John Decker / Sacramento Bee file, 2004

Steve Maviglio, once spokesman for Gov. Gray Davis, retired with a pension from the Assembly in 2008.

The Buzz: Democratic spokesman Maviglio back in Assembly; high court takes Sierra case

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Maviglio, at home in dome, now speaker's spokesman

Democratic political consultant Steve Maviglio is back in the Assembly, this time on a three-month contract as spokesman for Speaker John A. Pérez.

Maviglio, 54, was formerly a spokesman for Gov. Gray Davis and deputy chief of staff to Assembly speakers Fabian Núñez and Karen Bass. He is earning $9,500 a month.

"I've spent most of my career under a dome," said Maviglio, who worked in politics in Washington, D.C., and New Hampshire before arriving in Sacramento in 2000.

Maviglio left the Assembly in 2008 with a state pension after Assembly leaders approved a controversial program to encourage early retirements by offering additional service credit to enhance retirement pay. The current contract does not affect that arrangement.

Maviglio's private consulting work includes clients such as Californians for Retirement Security, a public employee union coalition that opposed pension reforms adopted last year. He also ran Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's two successful campaigns.

Maviglio said he doesn't have any clients involved in Assembly matters.

"Having the opportunity to work with the supermajority and get big things done, that's a rare opportunity in politics," Maviglio said.

COURT WATCH

A long-running Sierra Nevada forest controversy has now captured the U.S. Supreme Court's attention. On Monday, the court agreed to hear a case pitting environmentalists with the Portland-based Pacific Rivers Council against the U.S. Forest Service. The case involves whether environmentalists can sue the agency, as well as questions about forest planning. See story, Page B4.

WORTH REPEATING

"The person in Sacramento doing the best impression of Governor Ronald Reagan may be Governor Jerry Brown."

MATT REXROAD, Republican political consultant and Yolo County supervisor, via Twitter

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