La Mesa Chamber News | September 15, 2020
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Meet Brew Coffee Spot Featured on “La Mesa Live” This Week
We were at Brew Coffee Spot on Saturday, September 5th - one of the hottest days of the year, to do our weekly interview for La Mesa Live. The heat did not make a difference in the enthusiasm of the people that were vending at the Brew Community Monthly Market.  Joe Paraiso, a partner of the ownership team of Brew Coffee Spot was informative and shared the concept of the creative Community Monthly Market. Joe and the entire team of Brew Coffee Spot are committed to bringing the community together through this monthly market. It was wonderful to speak to these vendors that are in business to share their creations and make a difference. We are happy to share the roasting and coffee selections of Brew Coffee Spot and we encourage all of you to stop by and taste the interesting and diverse selections of coffee.
Brew Coffee Spot | 6101 Lake Murray Dr. in La Mesa | (619) 246-1244 |
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.
La Mesa Chamber Urges You to Join In & Take Action Now!
If you are concerned about the survival of small businesses in San Diego County, we ask you to join our efforts in urging the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to ease re-opening restrictions on our businesses.

In the most recent County public health orders, there are specific requirements related to indoor dining that were added by the San Diego County Public Health Department and not required by the State of California.

The State requirements are already burdensome enough to our local businesses. Additional requirements from our County health officials will only increase the likelihood that many of our small businesses will ultimately fail.

We are asking County leaders to refrain from any additional requirements on our small businesses that were not mandated by the State, and to remove those they have already put in place.

Our communities have already experienced the permanent loss of some of our most valued small businesses and we ask that you join our advocacy efforts to help prevent further economic devastation.

Following are the email addresses for the Supervisors and Dr. Wooten:

Or, message them all at once via the online form here.
La Mesa City Council Candidate Forum - Sept. 23 at 6:45PM
Six candidates. Two seats.
Find out where La Mesa’s City Council candidates stand on important issues.

La Mesa First United Methodist Church will host a Virtual La Mesa City Council Candidate Forum on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at 6:45 p.m. The forum will be held via Zoom and moderated by Pastor Christian DeMent. Candidates will be asked questions about homelessness, affordable housing, policing, and La Mesa's economy.

All six candidates—Kristine Alessio, Allan Durden, Laura Lothian, Mark Papenfuss, Colin Parent, and Jack Shu—have been invited.

To receive the Zoom link and confirm your attendance, please register online at
County of San Diego
Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant Program
A new program offers business owners in the unincorporated area up to $8,000 to help improve the front exteriors of their buildings; applications will be accepted Oct. 1–15, 2020

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has established the Business Revitalization and Assistance Grant Program, a grant initiative administered by Planning & Development Services that provides funding to small-business and commercial property owners in the unincorporated area of San Diego County to improve the front exterior of their buildings. For permanent upgrades such as painting, landscaping, lighting and the addition of outdoor dining or workspace, qualifying applicants can be awarded up to $8,000 (registered historic properties are eligible for a grant of up to $12,000). Grant funds will be provided as a reimbursement.

The goal of the grant program is to add value to the local economy and enhance the community experience by creating a positive visual impact and increasing customer traffic to community-based businesses in the unincorporated County. Additionally, these funds are intended to assist businesses recover from impacts to their operations incurred from COVID-19 by helping them comply with current public health orders.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Michael De La Rosa at (858) 495-5308 or
Coronavirus Updates
See the full status of activities in San Diego County here:
Public Health Order Update
Effective September 10, the Public Health Order has been updated for San Diego County. The PHO is available here with changes highlighted in yellow.

The case rate for the region increased in the past week, placing the County at risk of dropping to Tier 1, the highest-risk level. The region’s case rate rose to 6.9 cases per 100,000 residents after entering the state’s new monitoring system with a 5.8 case rate and being placed in Tier 2, also known as Red Tier.

Should the case rate continue to increase, the County could be moved to Tier 1, or Purple, which carries more restrictive COVID-19 measures.
Business Updates
The Meeting Industry Sees $1.2 Billion in Losses Due to the Virus
The COVID-19 infection rate was not slowing enough to reverse the current ban on large gatherings, so many of the meetings scheduled for San Diego have cancelled. The American Society of Hematology, one of San Diego’s biggest conventions that brings 30,000 physicians and researchers to San Diego filling 88,000 hotel room-nights, second to Comic-Con has cancelled. For San Diego, long a top destination for large conventions, as well as smaller meetings held in hotel ballrooms has had a growing list of cancellations, that have had a devastating impact on the economy. Thousands of hospitality workers have been pushed into unemployment, slashed occupancy rates at downtown hotels by 60 percent or more and depressed business at restaurants, bars and shops that rely on a regular influx of conventioneers for their financial survival. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Lori Weisberg.
San Diego Home Prices Rising 7th Fastest in United States
San Diego home prices continued to rise in the fourth month of the pandemic and outpaced all other California cities and much of the nation. Prices in San Diego were up 5 percent, more than
the nation-wide average of 4.3 percent and San Diego’s gains were the seventh fastest of the 19 metro areas included in the index. Analysts say low mortgage interest rates and limited supply because potential sellers are keeping homes off of the market out of COVID-19 concerns, are pushing up prices. The San Diego County median home price for a resale single-family home in June was $655,500. Rising prices reflect the very limited supply of homes that keeps pushing up prices, and low mortgage rates that attract many first-time buyers. Source: The San Diego
Union Tribune – Phillip Molnar.
U.S. Jobless Rate Drops to 8.4% as Hiring Slows
The U.S. economy added 1.4 million jobs in August, sending the unemployment rate below 10 percent for the first time since March, a glimmer of good news as the pandemic continues its march across the country. The unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent – a positive indicator that the economy continues to slowly recover. Yet just over half of the 22 million total jobs lost between February and April have not returned, and prominent economists are warning about the potential for a downturn in the coming months. Source: The San Diego Union Tribune – Eli Rosenberg.
Dine Diego - Free Marketing for Restaurants
What is Dine Diego?

