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

Kendrec McDade shooting: Family fights latest effort to seal a city report

Attorneys for the mother of an unarmed teenager killed by Pasadena police want a judge to lift a seal on a city report that evaluates the fatal shooting.

New site proposed in Anaheim for OC homeless shelter

An industrial warehouse in Anaheim is the newest location the Orange County Board of Supervisors is considering for a new year-round homeless shelter.

First Person: Jack Moreau wants a more connected Arroyo Seco

The "pedestrian advocate" asks why there are chain-link fences severing the Arroyo Seco from the parks, soccer fields and tennis courts that run alongside it.

Orange County to revisit homeless shelter issue on Tuesday

Orange County officials try again to find a place to build a year-round, permanent emergency homeless shelter for 200 to 400 people.

Asian Americans sue Fullerton over at-large city elections

Fullerton gets sued under the state's voting rights act for allegedly denying Asian Americans a seat at the political table because of the city's at-large election system.

4 years after Kelly Thomas killing, have Fullerton police improved?

The beating death of a homeless mentally ill man brought task force and consultant reviews. Since then, the police department has begun reaching out to the homeless.

Judge removes OC DA from Seal Beach salon murder case

An Orange County judge has decided the DA shouldn't be allowed to keep the case because of a scandal over the use of jailhouse snitches.

Yorba Linda residents fear new subdivision would pose wildfire evacuation risks

Yorba Linda residents say added people in a subdivision, Esperanza Hills, planned to go up north of the city would pose a threat during wildfire evacuations.

Costa Mesa proposes medical marijuana regulations

Amid pressure from voter petitions, Costa Mesa city officials will consider a draft ordinance to regulate medical marijuana sales, cultivation and delivery.

Federal report props up LAPD's community policing, as Skid Row shooting draws new questions

A highly-anticipated federal report on law enforcement highlights the LAPD for community policing one day after officers shot and killed a homeless man on Skid Row.

Next generation of Vietnamese Americans lead Tet Parade in OC

A younger generation of Vietnamese Americans will take the lead on a long standing tradition in Little Saigon — the Tet Parade.

Latino activists consider voting rights lawsuit in O.C.

Activists in Orange County are considering a lawsuit against the county after losing an election that would have put a Latino candidate on the Board of Supervisors.

Recount in OC ends confirming Andrew Do as supervisor

The recount in the election for First District county supervisor ended Friday confirming Republican attorney Andrew Do as the winner.

Community policing in Anaheim has successes — and critics

Anaheim renewed community policing after fatal shootings in 2012 sparked protests. Relations are better, but some say police still profile young Latinos.

Recount begins in Orange County supervisor's race

The Registrar of Voters will begin recounting 48,626 ballots cast in the special election for First District supervisor. Lou Correa lost to Andrew Do by 43 votes.