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

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.

Irvine repeals living wage pay rule for contractors

Irvine voted Tuesday to repeal its living wage ordinance, which determines how much contracted business should pay employees in Orange County.

Irvine considers repealing living wage ordinance

As cities nationwide consider raising the minimum wage, Irvine may repeal its living wage ordinance requiring city contractors to pay a minimum of $10.82 an hour.

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez enters 2016 US Senate race

Sanchez, 55, made the announcement in her home district, after two days of mixed signals about her intentions.

Is she running? Rep. Sanchez announcement likely about bid for Senate

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is expected to announce Thursday whether she'll make a bid to replace retiring Senator Barbara Boxer.

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.