La Mesa Chamber News | October 1, 2020
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Learning Session for the May 30th Civil Unrest After-Action Report - Zoom Session on Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm
The City of La Mesa has hired the company Hillard Heintze to conduct an after-action review of the civil unrest that occurred on May 30th, a company that is one of the world’s leading security risk management firms, that helps clients improve outcomes in protecting what matters: their people, performance, interests and reputation. The team of Hillard Heintze want feedback and recommendations from La Mesa residents to better enhance their report to the La Mesa City Council. This after-action review is an assessment of the La Mesa Police Department’s overall planning efforts and operational response, with a goal to provide activities in the future. Your feedback will help the Hillard Team draft its recommendations to the City Council. Although the City of La Mesa has requested that Hillard Heintze reach out to the community, City Council members and staff will not be participating in this session. Residents who wish to share their thoughts are welcome. See Flyer/Information here.
“La Mesa Live” Visits Cucina Basilico - Meet the Owners/Chefs & Staff
We visited Cucina Basilico, an authentic Italian restaurant with chefs using family recipes for guests. Meet Chef and Co-Owner, Stefano Panzeri, Chef and Co-Owner, Danilo De Corato and Restaurant Manager, Sara De Corato and learn about their passion for moving to the United States from Milan to open their restaurants. This dynamic group opened their second location in La Mesa at 7200 Parkway Dr. in La Mesa, serving the same authentic menu with genuine ingredients as their first location located at 3755 Murphy Canyon Road in San Diego. Meet Cucina Basilico
via “La Mesa Live” here:
Cucina Basilico
7200 Parkway Dr., La Mesa, CA 91942 | (619) 825-3171 |

Following County regulations and safety measures
Indoor sitting - covered patio dine in - take outs
Not only homemade pasta dishes but salads, panini, appetizers, desserts and great prices!
Good size salads with our homemade lemon or balsamic dressings
Homemade "Piadina" bread served with a mix green salad
To view this video and all of the video interviews in our La Mesa Live series, visit We are always grateful to Marvin Sears, owner of Studio M.I.F. who is our La Mesa Live creative partner.
The Chamber Hands Out Checks to Local Businesses Damaged on May 30th and May 31st from Local Donors
The La Mesa Chamber processed checks for local businesses that applied via an application process for funding that was donated by local businesses. Thanks to the following donors these checks were made possible via the La Mesa Business Assistance Fund that was created and launched in August. Randall Lamb Associates made a generous contribution to begin the fund. Others who followed and wanted to make a difference are: Albert’s Mexican Food, The La Mesa Lion’s Club, Gary Green and Jeff Phair, partners in the La Mesa Summit Estates development, The La Mesa Strong T-Shirt Team and several other anonymous donors. We thank all who helped our local businesses during the riots and the damage that followed with donations, donating their time to help with the aftermath of clean up, the making of the beautiful painted boards that covered the windows of our businesses and those that now shop in our businesses to help them financially recover. Together we have shown the region and nation that a community that experiences a tragic experience, rise up together and move their community forward.

Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer
La Mesa Businesses and Organizations are Recipients of the San Diego County Small Business Stimulus Grant Program
Our San Diego County Supervisor, Dianne Jacob provided businesses and organizations within her district an opportunity to submit an application to receive grant funds via this stimulus program. The amount of funding that was available for Supervisor Jacob to spread throughout her district was $4.1 million dollars. 900 applications were submitted, and the collective ask from applicants surpassed $100 million dollars. Obviously, the Supervisor was not able to award funding to all of the applicants. We are happy to report that 50 La Mesa businesses and organizations were awarded grant funding from this program in the amount of over $800K.
Joint Chamber Oktoberfest Virtual Mixer Being Held on October 8th -
Join Us and Digitally Connect with 5 Chambers in East County
Celebrate Oktoberfest in a virtual way, by joining the Chambers of: La Mesa, San Diego East County, Lakeside, Santee and Spring Valley and connect with other business owners and community members and socialize. Since March we have not been able to socialize and mix and mingle with others and this is the perfect opportunity to meet people from five chambers and talk and share information about your business.

Enjoy free "door" prizes!

Wear your favorite Oktoberfest attire - the person voted the Best Attire will win a prize!

This special evening is limited to the first 200 members that RSVP, so what are you waiting for? Register online:
Ribbon Cutting for California Hair Design Academy Ribbon Cutting!
Help us welcome California Hair Design Academy to the Chamber and our business community! Join us at 8011 University Ave., Suite A-2 on Wednesday, October 14th at 10 a.m. We will be practicing social distancing and all safety protocols as we congratulate them.

