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

National Night Out grows from porch lights to festivals

National Night Out started with porch lights and neighbors more than 30 years ago but has grown to become consolidated festivals and parades in many neighborhoods.

LA County lifeguards to develop lightning plan following death

Lifeguard officials say they plan to develop a lightning safety plan for when severe thunderstorms hit the beaches after a deadly lightning storm killed one swimmer.

Lightning struck Catalina hours before it hit Venice: Why didn't anyone call?

Los Angeles County lifeguard officials say there isn't a protocol for clearing the beach when lightning storms roll onto the coast like the deadly one that hit Venice Beach Sunday.

LA police union says city patrolled by 'ghost cars'

The Los Angeles police inspector general is investigating allegations filed by union officers that high-level supervisors are over-reporting how many patrol cars they actually have on the street.

'Yellow Alert' would broadcast hit-and-run suspect info

A state bill would create a "yellow alert" for California that would broadcast vehicle information for suspect drivers involved in serious hit-and-run collisions.

Do Pasadena Police need civilian oversight?

City officials say there's enough accountability, but community activists say it's not independent. A community debate is scheduled for Tuesday.

LAPD officer charged in beating of a man with a police baton

A Los Angeles police officer was arrested and charged with assaulting a detained man using his baton two years ago in downtown L.A., an incident caught on camera.

LAPD officers oppose union contract with no salary increases

Dozens of frustrated LAPD officers sounded off at the L.A. Police Commission about a union contract that doesn't include pay increases.

Pasadena murder suspect told 911 operator 'I killed someone'

A shooting suspect barricaded in a home Saturday called Pasadena police to say he killed someone and wanted to surrender to police waiting outside.

Pasadena considers mandatory spay-and-neuter for all animals

The Pasadena City Council will consider an ordinance that requires all pet owners in Pasadena to spay and neuter their animals, or face fines.

Reformed mobster Vince Ciacci now cuts hair in Brentwood

He was shoplifting from toy stores at 12, snatching purses at 15, and by the time he'd grown up he was robbing stores and dealing drugs.

12 percent jump in aggravated assaults in Los Angeles

Crime statistics for Los Angeles in 2014 show a nearly three percent uptick in violent crime compared to last year, due to a jump in aggravated assaults.

LAPD Chief Beck hears mixed bag of feedback in East LA

East L.A. residents give a mixed bag of unfavorable and mild support for LAPD Chief Charlie Beck's request for another five years as top cop.

Bryan Stow v. Dodgers: Still no verdict in fan beating case

The jury in the Stow civil case still has not arrived at a decision, after telling the judge this week they were deadlocked. It’s now been six days of deliberations.

'Ban the Box': LA mulls law to bar employers from asking about criminal past

The Los Angeles City Council is considering proposing an ordinance to prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories as a way to help ex-felons get jobs.