About Us

Irvine Watchdog is an independent, 100% volunteer-run organization with no political party affiliation and no ties to special interests.

We have volunteers from the entire political spectrum, old and new residents, homeowners and renters, retirees and young adults, and each of our perspectives is unique. Individually, we hold differing points of view and styles of writing and interests, but we are united about one thing:

We care about Irvine and want to make sure our local government represents us. 

We strive for transparency, honesty, and accountability within both our city and our group and hope to be a trusted, unbiased, and factual source of news for all concerned with the welfare of our city.

Our elected officials and their appointees must operate openly, and residents should have access to all information about the municipality they live in.

Our elected officials and their appointees must take responsibility for all of their words and actions.

Our elected officials and their appointees must be truthful and forthright about their motivations and agendas.

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To hear about the background and formation of Irvine Watchdog, listen to co-founder Branda Lin on
KUCI 88.1FM’s Ask A Leader here:  Irvine Watchdog Featured on KUCI’s Ask A Leader with Claudia Shambaugh – Irvine Watchdog


Our Team

Irvine Watchdog is a 100% volunteer effort. Irvine Watchdog welcomes news and opinion articles from community members. 

Irvine Watchdog was founded in May 2018 by Irvine residents Jeanne Baran, Judith Gass, Karen Jaffe, Thomas Kwon, Branda Lin, and Susan Sayre.

Executive Board
Richard Green, Co-Chair
Branda Lin, Co-Chair
Christopher Wong, Secretary
Judith Gass, Treasurer

Social Media Moderators
David Ehrlich
Judith G.
Branda Lin
Christopher Wong

Web Developer
Thomas Kwon

Public Relations
Richard Green
Branda Lin

Regular Contributors
Regular contributors are those who have provided regular content.

Jeanne Baran
Ayn Craciun
Judith G.
Richard Green
Scott Hansen
Branda Lin
Melisa Masri
Susan Sayre
Sylvia Walker

Ad-Hoc Contributors
Ad-hoc contributors are those who author posts on a one-time or low volume basis. 

Opinion Writers
Opinion articles are from the community and contain opinions held by the author which do not necessarily represent the views of Irvine Watchdog.

Disclosure of Possible Conflicts
Volunteers must be sensitive to possible conflicts and must disclose the information in their bio, which is found at the end of every article, or elsewhere in the article they write. 



Anyone can submit an opinion or news post for consideration that follows these guidelines. Submissions may be edited for clarity and content by the Editorial Board and published with final approval from contributors.

Editorial Board
David Ehrlich
Richard Green
Branda Lin
Susan Sayre