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Ben Tansey

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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.

Public Works Director on Leave Effective Immediately | South Pasadena

Shahid Abbas, who has served as South Pasadena Public Works Director since 2019, is on leave and Deputy Public Works Director Harold Theodore (“Ted”) Gerber has been named acting director of the department, the...

City Urged to Forego Recovery of Tax Revenue Scammed by SCE

Seeking to come to terms with a mixed appeal court ruling, South Pasadena City Manager Arminé Chaparyan this week is asking the City Council to “take action” to forego recovery of at least quarter...

City to Sell $352,000 of Bonds

Following a recommendation from its Finance Commission, the South Pasadena City Council on Oct. 20 voted 4 to 1 to amend its investment policy to divest from “businesses that refine and/or extract oil or...

BLM Protesters Sue City of South Pasadena Over Police Treatment

Two South Pasadenans who say their rights were violated by South Pasadena police officer have filed a lawsuit against the city and five of its police officers for “fail to carry out their mandatory...

Police Department Affirms Plans for ‘Organizational Assessment’

In what appears to be a response to public pressure, the South Pasadena Police Department last Friday announced an expansion to the scope of City Manager Arminé Chaparyan’s plan for an “organizational assessment” of...

“Unpermitted” SCE Utility Work in City’s Crosshairs

"Unpermitted", noise-ordinance-violating utility work around town by Southern California Edison is a “recurring” problem that “is absolutely getting more serious,” according to Mayor Diana Mahmud.  The matter came up during the Oct. 7 council...

New Caltrans Houses Bill | Concerns Over Fair Process

With the Sept. 28 governor’s approval of SB 381, the city on Wednesday sought to get rolling on its ambitious plan to use its new authority exercise more control over the disposition of dozens...

Caltrans Properties | Governor Newsom Signs Landmark South Pasadena Housing Bill

In a major victory for South Pasadena Mayor Diana Mahmud, Governor Newsom on Tuesday signed SB 381, a city-sponsored bill authored by Sen. Anthony Portantino amending the Roberti Act’s provisions on the disposition of...

City Council | Community Advocates Push for Racial Bias Assessment

Public speakers on Wednesday demanded the city include racial bias as part of an assessment City Manager Arminé Chaparyan intends to commission on the city’s police department. The demand was echoed in written statements,...

Caltrans Properties | City’s Plan to Acquire Homes Now Requires Governor Approval

The City of South Pasadena’s grand plan to take control of Caltrans’ properties in town is on the verge of fruition after a flurry of last minute legislative activity. In less than 24 hours,...
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