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Ben Tansey

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Ben Tansey is a journalist and author. He grew up in the South Bay and is a graduate of Evergreen State College. He worked in Washington State as a reporter in a rural timber community and for many years as an editor for a Western electric energy policy publication based in Seattle. He and his wife Karin, an arts administrator from El Sereno, live in South Pasadena.

Caltrans Properties | City Asks Court to Rescind Prospect Ave Sale

In an escalation of the battle over who should have the right to purchase a 12-unit Caltrans property in South Pasadena, the City has asked a court to rescind Caltrans’ deal to sell the...

City Council Hears Pleas to Restore Library Position

A half dozen supporters of the South Pasadena Library implored the City Council Wednesday not to go through with a plan to reject the Library’s request to retain a full-time position needed to fix...

BLM Spitter Joe Richcreek Convicted | Hate Crime Definition Disputed Over Claims

UPDATED ON JUNE 1 TO INCLUDE STATEMENT FROM DDA, CHERYL GAINES. ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON MAY 28. Joseph Luis Richcreek, who spat at Black Lives Matter protestors during a demonstration last July in South Pasadena, accepted...

Police Department Investigations | City Says Law Prevents Public Discussion

Outgoing South Pasadena City Manager Sean Joyce on Thursday put the kibosh on public demands that the City Council place on its agenda a public discussion about the results of investigations the city commissioned...

West Side Reservoir Near-Collapse | Replacement to Cost Millions of Dollars

“A ticking time-bomb.” That’s how South Pasadena City Council Member Evelyn Zneimer described the condition of the city’s 2-million-gallon West Side Reservoir during a city council meeting May 5. It could cost over $10 million...

CalTrans Properties | Two Councilmembers to Lead New Subcommittee in South Pasadena

South Pasadena City Council Members John Primuth and Michael Cacciotti were named last week to serve on a new Council Subcommittee whose task will be to implement plans for the city’s disposition of Caltrans...

Investigation of the South Pasadena Police Department | Nine Officers Found in Violation of...

After nearly six months of investigating, the city has sustained 21 of the 53 complaints filed by nearly a dozen residents against South Pasadena police officers stemming from events starting with last summer’s Black...

New Police Chief Selected | Brian Solinsky Appointed for South Pasadena Police Department

Brian Solinsky, a 27-year veteran of the South Pasadena Police Department who is currently serving as acting chief, has been appointed to be the department’s permanent chief commanding 36 sworn officers, 15 full-time, non-sworn...

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel | After Nine Month Investigation, Fire is Deemed Arson

John David Corey Jr., 57, of San Gabriel, was arrested Tuesday for setting the fire which destroyed the roof and caused other damage to the church at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel during a July...
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Caltrans Surplus Properties Bill | Transportation Committee OK’s SB-381 for South Pasadena

The state Senate Transportation Committee voted Tuesday to approve SB-381, a South Pasadena-sponsored bill to promote sales of dozens of Caltrans-owned properties for low- and moderate-income rentals in the city’s portion of the former...
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