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

Man accused of LAPD station shooting applied to department (update)

L.A. officials declined to say why the man accused of shooting a LAPD officer at the Wilshire Station did not complete the process.

LAPD: Man accused of shooting officer at station had applied for LAPD job

The LAPD says suspect Daniel Christopher Yealu had at least five more weapons in his apartment and dozens of rounds of ammunition. Neighbors at the apartment complex described a man matching Yealu's description as a loner.

LAPD seeks to reduce serious traffic crashes by 10 percent

About 110 officers have been asked to voluntarily move to traffic enforcement assignments. The thinking is more enforcement will lead to fewer crashes.

Immigrant groups want a moratorium on car impounds

As California prepares to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented, immigrant rights groups call for a moratorium on impounding vehicles from unlicensed drivers.

LAX Shooting: Committee debates armed checkpoints

A Congressional subcommittee is looking into lessons learned from last fall's deadly LAX shooting. One question: should armed police be stationed at checkpoints?

LAX baggage theft raises questions about airport security

This week's arrest and detention of 20 people was the largest passenger luggage theft case in the LAX for decades. Is it a sign of weak security?

LAX shooting: TSA wants law enforcement at checkpoints (Updated)

The recommendation was one of 14 determined after a nationwide review of security at airports prompted by a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport last fall.

LAPD begins serving Echo Park gang injunction papers

Los Angeles police have begun serving suspected gang members in Echo Park and Silver Lake with papers that prohibit them from associating in public, among other activities.

Police commission president disagrees with Chief's action in discipline case

Commission President Steve Soboroff said that an incident first reported in the Los Angeles Times would be considered as part of Chief Charlie Beck's contract renewal.

Women and alcohol: DUI arrests in California on the rise

In the first of a two part series about women and alcohol, a KPCC analysis of statewide data finds that while DUI arrests are going down, they are rising among women. Reasons for the trend may include changing societal norms and a focus on impaired driving by law enforcement.

LAX shooting: Biggest failure was lack of communication, mayor says (updated)

Los Angeles airport officials on Tuesday released an "after action report" on the response to a shooting last year on Nov. 1 at LAX. Read the full report.

Security added at LA Marathon in response to Boston bombing

There will be new security measures at the L.A. Marathon, such as screening checkpoints, after last year's Boston Marathon bombings.

Court suggests names of cops involved in shootings should be public

The California Supreme Court indicated that it's inclined to favor the public's right to know the names of officers involved in shootings.

LAPD: 'This is the year of traffic' enforcement

L.A. police Chief Charlie Beck has 2014 will be "the year of traffic." The department has begun focusing more on traffic safety, with the goal of reducing traffic accidents and deaths.

Rainstorms leave Glendora but protective barriers stay behind

City officials tell residents the concrete barriers that protected their homes during the storms will remain in place for years as the threat of mudslides remains.