The proposed Betabel commercial node location off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Housing / Land Use

Betabel project keeps commercial designation following lawsuit

Judge says the ordinances that rezoned the property were not included in Measure K.

Rider McDowell. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COMMENTARY: Questions answered about Betabel

Creator Rider McDowell responds to questions about the project off Highway 101.

The Betabel node off Highway 101. File photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

PORC misses filing deadline for referendum petition against Betabel Project

29 acres are now zoned commercial thoroughfare (C-1).

Betabel Project Drawing, from R. McDowell. Provided by Mia Casey.


COMMUNITY OPINION: The Betabel Project: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

San Benito Citizens for a Brighter Future co-founder Mia Casey writes about a virtual town hall put on by Betabel Project owner Rider McDowell.

Satellite view of San Benito County with project location highlighted. Image courtesy of Goggle Earth and provided by Wayne Norton.


COMMUNITY OPINION: Stop personal attacks, let project stand on its own merits

SBC Supervisor candidate Wayne Norton writes about proposed development at Betabel.

Image provided by Rider McDowell.


COMMENTARY: McDowell Charity Trust-funded research for cancer leads to possible breakthrough

Betabel Project creator Rider McDowell writes about progress made in treating medulloblastoma, a form of pediatric brain cancer.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


COMMUNITY OPINION: Autopsy of the Measure K opposition campaign

Valerie Egland writes that low voter turnout and a campaign of disinformation tipped the scales of the county's future.

Betabel Project Drawing, from R. McDowell. Provided by Mia Casey.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: On Measure K, the Betabel project and accidental activism

When Mia Casey researched Measure K and the nodes, she and like-minded individuals moved to action and created a petition to be presented to the SBC Board of Supervisors on April 7.