Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

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

Short-term rentals banned in Anaheim neighborhoods

The Anaheim City Council voted Wednesday to not allow any new short-term rentals in residential areas and phase out existing ones within 18 months.

Anaheim to consider stricter regulations on short-term rentals

Anaheim city officials are considering stricter regulations on short-term rentals that could bar new ones from residential neighborhoods and raise fees and fines.

Orange County homeless want to use food stamps at restaurants

With no place to store fresh foods, some homeless in Orange County want officials to allow them to use food stamps to eat things like meat, cheese, and vegetables at restaurants.

Sanchez seeks support from Republicans and Independents

Looking ahead to November, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez billed herself as the more moderate choice for the U.S. Senate seat and said she'd appeal to conservatives.

Unlawful assembly declared, arrests outside Anaheim Trump rally

Vocal opponents of Donald Trump protested Wednesday outside the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's campaign rally in Anaheim.

Orange County civil rights and Latino activist Amin David dies at 83

Amin David, one of Orange County's most influential civil rights activists, died Saturday at the age of 83 from lymphoma, his family said.

What will Orange County use the old bus terminal for?

Orange County officials are expected to purchase an old bus terminal in Santa Ana's Civic Center on Tuesday. But they haven't announced permanent plans for the facility.

Santa Ana ends jail contract with ICE, now the city needs money

Santa Ana City Council members on Tuesday voted to allow its contract for holding immigration detainees to expire in 2020. Now it needs a new way to pay off its debt.

Orange County hires Long Beach coordinator as new 'homeless czar'

Orange County has hired its so-called "homeless czar" from Long Beach, where she has had successes in syncing services between city departments, programs and nonprofits.

Brown pushes cities to boost affordable housing

Govenor says he'd support a state law to expedite affordable housing projects, and that city lawmakers should prioritize the issue in their own budgets.

OC: Shortage of foster parents keeps kids in group homes

An Orange County grand jury report released this week says the county needs 100 to 150 new foster care homes to comply with a new state law.

Brown's revised budget reflects more austerity

The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.

OC Sheriff's budget asks for jail camera upgrades

This year, the OC Sheriff's Department is asking for money for jail surveillance upgrades, a cyber crime unit and extra patrol officers in its budget request.

A cancer support group for Spanish-speakers

Getting cancer is tough. Getting cancer and not knowing how to ask for help is even worse. One support group helps Spanish-speakers overcome the odds and find help.

OC sheriff investigating its own use of informants

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says deputies need training on which records on jailhouse informants need to be disclosed to prosecutors and defense attorneys.