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

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.

Santa Ana wants more 'granny flats' to ease housing crunch

Santa Ana plans to relax regulations governing separate apartments built on the same lot as a larger, single-family home.

Nonprofits say cellphones key to helping Syrian refugees

Smartphones are a lifeline for Syrian refugees and immigrants settling in Southern California. Nonprofits preparing for their arrival are seeking donations.

Ron Thomas settles civil case over son's beating for $4.9 million

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.

Shuttered bus depot could be OC's next homeless shelter

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.

OC officials approve Anaheim homeless shelter

After years of debate, Orange County supervisors Tuesday decided to purchase space for a year-round homeless shelter in Anaheim.

El Niño cleanup targets homeless in Santa Ana River bed

To prepare for winter storms, Orange County sanitation workers try to clear the Santa Ana River flood channel, where hundreds of homeless people camp.

OC pursues unprecedented oversight over prosecutors

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.

Kelly Thomas wrongful death civil trial begins

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.