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King City council appoints Ken Gibson to seat

Ken Gibson plans to look at city with fresh perspective

"I'm not the type of person to see things going wrong and just talk about it,' says new City Councilor Ken Gibson.

As residents in a newer area of King City, Ken Gibson and his wife Ramona are almost 'old-timers.'

They moved into King City in March 2006 after making many trips from the Bay Area in California to oversee their new house under construction.

Gibson recently applied for an empty seat on the City Council and was appointed in early April to a term ending Dec. 31, 2010.

"I love King City," he said. "I'm not the type of person to see things going wrong and just talk about it - I wanted to get involved. And now King City is getting people who don't want to live in a retirement community."

King City was founded in 1966 as a retirement community but in recent years has annexed areas that have no minimum age limits, and younger families are moving in.

"I want to be part of making King City the best it can be without losing sight of what it was when it started," Gibson said. "I think bringing in a fresh set of eyes looking at the issues is good."

Gibson was born in New Orleans and lived for a while in Baton Rouge before his family moved to Seattle when his dad got a job at Boeing.

When Gibson was 12, his dad got a job at Lockheed in the Bay Area, and that's where he grew up. He opted for trade school instead of college and went to a laboratory technology school in an apprentice program at Stanford University.

Gibson started working for United Airlines as a machinist and became a manager in engine maintenance in United's San Francisco maintenance department until he retired just over two years ago.

One of the perks of his former job is being able to fly free on United, although former employees always go standby.

He and Ramona were in Hawaii recently - "our favorite spot" - after a couple of airlines closed down, forcing travelers to switch to United. The couple flew home separately 24 hours apart because there was only one seat left on each of two red-eye flights.

As for public involvement, Gibson served for a year on the city of Hayward's economic development committee until he moved from that city.

"I had decided a long time ago that when I retired, I would make more time for family, for myself and for serving my community," Gibson said. "We love living here, and we were fortunate that we got the lot we wanted. The location of King City was important because we wanted to be able to get to the Portland airport easily.

"We thank God every day for our blessings."

As for issues he would like to tackle on the City Council, Gibson said, "I'm a neat freak. I like things to look good. Graffiti drives me nuts. The younger generation just doesn't seem to have respect for others.

"There isn't a lot of graffiti in King City, but I've seen a little of it on cable boxes and stop signs. There needs to be a presence in the community to deal with this. Maybe we can teach something in the schools."

Another issue for Gibson is paying for the services that residents want.

"The low tax base here is an attraction, but it makes it hard to find money for projects," he said. "We've got a nice little community here, and I'm looking forward to working with the rest of the council."