Erika Aguilar Crime and Safety Reporter
Erika Aguilar covers crime, courts and public safety in the Los Angeles area for KPCC.
Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."
Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.
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Stories by Erika Aguilar
Unofficial final results give Republican candidate Andrew Do the win over Democratic candidate Lou Correa in the Orange County Board of Supervisors First District.
Ballots were still being counted in the special election to fill an open seat on the O.C. Board of Supervisors. Andrew Do is ahead of Lou Correa in a race that's too close to call.
Like several California cities, Buena Park is considering moving to single-member district elections to give Latino and Asian American voters more representation.
On Tuesday, voters in diverse and densely-populated central Orange County will cast ballots to elect a new representative to the Board of Supervisors.
New stores moving into downtown Santa Ana’s historic Latino shopping district have raised questions about the city’s identity.
Valley Vista High School in Huntington Beach is installing new bullet resistant doors and automated locks to protect from active shooters.
The Long Beach Police Department plans to test body cameras after a spike in shootings in 2013. Shootings dropped in 2014 but citizen complaints were still high.
Three Vietnamese-Americans and two Latinos are vying for the Orange County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Janet Nguyen. The election is Jan. 21.
Prosecutors said alleged gunman Paul Ciancia acted intentionally in the killing of a TSA airport screening officer and terrorized passengers and colleagues of the fallen man.
California had more police officer deaths in 2014 than any state in the U.S. After years of declining police deaths nationally, officer deaths ticked up this year.
The stats reverse an earlier trend as more inexperienced or rusty riders hit the road, enticed by years of rising gas prices and a better economy.
Mayor Eric Garcetti orders Metro officials to halt the practice of warning and in some cases arresting patrons who plug in their phones for a quick recharge.
The LAPD is testing technology that collects data from patrol cars to monitor how safely officers are driving. Commanders want to reduce cruiser crashes.
Don't try to charge your cell phone using outlets at Metro Rail stops. A deputy will tell you to unplug and you could be charged with stealing electricity.
The LAPD says patrol officers in three neighborhoods will begin to wear body cameras in January. The city plans to outfit all officers by June of 2016.