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

USC strengthens security with cameras, closer ties to LAPD

Over the last year, the University of Southern California has added several layers of security after high profile crimes that happened on campus and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill giving non-citizens jury duty

Jerry Brown said that serving on a jury, like voting,is a distinct responsibility of citizenship.

Echo Park residents seek to stop LA's gang injunction

Some Echo Park residents are asking a judge to temporarily block the city's newly granted gang injunction, claiming it unfairly includes people not involved in gangs.

Hate crimes drop by 6 percent last year in LA County

The Los Angeles County's Human Relations Commission issued its annual report that showed a 6 percent decline in the number of hate crimes reported in 2012.

Judge grants gang injunction for 6 gangs in Echo Park

A judge granted the city of Los Angeles a permanent injunction against six rival gangs in the Echo Park area.

2 drive-by shootings interrupt peace in Watts

Drive-by shootings in Watts Monday left two men dead and the public housing neighborhoods with a third homicide during what has been a relatively peaceful two years.

Violent crime down in LA County despite weekend spike in violence

Ten people were shot or stabbed to death over the weekend in LA County, during a time when law enforcement officials say statistics show violent crime is down.

UPDATE: Brown signs bill increasing online privacy for minors

A new law requires websites and other services aimed at minors to offer young web users an option to delete or remove the information they post.

LAPD cops could soon test lapel body cameras

City officials want the LAPD to test lapel or on-body cameras as a way to reduce complaints, minimize litigation risk and augment field tactics.

UPDATED: Neighbors grieve death of South LA store clerk

The Happy Bargain 99 Cents store clerk was a mother of five children. A makeshift memorial has been set up in front of the store at 74th and Broadway.

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.