of the main exceptions. The fully immunized are those that have gotten the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines at least two weeks earlier. Source – The San Diego Union Tribune – Jonathan Wosen.
The Bash is Back!
The "Summer Bash" Business Expo Will Be Held on July 21st
We used to hold (2) Business Expos a year, in the spring and summer but the pandemic impacted that schedule. We are now ready to offer them again to you! We are happy to announce the event information and remind you that in the past, we sold out our vendor tables and maximized the room. We have moved the event to a larger venue, our Chamber Member hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon and will use both the ballroom and the outdoor courtyard! To celebrate the reopening of our state and the long-awaited opportunity to gather in public places, we are keeping the pricing very reasonable. As in the past all vendor space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as the event tickets.
Wednesday, July 21st 

Location: Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon
141 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Tickets: $10 per person

Note: This is a 21-year or older event.

Sponsorships are available – Call Mary England 619-251-7730 or

For details, visit
Photos courtesy of: Sandra Small/ Photographer.
The La Mesa Wine Works Event – Rocked!
On May 19th people came to be together at the FIRST face-to-face mixer (that was combined with a ribbon cutting) since March 12th, 2020. It was like a class reunion! People were so glad to see each other and just be in the same room together. Owners, Linda and Mike McWilliams were on hand to greet and mingle. Linda was the gracious hostess of the night! The team at La Mesa Wine Works, were also so friendly and assisted folks in choosing their beverages. La Mesa Wine Works is a cooperative tasting room that features premium wines from San Diego County wineries. La Mesa Wine Works is located at 8167 Center Street in La Mesa, directly across from Linda and Mike’s winery – San Pasqual Winery. Linda has the distinct honor of being one of the only female wine makers in our region and knows more than you can imagine about wines! Stop by and ask her anything and pick up bottles of wine “to go” or stay and enjoy a glass of your favorite vino!
We want to thank the food sponsors for the evening and encourage you to visit their places of business – the food was delicious! Thank you to Joe Flaherty, owner-operator of Marie Callender’s, the pies were scrumptious, Nadia Mahalingam, owner of The Lunch Box – the muffins hit the spot, and Javier Correa, Jr. of Sombrero Mexican Food – the chicken-filled wrapped fajitas were out of this world!

The ribbon was cut with great fanfare and La Mesa Wine Works was presented a certificate of recognition by Supervisor Joel Anderson’s representative, Eileen Henot, a certificate from the City of La Mesa and Mayor Mark Arapostathis and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce were presented by President & CEO, Mary England.
Special thank you to our photographer, Sandra Small/ Photographer.
The La Mesa Woman’s Club Celebrate 119 Years of Service and Collect 3,498 Diapers for Active Military Duty Junior Enlisted Families!
The La Mesa Woman’s Club was established in 1902 and is the oldest service organization in La Mesa. They are a dedicated group of ladies that volunteer to make lives better for those near and far. They were instrumental in the incorporation of the City of La Mesa, led the way to the start of the La Mesa Library, provide funding and scholarships for youth, help veterans, develop programs within the school district and more! On Monday, May 17th they celebrated their 119-year anniversary with great fanfare and awards and refreshments. Certificates of appreciation were presented by Andrew Hayes, representing Senator Brian Jones and Mayor Mark Arapostathis and the City of La Mesa and the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce presented by President & CEO Mary England. The amazing fact is that these dedicated ladies included in this celebration an opportunity for folks to donate diapers to be given to active military duty junior enlisted families. They collected 3,498 diapers, baby outfits, 27 pre-school books and more! We wish them another 119 years and thank them for their commitment and dedication to our community!
Welcome to Our New Member, Ellen Meador, Keller Williams Realty!
Ellen Meador, Keller Williams Realty

Ellen is part of Keller Williams Realty, San Diego East Foothills. As a Realtor®, Ellen helps clients buy, sell, and invest in residential real estate in the Greater San Diego area.

1030 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 504-5421 |
Join Us and Welcome I-Que BBQ to Our Business Community at an Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting
On Thursday, June 3rd we invite you to meet the owners of the newest barbecue restaurant in La Mesa, I-Que BBQ. We are celebrating an evening mixer, where you can sample bites of their famous BBQ. Mix and mingle and be a part of the ribbon cutting that will happen at 6 p.m. Opening a business during this pandemic is a challenge, so we encourage you to come on out and meet these new business owners and show our support of their desire to open their BBQ business and share their BBQ recipes with us.
Thursday, June 3rd

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
“Official" Ribbon cutting at 6:00 p.m.

