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
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)
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.
A tussle over parking could displace a large portion of the famous Hollywood Farmers' Market.
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 Suja Lowenthal has proposed a citywide ban on plastic shopping bags. It's similar to the ordinance Los Angeles County supervisors recently passed.
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.
Via Off-Ramp commentator Barry Cutler:
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).
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 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.
[Photo of the Whisky in 1980 by Roy Hankey, courtesy LA Public Library photo collection]
[Photo by Grace Oh]