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

Prop 47: Reducing property and drug crimes to misdemeanors

Proposition 47 would reduce some felony property and drug crimes to misdemeanors. Millions in savings would go to fund community rehabilitation programs. Opponents say it would derail realignment and encourage criminals to reoffend.

Parents worry about children walking to school, seek crossing guards

Walk To School Day encourages kids to walk more. But parents worry about traffic and pedestrian safety and the lack of school crossing guards.

Bell Gardens mayor Crespo had a history of angry outbursts

Slain Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo had a long history of abusive confrontations with City Hall colleagues, generating at least two monetary claims against the city.

Wife of slain Bell Gardens mayor victim of abuse, lawyer says

The attorney for Lyvette Crespo made direct comparisons between slain Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo and a pair of NFL players caught up recently in domestic violence cases.

Wife of slain Bell Gardens mayor released

The Sheriff's Department said Wednesday that no arrests will be made after what appeared to be a domestic altercation at the residence of Bell Gardens mayor Daniel Crespo ended in his death.

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo shot and killed; wife held

Bell Gardens' mayor Daniel Crespo has been shot during a domestic dispute; police are holding his wife, Levette, who allegedly shot him several times.

Governor vetoes bill that would limit police drone use

Governor Jerry Brown vetoes a bill that would have required California law enforcement to secure a warrant in order to use drones for surveillance assignments.

LA County cracks down on dogs on the beach

Los Angeles County has formed a code enforcement task force to crack down on dogs on the beach, unlicensed summer or surf camps, and other beach no-nos.

Updated: LA sheriff's deputies in obstruction case sentenced

Six deputies convicted federal court for obstructing an FBI investigation into the L.A. County jails were sentenced Tuesday to a minimum of two years prison.

FAA to gather helicopter noise complaints in LA

The complaint system could be up as soon as January. The agency hopes to track complaints - including locations and time of day - to reduce annoyances.

Can cops record you without your consent?

The tape of actress Daniele Watts revealed why some police officers carry their own recorders: it can clear up the he-said-she-said. Here's an FAQ on what cops can and can't do with personal audio recorders.

Beck: Officer who handcuffed actress 'acted appropriately'

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is defending the officers who handcuffed actress Daniele Watts last week while responding to a call about two people having sex in a car.

Kendrec McDade: Pasadena has 10 days to decide on report release

A judge has lifted a seal and ordered the city of Pasadena to decide whether it will release a report on the 2012 police shooting of Kendrec McDade.

Anaheim police officers to wear body cameras

The Anaheim Police Department plans to equip some officers as early as November after the city council approved a $1.1 million purchase request Tuesday night.

High surf, hot weather and huge beach crowds expected this weekend

The hotter weather, combined with large swells, has drawn record crowds to beaches in Los Angeles County.