Location: I-Que BBQ at 8733 Broadway, La Mesa

Cost: FREE for Chamber Members and $5 per person for guests
NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone ill – please stay home.
Business News Updates
Bank of America Plans to Raise Minimum Wage to $25 an Hour
Bank of America plans to set the minimum wage for all positions at the company to $25 an hour by 2025. It would be the highest minimum wage paid by a big bank and could pressure rivals to follow suit. Wages have been rising at major banks in recent years. The bank will also mandate that vendors it does business with pay their employees at least $15 an hour. The bank says 99 percent of its vendors are already in compliance at that level. The bank has more than 210,000 employees. Source – The San Diego Union Tribune – Associated Press.
Travel for Memorial Day Holiday
37 Million is the number of Americans who plan to travel for the Memorial Day holiday, up 60 percent from the Memorial Day weekend of 2020, according to the AAA Auto Club.
Cruise Workers Vaccinated Here
One by one, more than 120 crew members from Holland America’s Koningsdam filed into the B Street terminal last week to get the long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines administered by Sharp Healthcare personnel. While there’s no word yet from the CDC on when cruising out of U.S. ports like San Diego can restart cruise lines such as Holland America are gearing up by making sure all its crew members are fully vaccinated. The 126 individuals who got their first Pfizer shots will return for their second doses. In addition to these shots, 151 more first-dose shots were administered to crew onboard the Royal Princess, which was docked offshore near Coronado. In addition to these doses, 175 more crewmembers - aboard the Noordam – were also vaccinated.

San Diego, which so far has lost 167 cruise calls since last March due to the pandemic, is hoping to resume its normal cruise season this fall. The CDC has in place a conditional sail order that requires a number of steps to be taken before restarting sailings, including simulated voyages to test ships’ ability to manage any outbreaks of COVID-19 on board. More recently, however CDC guidance changed to allow cruise lines to bypass the test sailings if at least 98 percent of crew and 95 percent of passengers are fully vaccinate. Source – The San Diego Union Tribune – Lori Weisberg; Photo: Eduardo Contreras
3 Retailers Report Customer Spending
At Walmart, sales of teeth whitener are popping as customers take their masks off. So are travel items. Macy’s says that special occasion dressing like prom dresses are on the upswing as well, men’s tailored clothing, and dressy sandals.

Shoppers, newly vaccinated, are emerging from their homes and going out again and along with the stimulus checks, are helping boost fiscal first-quarter results for major retailers Walmart and Macy’s. They were among the first to release figures that covered the spring period. Home Depot and Walmart are able to keep sales strong even as the pandemic eases. Macy’s were forced to temporarily close, dealing a devastating blow to business. Macy’s expects full-year revenue in the range of $21.73 billion to $22.23 billion, up from its previous projections of $19.75 billion to $20.75 billion. At Home Depot, sales hit $37.5 billion, up 32.7 percent from the same year, far better than analyst projections of $34.88 billion. Source – The San Diego Union Tribune – Anne D’Innocenzio.
Gyms Mount Comeback from People Ready to Share the Air
Gym operators are keen to welcome back more members as COVID-19 safety precautions ease, but they and their customers face a changed world. Friendship circles that made people want to go to a particular gym slipped away, during long periods when fitness centers were locked down to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Some gyms closed for good while others sold the businesses to other operators or filed for bankruptcy.

Many people eager to work out again will find the gym landscape altered by long periods of lockdown or enforced low occupancy. Some gyms were allowed to open for brief periods during the pandemic, only to be closed – and closed again – as new waves of COVID-19 struck. Many gyms’ membership levels are less than half of what they were in March 2020, and large percentages of membership are still on freeze and not paying monthly dues.

