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

Buena Park considers scrapping at-large elections

Like several California cities, Buena Park is considering moving to single-member district elections to give Latino and Asian American voters more representation.

Democrats aim to break GOP hold on OC supervisors

On Tuesday, voters in diverse and densely-populated central Orange County will cast ballots to elect a new representative to the Board of Supervisors.

Latino character of Santa Ana's downtown fades

New stores moving into downtown Santa Ana’s historic Latino shopping district have raised questions about the city’s identity.

Bank-style bulletproof doors and locks now built for school

Valley Vista High School in Huntington Beach is installing new bullet resistant doors and automated locks to protect from active shooters.

Long Beach police will test body cameras

The Long Beach Police Department plans to test body cameras after a spike in shootings in 2013. Shootings dropped in 2014 but citizen complaints were still high.

OC voters to choose a new county supervisor

Three Vietnamese-Americans and two Latinos are vying for the Orange County Board of Supervisors seat vacated by Janet Nguyen. The election is Jan. 21.

Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty in LAX shooting case

Prosecutors said alleged gunman Paul Ciancia acted intentionally in the killing of a TSA airport screening officer and terrorized passengers and colleagues of the fallen man.

California led the nation in police officer deaths in 2014

California had more police officer deaths in 2014 than any state in the U.S. After years of declining police deaths nationally, officer deaths ticked up this year.

Motorcycle crashes, deaths spike 23 pct. in SoCal: Gas prices, economy blamed

The stats reverse an earlier trend as more inexperienced or rusty riders hit the road, enticed by years of rising gas prices and a better economy.

Mayor halts Metro arrests for cell phone charging after KPCC report

Mayor Eric Garcetti orders Metro officials to halt the practice of warning and in some cases arresting patrons who plug in their phones for a quick recharge.

LAPD to track how safely officers are driving patrol cars

The LAPD is testing technology that collects data from patrol cars to monitor how safely officers are driving. Commanders want to reduce cruiser crashes.

Metro: Don’t try to charge your cell phone in our outlets

Don't try to charge your cell phone using outlets at Metro Rail stops. A deputy will tell you to unplug and you could be charged with stealing electricity.

LAPD announces rollout of body cameras on officers

The LAPD says patrol officers in three neighborhoods will begin to wear body cameras in January. The city plans to outfit all officers by June of 2016.

LAPD says man shot in Hollywood was not wearing a costume

Los Angeles police say the man shot and killed by officers Friday in Hollywood was not wearing a costume and was brandishing a real knife.

Prosecutors delay death penalty decision for LAX shooter

More than a year after a deadly shooting rampage at LAX, federal prosecutors have not decided whether they will seek the death penalty against accused shooter Paul Ciancia.