The Pacific Beach Town Council is a membership organization, open to everyone, dedicated to the betterment of Pacific Beach.
The PBTC office is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but volunteers are responding to voice mails and email. Contact us.
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Goodbye to John Westwood
Pacific Beach has lost a wonderful person, former honorary mayor John Westwood.
2020: The Year in Review
It was a tough year. We didn’t get to do some of our favorite things, like Concerts on the Green. But PBTC still had a significant positive impact on our community. Here’s what we accomplished.
2nd Annual PBTC Chalk Art Contest
Once again we are hosting a chalk art contest for Pacific Beach residents! Both kids and adults are welcome to compete! Simply create your chalk art, take a photo, and post it to Facebook or Instagram from March 20 – April 10, using the hashtag #PBChalkArt. You could win a prize in one of four categories: Best 3D, Best Nature, Best Use of Color, and Best Representation of PB. We look forward to seeing your beautiful chalk art! More contest details.
San Diego Fire Dept. Releases PSA on Beach Fires
The past year has seen an increase in illegal fires on our community beaches. People are lighting fires that are not enclosed in required fire rings and that contain sharp objects such as nails and glass. Residents are bothered by excessive smoke and noise, and they are calling 911 to report the fires, which pulls SDFD resources away from emergency calls. In response, the SDFD created a public service announcement video to explain why some types of fires create a huge problem for residents and first responders and how to use non-emergency phone numbers to report them. Watch the video now!
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.
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.