Yucaipa Valley Water District

District set to handout $750,000 in lucrative “no-bid” deals.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – 11:50 a.m.

It looks like Happy Holidays for two firms, courtesy of the Yucaipa Valley Water District (YVWD).

Happy to the tune of $750,000.

The small municipal water district is set to renew two no-bid “five-year” contracts totaling $150,000 annually, to Sacramento-based lobbying firm Platinun Advisors and Orange County-based political consulting firm Delta Partners LLC, at its December 4 board meeting.

Platinum, with offices in Sacramento and San Francisco, is owned by Lobbyist Darius Anderson. Delta is owned by political consultant David Ellis.

Platinum’s five-year contract calls for payments of $60,000 per year. Delta Partners five-year contract is set at $90,000 per year. The combined five-year deals total $750,000.

The board summaries and contracts state no detail as to specific past accomplishments achieved by each firm, on behalf of YVWD.

To read the contracts, click the following links:

YVWD Contract – Platinum Advisors

YVWD Contract – Delta Partners LLC

It should be noted that Platinum employs, or until recently, employed, Former Assemblyman Brett Granlund, who, according to a recent statement in the press by YVWD General Manager Joe Zoba, actually handled the District’s account at Platinum. But, after Granlund’s name was mentioned in a November 19, 2013, blog post, his consultant profile was removed from Platinum’s website “Team” directory for the Sacramento office.

Ellis is the political advisor to San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos, Sheriff-Coroner John McMahon, and San Bernardino County Safety Employees’ Benefit Association (SEBA). Both Ellis and Granlund attended a recent Ramos fundraising event held last month.

All involved are close friends.

The five-member Yucapia Valley Water District Board includes the names Lonni Granlund and Bruce Granlund.

Ms. Granlund, is the former spouse of Brett Granlund, and Mr. Bruce Granlund and Brett Granlund are brothers. It’s unknown if the Granlund’s still have any current financial ties, or arrangements.

It’s also unknown if Ellis will be working on the Granlund for Senate campaign.

Lonni Granlund recently announced her candidacy to run for the 23rd Senate District seat being vacated by Bill Emmerson, who has resigned effective December 1.

Emmerson is rumored to be backing Granlund, and Ramos is her campaign co-chair.

Apparently, when you operate with the cover and protection of the DA, you can do anything you want.