The California Restaurant Association, in partnership with the San Diego Tourism Authority, are happy to announce Dine Diego, a campaign to boost our industry and drive traffic to our local restaurants.

The website will be a hub for the public to see who is open for indoor dining, outdoor dining, to-go, delivery, curbside, to-go drinks, family meals, take & bake and any other unique offerings restaurants choose to list.

Why should I sign my restaurant up?

By registering for this free marketing opportunity, you'll have the opportunity to:
  1. Be promoted on our @sdrestaurantwk Social Media (37,578 Facebook Likes, 17.7 Instagram Followers, 13,005 Twitter Followers)
  2. Take media interviews at your restaurant
  3. Be included in consumer engagement for our #52WeeksofDining Socal Media Contest and Bingo Game
  4. Have bloggers & influencers visit your restaurant
  5. Write a public facing testimonial to the dining public on the website about your restaurant & experience during the pandemic
La Mesa City Council Meeting Rescheduled to September 15
Due to the power outage at City Hall and other City facilities the Regular Meeting of the City Council scheduled to be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., was cancelled. Agenda items scheduled for the September 8th meeting will be considered at a Special Meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente Hosts Free Small Business Workshop Series
Kaiser Permanente San Diego is partnering with the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to support small businesses, with the goal of increasing highquality jobs and improving community health in underserved communities.

Kaiser Permanente sponsors the organization’s Inner-City Capital Connections (ICCC) program, which offers local business owners a tuition-free, 40-hour mini-MBA program that combines executive education, webinars, coaching, and avenues to seek capital.

The program is open to businesses in San Diego County and surrounding communities that meet program qualifications and are selected following an application process.

“At Kaiser Permanente San Diego, we want local businesses to thrive,” said Jane Finley, senior vice president and area manager. “We know that healthy economies lead to healthier communities, which is Kaiser Permanente’s mission.”

Due to the pandemic, ICIC and Kaiser Permanente have made the decision to offer the ICCC Opening Seminar as an interactive, two-day virtual series.

“We’re delighted to work with Kaiser Permanente and many community partners to provide critical educational and capital resources to small businesses struggling to survive and thrive in the current environment,” said ICIC CEO Steve Grossman.

The program culminates in a national conference.

Businesses must be independent, be headquartered or primarily operate in economically distressed areas (or have more than 40% of employees residing in these areas), and be operational for two years.
Businesses will be chosen on a case-by-case basis, with the deadline for applications being September 18th.

SDG&E Offers Solutions to Help Businesses During COVID-19
Local businesses may be worried about their energy bill as summer arrives and as they try to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic. Businesses can take advantage of SDG&E programs to help stretch bill payments over a longer time, find the best pricing plan and take online energy webinars.
  • Qualifying SDG&E small business customers can enroll in the Level Pay program. If your energy bill goes up or down, you’ll pay the same amount each month (based on their average bill the previous 12 months) for three months. Then, adjustments are made to the monthly payment every three months based on actual usage. Check out a short video that explains the details of the program at
  • SDG&E’s Business Care Center, which can be reached at 1-800-336-7343, helps business customers set up payment arrangements if they’re struggling to pay their utility bill because of COVID-19.
  • Being on the right SDG&E pricing plan can make a big difference in a business’s bottom line. Visit which has instructions on how to choose a pricing plan that best meets a business’s needs while keeping energy costs under control.
  • Free online webinars are offered to business customers who’d like to expand their knowledge on energy-related topics such as energy-efficient lighting, cooking equipment and HVAC systems. A list of webinars can be found at
  • SDG&E has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19 resources for business customers at Links to local, state and federal financial assistance program are available on this site.
  • Get tips on how small businesses can save energy at
Businesses NOT Open
(unless authorized for outdoor services):
  • Bars, breweries, wineries and distilleries not serving food
  • Live theaters
  • Nightclubs
  • Saunas and steam rooms
  • Schools, for in-person instruction
  • Theme parks (Zoos and aquariums are 25% capacity)
  • Offices for non-essential businesses
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