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
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.
This week: a story of a record release that should have made major waves in the world music community, but didn't even get an entry in the otherwise excellent Rough Guide to World Music.
UPDATE: Looks like George reads our blog! Mere hours after this went up, George's racist tweet (pictured towards the bottom of this post) disappeared. And the Twitter account where the insult originated is now reduced to just one entry.
Just an update for those of you who read about last week's sad story: one of the stolen prayer flags Mt Washington resident BJ Gallagher had put up in memory of her late, beloved cat came back! Writes Ms Gallagher:
Apropos of nothing, a singing dog:
Sad story on today's North East LA List. If you have any information, please leave a comment or feel free to write us. User BJ Gallagher writes:
As you might have heard by now, design plans for Eli Broad's forthcoming downtown museum were revealed today. Here's a mockup:
Veteran radio contributor and devoted re-enacter Charlie Schroeder has relived more history than you, me and anyone you know, probably. He's fought in the Civil War, dressed as a Roman Legionaire and rowed down river for four days straight in a 18th century replica boat.
Long Beach is preparing to survey its homeless population. But in order to make sure everyone counts, the city will need help.
Maybe you haven't heard of composer and producer Van Dyke Parks, but have heard his work. During a career that spans nearly 50 years, Parks recorded with The Byrds and The Beach Boys in the '60s ... with U2 in the '80s ... and with harpist and singer-songwriter Joanna Newsom just a few years ago.
...comes the Mushrooms. Says John: These sprouted up at the River Center park on San Fernando Road in Cypress Park. If you feel like you've seen this before, then you might already be a fan of Off-Ramp on Facebook.
If you haven't heard it yet, the LA Times has a recap:
(Photo by Jlacpo via Creative Commons)