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

DA's office comes up short in Orange County budget

As the county considers what to fund during its next fiscal year, cautious eyes will be on the District Attorney's budget.

Higher home prices help lift Orange County budget

Officials released their $5.7 billion proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes a 4 percent increase in property tax revenues.

Palmdale ends fight aganist voting rights lawsuit

Palmdale city officials Wednesday settled a voting rights lawsuit for $4.5 million, ending a three-year fight to keep it from moving to district-based elections.

Anaheim, Fullerton commit $1 million to year-round homeless shelter

The money will cover nearly a quarter of the $4.2 million price tag to buy a warehouse in Anaheim to be converted to a shelter.

Drought: OC cities contemplate ways to cut water use

As the state issues mandatory water cuts, Southern California cities consider two-day per week watering schedules and replacing lawn with synthetic turf.

Long Beach poised to sue over OC's 405 Freeway expansion

Long Beach officials say they're ready to sue over plans to widen the 405 Freeway in Orange County, saying its dead stop at the county line will snarl traffic on city streets.

Long Beach residents see traffic jam in OC's I-405 expansion

Plans to widen I-405 in Orange County stops at the L.A. County border line making Long Beach residents wince at future traffic jams on local streets.

I-405 widening project in Orange County to add toll lane

After fighting toll lanes for years, Orange County transportation officials green lit the addition of two lanes to I-405 highway - one of them a toll road.

Anaheim police chief pushes back against proposed reforms

Three years after a pair of fatal police shootings in Anaheim sparked riots, the police chief says he won't implement policy reforms called for in an independent report.

Medical marijuana proponent finds a novel way to skirt city bans in OC

Orange County lawyer Randall Longwith has been hired by about 75 eager medical marijuana growers and suppliers across California to find a way to legitimize medical marijuana.

Huntington Beach repeals plastic bag ban

Plastic shopping bags could return to stores in Huntington Beach after the city council Monday voted to move forward with repealing its own plastic bag ban.

Huntington Beach votes to repeal plastic bag ban

Several California cities have said no to plastic bags at major retail and grocery stores, including Huntington Beach. But now it's reconsidering.

Anaheim voters to decide whether to make it harder to raise taxes

The threat of district-based elections is shaping how Anaheim debates taxes, which has larger implications for how it will tax Disney and other major players in town.

Plans for a year-round homeless shelter in OC

Plans for a permanent, year-round emergency shelter for homeless people in Orange County cleared a major hurdle Tuesday when Anaheim and Fullerton city officials gave their blessing.

New emergency homeless shelter for families in OC

A new emergency shelter for homeless families opens Tuesday in Anaheim, aiming to reduce the amount of time families spend in crisis, by making it easier to find shelter.