June 30, 2022, 3:10 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.

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...

City Council | Members Approve Big Surge in Development Fees for South Pasadena

Dozens of development fees charged by South Pasadena’s Planning Department will rise dramatically July 1 under a resolution approved by the City Council May 1. Fees for various types of conditional use permits and...

Big Lots Update | Lessor Working to Find New Tenant by Winter

Now that Big Lots has announced its move to the old Toys R Us building in Alhambra, the owner of the property at 1401 Huntington Drive in South Pasadena has laid out its objectives...

City Council | Curtain Won’t Close on South Pasadena Minimum Wage Proposal

Just as they did at their meeting two weeks ago, South Pasadena city councilmembers last night voted not to amend the city’s strategic plan to include an accelerated minimum wage schedule. But also like...

City Council | South Pasadena to Consider Fee Increases and Approve Spending for Public...

South Pasadena City Council members tonight will hold a public hearing on a new master fee schedule. The change will increase annual revenue by an estimated $300,000. The City’s departments of building, community services (that...

SPUSD | Board gets SEL Update, Seeks Program Monitoring Data

Efforts to integrate social-emotional learning (SEL) strategies in South Pasadena public schools are expanding, and school board members are interested in how the effects are being tracked. During an April 9 board meeting, Christiane Gervais,...

City Council | Council Adopts Strategic Plan Without Minimum Wage Objective

South Pasadena city councilmembers unanimously turned aside vocal demands to adopt an accelerated minimum wage schedule for the city after an emotional and at times testy public hearing April 17. Advocates demanded the schedule--versions...

SPUSD | School Board Gets First Crack at Land Swap Objectives

Eying formal presentations with the city in coming weeks, South Pasadena Unified School Board Superintendent Geoff Yantz on Tuesday unveiled a draft set of objectives for board members to consider in connection with any...
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