January 26, 2021, 10:14 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.

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In a small city such as South Pasadena, “the position of mayor is overrated,” says 5th District Council Member Diana Mahmud, who was selected by her Council colleagues last month to serve as South...

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South Pasadena’s appeal for a 41 percent reduction in the 2,062 housing units it must plan for by 2029 under the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) was unanimously rejected Jan 11 by the...

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Saying most of their arguments are precluded by law, staff of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is recommending denial of appeals filed by South Pasadena and six other San Gabriel Valley cities...

RHNA | City Joins Campaign Pressing Challenge to Massive Housing Demand

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New City Manager Search | List of Community Members Named for Input

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The South Pasadena City Council raised eyebrows Wednesday Dec. 16 when, against the express recommendation of its five transportation commissioners, it unanimously approved a revised scope and $200,000 appropriation for a study of alternatives...

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South Pasadena’s moratorium on evictions triggered by unpermitted renovation work will has been extended through mid-January, when the City Council will adopt an ordinance making the prohibition permanent. At its last meeting of 2020,...
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