Jean Yamamura

Opinions Editor

A resident of Santa Barbara for more than 35 years, our opinions editor arrived at The Independent's doorstep in 1996, working first in the copy department and then in the news and opinion areas. She says her studies in comparative literature at UCSB gave her an appreciation of the broad variety of writings out there, which comes in handy with the broad variety of letters and op-eds that arrive in her inbox. Is there an issue in Santa Barbara that either really bugs you or gives you a kick?? The Indy's opinion section will likely give it an airing (especially if you send it digitally).

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California Pre-registers 16- and 17-Year-Old Potential Voters

Initiative added 88,700 potential voters; more than a thousand added in Santa Barbara County.

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Body Found Below Gibraltar Identified

DNA matched that of Buellton man missing since 2015.

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Folding Bikes Added to 'Last Mile' Transport for New Train Service

Pilot program to get commuters from station to work.

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Pair of F-22s Buzz Santa Barbara City College

Turbulence Rattles Windows and Nerves on Monday Morning.

Turbulence rattles windows and nerves on Monday morning.

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Mandatory Evacuation Called for Fire Zones in Santa Barbara County

Heavy rains expected Tuesday-Thursday; debris flows feared.

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One Half of Old Town Streets to Get Sidewalks

Goleta Community Meeting to Discuss Plans on March 22

Walkways planned for one side of Goleta neighborhood streets; parking, lighting talks at community meeting March 22.

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After Disaster in Montecito, Where Is All the Money Going?

Santa Barbara Nonprofits Have Spent Millions on Relief

Santa Barbara nonprofits account for millions spent on relief efforts.

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Santa Barbara Experiences a Rainy March, but a Dry Year

Water year only 34 percent of normal for precipitation.

Fatal Motorcycle Incident in Isla Vista

Teen from Irvine killed on El Colegio, near UCSB campus.

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Woman Charged in Painted Cave Mail Thefts

Community Installed Camera to Catch a Thief

Mountain community installed a camera to catch a thief.

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