In San Diego County, still in the orange tier for COVID-19 restrictions, gym capacity is at 25 percent. But capacity could double if the county moves into the yellow tier in the coming week. The CDC recently announced a sweeping relaxation of mask guidelines to allow fully vaccinated people to safely stop wearing masks in most places, including inside gyms. California and San Diego, however, haven’t yet adopted the CDC’s latest recommendation. Source – The San Diego Union Tribune – Roger Vincent. 
Seven Side Jobs You Can Do Without Special Skills
You don’t need specialized skill to find a good side hustle. If you have a smartphone and transportation, there are plenty of side hustles just about anyone can do. These jobs were identified as jobs that did not require a degree, much experience, extraordinary talent, great strength or specialized equipment. This list also is restricted to side hustles that help you make a reasonable amount of money.
Walk Dogs – If you are an animal lover, one of the most attractive and readily available side hustles involves dog walking. Two online platforms – Rover and Wag! – can help you find dog walking jobs that typically pay between $12 and $15 per half-hour. Of the two sites, Rover is more freelancer-friendly, charging lower fees and allowing workers to set their own rates.

Evaluate – Several sites pay freelancers to check out a product, a building or accident scene and report back about its condition. These companies pay $5 to $35 per gig, depending on the time and travel involved. IVueit matches freelancers with commercial property owners who want an on-the-scene review of maintenance or repairs. Jobs generally involving snapping a few photos and filling out a short form. Product Tube pays freelancers to take a video of themselves providing a short product evaluation either at home or at a store. This might involve comparing two types of snack food or other products. WeGoLook pays freelancers to inspect cars, accident scenes, real estate and businesses. The freelancer is presented with a brief that details the pay, location and what’s involved. If you accept the assignment, you’re expected to complete it within 24 hours.

Drive – Driving for Uber and Lyft were once popular side hustles. But these companies are constantly tinkering with their driver terms, and the new rules are rarely drive-friendly. Fortunately, they’re not the only options. Alternatives for people who want to make money driving passengers include Wingz, which specializes in pre-scheduled trips to and from airports, and Zūm, Kango and HopSkipDrive, which book rides for minors who need a lift to and from school, sports and other youth activities. Zūm, Kango and HopSkipDrive do expect you to have experience with children.
Deliver – Delivery options for free-lancers include Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats, which shuttle takeout orders to restaurant customers. All three sites offer relatively low guaranteed delivery fee. However, most customers tip, providing average pay that comfortably exceeds minimum wage.

Shop – If you can navigate a trip to the grocery store, you probably can shop and deliver groceries for Instacart, Shipt and Dumpling. Instacart and Shipt enlist freelancers to do on-demand shopping, paying a fee that’s sometimes based on order size. Dumpling on the other hand, helps personal shoppers manage their own businesses, setting their own rates and availability.

Serve and Stock – A number of sites promise to find workers jobs in retail, restaurants and warehouses. Qwick primarily connect workers with food service gigs that pay as much as $30 per hour. Wonolo, Shiftgig, MyWorkChoice and Bluecrew offer a wider array of options. Pay ranges from minimum wage to about $25 an hour.

Babysit – With summer coming and many parents going back to workplaces, there’s plenty of demand for babysitting services. And gone are the days when junior high kids would watch the offspring for a few bucks an hour. Nannies and babysitters can now expect to earn at least minimum wage and often, as much as $25 per hour. Some sites where you can plan a babysitting gig include UrbanSitter,, Bambino and Sittercity.
County Offers a COVID-19
Certification Course
The County of San Diego is offering an Employee Certification Class to businesses that would like to provide a safe environment for employees and customers. This class will be provided by a trained Public Health Nursing Educator over two days - June 3 and June 4.

For details, visit the course website or see this flyer.

To register, please fill out this form.
From the County of San Diego COVID-19 Response: COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Those 12 Years and Older
You do not need an appointment, but it is available if preferred. Individuals younger than 18 can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine.

What to Bring to Your Vaccination

Items required at the time of vaccination depend on a person’s age. For minors (12-17 years old), requirements will vary based on whether or not an adult (18 years and older) will be present when they receive the vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccinations - Adults (18 years and older)

  • Must be 18 years old at the time of vaccination to be considered an adult
  • Must show photo ID (e.g., school or work ID, membership card) AND proof of age (something that shows date of birth)
  • Documentation examples: Birth certificate, passport, Provisional Driver's Permit (Learner's Permit)

COVID-19 Vaccinations - Minors (12-17 years old)

  • Individuals younger than 18 can only receive the Pfizer-BioNTech (Pfizer) COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • All eligible minors may visit a vaccination site without an appointment and without bringing any documentation (photo ID and proof of age) IF a parent, legal guardian, or relative caregiver is with them at the site.
  • If a minor will not have an adult present with them at the vaccination site, an appointment needs to be made AND their parent or legal guardian will need to complete the Consent Form for Minors to provide their consent in advance. Parental consent is required for all eligible minors to be vaccinated.

