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About IVN San Diego

About IVN San Diego

California based IVN.us and Washington DC based TheFulcrum.us are the nation’s leading nonpartisan news and information publications focused primarily on political reform and related public policy.

IVN and The Fulcrum have teamed up to provide national content and logistical support for local community news organizations.

IVN San Diego co-publishes and co-promotes with other independent news and media organizations.

As an open news platform, IVN San Diego also provides local organizations, community leaders, and anyone interested in elevating the public policy conversation an opportunity to publish unfiltered news, bound by a simple etiquette, not an ideology.

The IVN Etiquette:

No Partisan Attacks
No Self-Promotion
Substantiate Sources
No Personal Attacks

Over the last decade, IVN has earned a “least bias” rating from MediaBiasFactCheck.org and a “Center” rating from Allsides.com. We have accomplished this by seeking to prove that all people from all backgrounds are valuable, have substance to offer, and in the end have more in common with each other than they have differences. 

At IVN we try our best to provide a platform in which those with differences can find their common ground. It is this ground that provides the lifeblood of democracy. We leave it to our audience of independent thinkers and voters to find that commonality. 

IVN SanDiego is a member of The Fulcrum/IVN network and is published by the San Diego based non-profit FIVE (Foundation for Independent Voter Education).

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IVN San Diego

Local Editors

Hoa Quach

Executive Editor

Hoa Quach is an award-winning journalist with more than a dozen years of experience in online, radio and TV journalism. She has worked at San Diego News Network, Patch, 10News and KPBS. In her spare time, she teaches yoga and volunteers with Words Alive. A native of San Diego, she graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism. 

Email: [email protected]

JC Polk

Executive Producer

JC has more than 10 years of production, fundraising and marketing experience with digital, broadcast, and print media.

He has managed creative teams for multimedia marketing campaigns for revenue generation and audience cultivation, most recently with KPBS in San Diego and, previously in North Carolina.

His extensive knowledge of creative direction and design production across multiple delivery platforms goes back to his days as a Senior Producer for Nexstar, formerly Media General, in Richmond Virginia. He now makes his home in North Park.

Email: [email protected]

Jeff Marston

Sports Editor

Jeff Marston brings nearly forty years of community relations and public policy expertise and a proven track record of working with people of very diverse opinions throughout a given decision making process.

For seventeen years, Marston was president and co-owner of Marston+Marston, Inc., a full service public, governmental and community relations firm and before that, was senior vice president of another San Diego-based public relations firm where he spent nearly four years serving as the lobbyist for the City of San Diego in Sacramento.

Before his employment there, Marston was a member of the California State Assembly representing San Diego’s 78th District. While in the State Assembly, Marston served on the Committees on Education, Housing and Community Development and Revenue and Taxation.

Ron Donoho

Columnist

Ron Donoho is an award-winning journalist who has been a top editor at San Diego Magazine and San Diego City Beat.His wide-ranging freelance work has appeared in more than three dozen national and regional outlets, including Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Glamour, The San Diego Union-Tribune, huffpost.com and popsugar.com.


Senior Advisors and Contributors

National Editor

Shawn Griffiths

Chief Editor, IVN.us, Chicago

Shawn is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the nonpartisan reform movement. Since 2012, he has been the editor of Independent Voter News and has been at the forefront of historic efforts to transform the electoral process, from primary reform to gerrymandering reform to new voting methods and ballot access. A native Texan, Shawn now lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he manages IVN National.

DC Bureau

David Hawkings

Editor in Chief, The Fulcrum

David was most recently the senior editor of CQ Roll Call, writing columns for each publication and hosting the "Roll Call Decoder" series of videos and podcasts. He spent six years as managing editor of CQ Weekly, when the magazine won two Dirksen Awards for coverage of Congress, and before that supervised all legislative coverage and was managing editor for daily news.

Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @davidhawkings

David Meyers

Publisher and Executive Editor, The Fulcrum

David was most recently vice president of business operations for CQ Roll Call, and before that was the organization's vice president of research and content development. Prior to the merger of Roll Call and CQ, he was Roll Call managing editor, running day-to-day newsroom operations and editorial product development.

Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @davidmeyers

California

Dan McSwain

Senior Editorial Advisor

Dan McSwain retired in 2017 as business columnist for The San Diego Union-Tribune, after an award-winning, 20-year career in journalism covering economics, public policy and government finance. Before joining U-T in 2012, he worked as managing editor, news editor, editorial page editor and business reporter for the North County Times and Cincinnati Enquirer. A computer programmer since age 16, McSwain has managed and sold three technology-driven companies, co-founding and selling two of them to publicly held corporations. McSwain lives in South Oceanside, where he volunteers with recovering alcoholics and the homeless.

