La Mesa Chamber News | October 22, 2020
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Ribbon Cutting at our New Frazier Farms Market on October 20 was a Hit!
On Tuesday, October 20th the family members/owners of our new Frazier Farms Market joined us as we celebrated opening their third market in San Diego County. We are pleased that they had the vision to open their third market in La Mesa. We were thrilled to welcome this family-owned business to our community. Joining us for this celebration were: Parents, Norman and Kathe Frazier, along with their sons, Matt Frazier, Nick Frazier, and Alex Frazier. We were joined by Matt Poucher, CFO and were happy to have Mayor Mark Arapostathis join us. The ribbon cutting was scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. and when we arrived, the parking lot was mostly full of cars and what a sight – people were lined up around the building to enter and shop. We encourage you to visit this new market and experience the fully-staffed chef-run kitchens, old fashioned butcher shop meat counters, a seafood case with fresh fish delivered daily, in-house bakery, organic juice bar, and the famous deli department with the best sandwiches in town. With the introduction of the La Mesa location they will also offer gelato and a pizza bar with slices or whole pies. Frazier Farms Market prides itself on offering high quality natural and organic products at affordable prices, a wide variety of locally sourced options, an emphasis on made from scratch baked goods and grab and go options. We encourage you to visit this fantastic addition to the La Mesa business community at 8401 Fletcher Parkway and follow them on Facebook or Instagram @frazierfarmsmarket.
Photos courtesy of Sandra Small/ Photographer
Additional Funding is Available for City’s Rental Assistance Program from November 2 through November 4
A second round of applications for the La Mesa Rental Assistance Program, managed by Home Start will be available beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 2nd though Wednesday, November 4th, 6 p.m. Applications can be competed online at: or submitted at the office of Home Start located at 333 E. Main Street in El Cajon.
La Mesa Chamber Adopts Seniors Again this Year for the Holidays
We will not let the COVID-19 pandemic impact our ability to make the holidays “brighter” for our La Mesa homebound seniors. We are now accepting items to pack and prepare for delivery to these wonderful members of our community.

If you are donating items from your pantry, we remind you to check the expiration date on those items to make sure they have not expired. Items can be delivered to Fran Smith at 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 214, La Mesa, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. REMEMBER: The office is upstairs and canned items and other donations can be heavy and bulky, you can contact Mary England at 619-251-7730 and she can arrange to meet you to pick up your items.
Suggested items to purchase or donate:
Canned soups/vegetables/fruits, crackers, pasta, marinara, macaroni & cheese, instant cereals, bars of soap, tooth paste, tissues, hand soaps, hand sanitizer, socks, pens and pads of paper. Gift cards in any denomination from the following locations: Walmart, Target, or any grocery store.

If you have another item you believe will put a smile on their faces, by all means drop them off! We want to make this a memorable holiday for our home bound seniors again this year.
La Mesa Hosts Annual Park Appreciation Day
The public is invited to participate in the City of La Mesa’s annual Park Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 24 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Projects are arranged for households to remain socially distanced while helping beautify La Mesa parks and public spaces. Volunteers are requested to sign-up ahead of time for their project at or by calling 619-667-1300. Participants should bring gloves, tools and wear closed-toe shoes, in addition to wearing a face covering while in the park. The first 200 registered households will receive a swag bag on the day of cleanup.
Wednesday, October 28th LIVEABLE LA MESA - A Round Table Discussion Regarding Youth in the Age of COVID-19
The City of La Mesa Community Relations and Veterans Commission along with the Youth Advisory Commission have scheduled a round table discussion event titled Liveable La Mesa Youth in the Age of COVID-19. This event takes place on Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m. This 90-minute virtual activity will foster dialog on how changes due to COVID-19 have affected the everyday lives of families. Panelists from the La Mesa Spring Valley School District and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency will be on hand to provide tips and tools. Families are invited to share their experiences on topics such as coping with distance learning, social isolation, returning to the classroom and how recent health policies have impacted your daily lives.

