Lance Orozco

News Director

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, developing the station's local news coverage as it transitioned to a news/talk format. He has provided award-winning local coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, from brush fires and mudslides to Ronald Reagan's funeral. 

Lance has won more than 200 journalism awards for KCLU, including more than 90 Golden Mikes, 20-plus regional Edward R. Murrow awards, a national Edward R. Murrow Award (an honor which came to David Letterman’s attention on “The Late Show.”), and a national Society Of Professional Journalists Award  He has been AP's small market reporter of the year in the western U.S. nine times. 

Lance is a familiar face in the region, having worked nearly two decades as a television reporter and weathercaster in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. His adventures included an unexpected guest appearance on "Late Night With David Letterman."

You can reach Lance here.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

An unsponsored, unsanctioned spring break party occurred in Isla Vista over the weekend, but a number of steps by UC Santa Barbara, public safety agencies and the community helped keep it from becoming a large out of control event.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office officials say 6,000 to 8,000 people were on hand in IV, more than last year but still down substantially to the 20,000 plus people who took part in 2014. 42 people were arrested, and 68 cited.

A more than six year long effort to turn a privately owned water system in Ventura County into a public one appears to be successful.

The Golden State Water Company and the Casitas Municipal Water District announced they’ve reached a $34.4 million dollar deal to take the private system in the Ojai Valley area public.

Some customers upset with what the felt were excessive fees charged by the Golden State Water Company launched the takeover push more than six years ago. The company said the fees were in line with costs in operating the system.

(Photo Courtesy Lynn County Sheriff's Department)

A trip to Oregon has ended in tragedy for a Ventura County family has ended in tragedy, after a charter plane crash killed all three members of the family, as well as the plane’s pilot.

John A. Zitting, Karen Blackmore Zitting and their son John Brendan Zitting were headed to Eugene to visit the University of Oregon.

A federal grand jury has indicted a Ventura County man on a charge of producing child pornography.

Eric Allen Haensgen was arrested last month after prosecutors say he took more than 80 pictures, as well as videos of a six year old girl with his camera phone, and downloaded it to a computer.

The 38 year old Simi Valley man is also charged with possessing, and distributing child pornography. He hasn’t been arraigned yet, so he hasn’t entered pleas to the charges.

A longtime judge on the South Coast has retired.

Judge Donald Coleman stepped down Friday after more than two decades as a Ventura County Superior Court judge. He handled everything from juvenile crimes to criminal court cases, and just completed a two year term as the court’s Presiding Judge.

Coleman was first elected as a Superior Court judge in 1996. Before that, he served nearly two decades as a prosecutor in the Ventura County Deputy District Attorney’s office, rising to Chief Deputy District Attorney.

A man who’s led education efforts on the Central and South Coast for more than three decades is retiring.

Bill Cirone announced he’s stepping down this summer as Santa Barbara County’s Superintendent of Schools.

Cirone is the state’s longest running county schools leader, serving 34 years in the position. He was first elected in 1982. The county’s Board of Education appointed Deputy Superintendent Susan Salcido to fill the remainder of Cirone’s term.

A Ventura County legislator says she’s supporting the governor’s proposed gas and vehicle tax hikes, calling them a reasonable way to deal with badly needed infrastructure upgrades.

Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks says she’s never voted for a tax hike before, but believes the action is essential.

A coalition of law enforcement and public safety officials from around the state, including some from the Central and South Coasts went to the State Capitol to lobby for continued funding for programs to keep kids from becoming criminals.

More than 400 people ranging from police chiefs to prosecutors met with key policymakers in Sacramento Wednesday. They were members of a non-profit, bipartisan coalition called “Fight Crime-Invest in Kids.”

A convicted criminal who had been deported twice from the United States was arrested after police say he tried to break into a Ventura County home.

Port Hueneme Police were called to the 1500 block of North Sixth Place at around 9 a.m. yesterday morning, by reports of a man trying to get into a woman’s bedroom. Officers think he ran through several backyards before they arrested him.

A South Coast university has its first new men’s basketball coach in nearly two decades.

Joe Pasternack was introduced as UC Santa Barbara’s new men’s head coach Tuesday.

Pasternack has a long history in college basketball, working on the coaching staffs at Cal and Arizona, and serving as head coach at the University of New Orleans.

He takes over for Bob Williams, whose contract wasn’t renewed this year after 19 year of guiding the Gauchos. The Gauchos finished 6-22 this season.

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