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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Anyone can submit an opinion or news post that follows these guidelines. Submissions are edited for clarify and content and published with final approval from contributors.  Submissions are edited for clarity and content and published with final approval from contributors

Our Team

Irvine Watchdog is a 100% volunteer effort co-led by Jeanne Baran and Branda Lin. 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.

Social Media Moderators
Jeanne Baran
Branda Lin
Christopher Wong

Web Developer
Thomas Kwon

Public Engagement
Michaela Montaner

Public Relations
Jeanne Baran
Richard Green

Regular Contributors
Regular contributors are those who provide content on a regular basis.

Jeanne Baran
Scott Hansen
Branda Lin
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 contain opinions held by the author and 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.