Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

Erika Aguilar
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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 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.

Police: CSUN student was killed while attempting to sell car

CSUN student Abdullah Abdullatif Alkadi was stabbed to death after attempting to sell his car on Craigslist, LAPD Chief Beck said at a press conference Monday.

Kendrec McDade: Judge says shooting report should be public

A judge ruled that Pasadena can release a redacted version of an independent report on the police shooting of Kendrec McDade. But further delays are expected.

Mother charged with crimes after teen takes gun to school

A mother is charged with four misdemeanors after her 17-year old son brought a gun to his Van Nuys continuation school.

Kendrec McDade: Judge delays decision on releasing report

The judge hearing the Kendrec McDade shooting case delayed his decision on Tuesday, saying he is leaning toward releasing portions of an independent consultant's report.

Are LAPD 'ghost cars' a symptom of deeper problems?

Civilian watchdogs say the LAPD may be relying too heavily on performance data, leading commanders to falsify reports.

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.