New Rotary Club of La Jolla president Ken King was born in San Diego, graduated from Granite Hills High School and then San Diego State University. He began his career in the swimming pool construction business in 1976, and in 1985, King founded San Diego Pools, which he still owns and operates.
He has served the community as a member of Alpine Kiwanis (president 1994-1995); board member of Rancho Santa Fe Association (2005-2007) and president in 2007; president of Rancho Santa Fe Rotary (2003-2004); member of La Jolla Town Council (2011-2012); and member of Rotary Club of La Jolla. He resides on El Paseo Grande in La Jolla Shores.
What brought you to La Jolla?
I am a native San Diegan, born in Mercy Hospital. I spent my early years in Mission Beach, and raised my three (now grown) children in Rancho Santa Fe. I’ve come full circle back to the coast and truly enjoy the lifestyle of La Jolla Shores. Of course, this attracts regular visits by my children and now a grandson!
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you improve in the area?
Considering that solutions to a problem should be born and decided locally, I would be interested in solving traffic issues regarding ingress and egress to the La Jolla Village. I believe this is a main cause of degradation of small business and shopping in the Village and that it’s time to consider solutions that go beyond a bit of widening of Torrey Pines Road.
Who or what inspires you?
That would be my parents for raising my sister and I here in the San Diego area when they did have other choices, and my grandparents for instilling fair and conservative values. I’m also inspired by the un-equaled feeling of fulfillment I receive when I give to those who need a helping hand.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
My family and extended family, although there are more than eight! We have much thought diversity among us, but seem to be able to solve all the world’s problems because we respect each other’s right to express views no matter how crazy they may seem. There always seems to be common ground to facilitate solutions.
What are your five favorite movies of all time?
I am a hopeless romantic, so I will not admit to movies I like here (just re-watched “Sleepless in Seattle”), I’m sure you get the drift ... I recently read all the “killing” books by Bill O’Reilly; each is a fascinating glimpse into a few days of history that changed so many things.
What is it that you most dislike?
Broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower. People who follow the herd without thinking independently, doing the research or considering what is fair to all concerned.
What is your most-prized possession?
The love and respect I have for my three children. Each is living their lives on their own terms.
What do you do for fun?
Family time, boating, fine dining, ranching, family business and Rotary. Rotary is a unique combination of work, play, friendship and that heartfelt feeling that I am doing “good” in my community and the world.
What is your philosophy of life?
When life is going well, make many friends so that when life is not so good, you will have many friends.
What would be your dream vacation?
I have traveled much and taken many vacations, but without exception upon returning, I wonder why I left my family, friends and San Diego. I am living my dream vacation.