May 28, 2022, 7:24 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.

Bringing Home the Bacon | Mahmud Dogs County on Measure W Rules

It’s a small, obscure provision buried deep in a draft of a county public works ordinance. But it could affect how much South Pasadena and other small cities get from Measure W, the stormwater...

“No on 710” | Honored 710 Freeway Fighters Share Compelling Stories

A large crowd turned out June 7 in the South Pasadena Library’s community room to honor the 710 Freeway Fighters, the energetic group of South Pasadena residents, past and present, whose multi-decade struggle recently...

Dispute Over Tree Removal Goes to City Council

After what will likely be a lengthy meeting on the new budget, updated capital improvement program and a bevy of routine city business, the South Pasadena City Council on Wednesday will take up Maia...

South Pasadena Watermaster | Drought Still Driving Water Rate Increases

The ongoing need to replenish the San Gabriel Valley aquifer in the aftermath of the drought continues to drive enormous spikes in water rates. The increases are coming in conjunction with new fiscal year...

Tuesday May 28 | Public Comment Deadline for Rule on 710 Property Sales

Today is the last day that citizens have to comment on an “emergency rulemaking” process initiated by Caltrans. It’s at least the second time the agency has triggered the emergency rule making process in...

Senate OKs Bill on 710 Non-Profit Sales, Rent Increase Prohibition and Tunnel

The California State Senate on Wednesday, May 22 passed Senate Bill 7, putting the “formal legislative end” to the 710 Freeway extension by prohibiting construction of a freeway tunnel between Routes 10 and 210,...

House Fire in Alhambra | Residence Destroyed

At approximately 10:37 a.m. this morning multiple engines responded to a residential fire on the 2400 block of El Paseo in Alhambra. According to neighbors of the house's owner, the resident had lived in the...

A Rich Tapestry of Historical Churches | SPPF ‘Architecture of Faith’

Tours of churches are standard fare on trips to Europe. Domestically, the activity is decidedly less common, though you can take bus tours of cathedrals in Chicago, Cleveland and even the so-called “painted churches...

City Council | Council Directs Staff to Prepare Sales Tax for Ballot

South Pasadena City Council members formally gave the go-ahead Wednesday for staff to begin work to place a sales tax proposal on the city’s November ballot. The direction came after presentations on the city’s...

City Council | South Pasadena to Open Hearing on $28.6 Million Budget

South Pasadena’s revenue-challenged $28.6 million city budget will be on the agenda tonight as the city council opens a public hearing and begins discussing its draft 2019-2020 spending plan. Council will hear a presentation on...
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