La Mesa Chamber News | August 17, 2020
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La Mesa Businesses Receive $1 Million of CARES Act Funds
La Mesa Renters Receive $600K – A “Lifeline” for Both
Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) Funding in the amount of $1 million will be used to assist La Mesa businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides up to $5,000 per eligible business to be used for rent, utilities, insurance. payroll, costs to modify their business to comply with the County health orders and more. These funds are allocated by the County and the State of California to fund programs to assist residents and businesses. The entire allotment to the City of La Mesa was $1.8 million. In addition to the businesses receiving funding, a rental assistance program will be created with $600,000 of these funds, allowing residents who have been tragically affected by the pandemic with job loss, late rental notices or overdue utility payments to receive a “lifeline.” We thank Mayor Mark Arapostathis and Councilmembers Kristine Alessio and Bill Baber for supporting the creation of these two new important grant programs, that help businesses and renters in these perilous times. 
La Mesa Small Business Relief Grant Applications Begin Soon! Applications Begin August 24 8am & Ends August 28 Midnight
Want to Learn More?
Register for the Informational Webinar Happening August 19th
BREAKING NEWS - $1 Million CARES Act Assistance Program is Ready To Roll Out! Available to eligible small businesses on a first come, first served basis. Small Business Grants of up to $5,000 will be available to eligible small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) has been chosen to administer the program for the City. A webinar will be available on August 19th for interested businesses to learn about the program. Businesses can register for the webinar here. Businesses should contact Cat Kricorian the ECEDC representative by phone at 619-258-3670 or by email
Remember – If You Were Damaged on May 30th or May 31st – We Have Some Donated Funds for You!
The community cares about all of you that were damaged during the May 30th and May 31st events in our city. Donors have given funds to the La Mesa Chamber to disburse to those of you that were damaged. The donation to begin the La Mesa Business Assistance Fund came from Randall Lamb Associates and was followed by donations from Albert’s Mexican Food, the La Mesa Lions Club, Gary Green and Jeff Phair, partners in the La Mesa Summit Estates development, The La Mesa Strong T-Shirt Team, and several personal and anonymous donations. We have been blessed to experience first-hand, that we live in a community where neighbors help neighbors. We are ALL on this journey together, to rebuild and be stronger than before. The La Mesa Chamber is grateful for these caring donors and we are honored to be able to fulfill their wishes – to give their donations to businesses that were damaged on May 30th and May 31st. Apply for funds by filling out the application form online: or call the office 619-465-770 to request a form that can then be emailed to the Chamber at: The deadline to apply for these funds ends on August 31st
The Chamber Launches “La Mesa Live” Video Series
An Opportunity to Promote Chamber Members and Their Businesses
The Chamber is passionate about our members! These are perilous times and we wanted to create a way to promote and spotlight our members and their businesses “up close and personal.” We contacted Marvin Sears, owner of Studio M.I.F. who is a valued Chamber Member and has provided sound equipment, microphones and other electronic items that we have needed for our annual signature events – Spring Fling/Summer Bash Business Expo, Taste of San Diego East and our celebratory dinner, Salute to Local Heroes. He loved the idea and the rest is history! We embarked on our informative and unique video series two weeks ago. Take a look at “La Mesa Live” at to see our interviews and meet those members. We began our interviews with restaurants, as only those that can offer outdoor dining can remain open. Those owners have had to be creative and invest their precious dollars in tents, canopies, fencing and/or other items to enhance their outdoor area, enticing customers to dine with them. Obviously, dining outside without air conditioning and other “inside” amenities is a challenge for these businesses. We will be interviewing retail and other businesses as well.

Our goal is to:
  • Spotlight the business
  • Introduce the owner(s)
  • Share interesting facts about the business, special menu items (if a restaurant) or items that are sold (if retail)
  • If a business that offers a service, communicate that fact to the viewer. 

Promoting our members and sending the message to the consumer through this video series, that our member-business is ready, willing and able to serve them, is just “icing on the cake.” We are thrilled to partner with Marvin Sears, owner of Studio M.I.F. who understands our La Mesa Live vision and is the perfect creative partner to make this video series happen!
"La Mesa Live"
An Interview with Nonno's Ristorante Italiano!
Chef and owner Gerardo Ortiz shares how everything is made to order, as you order, nothing is pre-made! Enjoy lobster risotto, spicy roma shrimp, fabulous European wines & more!

