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.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: What does it mean to preserve our rural community?

Jennifer Egan gives her take on the issue of development along Highway 101.

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

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors approve C-1 rezoning of Betabel node

De La Cruz casts lone ‘no’ vote at meeting conducted online.

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Opinion

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.

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

Housing / Land Use

Supervisors rezone Betabel node off Hwy 101 to ag rangeland

Poised to place a C-1 commercial thoroughfare on 29 acres, the board holds off until April 7.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: An open letter to the community and Board of Supervisors

Aromas resident Laura Stampleman shares her thoughts about the economic and physical health/wellbeing of San Benito County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: A vote for Yes on K

San Benito County Business Council President Bob Tiffany writes in support of Measure K.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: View on Measure K

Marla Anderson writes that the county's General Plan needs to be redone.

John Freeman during the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce 2020 election forum. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: San Benito County can have its cake, and eat it too

District 2 supervisor candidate John Freeman writes that by applying open space easement to Highway 101 nodes, San Benito County can have both its needed commercial development and the rural open space it desires to maintain.

Two protestors walk toward the Highway 101 overpass during a July demonstration against the rezoning of four commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

Primary Election 2020: Measure K

FAQ about the controversial ballot measure on commercial zoning and development along Highway 101.

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Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Sam Farr to San Benito—Stay poor my friends

Marty Richman writes that San Benito County needs more revenue to support its residents; without it the county will just become a sleepy backwater and pocket of poverty.

A group of No on Measure K gather to give announce the submittal of an initiative to amend the General Plan to remove commercial nodes. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

PORC submits new initiative for November election

It would rescind numerous commercial node designations and require voter approval of zoning changes affecting ag or rural properties. Supervisor Anthony Botelho says the potential referendum would ‘hijack’ San Benito County’s General Plan.

Supervisor Anthony Botelho at a board retreat. File photo by John Chadwell.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: An open letter to Sam Farr

Supervisor Anthony Botelho writes about Measure K and the Highway 101 nodes.

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Agriculture

Farm Bureau Forum focuses on local races, including Measure J

The San Benito County Farm Bureau hosted a forum at Hollister City Hall on Oct. 8