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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Goleta Public Library Happily Shouts Mutiny

Library to Leave Santa Barbara System

Library to leave Santa Barbara system.

Two Arrested for String of Armed Robberies

Lancaster residents accused of four Santa Barbara incidents.

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Chiles Charring at Loreto Plaza Saturday

Santa Barbara's Loreto Plaza is full of the smells and sounds of roasting chiles today only.

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Car Plunges off Road at Windy Gap

Sunday incident injures two; driver arrested for DUI.

Sheriff's Patrol Car Strikes Child

Friday evening incident in Carpinteria under investigation.

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Beach Closed for Plover Protection

Too many incursions at Wall Beach closes partial shoreline at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Whittier Fire Update: August 4, 2017

Water-dropping helicopter using infrared viewer to target remaining hot spots.

Goleta Likely to Save Money with Solo Library

Workshop Hashes Over Financial Issues

Workshop hashes over financial issues in staying with Santa Barbara or going it alone.

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Friday Downtown Will Be a Mess

Fiesta parade return route changes this year to Garden Street.

New Planning Director in Goleta

City hires SBCAG’s Peter Imhof, a longtime county planner, who reflects on recent department review.

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