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Elizabeth Aguilera

Health and Welfare Reporter
Elizabeth Aguilera is an award winning multi-media journalist who will cover health and social services for CALmatters. She joins CALmatters from Southern California Public Radio/KPCC 89.3 where she produced stories about community health. Her recent reporting revealed lead-tainted soil on school campuses near a former lead battery recycling plant that spurred district action. Previously Aguilera was a staff writer at the San Diego Union-Tribune where she covered immigration and demographics. There, she won a “Best of the West” award for her coverage of sex trafficking between Mexico and the United States. At the Denver Post, where Aguilera wrote about urban affairs and business, she was named a Livingston Award finalist for her reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Aguilera has also worked at the Orange County Register. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and an International Center for Journalists alum. She is also a lifetime member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The L.A. native is a graduate of Pepperdine University and earned an MA in Specialized Journalism from the University of Southern California. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.

An influential union wants the state to limit profits on privately owned dialysis clinics, where kidney patients receive life-sustaining treatment. Dialysis companies are fighting back.

A scoop of horchata or matcha green tea would have been all but impossible to find in decades past. Now, they're part of the evolving dream for some California businesses…

California's Democratic lawmakers are pondering ways to lay the groundwork for a single-payer health care system in the state. Supporters say such a system would cover everyone, streamline an unwieldy…

The U.S. Justice Department alleges that California's immigrant-friendly policies violate the U.S. Constitution by hampering enforcement of federal laws.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has a multimillion-dollar project to fix or shut down tainted water fountains. It's taking calls from other districts seeking advice on how to do…

Trump said if he removed immigration and border officers, California would “have a crime mess like you’ve never seen."

Growing tension between California and the federal government over immigration has business owners in the crosshairs, worried about the potential effect on their enterprises and unsure which laws they should…

California's Legislature is strategizing about how to preserve expanded health coverage required by Obamacare: “Everything they are doing at the federal level, we are doing the opposite,” one legislator said.

The judge's injunction allows those whose legal status has expired to apply for renewal.

The head of federal immigration enforcement said he will send more officers to California if the state stands by its new 'sanctuary' law.

About 32,000 children and pregnant women could lose out unless Congress acts soon.

Here's what California's "sanctuary" law will, and won't, do.

Diabetes, which is spreading and driving up health costs, now afflicts more than half of California adults, especially people of color and the poor.

The Trump Administration sent letters to several more California jurisdictions it says are running afoul of regulations to receive funding because of their policies on sanctuary. Among the targets: the…

The state of California hopes to pause Trump administrations rules that allow employers to opt out of birth control coverage through company health insurance plans.

Although the opioid crisis has not gripped California as it has some other states, rural areas have been hit especially hard. Some lawmakers say the state should do more.

California seeks a temporary restraining order against the Trump administration to force it to keep paying health care subsidies it slashed last week.

The Trump administration will cut off health care subsidies to insurers that help cut health care costs for low-income Americans, the White House announced yesterday. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra…

The Trump administration is rolling back a contraceptive mandate that required nearly all employers to provide birth control to employees at no cost through employer-provided health insurance—and California immediately vowed to…

When Gov. Brown signed the closely watched 'sanctuary state' bill today, he set California on course to further limit how much cooperation state and local law enforcers can give to…

Federal authorities arrested nearly 500 people in California and across the country this week in "sanctuary cities" that have opted to break ties with federal immigration enforcers.

A third of young California children at risk for lead poisoning are not being tested despite state and federal laws that require it, according to a new study—a problem at…

California’s “sanctuary state” bill now has the backing of the governor after the measure's author agreed to broaden the circumstances under which law enforcement could  cooperate with federal immigration officials. 

California is home to one in four undocumented young people protected by an Obama-era program that the Trump administration just ended—numbers that have prompted state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to announce…

The Trump administration has rescinded the Obama-era program that allowed some undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to work and avoid deportation. Today Attorney General Jeff...

California’s Obamacare exchange, Covered California, is struggling to respond to uncertainty over whether the Trump administration will continue to support the health care program.

Fear that the Trump administration would make good on his threats to stop payments to insurers for Obamacare has subsided, for now, after a spokesman said all August payments would…

When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup…

State Labor Commissioner Julie Su has delivered an edict to her staff: Do not allow federal immigration agents into your offices or meetings unless they have a warrant.

