October 21, 2020, 2:41 am

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 Elections | Donovan Disputes Mayor’s Report He Foreswore Appointment

This week’s late entry of popular finance expert Stephen Rossi as a write-in candidate for South Pasadena’s District 2 City Council seat came as a surprise to many, not least of all Jack Donovan,...

Public Safety Commission Rejects Charter Proposal | Downsizing of Subcommittee Meets Heavy Opposition

Everyone agrees that with the police reform debate sweeping the nation, the South Pasadena Public Safety Commission’s charter needs to be updated. But that’s where the agreement ends. The PSC completed a draft revision...

Assistant City Manager Ready | Elaine Aguilar Gets Tapped to Serve

Elaine Aguilar, a former interim South Pasadena city official, will be appointed at Wednesday’s City Council as the city’s Interim Assistant City Manager. Aguilar will serve during the absence of Finance Director Karen Aceves, who...

Effective Immediately: Stephanie DeWolfe is Out | Fire Chief Riddle Named Acting City Manager

Embattled South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe has decided to retire from the city effective Saturday Sept. 12, the city said in a press release Sunday Sept. 13. Fire Chief Paul Riddle will assume...

Clouds Darken for DeWolfe | South Pasadena City Manager Development

With barely a day’s notice Saturday, the City of South Pasadena announced there will be a closed special session of the City Council Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4:00 pm during which the only agenda...

Clean Power Alliance | Two New Contracts Add Significant Solar and Storage

The Clean Power Alliance on Sept. 3 signed contracts for two new 15-year solar power projects, both of which feature significant storage capacity. Together they will add 365 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy, enough...

Al Fresco Dining Barricades ‘K-Rails’ Installed on Mission Street

Concrete k-rails started going up Thursday morning along portions of Mission Street between Meridian and Fair Oaks Aves. as the city rolled out Phase 2 of its Al Fresco Dining and Retail Program. The...

CITY COUNCIL SOUTH PASADENA | 10 City Employees Offered ‘Early Retirement’

The South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday authorized its staff to prepare a program of retirement incentives known as “Golden Handshakes” under which ten city employees, including City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe and Community Services...

South Pasadena City Council | Stephen Rossi Selected for District 2 Seat

Stephen Rossi, a corporate finance expert whose unsolicited report showing $14 million in discrepancies in South Pasadena’s proposed 2020-21 budget documents sent a lightning bolt  through the city last June, was selected by the...

City Council Vacancy Applicants | Here Are the 5 Up for Consideration

Three attorneys, an astrophysicist and a business finance expert have submitted applications to serve-out the final seven weeks of the District 2 South Pasadena city council term left vacant by last month’s resignation of...
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