Elizabeth Aguilera Community Health Reporter
Elizabeth Aguilera is KPCC's Community Health Reporter.
Elizabeth is an experienced, award-winning beat reporter who has spent the bulk of her career in print. For the past three years she was been a staff writer at U-T San Diego, where she covered immigration and demographics. In 2013, Elizabeth traveled to Mexico to cover cross-border sex trafficking. She covered urban affairs, immigration, and business during a seven-year stint at the Denver Post, and has also worked for the Orange County Register and Long Beach Press-Telegram.
Elizabeth says that, throughout her career, her work has focused on the intersection of people and policy.
An L.A. native, Elizabeth has a B.A. in political science and journalism from Pepperdine University, and a M.A in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School.
Stories by Elizabeth Aguilera
Last month's explosive industrial fire forced the evacuation of 43 households. Officials say they have now removed all toxic metals that landed in yards and homes.
Tests find elevated levels in yards where kids play before and after class at two elementary schools. Regulators have not yet decided whether to remove the tainted soil.
Drug makers paid Dr. Jason Kellogg $355,000 in 2014, mostly in speaking fees. He defends the practice against critics, calling it an effective way to educate providers.
Two weeks after the huge industrial fire, nearly 200 people have accepted L.A. County's offer to put them up in motel rooms until they get the all-clear to go home.
After a suggestion that the all-clear could come by Saturday, L.A. County Public Health says it will take "several days" to release the results of indoor air samples.
It will be late Friday or early Saturday before the U.S. EPA has results from air samples taken from inside homes closest to the site of this week's explosive fire.
The environmental review process will delay the removal of lead-tainted soil from homes in an expanded cleanup area until May or June of 2017.
The extremely powerful painkiller still only commands a small fraction of the legal opioid prescription market.
Officials say they're not getting their fair share of L.A. Homeless Services Authority funding. Those running to be the area's new county supervisor agree.
Regulators had ruled in 2014 to take no further action to deal with elevated levels of lead at the Watts housing complex. An email scandal prompted the second look.
Starting May 31, Quemetco is set to begin sampling soil on major thoroughfares and nearby creek beds. In late June, it's scheduled to start testing residential properties.
A state agency reviews its decisions to take no action on possible toxics contamination. The focus is on two scientists who had exchanged racially-charged emails.
The chemical is in the linings of cans and bottles. The state says it can harm the female reproductive system. The FDA says it's safe.
Some people in and around Watts say for the past few months brown water has intermittently run out of their taps. The DWP says a broken fire hydrant may be to blame.
The first community meeting since the governor approved $177 million for the Exide cleanup highlighted tensions over the pace and scope of the plan.