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.

Authorities say the death of a man who was struck, and fatally injured by a SUV in Ventura County may not have been an accident.

Oxnard Police say they were called to the intersection of Fifth, and Meta Streets at about 2:30 Sunday morning by a report of someone being hit by a vehicle.  They found a seriously injured man at the scene.

A South Coast airport is working on a major expansion plan to help ease a lack of hangar space.

Ventura County officials are considering a proposal to add 100,000 square feet of commercial hangar space at Camarillo Airport.  RKR Incorporated wants to build four hangars and office space on a vacant six acre chunk of land on the northeast end of the airport. 

A wanted parolee authorities considered to be armed, and dangerous has been arrested on the Central Coast.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies were looking for Larry Charles Harvey in the Shandon area, east of Paso Robles. Area residents were told to lock their door and vehicles as deputies spent two days looking for the 27 year old Shandon man.

Deputies spotted him at about 5 Friday night in front of a home. When they tried to arrest him, he led the officers on a foot chase through a riverbed, some backyards, and even through a home before he was caught.

Just released figures show few major changes in unemployment on the Central and South Coasts, with the jobless rate remaining near record lows.

In Ventura County, unemployment remained unchanged from July to August, at 3.9%. Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties showed slight drops.

A search is underway in Ventura County for a man who attempted to abduct a girl on her way to school.

Ventura County Sheriff’s detectives say a nine year old girl was riding her bike to school in Newbury Park just after eight Friday morning.

CHP officers say a woman suffered minor injuries when a Ventura County Sheriff’s office patrol vehicle rear-ended a car on Highway 101.

The accident happened at around 8 a.m. Thursday on northbound Highway 101 near Flynn Road, in Camarillo. Investigators say the deputy was on his radio reporting an accident on the freeway when he noticed the traffic ahead of him was rapidly slowing.

The officer swerved into the freeway median to avoid the traffic. But, a car had stopped in the median, and he hit it. The deputy was uninjured.

The governor signed into law a bill authored by a Ventura County legislator intended to help protect members of the military against consumer fraud.

AB 3212 expands the period in which service members are protected against things like eviction, foreclosure, default judgement, and repossession.

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials issued an order requiring all health care workers in the county to get flu shots.

The mandatory order affects doctors, nurses, support staff, and even volunteers who provide patient care, or work in patient care areas.  They are at higher risk of contracting, and spreading influenza because of exposure to seriously ill people.

A boat is arriving in Ventura Harbor, wrapping up a trip from the Channel Islands which was more than 20 million years in the making. As Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History geologist Jonathan Hoffman watches, a crane moves a 700 pound crate from the boat to a dock. Inside are some fossils which may be the oldest of their kind ever found on the West Coast, from what’s known as a Sea Cow.

(Photo by Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department)

It was a close call for a couple in a car which went off of Highway 101 and rolled onto railroad tracks in Santa Barbara County, and was then hit by an oncoming passenger train.

The car was headed southbound on Highway 101 near Gaviota just after one Wednesday afternoon when the driver lost control. The vehicle rolled down an embankment, and ended up on some railroad tracks.

(Ventura County photo)

Parking oversized vehicles on streets will now get you a ticket in a Ventura County community.

Ventura County Supervisors approved an ordinance banning the parking of large vehicles on streets in Oak View. 16 signs have been posted throughout the community.

Ventura County has received an unusual gift towards a project officials hope they will never need to use.

Kaiser Permanente gave the county nearly $25,000 to expand the body storage capacity at the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office.

(Pete Souza/The White House)

She’s had an amazing life. She has a degree in nursing, a masters degrees in religion, worked as a school instructor, and along the way, had three kids. Then, at age 60, she ran for Congress, and won not just once, not twice, but nine times, representing Santa Barbara, and parts of Ventura and Sam Luis Obispo Counties. Lois Capps became known for her efforts to protect the environment, and her fights for quality health care.Now, she's written a new book about her experiences.

Three Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies are recovering from injuries they received trying to take a man acting erratically into custody. It happened just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, on the 2500 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks.

Deputies responding to a call of a man behaving erratically near Conejo Elementary School say they found Valentin Gandarilla talking to himself, and throwing his hands up in the air. When they tried to talk to him, they say he started to run.

Before he retired, he was once Santa Barbara County’s Fire Chief.   Now, three years after he left the agency, Michael Dyer is back again, but this time on an interim basis.

Current Fire Chief Eric Peterson is retiring after more than three decades with the agency. The county is launching a search for a new chief, but Dyer agreed to come out of retirement to fill the post on an interim basis.