May 29, 2023, 2:12 pm

Ben Tansey

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.
PHOTO: Staff | The South Pasadenan News | South Pasadena City Hall on Mission Street

$500,000 BLM Settlement Report | South Pasadena Conducting “Organizational Assessments”

Black Lives Matter protesters Fahren James and Victoria Patterson have settled their civil rights lawsuit against the City of South Pasadena and five of its police officers. Terms were not made public but are...

New Lawfirm for South Pasadena | Vote to Replace Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley

South Pasadena City Council members will decide Wednesday whether to begin a search for a new firm to provide the City’s principal legal services. The long-anticipated vote constitutes a referendum on Colantuono, Highsmith &...

CITY FINANCE | Interim Director Departure Extends Finance Department Challenges

South Pasadena Interim Finance Director Maida Alcantara, who has served in that position for only three months, unexpectedly left the job late last month, the City acknowledged late Friday. Alcantara, the third interim to...

626 Prospect | City to Forego Injunction Under Tentative Settlement

Attorneys litigating Caltrans’ controversial sale of its 12-unit, multifamily residential property at 626 Prospect in South Pasadena have reached a tentative settlement. According to a document filed in LA Superior Court Tuesday, the deal...

New Councilmember | Braun to Focus on Trust, Planning and Governance

Janet Braun, slated to be sworn in tonight as the councilmember from South Pasadena’s Fifth District, told the South Pasadenan News last week she will support rebidding the city’s legal services and is prepared...

Incoming Mayor | First Time Mayor Primuth to Focus on Streets and Seniors

Streets and seniors will be top priorities for Jon Primuth, the first term District 3 South Pasadena city council member who is expected tonight to be chosen by his colleagues to serve as South...

Musk Security Guard Allegedly Rams Motorist in South Pasadena Parking Lot

South Pasadena officials today said that someone--they won't say who--believes that it was member of Elon Musk’s security team who used his vehicle on the evening of Tuesday December 13 to ram into another...

626 Prospect Ave Sale | Global Settlement Possible Topic in Long Day of Mediation

South Pasadena, Caltrans and other parties of interest are set to convene today for a mediation session over ongoing litigation between the City and Caltrans. While the case at hand is over the legality...

South Pasadena BLM Protests | Judge Restores Complaint Against City

A federal judge this month upped the ante in two BLM protesters’ civil rights claims against the City of South Pasadena, updating an earlier decision that would have spared the City from potential liability...

Caltrans Homes South Pasadena | Tensions Rise as City Holds Special Community Meeting

With debate over the future of the Caltrans-owned homes in South Pasadena heating up, the City on Thursday held a major “community meeting” in an effort to clear the air and clarify the City’s...
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