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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'You Solve It,' City Tells County on Library Money Shortage

Funding Standoff Develops over Administration Charge

To avoid financial shortfall, city sends ball back to county's court.

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Sonos Informs Employees of Potential Layoffs

'Restructuring' could affect 96; how many in Santa Barbara unknown.

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Highway 101 Widening Gets a Great Big Check

Senate Bill 1 Sends $183 Million, Bike-and-Hike Benefit, Too

Senate Bill 1 Sends $183 million for highway and bike-and-hike pathways.

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It’s Official: Wildfire Season Has Begun

Fire Stations Countywide Will Get Upstaffed

Rain totals, fuel levels, and weahther forecasts helped determine the start of the 2018 season.

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Register to Vote by May 21

Statewide Primary on June 5

The statewide district primary election is on June 5.

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Platform Holly Meeting, Part 2

Goleta Mayor Persuades State Lands to Support Mobile H2S Monitor

State Lands reports to Goleta City Council on plugging and abandoning, and a hydrogen sulfide monitor.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Increase in Santa Barbara County

Overall cases are up, though young women and newborn infections are down.

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Final Legal Challenge to 101 Widening Defeated

Design and permits phase to add high-occupancy vehicle lane will begin.

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Commuter Train Ridership Lower Than Initially Reported

Faulty Headcount Blamed on Software Glitch

A software error exaggerated the number of commuters.

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La Casa de la Raza Bankruptcy Put at Risk

Order to Show Cause request puts La Casa de la Raza bankruptcy and building sale in peril.

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