About Us

Irvine Watchdog was founded on the principles of transparency, accountability, and honesty in 2018. The founding members are Irvine residents Jeanne Baran, Judith Gass, Karen Jaffe, Thomas Kwon, Branda Lin, and Susan Sayre.

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, 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. Join us!

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 (see below).

Social Media Moderators
Jeanne Baran
David Ehrlich
Branda Lin
Christopher Wong

Web Developer
Thomas Kwon

Public Relations
Richard Green
Branda Lin

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

Jeanne Baran
Ayn Craciun
Richard Green
Scott Hansen
Branda Lin
Melissa 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 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.

Article Submissions

Anyone can submit an opinion or news piece for consideration based on the guidelines below. Submissions may be edited for clarity and content.