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

What's at the bottom of Echo Park Lake?

Now that it's almost been drained completely, we can find out. And why did we empty it in the first place? Off-Ramp Producer Kevin Ferguson got to the bottom of things, literally: he met local councilman Eric Garcetti at the newly dried-out lake to find out.

A near-empty Echo Park Lake, as seen by Gary Leonard

I wasn't the only one at the bottom of Echo Park Lake. You might have already seen this amazing video from KPCC's Grant Slater:

Is the LA Fire Department "Red Flag" parking map confusing?

A little background first: On windy, warm and dry days like today the LA Fire Department restricts parking on certain streets in order to allow their trucks to respond to fires in a timely manner, in the event of a flare up.

Audubon Society takes bird watching online

Last time we talked about about bird watching--or birding, apparently--I went with teenage birder Jose Luis Sandoval to a park in Wilmington using only public transit. It was fun! We even saw an American Bittern--which I was told isn't a rare bird so much as a very secretive one.

$2.5 M carousel at home in LA Zoo

The Los Angeles Zoo’s newest attraction is jam-packed with animals saddled up and ready to ride. It’s a carousel. Zoo officials hope the new Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel will offer visitors more than just a pleasant spin.

LA Zoo's new carousel spins A&M hits

I just got back from the ribbon cutting for the newest addition at the LA Zoo. It's not an elephant habitat, nor is it a new terrarium for some cool insects--it's a brand new carousel known as the Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel.

At last: a chance to work with Judy Chicago

Artist Judy Chicago is the creator of The Dinner Party, a legenday installation about how women relate to history. If the name sounds familiar to you, it's because she's no stranger to Off-Ramp.

Pacific Standard Time artist Judy Chicago looks back on 'The Dinner Party'

Pacific Standard Time reviews art from 1945 to 1980. Towards the end of that period, L.A.-based artist Judy Chicago created "The Dinner Party," a massive installation that honors 1,038 real and mythical women for their contribution to human civilization using symbolic place settings atop a ceremonial banquet table.

Jerry Brown gets recognition for passive aggressive note

If you don't read Passive Aggressive Notes, you should. It's a great place to experience other people's anger and digust via the written word. In fact, our own governor recently made an appearance on the blog after he signed into law a relatively hum-drum taxidermy bill with just a touch of mustard added for ephasis.

Brown Widow Spider invades Northeast LA

Even though I'm not a fan of them up close, Off-Ramp loves to talk a lot about bugs. Last week the Eastsider LA gave us word that the intimidating looking Brown Widow spider (pictured above, courtesy UC Riverside) is popping up in places like Montecito Heights and Debs Park.

Three places: Pacific Standard Time artist Barbara T. Smith

Since Pacific Standard Time is all about L.A., we’ve asked some of the artists who were making art in the city from 1945 to 1980 to take us to three places here that are important to them. Anywhere. We’re starting this week with performance artist Barbara T Smith.

Powerful letter calls Downtown rail project into question

This is the story on the power one letter has over local government, when it's written by the right person. Off-Ramp Producer Kevin Ferguson talked with transit advocacy blogger Damien Newton about that letter, and how it threatens to put on hold the Downtown Regional Connector, one of the LA County Transit's most ambitious rail projects.

Great Wall of Los Angeles gets revamped

The Great Wall of Los Angeles in Van Nuys is one of the longest murals in the country. Stretching for over half a mile, the wall tells the most complete history of Los Angeles it can — from ice age fauna all the way to the baby boom. This project began when Judy Baca, once the director of the City of Los Angeles mural program, saw the greater potential in a stark concrete wall.

Why doesn't Los Angeles have a Suction Goat?

On a quick family trip to Spokane, Washington earlier this week, I encountered Spokane's beloved Suction Goat. For the many who haven't been to Spokane, the suction goat (officially known as the Garbage Goat) is located inside downtown Spokane's Riverfront Park--a spectacular walk.

Van Dyke Parks talks Beach Boys' Smile

More than 45 years after it was recorded, the Beach Boys are finally officially releasing "Smile" – one of the band's most notoriously challenging, but influential, records. The album was written by Brian Wilson in collaboration with Van Dyke Parks - a composer whose name you might not have heard, but whose music you certain have. Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson talked with Parks about "Smile" and his solo career.