October 21, 2020, 3:36 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.

City Quickly Puts Schedule Back as Voted Upon | Empty Council Seat Process...

The City of South Pasadena on Monday belatedly released the names of applicants who will be considered to fill the remaining term of District 2 Councilmember Marina Khubesrian, who resigned Aug. 18. It has...

City Fails to Keep Timeline Commitment to Residents | Questions About Empty District 2...

Despite promises to do so, the city of South Pasadena on Saturday failed to provide the list of the candidates from which the City Council will choose to fill the remaining term of District...

Seven Patios | Mixed Style & Use Complex Heads to Planning Commission

At an imminent but as yet unscheduled “special meeting,” the South Pasadena Planning Commission will be asked for the third time this year to give its blessing to a major new mixed-use development downtown. The...

Marina Khubesrian’s Resignation Received & Filed | City Council Moving Fast to Appoint Replacement

South Pasadena is taking applications for candidates interested in an appointment to serve out the remaining term of Dr. Marina Khubesrian, the Second District Councilmember who resigned Aug. 18 after admitting to using fake...

Audit Promised Before Elections | South Pasadena Finance Issues

Citizens of South Pasadena will have about a month to pore over the city’s much delayed 2018-19 financial audit before voting on whether to make permanent the 7.5 percent Utility Users Tax (UUT), City...

Historic Resignation: Marina Khubesrian First to Happen in 61 Years for South Pasadena

Resignations from the South Pasadena City Council are rare. When Dr. Marina Khubesrian submitted hers Saturday, not only was she the first woman to do so but, it appears from research of the records, the...

PREVIEW UPDATE: City Special Meeting Wednesday | Council Discusses Filling Khubesrian Seat After Resignation

NOTE FROM THE CITY OF SOUTH PASADENA: Council Meeting August 19th, 2020 Will Not be Available on Time Warner Cable Channel 19 and AT&T Channel 99. Due to technical issues with the audio visual equipment,...

Marina Khubesrian Admits to Fraudulent E-mails | South Pasadena Councilwoman Resigns

“I alone was responsible for sending the emails from two email accounts using fictitious names in May and June this year,” South Pasadena City Councilwoman Dr. Marina Khubesrian admitted in a statement sent Saturday....

Donovan Poised to Replace Khubesrian | Candidates Drop Out of City Council Race

With two prospective candidates formally pulling out Wednesday, John (Jack) Donovan’s quest to succeed Dr. Marina Khubesrian as the Second District’s representative on the South Pasadena City Council has gone from a long slog...

City Demands Finance Report | Audit Now Anticipated Before Budget Deadline

South Pasadena City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe on Aug. 5 vowed to comply with the City Council’s direction not to resume work on the city’s postponed 2020-2021 budget until after staff completes the long overdue...
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