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

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.

Kendrec McDade report: Appeals court considers lifting seal on court filing

A state appeals court took a step closer this week to opening a sealed court filing at the center of debate over the Kendrec McDade shooting.

Hate helicopter noise? Now you can file a complaint

A centralized automated complaint system to report noisy helicopters in Los Angeles County went online Tuesday as part of long-term plan to reduce chopper noise in the region.

Uber and Wingz ridesharing allowed at John Wayne Airport

Ridesharing companies Uber and Wingz are now permitted to pick up passengers at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Officers who killed Kendrec McDade made tactical errors

A court document states two Pasadena officers involved in the fatal police shooting of Kendrec McDade were not disciplined, despite making tactical errors during the incident.

OC homeless advocates want county to find administrator to run shelter

While Orange County zeroes in on a year-round homeless shelter site, homeless advocates also want the county to find a suitable administrator for it.

Kendrec McDade shooting: Family fights latest effort to seal a city report

Attorneys for the mother of an unarmed teenager killed by Pasadena police want a judge to lift a seal on a city report that evaluates the fatal shooting.

New site proposed in Anaheim for OC homeless shelter

An industrial warehouse in Anaheim is the newest location the Orange County Board of Supervisors is considering for a new year-round homeless shelter.

First Person: Jack Moreau wants a more connected Arroyo Seco

The "pedestrian advocate" asks why there are chain-link fences severing the Arroyo Seco from the parks, soccer fields and tennis courts that run alongside it.

Orange County to revisit homeless shelter issue on Tuesday

Orange County officials try again to find a place to build a year-round, permanent emergency homeless shelter for 200 to 400 people.

Asian Americans sue Fullerton over at-large city elections

Fullerton gets sued under the state's voting rights act for allegedly denying Asian Americans a seat at the political table because of the city's at-large election system.

4 years after Kelly Thomas killing, have Fullerton police improved?

The beating death of a homeless mentally ill man brought task force and consultant reviews. Since then, the police department has begun reaching out to the homeless.