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).

Recent Stories

Volunteers in Policing Is Looking for 10 Good Men and Women

An Eye-Opening Volunteer Program at Santa Barbara Police Department

An eye-opening volunteer program at Santa Barbara Police Department.

Thousands Received DACA Relief After Lawsuits Filed

Renewal applications have totaled 117,446 since program suspension was overturned.

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Bank Robbery Suspect Kills Self in Bathroom

[Update] The suspect in the Goleta Rabobank robbery has been identified as Keith David Goodwin, believed to be the 'faux badge' bandit.

'News-Press' Found to Owe Union and Employees $2.2 Million

National Labor Relations Board puts money amount on employee losses since 2006.

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Fire Starts Just West of Buellton

[Update] Vegetation fire starts on the 1000 block of Highway 246; Bobcat Springs on evacuation warning.

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Orange County Bodyguard Pulls Glock on State Street

Gets out of purple Lexus SUV parked in red to argue with man driving silver Porsche.

Amtrak Strikes Man on Tracks in Montecito

[Update] The man killed this morning on the railroad tracks near Montecito's Olive Mill Road has been identified.

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Cruces Fire Update

Thursday morning report from County Fire expects full containment by this evening.

Police Dog Subdues Domestic Disturber

Carpinteria argument resolved with help of K9.

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Fire Breaks Out near Las Cruces

[Update] Cruces Fire at 150 acres, County Fire reported. Northern edge difficult; State Route 1 "looking better."

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