June 29. 2020

Contacts:   
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Fellow PRSA, Falcon Valley Group
glf@san.rr.com
Rick Wilson, President & CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
rickw@eastcountychamber.org

Relief Checks Distributed This Week From La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund

Representatives of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and Chamber Foundation, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce, East County Economic Development Council, and several major donors will distribute the first 27 checks from the La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund this week to businesses damaged during civil unrest overnight on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31.

East County Chamber Foundation Board Chairman Patrick Howard says the group remained focused from the start on a single priority. “We worked thoughtfully to make the process as easy and as fast as possible. We were overwhelmed by the support for these La Mesa business owners. We made a promise to be fast, fair, and equitable, and we have delivered thanks to an exceptional East County partnership.”

La Mesa businesses receiving checks in Phase I registered and verified they had suffered physical damage or looting as a direct result of the activities of individuals.

GoFundMe transferred the current funding less its fees to the Foundation on June 25. Checks were immediately processed for distribution on Monday. Twenty-seven checks each made out for $5,000 will be distributed this week. The remainder of the fund will be held for additional relief applications.

Remaining eligible businesses yet to complete their online registration can still do so through Friday, July 24. Additional donations will be distributed in Phase 2 when GoFundMe releases all remaining money the week of July 27, with the intention of closing the fund by the end of July. As many as 50 businesses are believed to have suffered property damage or losses due to looting.

The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund was created using a GoFundMe page by the East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help businesses damaged or destroyed in the aftermath of opportunistic violence and looting following peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations in La Mesa on May 30. The fund reached $50,000 in a single day, and $100,000 by the second day. With additional corporate donations, the fund total has reached more than $240,000.

The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund is still accepting donations. Visit the donation link here.

 

June 15. 2020 

Contacts:   
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Fellow PRSA, Falcon Valley Group
glf@san.rr.com
Rick Wilson, President & CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
rickw@eastcountychamber.org

La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund Registration Process Now Open for Affected Businesses

A convenient online registration process is now available for La Mesa businesses damaged during civil unrest overnight on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31 to receive money from the La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund.

The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) is supporting the effort initiated through the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce and La Mesa Chamber of Commerce. It will receive and manage the applications on its website.

“We had one single objective at this stage of this process: making registration and documentation as easy and quick as possible,” said Jo-Marie Diamond, President and CEO of the East County Economic Development Council.

Businesses can register through an online form on the East County Economic Development Council website. Applicants able to complete their registration by Friday, June 26 and have it verified will be part of the Phase I distribution.

GoFundMe will transfer current funding to the Foundation on June 25. Distribution of a flat stipend amount to be determined to each verified business will begin the week of June 29. Three-quarters of the total amount raised will be distributed in Phase 1, with funds held back for later relief applications, expenses, and unanticipated needs.

Remaining funds including additional donations received after June 26 will be distributed in Phase 2, with the intention of closing the fund by the end of July.

Businesses will be asked to upload photos of the damage, plus verification of their address and ownership via the online form. All qualified recipients will receive the same amount of money from the fund, depending on the total amount raised.

The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund was created using a GoFundMe page by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help businesses damaged or destroyed in the aftermath of opportunistic violence and looting following peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations in La Mesa on May 30. The fund reached $50,000 in a single day, and $100,00 by the second day. The fund total has now reached more than $200,000.

The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund is still accepting donations. Visit the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce website for the donation link.

 

June 9, 2020

Contacts:   
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Fellow PRSA, Falcon Valley Group
glf@san.rr.com
Rick Wilson, President & CEO, San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce
rickw@eastcountychamber.org

 

Relief Distribution Established for Affected Businesses From La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund

The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board of Directors today approved a distribution process for donations received by the La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund to support businesses damaged during civil unrest overnight on Saturday, May 30, and Sunday, May 31.

