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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Plastic Bags? Throw ’Em Away

Fewer Things Are Recyclable in South Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County makes recycling rules tougher in face of exacting standards.

UCSB Ranked Number Three in UC System

UCLA and Cal took the one and two spots.

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Pini Property Fights Continue

As an epic attorney battle continues in the Dario Pini receivership, a tenant is getting fed up.

MTD Takes Stand Against Prop. 6

The bus company is concerned about the state funding it relies upon.

Transgender People's Military Service Upheld Again

The administration tried to dissolve the court's injunction against its ban, but California's ruling was upheld.

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Chiles en Nogada @ Santo Mezcal & Los Agaves

Dish Celebrates Mexican Independence Day This Season

This dish celebrates Mexican Independence Day while pomegranates are fresh.

Affordable Units Open in Goleta

Casas de Los Carneros is fully tenanted.

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State Gives $2 Million in Fire-Related Grants

Money Goes to Debris Basins, Fish Passage, and Botanic Garden

Money goes to debris basins, fish passage, and the Botanic Garden.

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UAV Crash-Lands at Pt. Mugu

Landing gear fails to drop after engine issues develop.

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Marijuana Grows Destroyed in Tepusquet

Sheriff's Cannabis Compliance Team takes out nearly 1,600 plants.

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