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

Jim McDonnell promises fresh start for LA sheriff's office

Former Long Beach police chief Jim McDonnell promised a fresh start for the troubled L.A. Sheriff's office after taking the oath of office Monday as its 32nd leader.

Signs reduced suicide by train in Los Angeles, officials say

Transportation officials say the number of suicides by train has gone down since a high in 2012. They believe suicide prevention signs with hotlines have helped.

Ferguson: LA protesters block 101 freeway (updated)

Groups of protesters made their way to Leimert Park, Beverly Hills and LAPD headquarters. More protests have been planned for Tuesday.

LAPD will change disciplinary system to add transparency

L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck said he wants to add transparency to his decisions after employees said they think internal discipline is biased and unfair.

Second defendant gets life in prison for USC murders

A judge Monday sentenced Javier Bolden, 22, to life in prison without parole for his role in the 2012 murders of two USC grad students from China.

LAPD officers say discipline is biased, inconsistent

A report analyzing survey responses from 500 LAPD employees shows they feel discipline is inconsistent and biased depending on gender, race, and rank.

Police, DA call for witnesses in Ezell Ford case

L.A. law enforcement officials say they need witnesses to the police shooting that killed Ezell Ford. An autopsy detailing his death will be released by year's end.

Kendrec McDade: Police union to appeal release of report

The Pasadena police union plans to appeal a judge's ruling releasing a redacted report on a fatal shooting that killed Kendrec McDade two years ago.

Deputy Chief Robert Luna is the new Long Beach police chief

Long Beach city officials announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Robert Luna to replace Jim McDonnell, who was elected L.A. County Sheriff.

Prop 47 sends courts scrambling to downgrade felonies

Proposition 47 went straight to work turning property and drug crimes into misdemeanors. Courts and prosecutors see more work. Defendants say the new law is fair.

Anaheim voters choose single member districts

Anaheim voters on Tuesday passed a measure to create single council member districts requiring future candidates to live in the neighborhoods they represent.

Prop 47 signals shift in tough-on-crime stance

The passage of Prop 47, which softens penalties for theft, fraud and drug possession, signals a major shift in how Californians perceives punishment for low-level offenders.

Pomona SWAT officer shot in San Gabriel has died

Officer Shaun Diamond, a 16-year police veteran, was shot while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel.

Election could give a greater voice to Latinos in Anaheim

Activists say at-large voting dilutes the voice of Latinos, Anaheim's largest ethnic group but a minority of voters. Voters have a chance to change that this fall.

'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

Daniele Watts, who appeared in "Django Unchained," and Brian Lucas each were charged Tuesday with misdemeanor counts that carry potential six-month jail terms.