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

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.

Medical marijuana shops can become legal in Santa Ana

Licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in Santa Ana will soon operate legally. The rules will raise millions in revenue and other cities are watching closely.

In recount, Correa cites concerns about ineligible voters

Citing concerns about voting "irregularities," former state Sen. Lou Correa has requested a recount of his loss to Republican candidate Andrew Do by 43 votes.

Correa demands recount in OC supervisors race

OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley has confirmed receipt of a formal recount demand from an attorney for Lou Correa, who lost to Do by just 43 votes.

Asian-Americans win majority on OC Board of Supervisors

Asian-Americans have won a majority on the O. C. Board of Supervisors. But each leader has a different background, and their goals are seen as diverse.

Andrew Do wins by 43 votes in OC supervisorial race

Unofficial final results give Republican candidate Andrew Do the win over Democratic candidate Lou Correa in the Orange County Board of Supervisors First District.

2-vote lead expands to 239 in OC supervisor race (update)

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.