Consent Form for Minors: English | Spanish
Fact Sheet for Recipients and Caregivers: English | Spanish
Parent/Guardian IS PRESENT
  • Parent/Guardian identifies minor and verifies their age (no documentation needed)
  • Parent/Guardian may answer medical questions and provide consent in-person

Relative Caregiver IS PRESENT
(Relative must be 18 years or older and live with the minor) Examples: Grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin
  • Relative caregiver must complete Caregiver Affidavit Form (may complete on-site if needed) 
  • Relative caregiver can confirm child’s identity and age (no documentation needed)
  • Relative caregiver may answer medical questions and provide consent in-person

Minor is unaccompanied OR accompanied by a non-caregiver adult
Examples: Neighbor, nanny, family friend
  • Minor’s information and age provided when scheduling appointment in My Turn
  • Minor or adult must show consent form filled out by parent/guardian
  • Minor must bring photo ID AND proof of age
Why should young people get the vaccine?

Protects Them​
Protects their friends, family, and community​
  • Younger people may spread the virus to people at higher risk for serious complications.​
  • The more vaccinated individuals in our community, the less opportunity for different or new strains of COVID-19 to spread or emerge.​
Enjoy activities with greater piece of mind​
  • Fully vaccinated individuals can feel safer doing the things they enjoy.​
Would not need to miss days from school or work if exposed​
  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine (10-14 days at home) if exposed unless they develop symptoms.
Where can I learn more about the vaccine? 

For questions about the vaccine we recommend you talk to your child's primary care provider. If your child does not have a primary care provider please call 2-1-1 to be connected to one.

CDC COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens - Updated 5/12 - View the parent handout here

Health Advisory Update #33 - COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Pfizer Vaccine Age Indication

American Academy of Pediatrics - Policy Statement on COVID-19 Vaccines in Children and Adolescents

The County of San Diego has compiled a page of resources and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the California Department of Public Health.

Shareable resources in multiple languages from the County of San Diego including handouts, social media toolkit, and videos. Some resources from this page include:
*VIRTUAL EDUCATION TOUR* County of San Diego Independent Redistricting Commission: Why Redistricting Matters in San Diego County
The County of San Diego Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) invites your participation in the upcoming Virtual Education Tour.
The Virtual Education Tour is a chance for the Community to learn Why Redistricting Matters in San Diego County. This is a once in a decade opportunity for residents to engage in the redistricting process to help the IRC draw fair and accurate maps for the five supervisorial districts.
District 5: June 03, 2021 | 12 – 1 PM
District 4: June 08, 2021 | 6 – 7 PM
District 1: June 16, 2021 | 4 – 5 PM
District 3: June 23, 2021 | 12 – 1 PM
District 2: June 30, 2021 | 12 – 1 PM
See flyer for meeting instructions and RSVP here.
All are welcome to attend their district tour, or other district tours!

To request live language interpretation, individuals should call (619) 409-3003 or send email to at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
District 1 tour will be held simultaneously in Spanish and English, requests for interpretation of other languages are welcome.
From Senator Jones: Keeping Up With Jones Newsletter
Jones in the News

I recently sent two letters to the Director of the Department of State Hospitals protesting the planned parole placement of two sexually violent predators (SVPs) in a Mt. Helix residential neighborhood. Rather than renting a spacious home to serve as a boarding house for these people‚ Governor Newsom ought to follow the lead of former Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian. Both of these Governors got creative and ordered that dangerous parolees be housed in trailers at state correctional facilities. You can read more here or watch my interview with KUSI.
District Spotlights

One of the most rewarding parts of being your Senator is to honor members of our community for achievements in their life‚ organization‚ education‚ or career. If you have friends‚ family‚ or neighbors that go above and beyond to help others or have achieved a milestone‚ I want to recognize them. You can send me an email here to request recognition. Please be sure to include that you are requesting senate recognition and the names of those you would like to see honored.
Non-profit Spotlight

