September 25, 2021, 10:55 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.

UPDATE: ‘Clean Power Alliance’ Battle Ongoing | Disagreement Over Millions in Electric Rates

Originally published on August 6, 2021. Updated to include statements from Mayor Diana Mahmud. South Pasadena’s electric ratepayers, its mayor, state senator and assembly member are at the center of an ongoing battle in the...

Police Dog Incident | SPPD Chief Solinksy Addresses the Issue

A legally blind, 5-year boy was bitten in the face by a police narcotics dog Tuesday evening just before a SouthPasadena Police Department canine demonstration at Orange Grove Park during the annual National Night...

South Pasadena City Attorney Highsmith Absent from Council Meetings

Over the past few months, South Pasadena City Attorney Teresa L. Highsmith has been conspicuously absent from the City Council’s regular meetings. Her last appearance was May 5, and in each of the five...

20 Years in The Making | A Stop Sign on Oak & Meridian

Audience applause broke out when the South Pasadena City Council voted unanimously Wednesday evening to install stop signs at the three-way intersection of Meridian Ave. and Oak St. The seemingly minor action was the...

City Finances | Auditor Finds Fewer Material Weakness, Significant Deficiencies for South Pasadena

There were three “material weaknesses” and two “significant deficiencies” in the City of South Pasadena’s fiscal 2019-20 financial documents, the city’s auditor said in a letter July 15. The City agrees with the findings...

City Council Plans Next Step in $6.3 Million Caltrans Property Takeover

Anticipating success in its ambitious strategy to take control over the future of up to 68 Caltrans properties in South Pasadena, the City Council on Wednesday is poised to authorize the next step. If...

Caltrans Properties | 350 Agencies Contacted: “Request for Interest” in Purchasing

UDPATED 7-19-2021: After nearly six months, Caltrans has yet to respond to a dozen public and private housing developers who answered the agency’s request for ideas on how to deal with 47 properties it owns...

South Pasadena Planning Department Gets Some Crucial Attention

The South Pasadena City Council approved multiple actions last Wednesday to help address chokepoints in the processing of Planning Department procedures that have become an increasing source of complaints from residents and developers. Last month...

626 Prospect Ave Sale | Court Blocks Caltrans Sale to Pasadena Church

The City of South Pasadena on Thursday won a preliminary injunction preventing Caltrans from selling its 12-unit residential property at 626 Prospect Avenue to a church in Pasadena. LA Superior Court Judge Mary H....

626 Prospect Ave Sale | Caltrans’ ‘Misleading’ of Transportation Commission Draws Rebuke

South Pasadena’s push to claw back the right to purchase Caltrans’ 12-unit residential property at 626 Prospect gained momentum June 24 when state Transportation Commissioners, annoyed about being “misled” by the agency over terms...
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