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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Carpinteria Digs Out from Under Its Flood and Mud

Schools Reopen as Teachers Are Bused In from Santa Barbara and Goleta

Schools reopen as teachers are bused in from Santa Barbara and Goleta.

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Montecito Mudslide Evacuation Orders, Emergency Alerts Explained

Sheriff Brown, EOC Director Lewin Give Insight into Santa Barbara County Disaster Operations

Sheriff Brown, EOC Director Lewin give insight into Santa Barbara County's disaster operations.

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Candlelight Vigil Remembers Those Lost to the Flood

Officials Hold Update on Search for Survivors

The search for survivors has turned into a search for remains.

Two Bodies Newly Identified in Montecito Mudflow

Two families learn deaths are confirmed.

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After the Mudslides, What Does the Next Rain Hold for Montecito?

Thomas Fire Was Just Part One of the Rain Season

Thomas Fire was just part one of the rain season.

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County to Hold Montecito Vigil

Community ceremony at Courthouse Sunken Garden on Sunday at 5 p.m.

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Coliform Bacteria in Santa Barbara Ocean Waters Exceed Health Standards

County warns swimmers and surfers to stay out of the sea due to raw sewage.

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Santa Barbarans Give Support to Montecito Mudslide Victims

United Way fund expanded; more offers on this list being constantly updated.

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More Rescuers Arrive to Search Montecito

FEMA Asserts Flood and Mud Covered Under Thomas Fire Declaration

FEMA asserts flood and mud covered under Thomas Fire declaration.

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$1 Million Donated to Santa Barbara Rescue Mission

The gift will help with the facility's $10 million remodel.

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