At my recent San Marcos Town Hall I had the opportunity to recognize the graduates of the “Solutions Academy”. Solutions for Change is a North County non-profit started over 20 years ago by Chris and Tammy Megison. The Mission of Solutions for Change is to solve family homelessness – One family‚ one community at a time. Their signature program ‘Solutions Academy’ is a 700-day vocational program that combines education‚ housing‚ workforce training‚ career pathways‚ peer support‚ personal and professional development – all in a therapeutic community based on accountability and a model of Servant Leadership. ‘Solutions Academy’ graduates are recognized as “Overcomers” and it has was an honor to recognize them.
San Diego by the Numbers:

San Diego’s unemployment rate fell further in March to 6.8% from the prior month’s 7.1% after adjusting for seasonal changes.

Nonfarm employers in San Diego County added 5‚300 jobs in March after considering the typical seasonal hiring that generally occurs during this time of year.
Legislative Update 

I am pleased to let you know that my bill SB 227 to save off-highway vehicle competitions in California has cleared two key Senate Committees. Competition OHVs have long been registered under the Red Sticker program under the California Air Resources Board‚ which sunsets this year with no plan to replace it. SB 227 creates a new‚ off-highway vehicle identification program under the California Department of Parks and Recreation that is narrowly tailored for legitimate competitors only.
I have also authored SB 358‚ which would increase the penalties on persons who steal packages unanimously passed the Senate Public Safety Committee. Since the COVID-19 crisis began‚ home delivery of packages has dramatically increased across the nation. Seniors and disabled Californians in particular rely on package delivery for fundamental items such as medication and food. This bill will allow judges the option to treat theft of packages delivered by private carriers just like mail delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

For more information on these bills and other bills I am authoring this session‚ please click here.
COVID-19 Recovery Information:

  • Business COVID relief extensions. The new Shuttered Venue Operators Grant is accepting applications starting April 8. Recent federal legislation also expanded relief opportunities to help businesses. Click here
  • Rent relief. California’s COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides an opportunity for property owners and tenants to receive assistance. Click here
From Sycuan Casino Resort: Memorial Day Weekend Hot Seats, Ruben Sings Luther, Night Swim, and more!

Actively play with your Club Sycuan card May 28-31 from 2PM - 2AM, each day, for the chance to win $250 Slot FREEplay™! Two winners drawn every hour. Win multiple times all weekend long!


Every Friday night is Dive-In Movie Night at Retreat Pool & Cabanas! Enjoy drinks, food, and your favorite movies on the big screen poolside!

Purchase your tickets for this Friday, May 28, to watch Super Troopers where five Vermont state troopers, avid pranksters with a knack for screwing up, try to save their jobs and out-do the local police department by solving a crime.


Ruben Studdard, the remarkable singer hailed as the "next Luther", brings his soultry voice to Live & Up Close on Friday, June 25. Enjoy timeless hits such as "Endless Love", "Dance with My Father", "Always and Forever", and much more! Studdard provides the closest experience you'll get to seeing the legend live in concert again!


Friday, May 28
  • J. Dean: 3PM-7PM | Acoustic
  • The DAR: 8PM-12AM | R&B/Top 40
Saturday, May 29
  • SKYE: 3PM-7PM | R&B/Acoustic
  • SM Familia: 8PM-12AM | Latin Reggae
Sunday, May 30
  • Kekoa: 11AM-2PM | Acoustic/Island Vibe
  • Whiskey Ridge Duo: 5PM - 9PM | Country

From San Diego Association of Governments: Join us on May 28 for an overview of key milestones that led to the development of the draft 2021 Regional Plan
Draft 2021 Regional Plan 

The draft 2021 Regional Plan is now available! Join us at the SANDAG Board of Directors meeting next Friday, May 28, at 9 a.m. for an overview of key milestones that led to the development of the draft 2021 Regional Plan, which will be available for public comment May 28-July 30, 2021.

The draft 2021 Regional Plan is the result of years of planning, data analysis, and community engagement to reimagine the San Diego region with a transformative transportation system, a sustainable pattern of growth and development, and innovative demand and management strategies.

