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.
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Stories by Erika Aguilar
Poseidon Water officials say they plan to submit a new application for a state permit to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach in a month or two.
An advisory panel suggests creating two Latino majority districts out of six. Some Latino activists suggest having just one, with larger pluralities in two others.
Orange County transportation officials are trying to figure out why bus ridership has gone down 29 percent from FY 2006 to FY 2013.
The O.C. Board of Supervisors Monday is scheduled to discuss hiring a consultant to figure out how to effectively monitor county law enforcement.
The fate of a water desalination plant remains uncertain after a panel of experts has concluded that it would be too expensive to build it using intake pipes under the sea floor.
The panel concludes that subsurface intake pipes would be too expensive. That was the approach favored by the state coastal commission.
They're less visible, sleeping in parks, open spaces and vehicles. Most are adult men; there are no emergency shelters for them in the area.
The formerly confidential probe was never introduced as evidence in the criminal trial of officers involved in the 2011 death of the mentally ill, homeless Thomas.
Census results show a jump in homeless adults but decreases in the chronically homeless and families. Those who are unsheltered or living in cars and on sidewalks jumped 30 percent.
Edison said it would send crews to inspect vaults downtown starting at 10 a.m. and anticipates power would be back for all customers by 6 p.m., according to Long Beach police.
Another vault explosion has knocked out power for some Long Beach residents. Southern California Edison spokeswoman Susan Cox says 30,000 customers are impacted.
From Anaheim to Los Angeles County, elected officials are weighing which models would best help law enforcement improve its performance and avoid excessive use of force.
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said she's "not confident" in the state attorney general's investigation into alleged withholding of evidence regarding jailhouse informants.
Experts told the Orange County Board of Supervisors that its current Office of Independent Review is doing an adequate job, but should be given more staff and power.
Orange County supervisors say the current oversight model isn't independent enough. They want a new one but aren't sure what's best.