8011 University Ave., Suite A-2 in La Mesa
(La Mesa Springs Shopping Center between Von’s & Sally’s Beauty Supply)
Ribbon Cutting for Frazier Farms!
Help us welcome Frazier Farms, a natural food grocery store, to the Chamber and our business community! Join us at 8401 Fletcher Parkway on Tuesday, October 20th at 8:30 a.m. We will be practicing social distancing and all safety protocols as we congratulate them.

8401 Fletcher Parkway in La Mesa | (760) 758-7175 |
Local Coronavirus News:
The COVID-19 case and trends are allowing San Diego County to stay in the red Tier or Tier 2, of the state’s system of assessing COVID-19 risk. The change means that indoor activities that recently reopened can continue for at least two more weeks. However, two consecutive weeks of tier 1 data could move us backwards to the "Widespread" purple tier 1. The same applies with moving forward from tier 2 to the "Moderate" orange Tier 3. It is highly recommended that everyone should receive a flu vaccine this year.
ELECTION UPDATE: Your vote-by-mail ballot is safe, secure, and reliable
All registered California voters will be sent a vote-by-mail ballot with a prepaid, first class postage return envelope for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

You have multiple safe, secure, and reliable options for returning your ballot
  • Mail – No stamp is required to return your ballot through the US Postal Service. Make sure your ballot is postmarked by November 3, 2020.
  • Drop box – Many counties will offer secure drop boxes to return your ballot. Make sure your ballot is deposited by 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020
  • In-person – You can return your ballot to a polling place, vote center, or your county elections office by 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020. Many counties will have early voting locations available before Election Day. Voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance.
We’re taking proactive steps to safeguard the vote-by-mail process
  • County elections offices will carefully process all valid vote-by-mail ballots they receive. Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the one provided when registering to protect your vote. For many voters, this will be the signature on your CA driver’s license or state ID.
  • The state has allowed more time for vote-by-mail ballots cast by Election Day to arrive at county elections offices. County elections offices will process all ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and arrive within 17 days of Election Day.
  • Our US Postal Service partners are prioritizing delivery of vote-by-mail ballots. All ballots feature the Official Election Mail Logo to help postal workers and carriers identify ballots and ensure all ballots are processed in a timely manner.
You can also take action to ensure a smooth voting experience

Double check the address on your registration. To make sure you get your ballot, you can confirm your address at:
Sign up for ballot tracking alerts. You can sign up to receive updates on your vote-by-mail ballot via text (SMS), email, or voice call through the state’s official “Where’s My Ballot?” tracking tool at:
Make your plan to vote. Decide how you will return your ballot. No matter which method you choose, you can find tools to cast your ballot at:
Payroll Tax Deferral Takes Effect September 1st
The IRS issued guidance on President Trump’s payroll tax deferral to defer tax from September 1st until December 31st. This guidance includes the following highlights:

  • Employers can defer the withholding, deposit, and payment of certain payroll taxes on wages paid from September 1st through December 31st.
  • Interest penalties, and additions to tax will begin to accrue on unpaid taxes starting May 1st, 2021.


The deferral is on the employee share (6.2%) of social security payroll tax. This is only a deferral,
the guidance does not indicate taxes will be forgiven.

What determines if an employee is eligible for the deferral? Taxes may only be deferred for employees whose applicable wages are less than $4,000 on a bi-weekly pay period (or equivalent amount in other pay frequencies), the deferral eligibility is based on a pay period by pay period basis.

What’s the role of the employer? Employers are not required to offer the payroll tax deferral to employees. Employers are responsible for collecting and paying back any deferral taxes. Payments would be due between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021. Penalties and interest on unpaid amounts begin accruing May 1, 2021. It will remain the employer’s responsibility even if they are unable to collect the deferred amount from their employee(s).

Employees who partake in the payroll tax deferral will receive a temporary boost for the remainder of the year, but smaller paychecks early next year as employers withhold and pay the deferral amounts to the IRS.

The deferral applies to any employee whose pretax wages or compensation during any biweekly pay period generally is less than $4,000 – the equivalent of $104,000 a year.
Business Updates
Biotech Developer Plans $1.5B Life Science Campus
The IQHQ real estate investment group, recently formed has acquired around two-thirds or five city blocks of the development known as Manchester Pacific Gateway. The transaction paves the way for what IQHQ is calling the San Diego Research and Development District, or RaDD, as a massive lab-filled campus where ground-floor retail and unrivaled bay view’s work to recruit the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry. This project will be known as a dynamic, waterfront urban life science city. The overall project includes a series of mid-rise structures and one 17-story tower, as well as a museum, and 3 acres of green space and rooftop decks. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Jennifer Van Grove.
Up Close & Personal with Brown Marketing Strategies
Tell us a little about your business.
Brown Marketing Strategies is a full-service advertising and public relations agency that's been serving the Southern California region for more than 13 years. On behalf of our clients, we promote and sell winning products and services on time and within budget for impactful results.