The event is free to watch on Zoom at or listen by phone by calling 669-900-6833 webinar ID: 938 7268 8513. For more information or to submit questions or topics for the panel discussion contact Meg Howell at by noon on October 28th.
City of La Mesa Launches a Social Media Marketing Campaign -
“Dine In To Chip In” for La Mesa Restaurants
The City of La Mesa would like to spotlight local restaurants during the holidays. If you are a restaurant in the zip code 91942 and 91941 you will want to take a look at this FREE opportunity to market your restaurant. For one-week, participating restaurants will be able to share their specials, photos of their business and showcase your business and connect with the local community/consumer. Don’t wait – Apply now! The link for the application and information is here:
Local Coronavirus Update!
County Teeters on the Edge in the Red Tier

San Diego County narrowly remained in the second-least restrictive level of the state’s reopening system in the latest report on Tuesday, October 20th, which allowed the County to receive an adjusted score of 7 cases per 100,000 residents, the limit for remaining in its current tier, color-coded red. The goal is to NOT go backwards to the purple-tier, which will close businesses and set San Diego County in a backward tailspin. Tuesday’s report included 265 additional cases and four deaths. All were men who had other underlying health conditions. They ranged in age from their 50’s to their 80s.  Next Tuesday’s report will use the number of cases recorded from October 11 through October 29 to make its next case rate calculation. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Paul Sisson & Morgan Cook.
November Election Dates, Deadlines & Information
Region’s Voters Cast Record 560K Ballots So Far

As of October, 22nd more than 560,000 county residents have already voted in the upcoming general election, marking record for early mail-in voting, San Diego County officials stated. Less than two weeks before Election Day, more than a quarter of the 1.9 million registered voters countywide have already cast a ballot. The total is a record for mail in voters in San Diego County. At this time in 2016, the registrar’s office had received just 206,700 ballots, which means this year nearly three times as many voters have mailed in an early ballot. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune, Lauryn Schroeder.

  • October 31st – Nov. 2nd – Polls open from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • November 3rd – Election day: Polls open from 7:00 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Voting by mail
Send your completed ballots in the postage-paid envelope, sign it, date it, and mail it through the U.S. Postal Service. Mail no later than October 27th to ensure timely delivery. Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received by the Registrar no later than November 20th.

Mail Ballot Drop Off
You may also deposit your signed, sealed ballot at any of the 125-mail ballot drop off locations now through Election Day. Visit for those locations and their hours of operation. You can also drop off your ballot at the Registrar of Voters Office at 5600 Overland Ave., in Kearny Mesa.

Voting in person
The county’s 235 “super poll” locations will be open for four days, October 31 through November 3. Your assigned polling place is highlighted in yellow on the back cover of your sample ballot and voter information pamphlet. In person voting is also available at the registrar’s office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What to Expect at The Polls
Voters should wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines.
Business Updates
Local Home Prices Reach Record High of $650,000
San Diego County continued its pandemic home price climb in September, reaching a record of $650,000. The median price has increased 10.2 percent since COVID-19 stay-at-home orders began in March. With inventories 50 percent below last year’s levels, heightened demand puts a strong pressure on home prices. There were 4,317 home sales in September, reflecting a steady climb from April. The price for a resale single-family home was unchanged from last month at $715,000: The resale condo median reached $485,000, a new record. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Phillip Molnar. 
Study: Unemployment Gap Bigger for Older Workers
For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer worker counterparts, according to a study. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course, workers 55 and older lost jobs sooner, were rehired slower and continue to face higher job losses than their counterparts ages 35 to 54. It is the first time since 1973 that such a severe unemployment gap has persisted for six months or more. In every recession since the 70’s older workers had lower unemployment rates than midcareer workers – partly because of seniority benefits. But in the current recession, older workers experienced higher unemployment rates than midcareer workers in each month since the onset of the pandemic. Researchers estimated that 1.4 million workers over 55 lost their jobs since April and remain unemployed. The researchers recommended that Congress increase and extend unemployment benefits for older workers, discourage withdrawals from retirement accounts, lower Medicare eligibility to 50 and create a federal Older Workers Bureau to promote the welfare of older workers. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Associated Press.
From Assemblymember Weber: Weekly E-Alert: Upcoming District Events and Important Updates
A Message from Assemblymember Weber:
As you know, this year has been very challenging and has presented obstacles for many of us. However, your resilience and dedication as a community are commendable. As we prepare to go to the polls and cast our votes for the issues that matter most, remember you are important and your voice needs to be heard. On November 3rd, we have an opportunity to come together and make a difference. Exercise your right and GO VOTE!

