Kevin Ferguson Producer/ Reporter, Off-Ramp

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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

Local writer walks in Padre Serra's footsteps

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 seeks volunteers to count homeless people

Long Beach is preparing to survey its homeless population. But in order to make sure everyone counts, the city will need help.

Van Dyke Parks' 50 year song cycle

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.

After the rain...

...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.

About that whole S. Irene Virbila mess...

If you haven't heard it yet, the LA Times has a recap:

RIP, Captain Beefheart

(Photo by Jlacpo via Creative Commons)

Southern California home sales drop in October

In real estate, home sales across Southern California dropped last month to the second lowest point in 18 years. Some analysts worry we might be in for a double dip recession.

Hollywood Farmers' Market may have to hightail it somewhere else

A tussle over parking could displace a large portion of the famous Hollywood Farmers' Market.

Informed voter becomes aggravated, mystified

So in the next couple of weeks, I (Kevin Ferguson) have been slowly moving from my beloved hometown of Long Beach to Los Angeles. I've notified the post office, the DMV, my bank, even changed my Netflix address!

Long Beach vice mayor wants to ban plastic shopping bags

Long Beach Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal has proposed a citywide ban on plastic shopping bags. It's similar to the ordinance Los Angeles County supervisors recently passed.

Chairs flung at Los Cerritos mall food court on Black Friday

Retailers around Southern California wasted no time attracting holiday shoppers. Some began their Black Friday sales before Thanksgiving - and many flung open their doors last night and early this morning. And, some called the police a few hours ago to the Los Cerritos Center Mall where some guys were said to be flinging chairs in the food court.

Actor Barry Cutler Remembers James MacArthur, actor and son of Helen Hayes.

Via Off-Ramp commentator Barry Cutler:

Artist Todd Carpenter's solo show extended!

Last month, John talked to striking photorealist Todd Carpenter about his then-upcoming solo show at Miracle Mile based LAUNCH Gallery. It's been going strong since it opened on October 16, so strong that the gallery extended the exhibit through the 20th of December (it was originally set to close last Saturday).

San Fernando Valley woman foreclosed on after loan modification rejected

The recession that’s supposedly over continues to have a human cost. Here’s the story of Laurel Holliday - a homeowner in the San Fernando Valley who won’t be a homeowner much longer.?

NPR's Vivian Schiller talks about state of public media at USC

NPR’s President Vivian Schiller offered her thoughts on the state of public media yesterday to students at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Her visit coincided with congressional Republicans’ push to de-fund NPR and other organizations that get federal money from the Corporation from Public Broadcasting.