You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or phone to learn more and find out ways to get involved! Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish will be available.
The draft 2021 Regional Plan is a long-term blueprint for the San Diego region that seeks to improve quality of life, address social inequity, and preserve our environment for generations to come. By outlining key strategies, policies, and transportation improvements throughout the region, SANDAG has developed a vision that sets the path toward accomplishing regional goals.
SANDAG is Developing a Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan for the San Vicente Corridor
SANDAG and Caltrans are currently developing the San Vicente Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plan (CMCP), which aims to create a comprehensive set of safe, sustainable, and equitable transportation solutions that are tailored to the needs of the corridor. Input from the corridor’s residents and travelers is crucial to the development of this plan.

Please join us for a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, June 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. to discuss transportation opportunities along State Route 67. To find out more information on the public meeting or to provide your feedback to the San Vicente Corridor Plan, visit To learn more about the Comprehensive Multimodal Corridor Plans, visit
From SDG&E: Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Business Operations
Businesses are critical to helping drive economic growth and shaping the future of our region. If your business is operating outdoors, SDG&E recommends these essential safety guidelines so they can continue to provide customers with safe and reliable energy and service.
  1. Maintain clear access to gas and electric utility equipment to ensure SDG&E crews have quick access in case of emergencies or essential maintenance. 
  2. Keep unobstructed access to all utility infrastructure, including poles, manholes, transformers and curbside gas meters. This will help avoid delays during emergency response.
  3. Avoid placing outdoor dining chairs, tables, parklets and other items on top of underground facilities or where they block access to poles and other utility infrastructure. Business equipment must be quickly and easily removed if needed for emergency response. 
  4. When your business is open, maintain a 3-foot clearance around utility equipment. 
  5. When your business is closed, ensure an 8-foot clearance is available around utility infrastructure. 

For more guidelines to help your business operate safely outdoors, visit
From the DMV: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Visit the DMV Online
Most DMV tasks can now be completed without visiting a field office! The DMV’s new and improved website offers a wide range of services, including vehicle registration renewals, driver’s license renewals, replacement sticker and registration card requests, and notice of transfer and release of liability. You can also complete your REAL ID application on the website before visiting a field office to save time spent in-person.

Many online services are self-serve, meaning you can complete them on your own from start to finish, while other services are “assisted,” meaning they are completed with the help of a DMV representative – but without a visit to an office. Customers can use the service advisor and chat function on the DMV website to learn their options for completing their DMV business.
Prefer not to complete transactions online? Visit a DMV Now kiosk, conveniently located throughout the state, or visit a DMV business partner where you can complete some selected transactions for a fee. You can find a complete list of kiosk locations and certified business partners on the DMV website.

Seniors 70 and older, previously required to visit a field office to renew their driver’s license, can now renew online! The requirement has been waived until further notice so that seniors can complete transactions from the safety of their home.
As Californians continue to deal with the challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic, the California DMV remains committed to the health and safety of its customers and employees across the state. Visit DMV.CA.GOV to learn more about taking care of your DMV tasks without visiting an office.
FREE Virtual Home Fire Education Sessions to Keep You Safe Presented by the American Red Cross
The Chamber encourages you to sign up NOW for your personalized session!
The American Red Cross is offering to educate our community virtually on safety and how to reduce home fire deaths and injuries. Did you know that home fires are the most common emergency across the country? Each year the Red Cross responds to an average of more than 60,000 disasters, the vast majority are home fires. Home fires claim SEVEN lives every day!

The Red Cross is now scheduling virtual home fire safety education sessions in our community. You will learn how to create a safety plan, and how to stop home fires before they start. The campaign to reduce home fire-related deaths and injuries looks different this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When it’s safe, they will be partnering with fire departments to install smoke alarms in homes.

These personalized sessions can be requested by calling 619-354-9609 or by signing up on their website at The flyer below provides all the information you need.

The Chamber encourages you to sign up and schedule your personalized Free Home Fire Education session NOW. Together, we can stop home fire deaths and injuries!
La Mesa Chamber Calendar
June 3 - I-Que BBQ Evening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting : 5:30-7pm at 8733 Broadway, La Mesa | Details/RSVP

July 21 - "Summer Bash" Business Expo : 5-8pm at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego El Cajon | Details/RSVP

NOTE: We recommend those that are feeling ill, or who have been exposed to someone who is ill – please stay home.
For local La Mesa News, please visit
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
Local Umbrella Media
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
Major Security Services
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