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

Number of Valley Fever Cases Increase

In Santa Barbara County and statewide, flu-like ailment is caused by inhaling fungus spores present in dirt.

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Winners Solidified with Semi-Official Election Results

Though Conklin did move past Martinez to place third in the mayoral race.

Man Killed in Rollover on Highway 154

Saturday accident took place near Santa Barbara's 'bridge to nowhere.'

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Santa Barbara Train Service Included in State Rail Plan

Draft Transit Report Has Plans to Make Plans

A draft transit report, now in public comment period, has plans to make plans.

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Affordable Homes Soon to Be Connected

Peoples' Self-Help Housing to offer free internet connections.

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Goleta Takes Next Step Toward Greater Public Engagement

Commission elects Pedro Paz chair and Sherri Bliss vice chair.

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Meth Bust in South Santa Barbara County

More than two ounces of drugs and $100,000 in cash recovered by Sheriff's detectives.

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Banking on Black Sea Bass

Big Fish Could Boost Underwater Tourism

A UCSB study suggests the big fish could boost underwater tourism.

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New Downtown Library Ramp Completed

Access to Parking Lot 7 is back.

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Health Insurance Season Opens

Open enrollment help is available from County Public Health.

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