September 22, 2021, 7:05 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.

City Council | Community Advocates Push for Racial Bias Assessment

Public speakers on Wednesday demanded the city include racial bias as part of an assessment City Manager Arminé Chaparyan intends to commission on the city’s police department. The demand was echoed in written statements,...

Caltrans Properties | City’s Plan to Acquire Homes Now Requires Governor Approval

The City of South Pasadena’s grand plan to take control of Caltrans’ properties in town is on the verge of fruition after a flurry of last minute legislative activity. In less than 24 hours,...

$80 Million Credit Deal Signed | CPA to Add More Solar

The Clean Power Alliance this month added over 300 megawatts of solar generating capacity to its growing profile of long-term renewable power resources. Directors said the community choice aggregator, the largest in the state,...

Animal Commission | City Council to Discuss Future at Next Meeting

The South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday will take on the controversial subject of the future of its moribund Animal Commission. Staff has not made a recommendation, but is looking for guidance from the...

South Pasadena Care Center Lawsuit | New Claims Allege Enrichment Scheme Injured Residents

In the latest lawsuit filed against the South Pasadena Care Center, the family of the late Michael Steven Paz says he suffered “injuries and death” as a “direct result of the chronic understaffing” at...

City Repurposes Grant Money for Traffic Work

The City Council on Wednesday approved spending $65,000 for a traffic study of Mission St. and Meridian Ave. It also authorized spending up to $168,000 on a “slow streets” program. Another $150,00 was at...
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Teresa Highsmith Steps Aside | South Pasadena City Attorney Changes

After nearly two years of controversy surrounding its City Attorney, South Pasadena’s City Council on Wednesday is set to re-designate Teresa L. Highsmith to the role of Assistant City Attorney and to promote current...
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Caltrans Housing Bill | SB-381 Heads to Assembly Floor for Approval

The city of South Pasadena’s bill to encourage the sale of up to 68 Caltrans properties in town was unanimously approved without amendment Thursday by the Assembly’s Appropriations committee. "The City is pleased that SB-381...

City’s Legal Billings Significantly Increased | Invoices Reviewed

South Pasadena Council Member Jon Primuth during Wednesday’s Council meeting expressed confidence the city is getting good value for the money it is spending for legal services from the firm of city attorney Teresa...

New Stop Signs on Oak & Meridian Intersection | Neighbors Rejoice Over Installation

After lobbying for two decades, neighbors celebrated Tuesday, August 10, when the city at last installed stop signs for both north and southbound traffic along Meridian Ave. at Oak St.. It’s the only place along...
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