For the last week, The Swarm has been seeking a list of these advisers. Maviglio claims that a full list hasn't been assembled, but after a little prodding, he released the people Johnson has tapped to lead the transition teams.
So, for the first time, here is the list of the mayor's top advisers, with links to their biographies.
Jeffrey Dorso, lawyer and partner at Diepenbrock Harrison. Oversaw the Railyards Specific Plan for Thomas Enterprises.
Dan Silverboard, land use lawyer with Diepenbrock Harrison
Jerry Way, Sacramento City Director of Transportation
Mike Kvarme, real estate attorney with Weintraub, Genshlea, Chediak
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Grace Bergen, lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, former general counsel for Tower Records
Kim Curry-Evans, director, 40 Acres Art Gallery
Mark Harris, president of the Pineapple Group LLC, a development company
Bruce Starkweather, president of Lionakis Beaumont, the area's largest architectural firm
David Diepenbrock, associate with Diepenbrock Harrison
Russell Austin, lawyer, Murphy, Austin, Schoenfeld, and board chair, Sac. Valley Conservancy
Tim Taron, partner, Hefner Stark and Marois
Ben Webster, partner with Pillsbury Winthrop
Phil Serna, president of Serna Consulting and son of former Sacramento mayor
Ann Lucas, executive director of the Non-profit Resource Center
Nancy Findeisen, president of the Community Services Planning Council
David Temblador, an associate with Diepenbrock Harrison
Looking at this list, you notice that several teams are headed by partners and associates at the Diepenbrock Harrison firm, and that Jeff Dorso, a partner at the firm, is chair of all the transition teams.
Diepenbrock is currently representing Thomas Enterprises in its Railyards project, and is also representing Sacramento Natural Gas in its bid to store gas under a city neighborhood. Both companies contributed to Johnson's gala inaugural parties. Other lawyers and consultants on the list represent major Sacramento developers, including Angelo Tsakopoulos, who also supported Johnson's campaign and inaugural.
Maviglio said that everyone on these teams have all signed a "no conflict of interest letter," but I'm not sure what that means. The Bee's newsroom has been trying to get copies of those letters from the mayor, but has so far been unsuccessful.
Dorso, in an interview earlier this week, said the teams are preparing reports with advice for the mayor on the various topics, which should be finished this week. The mayor, he said, is also planning a press event on the transition team's work.