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maviglio.JPGPolitical consultant Steve Maviglio is serving as spokesman for Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez on a three-month contract to fill a vacancy left by Robin Swanson's departure earlier this month.

Maviglio, 54, returns to the Capitol, where he was formerly a spokesman for Gov. Gray Davis and the 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 prior to 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 Mayor Kevin Johnson's two successful campaigns.

Maviglio said he doesn't have any clients involved in Assembly matters at the moment. He said the opportunity to work with Pérez comes at an interesting time in California politics.

"Having the opportunity to work with the supermajority and get big things done, that's a rare opportunity in politics," Maviglio said. Pérez will leave the Assembly after next year due to term limits.

PHOTO CREDIT: Political consultant Steve Maviglio in a 2004 file photo. The Sacramento Bee/John Decker.


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