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

LA County man accused of anti-Muslim film set to be released

The man accused of making an anti-Muslim film and who was imprisoned for probation violations after the attacks on the US Consulate in Libya will be free at the end of the month.

California state bill would expand expungements for ex-cons

A state bill up for final vote could give jail inmates sentenced under realignment a chance to ask a judge to expunge their conviction.

Echo Park's neighborhood council rejects proposed gang injunction; will it sway the judge?

Erika Aguilar updates us on the gang injunction proposed for Echo Park, the rapidly gentrifying LA neighborhood.

Neighborhood council group opposes Echo Park gang injunction

The Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council voted Tuesday not to support the city's proposed gang injunction for the Echo Park area.

Outgoing LA police commissioners make room for new appointees

The L.A. Police Commission met for the last time as a group Tuesday since Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new appointees for the civilian police oversight board.

Echo Park residents debate the looming gang injunction

A judge has given preliminary approval to a gang injunction in Echo Park. The LAPD says it's another crime fighting tool. Some residents fear it will tear apart families in the neighborhood.

MAP: Proposed Echo Park gang injunction moves forward (updated)

An L.A. Superior Court judge Wednesday gave the city permission to move forward with a gang injunction that would cover most of Echo Park and parts of Silver Lake.

City calls South LA home a 'gang hangout,' seeks order to clean it up

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office has sued the owners of a South LA house to force them to improve the property and to keep alleged gang members from gathering there.

Lancaster couple gets $4 million for deputy involved shooting

A Lancaster couple shot 15 times by LA Sheriff's deputies in 2010 during a botched search for a parolee was awarded approximately $4 million Tuesday.

Judge stops LAPD impound policy; says it conflicts with state law

A judge ruled LAPD's relaxed vehicle impound policy for unlicensed drivers conflicts with a state law that allows vehicles to be impounded. The ACLU and others say the law unfairly punishes undocumented immigrants without licenses.

Feds: Mexican Mafia sought 'merger' with drug cartel, LA gangs

Dozens of alleged gang members were among those indicted in federal court and accused of working on a "merger" between a Mexican drug cartel and the Mexican Mafia prison gang.

California appeals LA County man's overturned conviction

A San Fernando Valley man whose conviction was overturned three years ago waits to see how a recent Supreme Court ruling impacts his case.

2 minors rescued locally in FBI child prostitution sweep

Authorities rescued two children in the L.A. area who were forced into prostitution — part of a coordinated sweep that freed 105 minors nationwide, the FBI said.

Opposition is organizing to proposed Echo Park gang injunction

Some residents and L.A. youth justice advocates are planning to challenge a proposed gang injunction for the Echo Park area. They believe it is not needed.

Long Beach police adding officers to its ranks

The city of Long Beach announced this week another police academy for next year. A current academy is under way after four years of not hiring any new officers.