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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City Council Approves Fee Allocation for Branch Libraries

The topic goes next to potential Goleta branch library cities.

Phone Scammers Target Businesses

Pretend to have a delivery that just needs some cash or a wire transfer.

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Direct Relief Steps into Fire Effort

Highway 101 to the south opens; death toll at Camp Fire rises.

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Woolsey Fire Grows, Two Reported Dead

Highway 101 remains closed between Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village; Highway 1 also closed at Pt. Mugu; nearly 300,000 under mandatory evacuation orders.

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New Bren School Lab Targets Solutions Through Markets

Environmental Initiative Works to Find Conservation Improvements with Positive Economic Benefits

Environmental initiative works to find conservation improvements with positive economic benefits.

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Highway 101 Southbound Fires Update

Second fire breaks out near Simi Valley.

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Hill Fire Closes 101 near Camarillo Springs

Wind gusts over 40 mph propelled a fire on the western edge of Newbury Park into a blaze of 10,000-plus acres within two hours.

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Threatening Graffiti Found at Dos Pueblos High School

School officials keep campus open; Sheriff's Office increases patrols.

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Santa Barbara Rallies to #ProtectMueller

Protest planned for De la Guerra Plaza on Thursday at 5 p.m.

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Goleta to Host Ellwood Oil Meeting

State Lands holds Town Hall to brief residents on current status of Venoco bankruptcy outfall.

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