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.

A Ventura County supervisor wants the county to support federal gun control efforts.

County Supervisor Steve Bennett is asking fellow supervisors to endorse efforts for stronger federal laws.

Work officially kicked off Friday on construction of a new, nearly 50,000 square foot science center at a South Coast university.

California Lutheran University is building a new three story complex on its Thousand Oaks Campus.

A school bus carrying dozens of students in Santa Barbara County was apparently the target of an attack by someone with a BB or pellet gun.

The bus was carrying between 20 to 30 Cabrillo High School students home Thursday afternoon when the attack occurred. The vehicle was on Rucker Road northeast of Lompoc in Mission Hills when it was hit multiple times. A window was shattered, but no one was hurt. 

The bus continued on to a safe area before stopping. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the incident.

Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were injured when they tried to arrest a man following a wild car chase in a remote area of the county.

Some Santa Barbara County High School students are getting schooled by some of America’s best jazz musicians.

New Orleans jazz saxophonist Derek Douget is in Santa Barbara County is part of a new jazz residency program created by the Lobero Theater Foundation. He and his group of musicians are visiting local colleges, schools, and music programs providing some hands on instruction with students.

The deadly attack at a high school which left 17 dead at a Florida high school has prompted a wave of security concerns at schools around the country, including some on the Central and South Coasts.

February 23rd marks the anniversary of a forgotten day in U.S. history which put a South Coast community into headlines from coast to coast.

It’s the day when World War II came to the U.S. mainland, and it happened just west of Goleta.

They served their country in uniform. But now, they call the streets of Ventura County home.

One survey puts their numbers in the dozens, while some non-profit groups think the numbers could be in the hundreds. A new, first of its kind project in Ventura County is hoping to get some of those homeless veterans into homes.

A Central Coast film festival has announced its 2018 lineup, including plans for four world premieres.

The San Luis Obispo Film Festival will take place from March 13th through 18th. The lineup includes 139 films from 19 countries.

Four documentaries will make their big screen debuts at the filmfest, including “Dirty Laundry,” a look at ongoing problems with asbestos.

A congressman representing much of the Central and South Coasts has announced he is seeking re-election this year.

Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara says he’ll seek a second term in office.

Efforts to establish commuter rail service between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have taken a big step forward.

The agency which oversees rail service on the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo corridor approved new peak rail service. It’s considered a key approval for the plan.

(SpaceX Photo)

Efforts to launch a rocket carrying some satellites from the Central Coast are now zero for three, but the launch team is hoping a fourth planned effort will be successful.

Wednesday morning’s effort was postponed due to strong upper level winds.

The South Coast was the scene of an unusual car chase which ended when the man apparently poisoned himself.

The LAPD notified the CHP at around 7:30 Wednesday morning that a wanted rape suspect might be driving in Ventura County.   Moments later, an officer spotted the suspect’s SUV headed northbound on Highway 101 in Oxnard.

Fires, and floods have forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate their homes on the Central and South Coasts during the last year. In the wake of the Thomas Fire, and Southern Santa Barbara County flooding, public safety officials have been working hard to improve people’s preparedness. And, because we live in earthquake country, it’s an issue we all need to consider. But, what about the four legged members of our families?

A Ventura County woman has pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter for the stabbing death of her aunt.

It’s expected Gina Drake will get an 11 year prison sentence for the June, 2009 murder of Wendy DeRodio. The 61 year old victim was an author, and therapist.

A physical therapist in Santa Barbara County has been sentenced to jail after prosecutors say she took advantage of an elderly couple, charging them $200,000 for three years worth of private Pilates classes.

Investigators say at the peak of the theft, Yvonne Alish Castillo of Santa Barbara was charging the couple $7500 a month for the classes.

It’s going to be another extremely cold night overnight Tuesday into Wednesday for the Central and South Coasts, with temperatures again dropping below freezing in spots.

National Weather Service meteorologists say we could see lows in the upper 20’s even in places like Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Thousand Oaks. Some inland areas could drop to the mid 20’s.

Authorities aren’t releasing details about a confrontation between security staff members and a man at a Central Coast casino which left the man dead.

It happened just after two a.m. Tuesday, near the Chumash Casino in the Santa Ynez Valley.

It’s a term you’ve heard a lot recently in the news on the Central and South Coasts. People have been fighting for “Environmental Justice.”

The label has been used extensively in the battle in Oxnard as many members of the community have rallied to fight a proposal to build a fourth power plant in the city. A U-C Santa Barbara sociologist who's written a new book on the subject says while the issue isn’t a new one, the label for it is relatively recent.

A Santa Barbara County based relief agency that’s been heavily involved in Thomas Fire, and flood relief efforts is getting some relief itself from winemakers.

Santa Barbara County vintners raised more than a million dollars for Direct Relief International.

The latest in a string of community meetings to share the latest information on storm preparedness is set to take place Tuesday in Carpinteria.

Public safety officials in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have been holding a series of meetings to share new maps on potential flood and debris flow zones.

A storm system passing through the Central and South Coasts won’t drop much rain, but it will bring the region some of the coldest temperatures so far this winter.

The rain is expected to be in the form of scattered showers. There’s no concern about significant rainfall which could impact brush fire burn areas. But, temperatures could drop down to around freezing Monday and Tuesday nights, even in many coastal areas on the South Coast.

A State Senator from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties is sponsoring a proposed new law to try to close a loophole in gun ownership laws.

Under current law, people convicted of violent offenses are prohibited from owning firearms. But, if a convicted juvenile offender has their records sealed due to good behavior, it closes the documents which could be used to ban weapons ownership.

(Photo courtesy Airbus)

After two delays, plans now call for a Wednesday launch from the Central Coast of a rocket carrying a payload of satellites.

SpaceX is hoping to launch the Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base during a launch window which begins at 6:17 a.m. Wednesday.

(Photo courtesy Airbus)

A planned rocket launch from the Central Coast has been postponed for a day.

SpaceX had been planning to launch a Falcon 9 rocket carrying one large, and some smaller satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base at around 6 a.m. Saturday.

The company pushed the launch back to Sunday morning. Officials say there wasn’t a problem, but they wanted to do some additional pre-launch system checks.

He’s a legendary ruler who once controlled one of the largest empires of the world. Most people think of Genghis Khan as a brutal barbarian. But, he was also an innovator, introducing things like paper money, skis and the pony express, and creating a Mongolian form of democracy. A huge new exhibition looking at Kahn’s little known legacy is opening in Ventura County.

(Cold Spring School photo)

A South Coast elementary school which lost two of its students in the deadly Southern Santa Barbara County flooding January 9th is now facing a new crisis.

Santa Barbara’s Cold Spring School survived the January disaster, but many of the homes in the one school-school district didn’t. It’s estimated the 170 student school could lose close to 10% of its budget because of decreased property tax revenue as a result of the destructive debris flows.

A federal disaster relief center set up to help Thomas Fire victims in Ventura County is going to close at the end of the month.

FEMA officials say the center in Ventura has served more than a thousand people since opening nearly a month ago in Ventura. But, they say there’s been a sharp drop in the number of people coming into the Ventura County Credit Union building for aid.

The center will continue to be open weekdays, as well as from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through February 28th.  After that, people can still sign up for federal aid online, or via phone.

A Ventura County based university is creating a new program to offer degrees in hospitality management and tourism.

California Lutheran University’s School of Management developed the program.

He’s a popular radio announcer on the South Coast.

But, for two decades he’s moonlighted as an X-Games and Olympics announcer, and Brad Jay is currently in South Korea working the 2018 Winter Olympics.