September 29, 2020, 10:39 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.

Meridian Ave Traffic Issues Addressed | Transportation Commission Forwards Recommendation

Members of the city’s Mobility, Transportation and Infrastructure Commission on Tuesday heard dozens of public comments attesting to the traffic carnage they have witnessed along Meridian Ave. in South Pasadena: speeding, parked cars demolished,...

2020 South Pasadena Elections | Twelve Candidates Pull Papers for City Council, School Board

It appears South Pasadena’s 17,414 registered voters will have three competitive city council races to vote on this November. Since prospective candidates began pulling the papers needed to run July 13, eight persons have...

City Council Recap | Items Discussed: November Ballot Issues, Building Height, UUT Renewal, Hotel...

South Pasadena City Council members this week discussed the pros and cons of a set of prospective ballot measures for this November. Decisions on which items to include won’t be made until the Council...

South Pasadena Unions | Negotiations Continue for Cost of Living Adjustments

The City of South Pasadena on July 1 went forward with a two percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for members of four employee unions, the city confirmed this week. Checks under the first payroll period...

City Budget | Activist Panel Pushes Priorities for 2020-21 Fiscal Year

A new community group has released recommendations for changes to South Pasadena’s $45 million 2020-2021 municipal budget. The South Pasadena Community Needs-Based Budget Task Force wants the City to adopt an “economically and socially...

ARRESTED | Suspect Who Accosted & Spit on Protestors Was Put in Custody, Then...

South Pasadena police on Friday evening arrested Joe Richcreek, 56, who was recorded on video spitting at two Black Lives Matter demonstrators two days earlier as he sat on a bicycle at Fair Oaks...

Millions of Dollars in ‘PPP’ COVID-19 Relief Awarded to many South Pasadena Businesses

A total of 636 South Pasadena companies received federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds totaling between $40.6 million and $71.8 million, helping to preserve several thousand jobs during the ongoing pandemic, according to information released...

City Municipal Elections | Council Formally Announces Stipulations

Three of South Pasadena’s five city council seats will be up for grabs during the general municipal election to be held Nov. 3, 2020, according to a resolution approved Wednesday by the City...

Council Adopts Provisional Budget | Finance Department Receives $80,000 to Clean Up Books

The South Pasadena City Council on June 24 voted unanimously to adopt what City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe said amounts to “a budget that does not reflect the current economic realities.” The vote was the...

Vanessa Marquez | Wrongful Death Claim Filed Over South Pasadena Police Shooting of Actress

Friends, colleagues and supporters of the late actress Vanessa Marquez came to South Pasadena Wednesday to announce the filing a wrongful death action over her killing by South Pasadena police officers. The group included...
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