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

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.

Santa Ana considers loosening affordable housing rules

City officials say a change to housing ordinance is needed to attract developers who could convert historic or commercial buildings into residential complexes.

Poseidon plans to reapply for desal plant permit

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.

Latino activists ponder how to maximize Anaheim's new electoral map

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.

Survey finds OC bus riders got cars or moved away

Orange County transportation officials are trying to figure out why bus ridership has gone down 29 percent from FY 2006 to FY 2013.

Orange County seeks help with sheriff oversight

The O.C. Board of Supervisors Monday is scheduled to discuss hiring a consultant to figure out how to effectively monitor county law enforcement.

Expert panel report leaves California’s desalination future in limbo

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.

Expert panel leaves fate of proposed Poseidon desal plant uncertain

The panel concludes that subsurface intake pipes would be too expensive. That was the approach favored by the state coastal commission.