Below you will find ways to engage in upcoming community events, crucial voter information and state-related resources.

As always, it is my pleasure to serve the 79th Assembly District.

Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D.
Since 2014, I have held an Attendance Challenge as an incentive for K-12 students to maximize their school experience. Because of the need for students to learn remotely during the Covid-19 Crisis, students were recognized virtually for maintaining perfect attendance during these difficult times. As a result of their hard work, the San Diego Zoo has partnered with my office to recognize these outstanding students by offering Free Admission to the awardee and one parent/guardian from now until October 31. Each school that participated in the Attendance Challenge was given the admission tickets to distribute to all Perfect Attendance recipients. To find out more about this project, please call my district office at (619) 531-7913 or contact your student's school.

** If your student is interested in participating in next year's Attendance Challenge, please visit my website for more details.
Important Voting Information
Here is some important Dates and Deadlines for voter registration:

In order to vote in the November 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election, you needed to be registered by October 19, 2020. Polls are open in California from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. To find your polling place, call your county elections office or the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-8683, or visit
Red Ribbon Week is an important program that educates grade school students about the dangers of substance abuse -- both legal and illegal substances -- and the damage it can cause to themselves as well as to their families and friends. It is important that we encourage kids at an early age to live a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 when United States Drug Enforcement Agency Agent, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, was murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico City. Since then, the red ribbon became a symbol for living a drug-free lifestyle.

This year, Red Ribbon Week takes place from October 23 through October 31. There will be activities in schools and communities throughout the district. Please contact my district office at (619) 531-7913 or contact your student's school to see how they can participate.
Best of East County 2020 Reader’s Poll!
Vote today!
This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard! Vote for your favorite people, places and businesses in East County to help us determine who is the very best in East County. Deadline to vote is November 30, 5pm.

 Celebrate Veterans Day on the water with Fleet Week!
From SDG&E: Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can.
An estimated 25 percent of businesses don’t open again after a major disaster, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. Protect your business by identifying the risks relevant to your location, both natural and man-made. Then, keep your plan of action updated. 

Preserve your equipment and business records by referencing this IRS guide on how to protect your information before an emergency strikes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also offers an emergency preparedness checklist and toolkit.  

Here are helpful preparedness tips to learn before an emergency strikes not during. 

  1. Train your employees in general fire safety, especially for tasks with a high-fire risk, such as welding and cutting, fueling vehicles, working with flammable liquids, etc. 
  2. If your office roof is accessible by ladder, prop it against the building so you and firefighters have access to the roof. 
  3. Establish an evacuation plan and keep it current. Plan primary and secondary exits from your buildings. Consider how employees will escape if doors or windows are blocked by an exterior fire. 
  4. Build a personal “go bag” for your cubicle or office that’s easily accessible if you need to evacuate your work location. 
  5. Keep appropriate emergency supplies on hand, including flashlights, battery-powered portable radio, extra batteries, first-aid kit, manual can opener, non-perishable foods and bottled water. 

For more information and tips on how to be prepared for an emergency, visit the FEMA website at
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