Board Chairman Patrick Howard says the board sought the simplest, swiftest way to put money into the hands of recipients. “We want to deploy the money just as quickly as donations arrived from generous people supporting their La Mesa neighbors,” said Howard. “We want to be fast, fair, and equitable.”

With support from the East County Economic Development Council, and in cooperation with the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and City of La Mesa officials, business owners will be asked to register on the East County EDC website starting the week of June 15. A link will be established for easy online access.

GoFundMe will transfer current funding to the Foundation on June 25. Distribution of a flat stipend amount to be determined to each verified business will begin the week of June 29. Three-quarters of the total amount raised will be distributed in Phase 1, with funds held back for later relief applications, expenses, and unanticipated needs.

Remaining funds including additional donations received after June 26 will be distributed in Phase 2, with the intention of closing the fund by the end of July.

Businesses will be asked to upload photos of the damage, plus verification of their address and ownership via an online form. All qualified recipients will receive the same amount of money from the fund, depending on the total amount raised.

The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund was created using a GoFundMe page by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce Foundation to help businesses damaged or destroyed in the aftermath of opportunistic violence and looting following peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations in La Mesa on May 30. The fund reached $50,000 in a single day, and $100,00 by the second day. The fund total has now reached more than $200,000.

The La Mesa Disaster Recovery Fund is still accepting donations. Visit the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce website for the donation link.

 

Local San Diego Area Media

We want to make it easier for you to contact the media with great stories!
For your convenience, the following list is provided to assist you in contacting local San Diego County media.

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Chamber Member NEWS RELEASES

Major Newspapers

Address Phone Website
East County Herald (Digital) www.echerald.com
East County Californian 119 N. Magnolia Ave
El Cajon, CA 92020
619.441.0020 www.eccalifornian.com
East County Gazette 270 East Douglas
El Cajon, CA 92020
619.444.5774 www.eastcountygazette.com
East County Magazine 619.698.7617 www.eastcountymagazine.org
San Diego Business Journal 4909 Murphy Canyon Rd.
San Diego, CA 92123
858.277.6359 www.sdbj.com
San Diego Daily Transcript
(ARCHIVES)
www.sddt.com
San Diego Union-Tribune P.O. Box 120191
San Diego, CA 92112
800.533.8830 www.utsandiego.com
Star News 296 Third Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
619.427.3000 www.thestarnews.com

Radio

Address Phone Website
KCEO AM 1835 Aston Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008
888.887.7120 www.ihradio.com
KFMB AM/FM 7677 Engineer Rd.
San Diego, CA 92111
858.292.7600 www.760kfmb.com
KOGO AM 9660 Granite Ridge Dr., San Diego, CA 92123 858.292.2000 www.kogo.com
KPBS FM 5200 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182 619.594.6983 www.kpbs.org
KSDO AM/FM 2310 Ponderosa Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010 805.388.5676 www.nuevavida.com
KSNJ FM 4246 Wightman Street, San Diego, CA 92105 619.283.1100 www.ksnj.org
KSON FM 1615 Murray Canyon Rd. Ste. 710, San Diego, CA 92108 619.291.9797 www.kson.com
KXXY FM 8033 Linda Vista Rd., San Diego, CA 92111 858.571.7600 www.kyxy.radio.com

Television

Address Phone Website
KBNT TV Ch. 19 (Spanish) 5570 Ruffin Rd., San Diego, CA 92123 858.576.1919 www.univisionsandiego.com
KFMB TV Ch. 8 7677 Engineer Rd., San Diego, CA 92111 858.571.8888 www.cbs8.com
KGTV TV Ch. 10 4600 Air Way, San Diego, CA 92102 619.237.1010 www.10news.com
KNSD TV Ch. 7/39 9680 Granite Ridge Dr.,San Diego, CA 92123 619.231.3939 www.nbcsandiego.com
KPBS TV (SDSU) 5200 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92182 619.594.6983 www.kpbs.org
KSWB TV Ch. 5/69 7191 Engineer Rd., San Diego, CA 92111 858.492.9269 www.fox5sandiego.com
KUSI TV Ch. 9/51 4575 Viewridge Ave., San Diego, CA 92123 858.571.5151 www.kusi.com
CW SEE KFMB TV. Ch. 8 858.279.6666 www.thecwsandiego.com
XEWT TV Ch. 12 (Spanish) 637 Third Ave., Ste. B, Chula Vista, CA 91910 619.585.9398 www.xewt12.com