The Trump administration intends to waive dozens of environmental laws so it can more speedily begin building a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Trump administration is increasing its pressure on self-identified sanctuary cities—announcing this week that it would pull some federal grants if cities refuse to notify immigration enforcers when they are…

Zawadi Namagazuzyo was about 12 when she was forced to flee her native Congo. Her mother and many family members were dead. Her father wanted her to live. “There was fighting, a lot of fighting,”...

California has approved a plan to spend $1 million to review immigration detention centers and local holding centers that house undocumented immigrants for the federal government.

Hundreds of companies have submitted bids on building prototypes of President Trump’s Mexico border wall in San Diego—although but no contracts have been awarded yet for the project that was…

Proponents of single payer healthcare in California are strategizing about what do next after the speaker of the Assembly shelved the bill, saying it lacked critical details such as how…

Andy de Leon thought he was the only one. Deported to Mexico, the Vietnam-era Army cook struggled to find a way to live in Tijuana—landing in the sprawling border city after serving time for a drug...

Update: The final budget deal ultimately did not include funding to support Medi-Cal for undocumented young adults. Sen. Ricardo Lara said legislators and the governor could not “come to agreement...

Should state government become the health insurer for all Californians? With support for that idea growing amid federal efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, the state Senate passed a...

For the first time ever, the proposed state budget includes millions of dollars to help undocumented immigrants fight deportation.

(Update: Gov. Jerry Brown signed the “sanctuary state” law on October 5, saying in a statement: “These are uncertain times for undocumented Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a...

A federal judge just blocked President Trump’s executive order that would have kept federal funds from flowing to municipalities that consider themselves sanctuary cities.

As immigration enforcement ramps up, so rises the fear of undocumented parents about the fate of their children if they are separated by deportation and returned to their native country. Will the...

Trump administration officials defended immigration agents making arrests at state courthouses today in a letter sent to California’s chief justice in response to her request that federal officers stop “stalking”…

Protesters repeatedly interrupted a community forum in Sacramento today, shouting at the visiting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan, who was there to speak about how the…

While GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan is insisting that the fight to repeal Obamacare is not over, Democratic leaders in California continue celebrating on social media over the House's failure…

Immigration agents have been put on notice by California's Supreme Court Chief Justice for “stalking undocumented immigrants” at courthouses, and using courthouses as "bait."

Struggling with what officials call the largest and most expensive toxic contamination in California history, embattled state regulators have changed the formula for assessing the level of lead-laced soil in…

Single-payer healthcare is once again up for debate in Sacramento, as two state senators push a bill to establish a plan before the federal government repeals the Affordable Care Act.…

In response to President Trump's campaign to build a wall along more of the southern border, one California Democratic lawmaker is trying to throw up a barrier of his own:…

The federal government widened its reach for the arrest and deportation of undocumented immigrants in two memos issued Tuesday, while California leaders continue to scramble to create some protections for…

Los Angeles Democratic Senator Ricardo Lara introduced a bill to prohibit any state agency or institution from sharing information about any applicants, including undocumented immigrants.

Despite his executive order pushing ahead with a border wall, nobody is seriously advocating a solid wall from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific. A barrier already lines more…

1. There already is a “wall” along about a third of the border The border runs about 1,900 miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Some sort of barrier—made from concrete,...

On a recent rainy morning in Los Angeles, Maria Bernal’s stove clicks to life with a bright blue flame to toast bread on a griddle for her 9-year-old son Edwin to smear with peanut butter. As she...

For some 164,000 poor undocumented California children, the ability to see a doctor for regular medical care hangs in the balance. Several experts predict they could be among the first…

The state Department of Motor Vehicles reports it has issued more than 792,000 licenses to undocumented drivers. Now California is preparing for the possibility that the administration of President-elect Donald…

The President signed his first executive order to begin the repeal of the Affordable Care Act just hours after he was sworn into office. The broad order instructs federal agencies…

Desde que Maribel Solache comenzó a enseñar su propia versión de clases de manejo en español hace dos años —que se imparten en todo el Condado de San Diego— éstas han estado llenas. Ella calcula que...

Ever since Maribel Solache began teaching her own version of driver’s ed in Spanish two years ago, the classes—held around San Diego County —have been jammed. She estimates she’s helped some...

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