Jill Replogle

Orange County Reporter

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Jill Replogle is KPCC's Orange County Reporter.

Prior to joining KPCC, Jill was managing editor for the English-language Tico Times newspaper in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she often researched and wrote stories, largely focused on immigration, the environment, politics and human rights.

Before that, she reported for the Fronteras collaborative, covering the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration and changing demographics in San Diego and Imperial counties.

Stories by Jill Replogle

Coastal Commission tells Laguna Beach to loosen up on Airbnb

The Coastal Commission has a mandate to preserve and expand access to the coast and it sees short-term rentals as a key, lower-cost lodging option for visitors.

New LA fees on developers earmarked for affordable housing

The LA City voted Wednesday to asses the fee. Developers say it will slow housing construction and cause the price for existing units to rise.

Skirball Fire grows to 475 acres, 5 percent containment

At least 15 structures have been damaged or destroyed since the fire began early Wednesday morning. LAFD estimates that 46,000 people are being affected.

2017 is California's worst year for wildfires on record

Severe wind events like this week's Santa Anas have been the primary factor in making this year's fires the most destructive and deadliest ever.

Thomas Fire burns 50,500 acres, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate

The Thomas Fire broke out Monday near Santa Paula has grown wildly to almost 80 square miles, burning more than 150 structures. About 38,000 people have been evacuated.

You can smoke weed in California — but it's still hard to buy it

Want to purchase a joint at your local pot store Jan. 1? Good luck. Most California cities and counties have banned cannabis businesses.

SoCal's great white sharks return to migrating behavior

The baby and juvenile white sharks that spent the past couple years along Southern California's coast have largely left the area in recent weeks.

San Clemente considers relaxing rules on short-term rentals

The city is being forced to backtrack on harsh restrictions passed in 2016 because of a lawsuit filed by short-term rental owners.

ACLU slams Anaheim for high rate of officer-involved deaths

Since 2003, more than 30 people have died as a result of force used by on-duty Anaheim police officers, according to a new report from the ACLU.

House approves GOP tax overhaul, with Senate outlook uncertain

The vote for the $1.4 trillion overhaul was almost along party lines, with no Democrats voting in support of the bill and some GOP defections over provisions that would eliminate important tax deductions taken by constituents in some high tax states.

Mission Viejo contemplates switch to by-district voting

Mission Viejo is the latest Orange County city to be threatened with a lawsuit if it doesn’t reform its local voting system to give minorities more power.

Anaheim school's Confederate mascot gets the boot

The Anaheim Union High School District voted Monday night to rebrand Savanna High School's "Johnny Rebel" mascot, which depicts a Confederate soldier.

Anaheim school considers replacing, rebranding Rebel mascot

Savanna High School's Confederacy-inspired Rebel mascot could be scrapped by the school board after students voiced concerns about its potentially racist symbolism.

Was Orange County's devastating Canyon Fire 2 preventable?

The Orange County Fire Authority is facing tough questions about its response to the Canyon Fire 2, which burned more than 14 square miles and destroyed 15 homes.

OC aims curfew at homeless along Santa Ana River trail

Orange County announced plans to start enforcing trespassing laws along a 10-mile stretch of the Santa Ana River trail where homeless people live.