5314 Baltimore Drive in La Mesa
(619) 337-9559 |
County Tax Collector Offers Relief For Defaulted Property Tax Bills
More than 28,000 defaulted bills were sent out to San Diego County taxpayers. On August 11th the County’s Treasurer announced that his office is offering penalty relief on these bills. Many of the late bills are due to COVID-19 and people may qualify to have their penalties waived, if they file for a COVID-19 cancellation request. The 28,623 defaulted bills sent out went to property taxpayers who failed to pay all of their 2019-20 property taxes. The deadline to pay the 2019-20 annual tax bill was June 30. Beginning July 1, late bills will incur a 1.5% penalty each month – 18% each year until they are paid. That is on top of the 10% penalty added for each late installment. Taxpayers who have submitted a COVID-19 penalty cancellation request and have not heard back from the Treasurer-Tax Collector yet, will receive a response in the mail. The office received 3,261 COVID-19 penalty cancellation requests and has approved 53% of them. 
Opportunities for Restaurants and Food Providers
Food providers prepare three nutritious meals daily and deliver to residents in one daily delivery between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Meals are served 7 days per week.

Contracted restaurants and food providers will prepare and deliver ONE nutritious dinner meal per day to qualified older adult and individuals with chronic illnesses/disabilities. Delivery must take place between 12 and 4 p.m. Meals are served 7 days per week.
Safe Reopening Compliance Team
The Board of Supervisors approved moving forward with a team that would include 6 county staff and bringing on 29 additional staff to follow-up on health order complaints. The Health Compliance Call Center (858) 694-2900 was activated last week to accept health order violations.

State COVID-19 Watchlist
For the county to get off the State monitoring list, each metric must be in the green for three consecutive days. This does NOT mean an immediate reopening of all entities. It is up to the State’s public health officer to determine reopening indoor operations.

Childcare Support for Working Parents
The County Board of Supervisors approved additional funding for Day Care providers via CARES Act Funding in the amount of $25 million to help address the childcare need. 

Live Entertainment at Restaurant/Bar
Unfortunately, no LIVE entertainment is permitted by the State at this time. There is concern that live entertainment could create a congregate setting.

Church Gathering Guidelines
Under current closures - no indoor services are allowed. All services must be outdoors and although there is no limit on number of people, the natural setting must allow 6-ft separation between people from different households.

When Indoor Activities will be Allowed
As soon as we get off of the State monitoring list (3 consecutive days of meeting the State’s metrics) - the State will be approached by the County to discuss what can start reopening in San Diego County.

Cardroom Operations
Cardrooms are allowed to operate outdoors. Tents may be used as long as one of the four sides of the tent is open.

Day Camps
There is no limit of campers for Day Camp. The limit for Sport Day Camps is a maximum of 12 campers. The Youth Sports guidance has no limitations on numbers of players.

COVID-19 City Level Trend
Individual city level trend data is available on the County’s data dashboard. To see city-specific details, please click on your city on the rightmost column, and then the blue line graph will adjust after a few seconds. You can hover over each day for additional information.

To report health order violations – 858-694-2900 the Health Compliance Center.

