Small Business Disaster Relief

Small Business Tax Credits

Eligible small businesses with 100 or less employees, can receive $1,000 in credit for each net new hire that occurred during the second half of 2020, up to $100,000 per business. This tax credit can be used against personal and corporate income tax liabilities or sales and use tax liabilities from the 2020 tax year.

To receive a tax credit tentative reservation, qualifying small businesses need to apply to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) by January 15, 2021. Reservations will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. The CDTFA has authority to accept up to $100 million in tax credits. Visit the CDTFA website to learn more.

County of San Diego Small Business Relief Grants

The Small Business Stimulus Grant Program is funded by Board of Supervisors allocated federal CARES Act funding. The grant funding provides economic assistance to help businesses and nonprofit entities impacted by COVID-19. Financial assistance will be allocated to eligible, qualified small businesses and nonprofit entities with final award recommendations made by individual district offices based on the availability of funds, program guidelines, and the submission of all required information and supporting documentation. Click here for details and eligibility.

State Economic Relief 

Governor Newsom announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant for small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and ongoing health and safety restrictions. Small businesses and nonprofits will be able to apply for up to $25,000 distributed throughout community financial institutions. The Grant is administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Grant guidelines are currently being developed and will be available here.

Small Business Relief Grant

In partnership with the East County Economic Development Council, grants of up to $5,000 will be available to eligible small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the East County EDC website for more information and to apply. Applications are being accepted now through Thursday, September 3 at 12:00 PM.

Temporary Outdoor Dining

The City will temporarily allow the use of public and private outdoor areas by eating establishments for dining, provided those establishments obtain written authorization from the Director of Community Development and comply with all health orders. Please visit the Community Development page for more information and to apply.

Disaster Relief Information

This form is for businesses to document damages sustained during the recent civil unrest event(s).  This form will be utilized by Local, State and Federal governments in order to request a Physical Disaster Declaration from the United States Small Business Administration (SBA).  If a Physical Disaster Declaration is granted by the SBA, impacted businesses will be able to apply for a low-interest loan from the SBA.  By filling out the form, businesses are not obligated to participate in the program should a declaration be issued. 

Completing the form does not guarantee disaster assistance from the SBA.  A minimum of one photograph of the damages is a requirement, as in-person damage assessments will not be carried out due to COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions.

If your business or private non-profit suffered a negative financial impact due to the recent civil unrest, the SBA has an additional program that you may qualify for, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL). 

The EIDL can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance (actual loan amounts are based on amount of economic injury) to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster, regardless of whether or not the applicant sustained physical damage to their place of business.

An EIDL can help you meet necessary financial obligations that your business or private, non-profit organization could have met had the disaster not occurred. It provides relief from economic injury caused directly by the disaster and permits you to maintain a reasonable working capital position during the period affected by the disaster. EIDLs do not replace lost sales or revenue.

Please complete the Economic Injury worksheet and return it to at your earliest convenience.  This one page form will provide the required information the County will need to request the Economic Injury Declaration.  Completing the form is not a guarantee of disaster assistance. The due date for these applications is August 31, 2020. But the sooner you turn yours in, the better. 

More information about the EIDL can be found at

Please submit completed forms as soon as possible to Any questions regarding this process can also be sent to the email address.

For additional questions, please contact Lyn Dedmon at

LMPD Tip Line

The La Mesa Police Department and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office will be aggressively pursuing the arrest and prosecution of any individuals found to have committed crimes during the riot that occurred on the evening of May 30th, 2020, in La Mesa.

We are seeking the public’s help. If anyone has any information, including videos or photos, that they think might lead to identification of any suspects, please forward them to any of the following:

CRIME STOPPERS: (888) 580-TIPS (or