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

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.

LAX police chief tells lawmakers it's all about speed

In a state assembly hearing, L.A. airport public safety officials and other law enforcement agencies discuss lessons learned from a shooting last year at LAX.

LA officials announce anti-prostitution efforts in the Valley

L.A. city officials are funding new diversion programs and special police patrols in an effort to curb prostitution activity in the San Fernando Valley.

Former LAX workers get probation for dry ice bombs

Two former LAX airport workers plead no contest and get 3 years probation to setting off dry ice bombs at the airport last year.

Bill seeks to make TSA agents eligible for extra death benefits

The legislation seeks to change the current law to allow TSA agents to be eligible for federal law enforcement death benefits.

LAPD to change review process for use of deadly force

The police commission voted Tuesday to add language to the LAPD's use-of-force policy that would affect how officer-involved shootings are investigated.

Cell phone app allows teens to report hate crimes

A smartphone app called "Combat Hate" is aimed at children and teens to encourage reporting hate crimes, hate incidents and certain types of bullying.

Driver charged with murder in deadly wrong-way freeway crash

The L.A. County District Attorney's Office charged Olivia Culbreath, 21, with six counts of murder related to a crash on Sunday that killed six people. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.