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

Who is George De La Vega and why is he annoying so many people? (UPDATED)

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.

Mt Washington prayer flag returned!!

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:

Let's start off this week right

Apropos of nothing, a singing dog:

Prayer flags stolen from Mt. Washington front yard

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:

New Broad Museum design: awesome or offal?

As you might have heard by now, design plans for Eli Broad's forthcoming downtown museum were revealed today. Here's a mockup:

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.