July 2, 2022, 9:54 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 | BLM Mural Must Await Public Art Policy

South Pasadena City Council members said they won’t consider approving the South Pasadena High School Anti-Bias Club’s (ABC) proposal for a Black Lives Matter mural at Orange Grove Park until the city has a...

History of City Treasurer Struggles in South Pasadena

As the City Council prepares to consider asking voters whether to change the City Treasurer’s position to an appointive instead of elective office, a check on the history of the South Pasadena Treasurer’s status...

City Treasurer | City Considers Elimination of Elected Treasurer

During a City Council session Feb. 16, the question whether the city should ask voters to approve changing from an elected to an appointed City Treasurer was discussed and deferred pending more research by...

Consolidation of Commissions | City Council to Consider Changes

Recommendations for a wholesale consolidation of South Pasadena’s famously unwieldy system of two dozen citizen boards and commissions will be the topic of a special meeting https://www.southpasadenaca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/28342/637807178858000000 of the City Council Wednesday, Feb. 23...

Vote on Power | City Council is Moving to 100% CPA Supply for Businesses

Citing the “profound environmental impact” it will have, the South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday February 16, 2022 will act to increase to 100 percent the “default” amount of power commercial electric consumers in...

Supreme Court Nominee Short List | South Pasadenan Leondra Reid Kruger

Leondra Reid Kruger, a California Supreme Court Justice who is from Glendale but grew up in part in South Pasadena, is once again among a short list of prospective names being circulated as a...

Possible Settlement | South Pasadena Resident May Get Some Justice

The City of South Pasadena and resident Alison Smith last week reported “significant progress” in efforts to settle a bitter dispute in which both sides have accused each other of retaliation. It concerns which...

New Mayor | Cacciotti Takes Over as Mayor as City’s To-Do List Expands

District 4 City Council Member Michael Cacciotti, the longest-serving South Pasadena City Council Member, was elected Mayor Wednesday on a unanimous vote of his Council Colleagues. The 2021-2022 mayoral term will be Cacciotti’s fifth...

Increased Crime Along Transit Lines | South Pasadena Opposes “Defunding Law Enforcement”

The South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a letter opposing a proposal before the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority that, according to a city staff report, calls for “defunding law enforcement and...

Firefighter Reinstatement | City of South Pasadena Delaying, Haggling Over Court Ordered Payment

Nearly six months after the California Supreme Court put the kibosh on South Pasadena’s five-year battle to defend its illegal termination of the president of its firefighters’ union, the city is still haggling over...
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