About Us

Irvine Watchdog is an independent, completely resident-run volunteer organization with no political party affiliation and no financial ties to any developers.

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.

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 op-ed or post that follows these guidelines:


Member Roles

Irvine Watchdog has members working in different capacities. It is easier to explain the various roles in this loose coalition using the terms defined at a newspaper:
Editorial Board – a few core members that oversee Irvine Watchdog group. They can be considered an “editorial board” that tries to maintain the quality, tone, and direction of the articles. 
Editors – a select group of editors who guarantee that submissions meet our writing standards. These editors may request edits such as grammar, content, tone, etc.
Writers – Some members of the group write articles on topics deemed newsworthy or interesting by the Editorial Board. These articles strive for an objective tone and factual content. Articles are clearly attributed to their authors.
Columnists – Various members of the group can be considered “columnists”. These people write articles about different civic topics that the editorial board has deemed interesting. These articles may contain opinions solely held by the authors and do not always represent the views of the Watchdog organization.
Op-ed writers – Irvine Watchdog welcomes outside opinions. Screening for submissions of op-ed articles is not as strict as for writers’ and columnists’ articles. They may cover a variety of topics. Articles are clearly labeled as Op-ed and attributed to their authors.