Supervisors would rather put funds toward economic development.
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.
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.