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

Orange County civil rights and Latino activist Amin David dies at 83

Amin David, one of Orange County's most influential civil rights activists, died Saturday at the age of 83 from lymphoma, his family said.

What will Orange County use the old bus terminal for?

Orange County officials are expected to purchase an old bus terminal in Santa Ana's Civic Center on Tuesday. But they haven't announced permanent plans for the facility.

Santa Ana ends jail contract with ICE, now the city needs money

Santa Ana City Council members on Tuesday voted to allow its contract for holding immigration detainees to expire in 2020. Now it needs a new way to pay off its debt.

Orange County hires Long Beach coordinator as new 'homeless czar'

Orange County has hired its so-called "homeless czar" from Long Beach, where she has had successes in syncing services between city departments, programs and nonprofits.

Brown pushes cities to boost affordable housing

Govenor says he'd support a state law to expedite affordable housing projects, and that city lawmakers should prioritize the issue in their own budgets.

OC: Shortage of foster parents keeps kids in group homes

An Orange County grand jury report released this week says the county needs 100 to 150 new foster care homes to comply with a new state law.

Brown's revised budget reflects more austerity

The governor released his revised 2016-2017 budget proposal in Sacramento. This comes as California's projected tax revenues for April fell by $1 billion.

OC Sheriff's budget asks for jail camera upgrades

This year, the OC Sheriff's Department is asking for money for jail surveillance upgrades, a cyber crime unit and extra patrol officers in its budget request.

A cancer support group for Spanish-speakers

Getting cancer is tough. Getting cancer and not knowing how to ask for help is even worse. One support group helps Spanish-speakers overcome the odds and find help.

OC sheriff investigating its own use of informants

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says deputies need training on which records on jailhouse informants need to be disclosed to prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Why autism diagnoses have spiked in OC

In the last 15 years, the number of Orange County kids diagnosed with autism has increased eightfold. Researchers with Chapman University think they know why.

Republican Donald Trump holds rally in Orange County

After this week's violent spat between Trump supporters and opponents in Anaheim, Orange County law enforcement geared up for the Trump rally Thursday.

OC activists aim to unite Arab and Latino votes

Orange County activists are trying to build minority voting blocs by uniting the central parts of the county's ethnic neighborhoods. They're starting with food, culture and art.

Why do West Nile mosquitoes like Orange County?

Orange County officials in charge of controlling mosquitoes believe spraying the region can help control the spread of West Nile. The county has had 17 people die from the disease in the last two years.

How do you recover from illness or injury without a home?

Homeless who are sick or injured have nowhere to go when they're discharged from the hospital. Recuperative care centers could put an end to that.