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

Homeless shelters struggle to fit into neighborhoods

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.

Orange County refugee agencies preparing for Syrians

Southern California refugee groups gear up for receiving Syrian refugees and immigrants in the next year as the U.S. commits to accepting more.

Anaheim extends moratorium on short-term rentals

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.

Anaheim temporarily suspends anti-camping homeless law

Suspension of anti-camping and storage laws in Orange County cities comes after lawsuits and community pressure.

Arab-American activist's slaying unsolved 30 years later

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.

Pasadena activists continue to push for police auditor

A group of activist will hold a forum Tuesday on whether the Pasadena Police Department should have additional civilian oversight.

Anaheim could get more Latino council members

The Anaheim City Council on Tuesday will consider for the first time a proposed redistricting map that has three predominately Latino districts.

OC officials propose safety plan for homeless shelter

Orange County officials Wednesday night presented a plan designed to quell safety concerns over a proposed homeless shelter in Anaheim.

Orange County presents security plan for homeless shelter

Orange County and city officials hope to win over angry Anaheim residents and business owners opposed to a proposed 200-bed shelter for the homeless.

Santa Ana wants developers to convert office towers into housing

Faced with a housing shortage and little open space, Santa Ana city leaders are trying to entice developers to convert old commercial buildings into apartments or condos.

Orange County college students design solar-powered, drought-tolerant home

About 100 college students seek inspiration from the California poppy to design a solar-powered, drought tolerant home.

How the drought has affected homeless people

The drought in Southern California has made it harder for homeless people seeking shelter in once-dense parks and free showers at beaches.

Anaheim rental inspections program nets $11,000 in fines

Anaheim has collected housing violation fines and filed a criminal complaint against a property owner as part of a rental inspections program launched last year.

Santa Ana eases affordable housing rules for developers

Developers converting historic buildings in Santa Ana into apartments and condos will no longer have to include affordable housing units.

UCLA study finds many 'hidden poor' among California seniors

A review of 2009-11 census data concludes that more than 770,000 California seniors don't meet the federal definition of poverty, but are indeed poor.