Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors will reconvene following the July recess, otherwise known as the time when local electeds meet-and-greet their families and stock up on teeth whitener. One item up for review come August is the county’s ambulance contract with Rural/Metro. Word inside the county is that the supes are leaning toward renewing the contract without putting it up for bid. That rare example of governmental efficiency would save staff time and money, but there could be a hitch—and not because Rural/Metro declared bankruptcy last year, and had repeated work stoppage threats and failed to meet response times, and its ambulances are falling apart, and … we could keep going. No, perhaps more disconcerting than all of those red flags, Fly has learned, is that the FBI has been investigating Rural/Metro for its creative political activity. The investigation’s scope is not fully known, but sources say investigators have been looking into the ambulance company’s connection to Pacific Printing, a political mail house aligned with local organized labor. Rural/Metro had close ties to recently unjailed ex-supervisor George Shirakawa Jr., who helped get its county contract approved, and a source tells Fly that agents met with Geo’s close buddy Xavier Campos, a San Jose councilmember whose unwillingness to answer questions about illegal activity cost him his council seat in the June primary. Campaign records show the company gave $19,000 to the South Bay Labor Council’s Committee on Political Education (COPE) in 2012. The company also shelled out more than $83,000 that year supporting Jimmy Nguyen’s failed bid to join the San Jose council. Guess who did his mail? And last year the company paid more than $15,700 to Pacific Printing to help Dwayne Crenshaw—San Diego’s version of Patricia Martinez-Roach—lose yet again. Rural/Metro spokesman Michael Simonsen said the company had no knowledge of any investigation. A call to the FBI requesting comment went unreturned. County exec Jeff Smith and his staff will be preparing a recommendation on reupping Rural/Metro’s contract over the next few weeks.