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Saturday, August 23, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

From political/campaign consultant to water consultant! Really?

The political blogs down in the O.C. are buzzing this week over the new candidacy of campaign consultant Dave Ellis.

After a tumultuous time on the O.C. fair Board, Ellis is now running for a soon-to-be-vacant seat on the board of the Municipal Water District of Orange County.

Sources tell InlandPolitics.com that Ellis’ ballot statement and title of Businessman/Water Consultant has raised eyebrows.

DAVID L. ELLIS AGE: 56

Businessman/Water Consultant

In my thirty years working on water issues, I have developed the expertise and relationships in Sacramento and Washington DC to benefit ratepayers. My goal is to ensure we have clean, abundant, and safe water supplies.

My experience in the development of recycled water in the upper reach of the Santa Ana River adds to the recharge of Orange County’s groundwater assets.

My goals as your Director are; [sic]

Encourage local water districts to create recycled water programs
Expand residential and business conservation programs
Lobby the Legislature to implement the Bay Delta Conservation and Water Project
California’s water system was built in the 1960′s and is sized for 24 million people, now we have nearly 38 million. It’s time to stop talking and start modernizing our water infrastructure.

I want to continue Orange County’s leadership in water management. I am endorsed by; Orange County Taxpayers PAC, Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, John Campbell, Ed Royce, Ken Calvert, Senator Mimi Walters, MWD Director Linda Ackerman, MWDOC and MWD Director Brett Barbre, and MWDOC Director Jeff Thomas.

I ask for you vote so I may bring my experience, knowledge, and willingness to serve the residents of Irvine, Newport Beach, Lake Forest, and Laguna Woods.

Contrast the above with the text of a fundraising request sent to potential donors, and friends, which has raised eyebrows.

Dear Friend:

I apologize for this impersonal fundraising request. But I’m on the east coast tour of colleges with my son […] We will be gone for a few more days and I need to start the fun part of my campaign for Municipal Water District of Orange County – fundraising.

For about eight years I served on the Orange County Fair Board. We had some great times at the Fair and the Pacific Amphitheater concerts. After two terms I decided to not seek reappointment and moved on (I don’t think Jerry Brown would have reappointed me. I have a different view of things.)

I can’t believe it’s been 32 years since I worked in the State Capital as an intern for the Minority Leader Carol Hallett.

I have decided to run for a seat on the Orange County Municipal Water District. The incumbent is stepping down after serving since 1979. This agency wholesales water from the Metropolitan Water District to retail water districts in Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Woods, and Lake Forest.

I’ve always enjoyed the water issue from my early days in the Capitol. For the past 15 years one of my favorite clients has been a retail water agency in the Inland Empire that is at the forefront of recycled water at the headwaters of the Santa Ana River.

The policies surrounding water in California are at a tipping point with this drought. In June 1982 the Peripheral Canal was defeated because voters felt it cost too much ($1.2 billion). By kibitzing for the past 30 years the price starts at $23 billion. Let’s start building ant stop talking.

I am endorsed by Orange County Taxpayers PAC, Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher, John Campbell, Ed Royce, Ken Calvert, Senator Mimi Walters, MWD Director Linda Ackerman, MWDOC and MWD Director Brett Barbre, and MWDOC Director Jeff Thomas.

I need to raise $75,000 to win this race. I hope you can help. There are no donation limits and personal or corporate donations are acceptable.

Ellis’ claim to fame is derived from an existing contract his firm, Delta Partners, LLC, has with the Yucaipa Valley Water District. A “no-bid” five-year $450,000 contract for “Legislative Consulting”.

To read the Yucaipa Contract, click the following link: YVWD-Contract-Delta-Partners-LLC.

During the time Ellis was on the Fair Board he was an advocate for selling the fairgrounds to developers for a steal. That plan fell through.

Now people are wondering why he (Ellis) would want to run for the Water District seat?

There’s always something going on somewhere!