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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Man Jailed for Shoving Meter Maid

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Police Follow Leads on Serra Beheading

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DACA Renewal Fee Grants Created

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Spectacular Lightning Storm in Santa Barbara

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Statue of Father Serra Decapitated

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Bank Robber Suspected in Nine Thefts

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Hundreds of Trees Saved from the Ax for Now

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Solvang Kidnap Victim's Four-Day Ordeal Told

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Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office releases brief investigators' narrative.

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Four-Way at Pardall Road

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Isla Vista adds stoplights before bike tunnel to UC Santa Barbara.

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