Kevin Ferguson Producer/ Reporter, Off-Ramp
Kevin Ferguson produces and reports for KPCC's Off-Ramp.
Born in Long Beach, California, Kevin graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish. Before joining KPCC, Kevin worked for Marketplace and the District Weekly, a Long Beach magazine. He's also covered music, art and news for OC Weekly, LA Record, Arthur Magazine, and Riviera.
Stories by Kevin Ferguson
This past weekend we reported on the Metro Blue Line's disconcerting pedestrian fatality rate. We'll have more on pedestrian safety and Blue Line in the coming weeks. But for now, enjoy an extremely surreal (and extremely expensive, probably) 20+ year old promotional video for the train, starring the one and only Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! My favorite part is towards the middle: Blue Line, Red Line, Green Line, then we're done!
A couple weeks ago we told you about Free $$$, a play disguised as a self-help seminar inside Hollywood's venerable Sacred Fools theater. Late last week, we got the good news that Sacred Fools will now be showing the play through March all the way to April 3.
The Metro Blue Line runs from Downtown LA to Downtown Long Beach. It's one of the most popular light rail trains in the nation. But it's also one of the deadliest, having killed its 103rd person this past Tuesday. Off-Ramp's Kevin Ferguson asks why the line has such a dangerous record and what can be done to save more lives.
If you watched last Thursday's news on ABC7 you might have seen reporter John Gregory covering Jeff Hildreth's controversial underground project in Sierra Madre. A story Off-Ramp broke just over a month ago:
Marshelle Mills is a mother of three. Her husband works for LAUSD and — until recently — she worked in child development. She's been unemployed for some time, and she's even gotten a few job offers — offers that she says she was forced to decline.
Step 1: be from Orange County and wear "ninja boots." Step 2: "Rock Out." See how long you can sit through this before passing out:
Today's groaner comes from the Long Beach Post:
Long Beach police arrested 13 suspected gang members Wednesday in one of the city’s largest gang raids in recent memory.
A few weeks ago I talked with Marshelle Mills, a stay at home mom who wants to get back to work but would actually lose money if she did. You can listen to my interview with her on this week's Off-Ramp, but be sure to check out this amazing video of Marshelle and her son produced by KPCC's Cecile Gregoriades:
I know we're late on this (though not as late as the Times was to our Sierra Madre hole story), but better than never:
As NFL fans prepare for Super Bowl Sunday this weekend, Los Angeles still stands on the sidelines without a local team. Football followers in LA have long supported out-of-city teams but a proposed stadium looks to bring a team, and hopefully fans, back to LA. Off-Ramp intern Raghu Manavalan and producer Kevin Ferguson went to Downtown's LA live this week to ask....Are you willing to change your loyalty?
In the coming weeks you might be seeing (and hearing) some new voices here at Off-Ramp, so I thought I'd take a moment to introduce them. Join me in welcoming newly minted interns Lainna Fader and Raghu Manavalan to the team! Raghu graduated UC Riverside and moonlights with public radio juggernauts The Moth, while Lainna (an Occidental student) comes to us from semi-regular Off-Ramp guest LA Record! Welcome, both!
The city of Long Beach plans to start work today on its first separated bike pathways in the city's downtown.
Eastsider LA had it first, and initially it sounds like a dream: imagine an LA free of street sweeping. No loud machines, no tickets, no need for a car-moving reminder service. The dream came true on a quiet street in Silverlake: for the last five weeks, area residents have been spared the sweeper's wrath.
Remember these expensive, not-at-all predatory ads? Let's take a look back now at one of the most expensive time wasters of the 80s and 90s. And kids, make sure you have your parents' permission.