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

Orange County seeks a new model for sheriff oversight

Orange County supervisors say the current oversight model isn't independent enough. They want a new one but aren't sure what's best.

Federal grand jury investigating Santa Ana police beating

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.

Anaheim approves 30-year tax exemption deal for Disney

The city council agrees to exempt Disney from the admission tax in exchange for a $1 billion expansion of Disneyland Resort.

Outside panel to review OC DA's use of jailhouse informants

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 to Anaheim: We'll invest $1B for no new taxes for 30 years

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.

One woman's story of falling in with OC's 'ticket fixer'

Anaid Antunez had never gotten a ticket before. She wanted to make her DUI go away. She found a man through Craigslist who would do it — for a price.

Head count shows growing homeless population in Orange County

Officials estimate that there will be 20 percent more homeless people in the county this year compared with the last time they checked two years ago.

1,000 O.C. court cases appear to have been illegally fixed

The FBI is investigating whether a court clerk was behind a scheme that illegally "fixed" about 1,000 traffic-related criminal cases for thousands of dollars.

FAA wants to use GPS to more precisely track planes

The technology would replace radar, allowing air traffic controllers to more precisely track flights. The FAA says this would ease congestion and cut travel time.

Lawsuit filed over Santa Ana pot shop raid (updated)

The suit claims officers used excessive force and caused more than $100,000 in property damage to Sky High Holistics.

Hitch delays part of Newport Beach fire pits plan

The Coastal Commission approves wood fire pits at two beach locations, but delays action on Corona del Mar State Beach after objections from State Parks officials.

Coastal panel set to approve fire rings plan for Newport Beach

The Coastal Commission is expected to approve four more fire pits while designating most of the 64 rings as wood-burning. A minority would be charcoal pits.

ID cards can be a key and barrier for the homeless

In January, homeless people will be able to get replacement ID cards — key to getting welfare benefits and a job — from the DMV for free. Still, obtaining one is no easy task.

Neighbors blast plan for OC year-round homeless shelter

Facing opposition from local businesses and residents, Orange County officials took a baby step toward buying a $4.2 million warehouse in Anaheim to build a shelter.

Why aren't OC labor advocates pushing for minimum wage?

While advocates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and even San Diego go after raising the minimum wage, there's been no similar push in Orange County. Politics isn't the only reason.