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

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.

Judge orders report on McDade police shooting sealed for now

A judge has ordered the city of Pasadena to keep an independent review of the 2012 police shooting of Kendrec McDade concealed until another hearing can be held.

Map/Timeline: Man charged in series of shootings, named suspect in 4 others

Authorities say a Sylmar man is responsible for a series of shootings dating back to Aug. 20 that left four people dead. See an interactive map/timeline here.

Neighbors say they hardly saw alleged serial shooter

A man accused of going on a five-day rampage of serial shootings in the L.A. area has made his first court appearance on charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Anaheim protests of 2012 brought change to police and city

Images of protesters clashing with police in Ferguson evoke memories of the 2012 unrest in Anaheim when police shot and killed two young Latino men in one weekend.

LA Police Commission gives Chief Beck 2nd term

Beck has worked for the LAPD for more than three decades. Violent crime has fallen under his tenure but it's also come with controversy.

LAPD admits errors in how it reports crime stats to the FBI

The revelation and investigation by the Los Angeles Times comes a few days before city officials vote on whether Charlie Beck will get reappointed as police chief.