Monday, March 18, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

We’re definitely confused!

Back in 2011 former local Assemblyman Brett Granlund, a lobbyist with the Sacramento-based firm Platinum Advisors was attempting to convey to anyone that woould listen, at the time, that he had retired.

He was even trying to make people believe he was mainly living outside California.

But an article in the Monday edition of the Los Angeles Times says something entirely different.

The article, which focuses on local governments continued spending of funds on lobbyists while, at the same time, cutting public safety and other services, identifies Granlund as a lobbyist.

Here’s an interesting excerpt from the story in the form of a comment from Joseph Zoba, General Manager at the Yucaipa Valley Water District.

“Brett is a former city councilman and assemblyman from Yucaipa. He has a great working knowledge of Yucaipa,” Zoba said. “Most people don’t even know where we are on the map. Having someone like Brett really helps out.”

Another interesting excerpt from the same article:

Sometimes there are personal ties between local governments and their lobbyists. The Yucaipa Valley Water District paid more than $110,000 to Platinum Advisors during the last two-year legislative session. One of the firm’s lobbyists, Brett Granlund, is the brother of district board member Bruce Granlund and ex-husband of another member, Lonni Granlund.

Granlund is also listed on Platinum Advisors website, and state lobbyist registration records show Granlnd has never left the firm.

Retired or not retired?