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

Orange County to open short-term psychiatric crisis centers

Officials see the centers as a way to provide care for people who need short-term mental health treatment to reduce demand on limited psychiatric resources at local hospitals.

Fund for maintaining Bolsa Chica wetlands is running out of money

A restoration project in 2006 revived Orange County's wetlands preserve, turning into a favorite nesting ground for migratory birds and a habitat for sea life. But the state fund set aside to keep the preserve thriving is running low on cash.

Anaheim police shooting is headed back to court

A federal appeals court ordered the civil lawsuit against an Anaheim police officer who shot and killed an unarmed man to be retried because of improper evidence.

Anaheim plans to go forward with short-term rental restrictions

Airbnb drops lawsuit after Anaheim promises not to fine it for listing short-term rental proprieties. The city plans to target property owners instead.

OC cities compete for bicycle project funding

For years, Orange County transportation officials struggled to find bike projects to fund. Now they have too many.

Public libraries serve the homeless more than just books

Southern California public libraries have become daytime shelters for the homeless. In Santa Ana, the staff is rearranging furniture in order to keep a closer eye on them.

A daughter's story: 'Flipping the switch' before physican assisted suicide

Redlands resident Tiffany Angelo came home to her father's Ohio apartment to find him dead from gunshot wounds to his chest. He was fighting stage four bladder cancer. Physician assisted suicide wasn't an option in 2010.

Santa Ana police release details in Civic Center shooting

Santa Ana police say Richard Gene Swihart, 32, became angry when police stopped him in the Civic Center area. He's in critical but stable condition after being shot.

Man shot, wounded by Santa Ana police in Civic Center

A man is in critical condition following surgery after he was shot by Santa Ana officers working the beat around Orange County's Civic Center.

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.