Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter
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.
Any tips or story ideas can be sent to Erika by email at email@example.com.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
Temporary, emergency winter shelters are popping up all over Southern California as officials and homeless service providers prepare for a wet and cold winter.
Cal State Fullerton wants to add a Korean studies academic program as the Korean American population grows in Orange County.
Santa Ana plans to relax regulations governing separate apartments built on the same lot as a larger, single-family home.
Smartphones are a lifeline for Syrian refugees and immigrants settling in Southern California. Nonprofits preparing for their arrival are seeking donations.
Fullerton city officials and the father of Kelly Thomas, who was beaten by police officers in 2011, have agreed to settle for $4.9 million.
Orange County officials are considering using a shuttered bus center in Santa Ana as a place to shelter the homeless. Homelessness has risen 5 percent in the county in two years.
After years of debate, Orange County supervisors Tuesday decided to purchase space for a year-round homeless shelter in Anaheim.
To prepare for winter storms, Orange County sanitation workers try to clear the Santa Ana River flood channel, where hundreds of homeless people camp.
In an unparalleled move, O.C. supervisors have decided to expand the role of civilian oversight and review to all law enforcement, including the district attorney.
After four years, the wrongful death civil case involving the Fullerton police beating of homeless and mentally ill man Kelly Thomas is underway in Orange County.
Homeless shelters, no matter how big or small or where, have always struggled to fit into neighborhoods where homeowners and businesses fear crime and lower property values are to come.
Southern California refugee groups gear up for receiving Syrian refugees and immigrants in the next year as the U.S. commits to accepting more.
Overwhelmed by the exponential growth of short-term rentals, Anaheim has extended its moratorium on new rentals while the city studies how to regulate the properties.
Suspension of anti-camping and storage laws in Orange County cities comes after lawsuits and community pressure.
Thirty years after his assassination in Santa Ana, the family and friends of Arab-American activists Alex Odeh await answers to who planted a bomb at his office.