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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.

Furloughs Confirmed for Some City Employees

The City of South Pasadena on Thursday said it “furloughed” 52 non-essential part-time workers. The furlough officially began April 27 but the employees, who work in library and community services, were sent home March...

City Council Abandons Tenant Stipulation | Rental Advocates Score Win as City Seeks UUT...

In another marathon meeting Wednesday, the South Pasadena City Council rejected a plan to stiffen eligibility for coronavirus-inspired tenant eviction protections, ushered in a raft of zoning changes to streamline planning and permitting rules,...

City Council Preview | Activists Blast ‘Sneak Attack’ on Eviction Provision

South Pasadena tenant advocates are incensed over a new provision the city intends to adopt tonight requiring tenants to provide substantial documentation, including medical bills and bank statements, to prove their qualification for COVID-19...

Senator Portantino Briefs City Council on COVID-19 Priorities

During a special teleconference meeting of the South Pasadena City Council April 29, Senator Anthony Portantino (D-25th) accepted an invitation to brief city officials. Councilmembers submitted a list of questions on the state budget,...

California Businesses | Stage 2 Reopening to Begin

Governor Newsom on Monday said the state can begin moving on Friday May 8 toward Stage 2 of his four-stage plan to reopen the state through modification of the stay-at-home order. The Governor’s office...

Serial Arsonist Suspect Arrested by South Pasadena Police

A man attempting to start a brush fire near the 300 block of San Pascual Ave. was arrested early Sunday morning by South Pasadena Police. An alert citizen phoned police about the suspect at...

PROJECT APPROVED: 2.6-Acre Spanish Colonial Revival project at 625 Fair Oaks

The South Pasadena Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the city’s single largest new development in 20 years, an upscale, 86-unit senior housing apartment complex on lots adjacent to the modernist red brick office building...

COVID-19 Deaths in South Pasadena | 3 Confirmed out of 53 Cases

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on April 23 reported three COVID-19- related deaths in the City of South Pasadena, all at the South Pasadena Care Center at 904 Mission Street. County...

Special Finance Commission Meets | Staff Reductions Considered in Face of Budget Shortfalls

South Pasadena is projecting a $1.6 million shortfall in the budget year ending June 30 due to COVID-19 related reductions in sales tax and other receipts. The total for coming budget year projects an...

Local Music Legend Passes Away | Tim Fleming Remembered by Friends & Family

Tim Fleming, a 60-something South Pasadenan who departed this world overnight Sunday, was a local legend whose exceptional musical skill and loving personality are deeply imprinted on the hearts and minds of those who...
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