What makes your business special or unique?
Our team’s diverse skill set provides clients across a wide variety of industries with endless possibilities and unique solutions to streamline their marketing processes and maximize their ROI.

What is the best advice you ever received and why?
Running a business needs balance. Fly like an eagle above the organization so you are getting the big picture, then swoop down into the fray to ensure that everything is working the way it should to ensure organizational fitness is in place. Too long in the clouds and "poof," trouble strikes; too much time on the ground and you miss the trends that will affect the business. From a mentor, William Parker.
What inspired you to begin your business and work in your current industry?
I worked in radio for many years. Although a great medium, I knew what we were pitching could be so much more outside the confines of radio. I made the decision to leave radio so I could help clients market with the best mediums and marketing strategies to reach their target audiences.

What is the one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?
No surprises - I'm pretty transparent and mainstream. I'm very open with my team and clients I work with. If you really know me, you know that I'm passionate about business opportunities, what if scenarios, my agency/team, good wine and food, travel and friends and family.

Brown Marketing Strategies, Inc.
2837 Presidio Drive, San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 546-5390 |
County Releases 2019 Climate Action Plan Annual Monitoring Report
2019 Annual Monitoring Report
2018 Climate Action Plan

By implementing a variety of programs and initiatives designed to reduce our carbon footprint and protect natural resources, the County reduced 130,075 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent through the end of 2019, achieving 98 percent of the 2018 Climate Action Plan’s 2020 greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction target.

CAP 2019 AMR Cover
This is equivalent to reducing the emissions from 14,636,548 gallons of gasoline to fuel vehicles!

These findings and more are detailed in the County’s newly released 2019 Climate Action Plan Annual Monitoring Report. The report highlights the County’s implementation efforts and achievements in 2019 supporting the 2018 Climate Action Plan (CAP).

In response to a June 12, 2020 Court of Appeal ruling, the County will assess what specific aspects of its 2018 CAP and EIR need to be redrafted. However, the County will continue implementing sustainability measures to effectively reduce GHGs as part of its ongoing commitment to the environment. The court ruling struck down part of the 2018 CAP’s Environmental Impact Report but did not find fault with its 26 GHG reduction measures. To address the recent court ruling, the 2018 CAP will be revised in partnership with residents, business, and environmental groups.

To stay informed about the CAP Update process, please visit our website and sign up for our email updates
Member Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining
Anthony's Fish Grotto
Dine by the Lake and enjoy the ambiance from 11:30am - 8pm.
9530 Murray Drive in La Mesa

BJ's Restaurant & 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
Our patio is open daily from 8am to 3pm! First come first served. No reservations required.
Online ordering through Clover | Take out
6101 Lake Murray Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 246-1244 |

Cucina Basilico
Patio service Tuesdays - Sundays: 4.30pm-9 pm
(619) 825-3171
7200 Parkway Dr. in La Mesa

Hooleys Public House
Dine under the (3) tents right by the restaurant.
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 |
La Mesa Wine Works
A cooperative Tasting Room featuring Premium Wines from San Diego County Wineries
8167 Center Street, La Mesa, CA 91942
Thursday - Saturday 3-8 & Sunday 12-5
619.714.0700 |

Little Roma
Dine on the patio that surrounds the restaurant.
Mon - Sat: 11am - 9pm | Sun: 4pm - 8:30pm
5575 Baltimore Drive, Suite 104 in La Mesa
(619) 461-7000 |

Marie Callender's
Patio dining 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 |

Sycuan Casino Resort
Enjoy the Viewpoint Neighborhood Kitchen patio!
Restaurant & Bar | Thursday - Sunday: 5PM-10PM
Brunch | Saturday & Sunday: 8AM-2PM
(619) 445-6002 |

The Lunch Box Cafe and Deli
Dine-in service, takeout or delivery!
Tue - Fri: 7:30am - 2:00pm | Sat: 7:30am - 1:00pm
8751 La Mesa Blvd. in La Mesa
(619) 463-4013 |
Member Restaurants Offering Take Out / Delivery
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