October 26, 2020, 10:45 pm

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.

Richcreek Pleads Not Guilty to Attacks on BLM Protestors During Arraignment

Joseph Luis Richcreek, 55, the Monterey Park man charged with two counts of battery against South Pasadena Black Lives Matter protestors, pled not guilty at an arraignment Oct. 23 at the County Courthouse in...

South Pasadena Ready to Fight Back | RHNA State Mandate Crossed the Line

South Pasadena will file a full-throated appeal of the number of housing units it must plan for over the eight-year period starting in 2021 under the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). Local officials...

Vanessa Marquez Shooting Was ‘By the Book’ | South Pasadena Police Department Report

The South Pasadena police shooting which resulted in the death of 49-year-old actress Vanessa Marquez on Aug. 30, 2018 complied with SPPD’s use of force policies, according to a report commissioned by the Department. The rules,...

Police Reform Recommendations Approved Unanimously by Public Safety Commission | City Council Recommended to...

In a short meeting Monday, the South Pasadena Public Safety Commission gave its blessing to both a new commission charter and a long set of operational and policy updates for the South Pasadena Police...

Public Safety Commission Looks to Finalize Police Reform Recommendations

The South Pasadena Public Safety Commission on Monday Oct. 19 will work to reach consensus on long list of police reform recommendations including tweaks to the police department’s use-of-force policy. Other areas to be discussed...

Finance Ad Hoc Committee Expanded, Members Named | City of South Pasadena

Five members of the community were named at the South Pasadena City Council’s Oct. 7 meeting to serve on the newly created Finance Ad Hoc Committee (FAHC) aimed at facilitating the city’s work to...

Police Chief Ortiz Takes More Heat Over Cancelled Prayer Event

Community angst continues to broil over South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz’s granting permission for and promoting a prayer vigil at the police station by a controversial group that opposes social policies such as...

Councilmember Rossi Disputes City Attorney’s Refusal to Provide Legal Information

The South Pasadena City Council will discuss asking the State Attorney General for an opinion on whether City Attorney Teresa Highsmith can share information with District 2 Councilmember Stephen Rossi about legal action taken...

CITY FINANCE | South Pasadena Finance Director Karen Aceves Resigns

Karen Aceves, appointed South Pasadena Finance Director seven months ago, has resigned. Aceves, who in late August left on an indefinite family leave, sent the city a message Tuesday announcing her decision to resign...

FINANCE REPORT | South Pasadena’s Finance Situation is Severe

The City of South Pasadena’s auditor has prepared a draft giving the city a clean audit for fiscal 2018-19. But in a letter to city management, Rogers, Anderson, Malody & Scott (RAMS) reported findings...
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