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

Foes say proposed desalination plant vulnerable to flooding

Environmentalists opposed to a proposed desalination plant in Huntington Beach are using this week's King Tides to show the plant's vulnerable to flooding.

Deaths of homeless rose drastically in 2015 in OC

Deaths among homeless people in Orange County jumped 53 percent over the last two years, according to coroner's data.

Anaheim restarts the process of revamping elections

After rejecting a widely supported map last year, the Anaheim City Council is restarting the process of carving the city into voting districts.

El Niño storms test the hardiness of OC's homeless

Storms this week will serve as a barometer for Orange County homeless services officials to figure out how much extra shelter space is needed.

Homeless people can get free IDs under new state law

Homeless people needing a new or replacement state-issued identification card can get one for free because of a state law that goes into effect January 1.

Report: LA unprepared to protect homeless during El Niño

L.A.'s Civil Grand Jury found a severe lack of shelter space to accommodate the large homeless population. But after days of storms, much shelter space remains vacant.

​'Lack of oversight' led to informant scandal in Orange County

A committee released a report Monday that says "lack of oversight" and a "failure in leadership" led to the jailhouse informant controversy.

Orange County seeks ‘homeless czar’

Orange County officials are hiring a "homeless czar" to coordinate county programs across departments and report to the CEO and Board of Supervisors.

Obama's meeting with San Bernardino families greeted with mixed feelings

The president starts his Christmas vacation on a somber note, by meeting with families of the 14 people who were killed in the San Bernardino shooting.

OC officials warn residents to prepare for El Niño

Orange County officials launch website to prepare residents for a stormy winter. They warn that flooding could cause major issues in the county.

OC man accused of helping ISIS to be force-fed in prison

Weighing a meager 109 pounds, Muhanad Badawi, will be force-fed in federal prison because he refuses to eat and drink, citing religious reasons.

Anaheim council delays approving map for district elections

In an about-face decision, the Anaheim City Council voted to restart part of the redistricting process to find a new map with two Latino majority districts instead of one.

Anaheim to vote on 'People's Map' to split city into 6 districts

Anaheim district based elections are one vote away from becoming reality. The City Council meets Tuesday to make final decisions for the November 2016 elections.

Cold temps force homeless into winter shelters

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 program

Cal State Fullerton wants to add a Korean studies academic program as the Korean American population grows in Orange County.