Ken Spiker, a longtime Los Angeles city official who went on to found a prominent lobbying firm representing business interests before local governments, died Nov. 6 at age 93.
Spiker had been in declining health for a few years, though the nature of the illness was not disclosed.
The McKeesport, Pa., native came to Los Angeles in 1950 and spent 28 years working for the city, including 13 as the chief legislative analyst, providing policy advice to the City Council. Among his major accomplishments: advising the city on issues surrounding the 1984 Summer Olympic Games and helping to set up the city’s Sacramento and Washington, D.C., lobbying offices. After retiring from the city in 1984, he opened up a lobbying firm, called Ken Spiker and Associates, relying on help from his wife Beverly and some of his five children.
According to the downtown Los Angeles firm’s website, the firm represented dozens of clients past and present before various local governments. Clients came from a wide range of industries, including billboard companies; commercial, multifamily and retail real estate firms; parking lot operators; and taxicab companies.
Spiker retired from daily operations at the lobbying firm in 1995. He subsequently served as a commissioner on the board of the city’s retirement system administration.
One of Spiker’s sons, Greg, is the current president of Ken Spiker and Associates. Another son, Ken Jr., went on to establish his own lobbying firm, Spiker Consulting Group, also based in downtown Los Angeles.
Spiker is survived by five children – including Greg and Ken. Jr. – six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services are scheduled for Thursday morning at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth.
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