For employers to notify the County about an employee who tests positive with COVID-19: (888) 950-9905
San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program Available August 24
San Diego County childcare providers that offer essential services to local families during the COVID-19 pandemic – the County of San Diego, The San Diego Foundation, YMCA of San Diego, County and Child Development Associates have launched the San Diego County Childcare Provider Grant Program. On Monday, August 24, eligible childcare providers will be able to apply for grant assistance online and via written submission. All applications must be received online or by mail by Friday, September 4 at 5pm PST. More details and application.
Pandemic & Business Updates
Cruise Lines Cancel 49
Port Calls to San Diego
San Diego’s once-bustling cruise industry is facing a huge economic hit as major lines, from Disney to Holland America, are cancelling scheduled voyages well into the remainder of the year because of the serious threat of COVID-19. San Diego is losing 49 cruise calls accounting for 174,000 passengers, a nearly 40% drop in what the port had been expecting for the upcoming season, which is a $79 million hit. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Lori Weisberg.
Quarterly Sales of New Cars Down 50%
The economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic are in. New car sales in California, have dealers reporting a drop of 48.9 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared to the same three-month period of 2019. Year to date vehicle sales are off 26.9 percent. This drop is not as bad as the dealerships had expected, which is a good thing. Dealerships have reported signs the market is regaining some footing as the economy tries to crawl back to some sense of normalcy. The overall downturn in California roughly mirrors what’s happening nationally. Used car sales in California are withstanding the effects of the pandemic better than new vehicles, down 14.4 percent so far this year. This trend has some dealership stocking more used vehicles than in the past. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Rob Nikolewski.
California’s Shopping Lags
In-store shopping in California is suffering a prolonged hit, seeing only a small fraction of foot traffic compared to this time last year. The state is significantly lagging behind national trends, seeing virtually no recovery since May. This is according to a new report released by San Francisco tech company Zenreach, whose technology can measure foot traffic of shoppers as they flow in and out of stores, restaurants and bars. The company’s tech is installed in 10,000 locations, where its software picks up WiFi signals from shoppers’ phones. The company’s national report shows retail recovery is much stronger throughout the rest of the country. Although still far below last year’s numbers, shopping foot traffic has climbed from 68 percent of normal to 77 percent by early August. This data reflects a regional difference in consumer concerns and government-imposed shutdown orders. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Brittany Meiling.
Restaurant Week Will Return With a New Name
Every September for the past 18 or so years, local restaurants have taken part in San Diego Restaurant Week, a discount meal promotion to thank local diners, and fill more tables during the traditionally slow days after tourist season ends. With the local restaurant industry devastated by the pandemic, every day is a slow day and full tables are no longer possible in dining rooms. To give both restauranteurs and homebound diners a boost next month, San Diego Restaurant Week is coming back, but in a new way. On September 15, the San Diego chapter of the California Restaurant Association will launch Dine Diego, an expanded monthlong showcase of San Diego County restaurants that will offer special outdoor and takeout meal deals. Diners visiting the San Diego Restaurant Week website won’t find prix-fixe menus at different price points at up to 200 CRA member-owned restaurants. Instead, the website will serve as a central information hub for restaurants offering whatever dining deals they can afford to offer through October 15. This new strategy will allow the public to search for restaurants in the database by neighborhood, category of cuisine and by whether they’re offering either patio and/or takeout service or both. For details, visit Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Pam Kragen
From DA Stephan: Just 2 Grains of This Can Kill You...
Fentanyl Overdose Deaths
Spike in SD
Law enforcement officials from across the county are warning the public about a sharp increase in overdose deaths connected to the highly potent and often deadly drug, fentanyl.
Bill to Help Victims of Sex Assault
A bill sponsored by the San Diego DA to help victims of sexual assault was approved in Senate Public Safety Committee. Assembly Bill 1927 gives amnesty to victims of sexual assault who testify in court.
Join This Important Discussion on
On Wednesday, August 19th District Attorney Summer Stephan will join a panel of legal experts and media outlets in an important discussion about COVID-19 and equal access to justice. The event will be virtual via Zoom from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Register to attend, here.
Campaign Aims to Reduce Spike in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths
The San Diego County District Attorney's Office is kicking off the third and final phase of an innovative opioid awareness outreach campaign. The San Diego Opioid Project is designed to educate and change behavior and ultimately reduce opioid overdose deaths in the County. The launch comes after law enforcement officials warned the public about an alarming spike in fentanyl-related overdose deaths the first six months of this year.

This latest phase of the San Diego Opioid Project focuses on laced substances and warns people that illegal opioids may be laced with deadly substances such as fentanyl that can kill them in minutes.
La Mesa Businesses Targeted by Looters Given Final Relief Check
Nearly two dozen La Mesa businesses that were targeted by looters and vandals during civil unrest back in May were presented with final relief checks on Tuesday.

The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund gave 23 local businesses $3,750 as part of its second phase of the city’s recovery effort. The first phase involved 35 businesses receiving $5,000in relief distribution. Twelve businesses denied the second check and asked if their share of the funds could be given to business owners still in need. Read full article/Watch video.
NBC 7 | By Karla Rendon-Alvarez
What Every Business Must Know About Prop 15, the $12.5 Billion-A-Year Property Tax Hike on the November Ballot
California is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis, and yet another threat is on the horizon for small businesses. Prop 15 on the November ballot will be the largest property tax increase in state history at $12.5 billion per year. Unless defeated by voters, the measure shreds long-standing Prop 13 protections that have kept property taxes affordable and provided every taxpayer that buys a home or operates business with certainty that they can afford their property tax bills in the future. Prop 15 repeals these protections for business property by requiring reassessment at current market value at least every three years. Prop 15’s higher property taxes will cause rents to skyrocket for small businesses and the cost of living to increase for all Californians. More details.
The California ISO has issued a Flex Alert through Wednesday, Aug. 19, calling for increased conservation throughout the state of California, including here in our service territory. To help avoid further rotating outages, we are encouraging customers to conserve energy as much as they can. If conditions do not improve, it’s likely we could experience additional rotating outages throughout the duration of this heatwave. If further outages are called, we will make every effort to notify customers with as much notice as possible via news outlets, our social channels, and phone calls. 
A more detailed communication will follow shortly regarding SDG&E being on Flex Alert through this coming Wednesday.
Please visit the FAQ page at: and find out more regarding the Heat Wave Situation.
Businesses Who Are NOT Open
(unless authorized for outdoor services):
  • Bars, breweries and wineries not serving food
  • Places of worship
  • Gyms and fitness centers
  • Hair salons & barber shops
  • Personal care facilities (spas, facials, eyelashes, etc.)
  • Massage parlors
  • Tattoo parlors
  • Offices for non-essential businesses
  • Indoor malls
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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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