Kim Stone during her presentation to supervisors on Oct. 23. File photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

San Benito County parts ways with Sacramento lobbyist

Supervisors would rather put funds toward economic development.

Lobbyist Kim Stone said she hopes to get a portion of the state surplus diverted to the county. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

County lobbyist leaves supervisors with mixed feelings

Last December, San Benito County hired lobbyist Kim Stone at $10,000 a month. The monthly retainer was later renegotiated down to $8,000. It's still a case of wait-and-see on how successful she may be in diverting state monies to the county.

Supervisor Robert Rivas described Kim Stone as "acquaintance" who is more than qualified to advocate for county. Photos by John Chadwell.

Government / Politics

Question of transparency raised over Rivas’ nomination for lobbyist

For the most part, fellow supervisors see no issue that Robert Rivas did not disclose that his brother worked with Kim Stone, whose agency was chosen to lobby for the county.