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

Fathers are thanked at Nickerson Gardens in South LA

Nickerson Gardens held its first Father's Day event for the young dads in the community. Many fathers say they feel left out.

June sees an uptick in shootings in South Los Angeles

A recent rise in shootings in South L.A. have police on alert. Overall, crime is down, but LAPD says they are looking for any possible trends.

Echo Park Lake reopens after two years of renovations (Photos)

Residents are eager to use Echo Park Lake after it was closed for two years for habitat restoration. One visitor said: “It’s a re-makeover. Echo Park really got hooked up.”

Los Angeles Superior Court begins layoffs

Besides laying off about 177 Los Angeles Superior Court staff, there will be no new hires, positions will go unfilled, plus pay cuts and demotions.

FAA: More study, meetings needed on LA helicopter noise

FAA representatives tell L.A. County residents fed up with helicopter noise that more studies and meetings are needed before mandatory restrictions can be discussed.

FAA to be at public meeting on how to quiet LA's noisy choppers

The 7 p.m. meeting at Griffith Park gives the public a chance to ask about FAA recommendations to quiet LA's constant din of chopper noise.

Survey: 20 percent of Californians have been a crime victim in the last 5 years

Victims of violent crime tend to be young, poor and either African-American or Latino. The leader of another criminal justice policy group said she was outraged by the report.

Update: LAPD says review of ex-cop Christopher Dorner's firing continues

The LAPD says any reports about its review of the rogue ex-cop are premature; the Associated Press earlier reported that the review had found the firing justifiable.

Pit bull attack: Arraignment delayed for owner facing murder charge

A dog owner is charged with murder in the mauling death of a 63-year-old Antelope Valley woman. Legal experts say the case will be difficult for prosecutors to prove.

UPDATE: Charges not filed against USC students arrested after noisy parties (VIDEO)

Charges were not filed against USC students when they appeared in LA Superior Court Thursday. They arrested when police shut down two loud parties earlier this month, leading to allegations of racial profiling by officers.

California legislature may restore $100M to court system (Chart)

While every bit helps, the boost in funding is likely not enough to stop the closure of eight courthouses set to lock its doors under the L.A. County Superior Court consolidation plan.

Low-riders and bikers cruise South LA for peace

About 200 people cruised South LA in low-riders and motorcycles Sunday as a symbolic message of peace to reduce gang violence in neighborhoods.

Memorial Day remembrances begin with humble East LA event

Cypress Park residents remembered their neighbors who never made it back from military service. The humble event was the first of many this Memorial Day weekend.

Boat washes ashore in Manhattan Beach carrying a ton of drugs

Authorities say the panga boat contained about 1,800 pounds of drugs. The low-slung fishing speedboats are increasingly used to try to sneak drugs into the U.S.

LAPD will not pursue complaints about police helicopter noise

Irritated by police helicopter noise? LAPD policy dictates that the department not pursue complaints about low-flying choppers.