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Draiman for Mayor 2013
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Los Angeles Election Division certifies Yehuda YJ Draiman as a Mayoral Candidate in the March 5, 2013 Elections.

News Bulletin - Draiman News Agency - Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 YJ Draiman is certified as a Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles by LA’s Election Divission.

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Enough of hijacked democracy, it is time to serve the people - YJ Draiman
Democracy has been hijacked by the special interests groups and their puppets elected officials
Corrupt Special interest money from unions and business buys their own Congressmen.  The people have next to no voice in the selection of their own representatives.  Those winning an election are simply puppets of their Money Masters.
The “Vote Organization” sponsored by YJ Draiman intends to gather the masses of the population, the people who are being ignored and apathetic. These people outnumber the Special interests groups and their puppets. In gathering all the masses to vote we as a cohesive force by sheer numbers alone, we can retake our government and place candidates who’s allegiance is to the people as a whole. We can place candidates who care about the people, our cities, states and country.

Jobs and the Economy – solutions – YJ Draiman r6

As Mayor of LA, how would I create jobs? We have a tremendous amount of natural resources here in Los Angeles, which we need to develop. To put it succinctly, "You can not drill for American oil and natural gas in China, Saudi Arabia or anyplace else other than America."

The more domestic energy we produce, renewable and non-renewable, the more domestic jobs we create.  Moreover, jobs in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas pay more than twice the national average.  At the same time, the domestic energy we produce will increase R&D in renewable energy sources, thus, increase efficiency.
Just look how far we have come in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the past 10 years.  I intend to accelerate that trend, and to take advantage of every resource possible in technology and funding. As I stated many times; “Those who control the energy supply control whole continents”; “Those who control the water sources control life”.

Americans should demand products made in the USA. We can produce a better product with better quality at a competitive price.  It is my intention to provide numerous incentives to retain businesses here in Los Angeles, and to offer those incentives to bring businesses back to Los Angeles.
Employment creates revenues and saves the government money and resources by taking the unemployed off the government subsidy and social services. It also creates the “multiplier affect”, which is a snowball of economic growth.

One of my top priorities is to ensure that we continue to develop and promote renewable energy sources.  Many in the natural gas industry believe the day when renewable energy dominates our energy landscape is far off.  I disagree.  With American ingenuity, innovation and determination, the dawn of renewable energy sources can be upon us now.
What I propose is a "do-it-all strategy" in which we focus not just on developing renewable energy, but also on the development of our abundant fossil fuels. While further technology and innovation in building construction would need to be developed, such need would also provide more jobs.  More importantly, our reliance on over-priced outside energy would be decreased resulting in positive economic growth.
I would promote the design of a thermal solar system that provides energy, heat and hot water.  In addition, I would initiate a new and advanced fuel technology for vehicles such as hydrogen, natural gas and ultra-capacitors for energy storage. Los Angeles wastes an enormous amount of energy and work hours due to traffic congestion. I plan on an expedient advancement of our public transit system and devise systems to reduce traffic congestion.
In urban areas: roads, sidewalks, buildings and other structures prevent rainwater from being absorbed in the ground and replenishing the aquifers. It is time for us to compensate for that loss by collecting the rain runoff into retaining ponds. We need to implement the use of rainwater harvesting, gray water technology, collecting the billions of gallons of rain runoff into retaining ponds, desalinization projects powered totally by renewable energy (solar and wind combo systems) and other methods of conserving natural resources. As such, we would make existing renewable systems more cost effective and more efficient.

The result of my programs would be the increase of jobs, the decrease of energy and operating costs, and a reduction of our reliance on foreign oil.  That in turn would result in decreasing the deficit and creating permanent jobs.
In short, the key to Los Angeles economic recovery is not an increase in taxes and fees.  Rather, true long-term recovery will rely on the increase of efficiency and productivity; the reduction of bureaucracy; and the promotion of businesses and employment.  All of which will instill confidence in our economy, generate greater revenues for the city of Los Angeles and other governmental entities.
American confidence in government is at an all time low. We no longer have the same level of faith in our institutions and leaders that we once had. Consequently, we are seeing a continued erosion of our outlook on the future. This outlook must change by initiating a massive and sound education program that produces innovation and technology.