Regina Evans

Senior Advisor

Regina is a San Diego, California based attorney with over 23 years of professional experience as a political, government, and non-profit leader. She is currently the Senior Vice President, Business Development with Information Management Resources, Incorporated (IMRI), an information technology and engineering company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California.

Regina previously served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Jerome E. Horton, Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization, and Deputy Cabinet Secretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She recently received the Distinguished Government Service Award from the California Legislative Black Caucus.

Dan Schnur

Senior Advisor, Sacramento

Dan Schnur is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, the University of California – Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy. Previously, Dan worked on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns as one of California’s leading political strategists.

Stephen Walker

Senior Policy Advisor

Stephen is a California resident and lifelong activist in the areas of child protection and crime prevention. He is currently the director of Governmental Affairs for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA). Prior to this, he worked within the California Youth Authority for 26 years as a youth correctional officer. He also served as a jet mechanic and plane captain in the United States Marine Corp. Stephen currently serves as vice chair for Protect, a national non-profit dedicated to protect children from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, is the President and founding member of Minorities In Law Enforcement 4 Kids (Mile4kids), and a board member of Child Abuse Prevention Center (CAPC).

Cadee Condit

Senior Advisor

Cadee is an accomplished Government Affairs Consultant with a broad skill set and extensive knowledge of the legislative and political process in California. She has over two decades of experience in public affairs and media strategy. Cadee has a true insider’s perspective of how to achieve strategic objectives in the state’s complex political landscape. She has extensive relationships and has collaborated across a broad spectrum of business, trade association and community organizations. She is particularly experienced in navigating divisive issues and has a strong rapport with both sides of the political aisle and has the ability to garner support and achieve positive outcomes. Cadee is currently a Senior Consultant at Centerline Consulting in Sacramento.

Publishing on IVN San Diego

Independent Voter News San Diego is the city’s only platform for independent-minded news. 

In order to submit your article to IVN San Diego, you must acknowledge and follow our etiquette guidelines:

  1. No personal attacks (focus on the issue!)
  2. No partisan attacks
  3. Substantiate your claims
  4. No self-promotion

For candidates, the following guidelines apply: 

  1. IVN SD allows candidates to post content for free; 
  2. Candidate submissions must be from, or represent, an official candidate, with an email address that matches the candidate’s website domain; 
  3. And submissions must follow the IVN etiquette (see below).
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Media Sharing Policy

Thank you for your interest in sharing content from IVN San Diego’s reporters and columnists. IVN San Diego was created to be a new kind of news network to provide unfiltered news and policy analysis from across the spectrum. Below are the conditions of sharing our content.

  1. Please credit us -- ideally we prefer “Author Name, IVN San Diego.”
  2. Please include this tagline at the end of the story: IVN.us/San-Diego is a news publication of the Foundation for Independent Voter Education in partnership with The Fulcrum.
  3. If you’re republishing online, include a link back to the original article.
  4. Please publish the content as-is without any changes, unless given prior written approval.
  5. If the photos were taken by our writers or columnists, you may use it. If you’re unsure, please check with [email protected].
  6. Don't sell the story. Don't sell ads against the story. Feel free, however, to publish it on a page surrounded by ads you've already sold.

Corrections Policy

See an error? Use our contact form to let our authors know. If the story needs to be updated, it will be labeled “Updated” at the bottom of the article with a clear description of the changes.

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About FIVE

The Foundation for Independent Voter Education (FIVE) is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to restoring the importance of open dialogue in our democracy.

Who We Are

The Foundation for Independent Voter Education (FIVE) is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to restoring the importance of open dialogue in our democracy.

FIVE strives to:

  • strengthen independent-minded citizen engagement in politics,
  • educate key stakeholders within our political system to the importance of constructive compromise, and
  • to do so in a way that is unfiltered by the partisanship that often drives larger public dialogue.

What We Do

FIVE is committed to the belief that democracy functions best when the most people participate. Unfortunately, today’s political climate discourages such a participatory democracy and alienates independent-minded voters, who feel out of touch with the extreme partisanship of today’s politics. The news currently being presented by traditional media outlets only furthers to alienate independent-minded voters by presenting only right-wing and/or left-wing perspectives to truly complex, multifaceted political issues.

FIVE created the Independent Voter Network (IVN) to be a new kind of news network. IVN provides unfiltered political news and policy analysis across the political spectrum. IVN has a unique, multi-site platform that allows independent contributors from all sectors of industry and all walks of life to publish their own stories, which then reach a large, national and international audience. IVN also provides a forum for users to engage in political dialogue and rational commentary, in hopes of elevating the level of our public discourse.

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