By Pat Sherman
In what appeared to come as a shock to La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) trustees and others attending the group’s Aug. 9 meeting, Cindy Greatrex announced that she is stepping down as council president, after leading the organization for just four months.
Greatrex did not expound on her reasons for abdicating the position, saying only she felt first vice- president Ken King, the next in line to replace her as president, is “a fantastic businessman and leader” and “the right man for the job.”
Though King will preside over the September meeting, LJTC trustees must vote to ratify his role as president if he is to continue in the position.
“I took on the vice-presidency knowing that the potential always exists to” (assume the presidency),” King told the La Jolla Light, following the meeting. “I want to be president. I’m looking forward to the challenges.
“Though her tenure was short, she (Greatrex) accomplished a lot,” he added. “It’s going to be easy to step in behind her.”
Greatrex, a former LJTC treasurer and president of Independent La Jolla, said she plans to retain her membership in the town council.
Dance fundraiser postponed:
The La Jolla Town Council’s planned fall fundraiser, Dancing with La Jolla Stars, will be postponed until fall 2013, announced trustee Nancy Gardner. The chairman of the event committee, Robert Hildt, resigned from the committee and the town council, citing personal reasons, she said.
“I think all the committee is still on board with this,” Gardner said. “We want this to be a signature event in La Jolla. We want to do it right, so that it’s a big deal and an annual fundraiser.”
The event will feature notable La Jolla residents and philanthropists dancing with professional dancers from La Jolla-area studios.
Anyone interested in helping plan and organize the event, or with particular expertise that may be helpful, is urged to attend the committee’s next organizational meeting, 5 p.m. Aug. 27 at Hennessey’s Tavern, 7811 Herschel Ave.
Christmas Parade needs cash:
Trustee Ann Kerr Bache said this year’s Christmas Parade might not take place if the council doesn’t locate funding soon. A substantial grant expected did not come through. Though the parade committee has applied for neighborhood reinvestment funds through the office of County Supervisor Ron Roberts, Kerr Bache said it has not heard whether it will obtain the funds.
Though the LJTC received its nonprofit designation by the IRS in June, Kerr Bache said the IRS hasn’t updated its database, so the council can’t apply for grants online yet.
Though the LJTC received $2,100 from the Rotary Club of La Jolla’s Florence Riford Community Fund, it is sub- stantially short fundraising for this year’s event.
“We really need to raise money for the parade or come September ... we’ll just have to make the decision that we can’t (produce) a parade this year,” Kerr Bache said. “It really requires the people on the town council to be more proactive than they ever have been in getting sponsorships.
All the infrastructure’s in place. The money that we need is not.”
To donate to the parade fund, visit
Joining the town council this month is former San Diego City Schools Superintendent Tom Goodman. Cardiologist Dr. C. Michael Goodman of Scripps Memorial Hospital joined as a gold member.
Independent La Jolla meeting:
Cindy Greatrex announced that Independent La Jolla, the group that supports La Jolla seceding from the City of San Diego and taking on its own governance, will hold a public meeting in early October, at a date and location to be announced. For more information, visit