[Editor’s Note: The following story has been edited and expanded from a version appearing in the Aug. 30 print addition of the
La Jolla Light
It is based on phone conversations with Rick Wildman and Ken King that did not occur in time to meet the paper’s publication deadline.]
By Pat Sherman
Following the abrupt resignation of La Jolla Town Council (LJTC) president Cindy Greatrex — and the subsequent resignations of the organization’s second vice-president John Weinstein, treasurer David Woo and secretary Sonia Marie Olivas — the LJTC'S board of directors has planned a special trustees meeting to address what some of them are referring to as a council reorganization.
The meeting is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at the La Jolla Rec Center on Prospect Street.
“As the LJTC is reorganizing and preceding to staff community leaders’ positions, we do it with grace and respect for La Jolla,” said trustee Mary Soriano, via e-mail. “The LJTC has so much potential to be a sound voice of sound decisions on behalf of (the) La Jolla community, our home.”At the beginning of the Town Council’s Aug. 9 meeting, Greatrex announced that she was stepping down as council president, after leading the organization for just four months.
Greatrex, who also has served as president of Independent La Jolla, presided over the duration of the August LJTC meeting, saying only she felt that first vice-president Ken King is “a fantastic businessman and leader” and “the right man for the job” of council president.
Per LJTC bylaws, King would serve temporarily as acting president of the council, though the trustees must vote to install him as president if he is to assume the position.
“If I’m nominated, I would accept the nomination,” King told the
La Jolla Light.
However, several anonymous sources close to the
have questioned whether King is fit for the role. At the special meeting, called by trustees Steve Haskins, Nancy Gardner and Peter Wulff, the board will discuss the recent trustee resignations and consider ousting first vice-president Ken King (per council bylaws) and censuring immediate past-president Rick Wildman (per Robert's Rules of Order), followed by the election of new officers.King, a businessman and owner of San Diego Pools, has missed at least two LJTC meetings since April, as well as four of its executive committee meetings and the council’s regular SunSetter events.
King, who said he moved from Rancho Santa Fe to La Jolla Shores more than two years ago, is past president of both the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club and Alpine Kiwanis Club, and currently serves as treasurer of the Rotary Club of La Jolla and its philanthropic foundation.
Speaking with the
Tuesday afternoon, King said he missed the executive committee meetings because they occur at the same time as the Rotary’s board meetings (4:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month). King said both he and past LJTC President Rick Wildman suggested to the Town Council’s nominating committee that the LJTC change the time its executive committee meets to accommodate King’s schedule, as it did once before when another member had a similar conflict. King said his commitment to Rotary is not more important, but a prior one that needs to be honored.