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.
Any tips or story ideas can be sent to Erika by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories by Erika Aguilar
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.
A federal grand jury is investigating a group of Santa Ana police officers who are seen on surveillance video punching and hitting a man during an arrest last year.
The city council agrees to exempt Disney from the admission tax in exchange for a $1 billion expansion of Disneyland Resort.
An independent committee will review the district attorney's polices on using jailhouse informants after allegations of misconduct in the Dekraai case and others.
Disney says it will invest $1 billion in its Anaheim theme parks if the city promises not to tax it for the next 30 years. A 20-year no-gate tax deal expires next year.