Yucaipa Valley Water District Board of Directors members Ian Cuthbertson, Bruce Granlund, Jay Bogh, Lonni Granlund and Henry Wochholz

Monday, October 31, 2011 – 10:45 a.m.

Just as the San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) ends two no-bid sweetheart contracts with two politically-connected consultants, two more no-bid contracts involving the same consultants emerge.

David Ellis, a political operative and owner of Newport Beach-based Delta Partners LLC and Brett J. Granlund, lobbyist for Sacramento-based Platinum Advisors appear to be the recipients of two more no-bid deals.

This time at the Yucaipa Valley Water District.

Granlund’s brother Bruce Granlund, a retired San Bernardino County District Attorney Investigator, and Granlund’s ex-wife Lonni Moist Granlund, a Yucaipa-based local real estate broker, both sit as elected members of the water district’s board of directors.

Water District records show Ellis’ Delta Partners has a consulting contract for $90,000 per year that expires in December 2013.

Granlund’s employer Platinum Advisors has an ongoing contract not to exceed $5,000 per month or $60,000 per year.

Platinum’s lobbying activity reports indicate the district paid the firm $30,125.00 from January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011, for work on issues related to the state budget and a special district tax.

It’s uncertain what work Delta Partners performs for the district. The only annotation found is “legislative consulting”.

Which begs the question: Why have Platinum Advisors too?

It should also be noted that Platinum Advisors is a registered California lobbyist and Delta Partners is not.

Platinum also has contracts with the city of Upland, County of Orange, County of San Bernardino and the city of San Bernardino.

According to the California Secretary of State, San Bernardino County, through September 30, 2011, has paid Platinum $160,000.

SBCERA terminated contracts for Delta Partners and Platinum related to Pacific Public Partners, a failed investment management venture.

Ellis and Granlund, a former State Assemblyman, both have personal ties to the San Bernardino County District Attorney, and until recently, had sway with several former trustee’s of the San Bernardino County pension fund.