Branda Lin

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Challenger


Branda Lin’s parents moved to Irvine from South Korea in 1980 and Lin was born and grew up in Irvine [1]. Lin received her Bachelor of Art (BA) in Political Science and Music Performance from the University of California, Irvine. She served as an IP Litigation Paralegal for several firms: Buchalter, McCarter & English, LLP. Jones Day, Irell & Manella LLP, and Kayes Scholar. Lin also served as the Community Services Commissioner for the City of Irvine, the Co-Founder for the Irvine Watchdog Paper, and as a Litigation Paralegal for Callahan & Blaine Lin is also a member of the Irvine rotary, the founder of the Smiles Initiative, she is also a National Women’s Political Caucus OC Board Member [2]. Lin currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two sons [1].

Key Issues


Lin supports the arts and wants to implement community performance groups, and art and music festivals. She also wants to improve ARDA land with a park including open space, tree-lined walking trails, a botanical garden, and a forest. Lin supports the creation of additional shade structures at Irvine’s community parks through the capital improvement budget [1].


Lin supports reducing carbon emissions, making sure city staff have resources, and providing updates for the public along the way. She wants to relocate the All American Asphalt to improve the quality of air [1].


 Lin supports district elections so city candidates have equal chances of running. She also wants to increase the number of city council members from 5 to a greater ballot measure. She wants to use $28 million and partner with County and State officials to build a modern library in the Great Park and update the Heritage Park Library [1].

Public Safety

Lin hopes to work with the Police Chief to provide regular public safety briefings and address crime trends in the city. She supports community-based policing, de-escalation, and crisis intervention. She also supports Irvine’s Neighborhood Watch Program [1].


Lin advocates for more protected bike lanes and increased bus frequency as well as funding traffic mitigation measures [1].


Lin wants to create more housing near transit hubs in the Irvine Business Complex and the Spectrum [1].


Burnt Crumbs; Il-Do Taekwondo; Light and Healthy Desserts; Moms Demand Action; Sunrise Movement Orange County; MaryAnn Gaido: Former Irvine City Councilwoman & Former President Irvine Community Land Trust; Doug Elliott: Irvine Resident; Paul Cao: Chef/Owner Burnt Crumbs; Diana Jiang: Former Irvine Children Youth and Family Advisory Committee Co-Chair; Former UCI Parents Executive Board Founding Member Tech Leader; Susan Sayre: Irvine Political activist; Sharon Toji: Former IUSD Board Member, Former Community Services Commissioner; Gene Bedley: National Educator of the Year: Educator Emeritus Ambassadors of Compassion


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