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

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A Visual Report of Rainy Tuesday

Photographs from around Santa Barbara.

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Lompoc Gains a Councilmember and Loses Its Police Chief

Hotel operator Gilda Cordova appointed to council; Police Chief Pat Walsh resigns.

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High Winds, Downed Trees, Some Rain So Far

Noon report from around downtown Santa Barbara.

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Evacuation Order Announced for Tuesday Morning

Residents advised to consult Winter 2019 Evacuation Map to determine if they are in or out of the zone.

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Benson Granted Reprieve

Dangerous Labrador retriever allowed to live out his life at Shadow's Fund.

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Camp 4 Legislation Alive Again

Carbajal and LaMalfa sponsor bill to add 1,400 acres to Chumash reservation.

Stormy Week Ahead for Santa Barbara County

West of Goleta alerted Friday night; up to 10 inches could fall in South Coast mountains.

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Fiat Chrysler Hit with $483 Million Settlement Terms

Agrees to penalties for programming vehicles to fool smog checks.

Weekend Rain Review

Saturday and Sunday's storms edged Lake Cachuma capacity upward.

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Should Homeless Warming Center Threshold Be Lowered?

Temperature Criteria Change Would Increase Nights Open

If nights increase, where would homeless people go and how would the centers operate without funding, operators ask.

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