January 22, 2021, 4:00 am

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.

City Council | New Members Sworn In, Diana Mahmud Named Mayor

The South Pasadena City Council said goodbye Wednesday to Mayor Robert Joe and Council members Richard Schneider and Stephen Rossi, remotely swore in newly elected members Jack Donovan, Evelyn Zneimer and John Primuth, and...

City of South Pasadena | Final Election Results

The LA County Registrar late Monday issued the final certified results of the Nov. 3 election, in which a record 4,338,191 voters took part. At 76 percent, voter turn out was also high, up...

UPDATED REPORT: Man Killed in South Pasadena After Attacking Residents

Just before 10 am Saturday morning, a white man in his 40s entered the home of his estranged girlfriend on the 500 block of Five Oaks Dr. in South Pasadena by throwing a paving...

State Mandated Affordable Housing Units | Major Pushback on Quotas

Nearly a quarter of the of 197 municipal and county members of the Southern California Association of Governments have appealed the number of affordable housing units the state is ordering them to plan for...

Large Development in South Pasadena | Moffat St Decision Punted to New City Council

Confronted by what is arguably the most controversial decision of the year, the South Pasadena City Council last week unanimously agreed to delay a final decision on the hillside building and tree removal permits...

South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz Retires | On Administrative Leave Until March

South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz “has announced his intention to retire effective March 1, 2021,” according to a city press release. Interim City Manager Sean Joyce has appointed Deputy Police Chief Brian Solinsky...

Planning Commission | Seven Patios Approved Without Affordable Units

While lamenting the failure to include any affordable housing units, the five-member South Pasadena Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved Odyssey Development Services’ 57-unit, mixed-use Seven Patios development. It will be located on a...

New Interim Finance Director for South Pasadena | City Hires Familiar Face, Marcie Medina

The City of South Pasadena on Nov. 4 executed a temporary employment agreement with Maricela (“Marcie”) Medina to serve as the city’s Interim Finance Director. Medina, a retired government employee, will get a flat...

Bob Joe Concedes to Zneimer for District 1 Seat | 2020 City Council Election...

Evelyn Zneimer, South Pasadena’s elected City Clerk since 2013, has won a close race to become the new City Council representative from District 1, which includes the entire west end of the city including...

City Council | South Pasadena Adopts Eviction Moratorium

Pending adoption of a more throughgoing ordinance to close another loophole in the state’s Tenant Protection Act, the South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a 45-day moratorium on “no fault” evictions predicated...
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