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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City Bed Tax Bounces Back

Thomas Fire Lodging Losses Being Erased

Losses from Thomas Fire's effect on lodging being erased.

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Goleta Planning Commissioners Just Say 'No'

Vociferous Comments from Old Town Residents Help Tip the Balance

Vociferous comments from Old Town residents help tip the balance for oversight on cannabis storefront applications.

Two Overdoses Averted in Isla Vista

Opioid antidote saves the lives of two UCSB students.

Sting Nets Five for Underage Alcohol Purchase

Santa Barbara County participates in statewide counter to alcohol-related tragedies.

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Warming Oceans Lead to Fewer Fish

More Downs than Ups in Past Century's Stocks

Review of 80 years of temperatures and fish stocks reveals more downs than ups.

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Pini Tenants Face Eviction After Flooding

Toxic Mold Growth Sends 40 Tenants to Motel Housing

Dozens of tenants housed at a motel after toxic mold grows in apartments.

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UCs Hold Tuition Steady for 2019-20

University of California President Napolitano says she counts on governor and legislators to fill the gap in rising costs.

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Is Goleta the Ganja Land?

Cannabis Shops Applying for Old Town Storefronts

Cannabis shops applying for six storefronts in Old Town.

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Goleta Tackles Parking in Old Town

Discussion Includes 90-Minute Timed Parking, New Lots, Loss of On-Street Parking

New lots, loss of on-street spaces, and more 90-minute timed parking discussed.

Highway 154 to Reopen This Afternoon

Culvert cleared and pavement repaired ahead of schedule.

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