Wire Service

Address Phone Website
City News Service 202 C Street, MS-13A, San Diego, CA 92101 619.231.9097 cnscity@sbcglobal.net

Non-Daily & Online Media

Address Phone Website
Alpine Sun 2144 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901 619.445.3288 www.thealpinesun.com
Beach & Bay Press* 1621 Grand Ave. Suite C, San Diego, CA 92109 858.270.3103 www.sdnews.com
Borrego Sun 786 Palm Canyon Drive, PO Box 420, Borrego Springs, CA 92004 760.767.5555 www.borregospringschamber.com
Coronado Eagle & Journal 1116 10th Street, Coronado, CA 92118 619.437.8800 www.coronadonewsca.com
East County Californian 119 N. Magnolia Ave., El Cajon, CA 92020 619.441.0400 www.eccalifornian.com
East County Community Times TBA 619.508.8493 ecctimes.com
East County Magazine 4438 Hideaway Place, La Mesa, CA 91941 619.698.7617 www.eastcountymagazine.org
FINE Magazine 18029 Calle Ambiente St 506, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067 858.759.7900 www.finehomesandliving.com
The Rage Monthly 3314 Fourth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103 619.255.0389 www.ragemonthly.com
La Jolla Light 565 Pearl St. Ste.300, La Jolla, CA 92037 858.459.4201 www.lajollalight.com
Pomerado News** 14023 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064 858.218.7200 www.pomeradonews.com
Rancho Santa Fe Review 3702 Via de la Valle #202W, Del Mar, CA 92014 858.756.1403 www.ranchosantafereview.com
San Diego Downtown News 3737 Fifth Ave. Ste 201, San Diego, CA 92103 619.519.7775 www.sandiegodowntownnews.com
San Diego Magazine 707 Broadway Ste 1100, San Diego, CA 92101 619.230.9292 www.sandiegomagazine.com
SD Metro Magazine P.O. Box 3679, San Diego, CA 92067 858.461.4484 www.sandiegometro.com
SanDiegoVille 4640 CASS STREET, #9346, San Diego, CA 92169 858.433.0153 www.sandiegoville.com.com
Voice of San Diego 2508 Historic Decatur Rd. Ste.120, San Diego, CA 92106 619.325.0525 www.voiceofsandiego.org

* Beach & Bay Press includes La Jolla Village News and Peninsula Beacon

**Pomerado News includes Poway News Chieftan and Rancho Bernardo & 4S Ranch News Journal

Ethnic Print Media

Address Phone Website
Chinese News 4463 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105 619.280.3388
El Latino (Hispanic) 555 H Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910 619.426.1491 www.ellatinoonline.com
Filipino Press 600 E. 8th Street, Suite 3, National City, CA 91950 619.477.0940
Hispanos Unidos P.O. Box 462016, Escondido, CA 92046 760.740.9561 www.hispanosnews.com
La Prensa (Hispanic) 651 Third Ave. Ste. C, Chula Vista, CA 91910 619.425.7400 www.laprensa-sandiego.org
San Diego Asian Journal 550 E. 8th St. Ste 6, National City, CA 91950 619.474.0588 www.asianjournalusa.com
San Diego International Times (Japanese) 4655 Ruffner St., Suite 290, San Diego, CA 92111 858.576.9016 www.sandiegoyuyu.com
San Diego Monitor News (African-American) 3570 Olive Street, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 619.668.1007
San Diego Voice and Viewpoint (African-American) 3619 College Ave., San Diego, CA 92115 619.266.2233 www.sdvoice.info