January 22, 2021, 5:13 am

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.

2020 Election Update | Two City Council Seats Still Up in Air for South...

It’s unclear how much longer South Pasadenans will have to wait to learn the final results from Tuesday night’s undecided local races. Evelyn Zneimer, South Pasadena’s elected City Clerk, was leading by only 15 votes...

Shaving the Town | Ben Miranda’s 55 years of Barbering

Ben Miranda has been shaving heads for over 55 years. The owner of Ben’s Barber Shop in the Ace Hardware shopping mall at 444 Fair Oaks has been quietly going about his business for...

An Interview with Steve Rossi | Councilmember Insights on City’s Current Affairs

When Stephen Rossi applied Sept. 2 to fill out the remaining three months of former Councilmember Marina Khubesrian’s term, he did so to help the city clean up its considerable financial management problems and...

Richcreek Pleads Not Guilty to Attacks on BLM Protestors During Arraignment

Joseph Luis Richcreek, 55, the Monterey Park man charged with two counts of battery against South Pasadena Black Lives Matter protestors, pled not guilty at an arraignment Oct. 23 at the County Courthouse in...

South Pasadena Ready to Fight Back | RHNA State Mandate Crossed the Line

South Pasadena will file a full-throated appeal of the number of housing units it must plan for over the eight-year period starting in 2021 under the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). Local officials...

Vanessa Marquez Shooting Was ‘By the Book’ | South Pasadena Police Department Report

The South Pasadena police shooting which resulted in the death of 49-year-old actress Vanessa Marquez on Aug. 30, 2018 complied with SPPD’s use of force policies, according to a report commissioned by the Department. The rules,...

Police Reform Recommendations Approved Unanimously by Public Safety Commission | City Council Recommended to...

In a short meeting Monday, the South Pasadena Public Safety Commission gave its blessing to both a new commission charter and a long set of operational and policy updates for the South Pasadena Police...

Public Safety Commission Looks to Finalize Police Reform Recommendations

The South Pasadena Public Safety Commission on Monday Oct. 19 will work to reach consensus on long list of police reform recommendations including tweaks to the police department’s use-of-force policy. Other areas to be discussed...

Finance Ad Hoc Committee Expanded, Members Named | City of South Pasadena

Five members of the community were named at the South Pasadena City Council’s Oct. 7 meeting to serve on the newly created Finance Ad Hoc Committee (FAHC) aimed at facilitating the city’s work to...

Police Chief Ortiz Takes More Heat Over Cancelled Prayer Event

Community angst continues to broil over South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Ortiz’s granting permission for and promoting a prayer vigil at the police station by a controversial group that opposes social policies such as...
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