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COVID-19 Update: The PBTC office is temporarily closed, but volunteers are responding to voice mails and email. Contact us.
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Attend Our Community Meetings!
Our next virtual meeting will be on Wednesday, August 19, at 6:30 pm, and everyone is invited! Thank you to everyone who attended our July 15 afternoon meeting with the Neighborhood Policing Division and the evening meeting that featured Caryn Blanton of Shoreline Community Services. The discussions of crime, STVRs, and homelessness were very worthwhile. Get details on both meetings here. If you missed the meetings, recordings are available on our Facebook page.
PBTC Funds New Wi-Fi at PB Rec Center
PB Town Council has donated $1,000 toward wi-fi installation at the PB Recreation Center. To round out the total $2,500 needed, PBTC board members Marcella Bothwell and Denise Friedman each personally donated $1,000 and $500, respectively. This is part of an initiative by San Diego Parks Foundation to install wi-fi at all recreation centers throughout the city of San Diego. The PB Recreation Center is now scheduled for much needed wi-fi installation thanks to PBTC and its board members! Please note that currently, city recreation centers are not open for use, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
PBTC Funds Sunday Trash Pickup
With extra trash being generated because of tourism and increased restaurant takeout options due to COVID-19 measures, the trash receptacles in our business district have been overflowing. Working with executive director of Discover PB Sara Berns, our PB Town Council is funding an additional trash pickup service day for all of Discover PB’s 36 trash receptacles along our business district on Sundays through Labor Day. PBTC donated $3,000 to cover the additional cost for the new Sunday pickup, which will help reduce the impact of overflowing cans during the summer months.
Petition to Honor the Payne Family
Did you know? William Payne was the second Black educator hired by SDUSD in 1945 and the first Black teacher in Pacific Beach. His career was dedicated to public education, as was that of his wife, Fannie Payne. His first assignment in San Diego was at Pacific Beach Junior High, where he taught middle school students here in PB.
Unfortunately, a group of 1,900 petitioners advocated for his reassignment to another school because they didn’t think a Black person should be teaching at their school. They presented the petition at a school board meeting in 1945, but their request was denied by the superintendent of schools, and their appeal to the state was later rejected.
Despite this egregious and unconscionable display of racism, Fannie and William Payne exemplified resilience and dignity in their personal and professional lives. Later on, Mr. Payne taught at San Diego High before retiring from public education after a 25-year distinguished career. He died in 1986, and Fannie survived him for another 22 years until passing on in 2008. Theirs is a pioneering San Diego story with a Pacific Beach connection worth commemorating.
PB residents Paige Hernandez and Regina Sinsky-Crosby have circulated an online petition to rename the Pacific Beach Middle Joint-Use Field as “Payne Park” to memorialize this honorable family, and PBTC supports their efforts.
New STVR Proposal Surprises D2 Residents
In an effort to legalize short-term rental visitor accommodations in San Diego neighborhoods, Councilmember Jen Campbell surprised District 2 residents and community groups with an announcement on July 1st regarding an MOU between Expedia and Unite Here. Signed on June 24, the Memorandum of Understanding outlines a path toward legalization by amending San Diego’s municipal code to allow STRs in residential zones. Currently, San Diego’s permissive zoning scheme does not allow for STRs, but our city leaders have failed to enforce the law.
And much to the disappointment of many long-time Mission Beach residents, the MOU calls for a carve-out of their neighborhood to legally allow a 30% whole-home STVR saturation of the Mission Beach housing inventory. This would equate to 1,086 legal whole-home STRs in Mission Beach alone.
PBTC opposes this back room deal with Expedia, as the real stakeholders on this issue — that is, the residents of San Diego — have been ignored. View our recent PBTC statement in the link below from OB Rag.
Pacific Beach Town Council Opposes Councilwoman Campbell’s Short Term Vacation Rental Deal
*** In April 2015, the PBTC general membership voted overwhelmingly in support of not allowing short-term rentals in R1 residential zones
PB Town Council Removes Median Weeds
The City of San Diego has fallen way behind on weed abatement on our PB traffic medians, so our all-volunteer PBTC board of directors is getting it done instead! Watch the video. While getting the weeds under control on these medians along Garnet Ave at the Balboa split, PBTC is also exploring ways to improve the current asphalt look.
Get involved in our community! There are so many ways you can help PB Town Council and other groups to make our neighborhood better. Learn more.
PBTC Donates $5,000 to StayHomeSD
The food and necessities delivery program started by StayHomeSD has grown exponentially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, serving seniors in our area. PB Town Council is proud to support this worthy effort.
What Does the PBTC Do?
PBTC connects residents with our elected officials at monthly public forums, advocates for the betterment and beautification of PB with City Council and other governing bodies, supports local students with scholarships and awards, organizes Concerts on the Green and the annual PAESAN community BBQ fundraiser, beautifies PB with the annual Graffiti Removal Day and support for other cleanups, honors and provides financial assistance to PB’s first responders, and much more. PBTC also owns and maintains a PB gem, Rose Creek Cottage.
Why Should I Join?
Your support creates a more beautiful, safe and thriving PB – raising the quality of life in our community today and for future generations. And with Member Discounts, your membership can pay for itself!
Where Do My Membership Dues Go?
PBTC is an all-volunteer organization: no salaries and minimal overhead. Your support goes right back into the community.