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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Everybody Walks in Santa Barbara

New Historic Waterfront Tour Sets Off on the Right Foot

The new historic waterfront tour sets off on the right foot.

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Invasive Tamarisk Targeted by Forest Service

Weed Spreads into Los Padres and Poses Fire Danger

The weed has spread into Los Padres and poses a fire danger.

Goleta School District Finds, Fixes Minor Lead Contamination

The highest level was discovered in a kitchen sink at Hollister School.

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State Asks for Voluntary Electricity Reductions

Two-day Flex Alert called by state Independent System Operator.

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Castillo Underpass to Close Through August

Caltrans will pour a floating concrete slab against the water table in a project that starts Monday.

Veterans Court Gets Major Funding Boost

Three-year $975,000 federal grant will increase services by 25 percent.

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Everybody Loves Libraries

But No One Can Afford to Pay for Them

But no one can afford to pay for them; Santa Barbara raises admin rate to 13.5 percent.

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What Will Happen to Platform Holly and Ellwood Piers?

State Lands Commission Holds Informational Meeting

State Lands Commission holds informational meeting June 15.

Northbound 101 Blocked at Sheffield Drive

Truckload of Tires Balanced atop Guardrail

Truckload of tires balanced atop guardrail.

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City Adjusts Flow of Building Permits for Los Carneros Village

Goleta Development Agreement Modified to Add Some Slack

Goleta Development Agreement modified to add some slack.

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