We have an opportunity to jumpstart our economy, protect our environment and put our city on the path toward energy security through greater use of our domestic energy production such as natural gas.   Our domestic energy production can serve as a foundation for our energy and economic independence.  This path will enable us to develop the required innovation and production of other forms of energy sources.
To realize a course toward energy and economic security we must do what is necessary to instill confidence in the responsible development of our energy sources.  We can use natural gas as a solid foundation on which to develop extensive R&D in renewable energy sources, and the efficient means to operate and maintain the mechanisms needed for such use.
Improving our educational system is the key to our economic survival. In a global, knowledge-driven economy, there is a direct correlation between engineering education and innovative progress. Our success or failure as a city will be measured by how well we do in providing the needed educational tools to promote innovation in all fields.
Leadership is not a birthright. Despite what many Americans believe, our city does not possess an innate knack for greatness. Greatness must be worked for and won by each new generation. Right now that is not happening. However, we still have time. If we place the emphasis we should on education, research and innovation, we can lead the world in the decades to come. Nevertheless, the only way to ensure we remain great tomorrow is to increase our investment in science and engineering today. In addition, we must invest in trade schools to train our future workers in the new and old technology.
We have to learn how to balance the need of the people vs. the need to protect the environment. Any extreme to either side is not good.
In today’s fast moving technologies, government as well as companies must learn to adjust and maneuver quickly to keep pace, or they will be out of business or incur deteriorating revenues and infrastructure. We must learn how stay competitive and resourceful to survive and thrive economically.
I submit: Leadership by example. I plan to cut waste, maximize productivity, reduce bureaucracy, increase efficiency and conservation in all city departments and assets, eliminate duplicating tasks and reward excellent performance and innovative methods of job performance. In addition, we have to use the Neighborhood Council’s more effectively; they are the eyes and ears of all the communities in Los Angeles. These are hard economic times; we must all put our shoulder to the task.

We must put all our differences aside and work together in harmony for the good of the people and the city of Los Angeles.  Your vote for me will be one more step in this positive direction and it will be a win for all the people in LA.

YJ Draiman

Out of business moved to China – YJ Draiman
Goods produced in China are inferior to American made goods.
Most goods made in China have to be purchased 3 to 4 times to last as long as American goods. So, you think you are saving money by buying Chinese made goods, the answer is no.
As a consumer you should insist on products made in the USA, it is better quality, it retains and creates jobs in the U.S. while keeping the economy going and produces revenues for the government which enables them to provide services to its population.
Producing goods and services in the U.S. is Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth.
Many foreigners make millions exporting products from China to the USA. An American businessman was trying to export products from the USA to China.
He found it impossible. And this is why our country the USA is failing. It is because we allow this unfairness. Many Americans are tired of paying for the infrastructure so the Chinese can sell their wares virtually tax free in the USA and Americans are paying for the roads and everything else to make that possible.
The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to enrich his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community. It is a place where men are more concerned with the quality of their goals than the quantity of their goods.”
“Those who control the energy supply control whole continents”.
YJ Draiman

How to expedite America's economic recovery – YJ Draiman r1

The U.S. and the city of Los Angeles economy could expedite its economic revival by accelerating its hydrocarbon exploration and development. A national policy to enhance the development of hydrocarbon will turn the U.S. into a net exporter of hydrocarbon products. The U.S. must also build additional refining capacity at strategic locations in the U.S. to alleviate fuel shortages and increase its export of refined fuel and natural gas. Allocating a percentage of the revenues for the further development of renewable energy, energy efficiency and the development of water resources and efficiencies, including rainwater harvesting and grey water utilization etc. will further fuel Americas economic revival.
“Those who control the energy supply control whole continents”.
“Those who control the water sources control life”
Another avenue to boost the U.S. economy would be to initiate a program for Made in America products. This would require certain tax benefits to the manufacturer of products in America. Any unemployed American, who returns to the workforce, reduces the dependency for financial and social support by the government. Thus it turns the worker into a revenue generator for the government, while the employee’s earning are spent on goods and services which boosts the economy further.
The city of Los Angeles must make it easy for businesses to thrive. This will create employment and increase revenues to the government and it will create the multiplier effect.
Multiplier effect definition:
An effect in economics in which an increase in spending produces an increase in national income and consumption greater than the initial amount spent. For example, if a corporation builds a factory, it will employ construction workers and their suppliers as well as those who work in the factory. Indirectly, the new factory will stimulate employment in laundries, restaurants, and service industries and the housing industry which employs builders, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc.
Increasing bureaucracy, taxes and fees depresses the economy, reduces business development, which in turn reduces consumer spending and as a result reduces revenues to the government.
YJ Draiman
The U.S Economy affects U.S.’s Global Power
United States economic strength has long underwritten its leading role in world affairs. The buoyant tax revenues generated by economic growth fund its massive military spending, the foundation of its global hard power. America’s economic success is also fundamental to its soft power and the promotion of its free-market values in the international economy.

Draiman is charging ahead in the race for Mayor of LA
December 19, 2012
”Draiman is gaining momentum against his rivals for Mayor of Los Angeles”
 Yehuda YJ Draiman

Seventy-seven days remaining to the Los Angeles primary election of March 5, 2013. The Conservative candidate – who wants to make LA “The World Capital of Renewable-energy”, The Independent contender, Yehuda YJ Draiman, is challenging LA’s political machine and gaining strength with the message to the voters – “if you all vote, we can take back our city”, we outnumber the special interests voters at least 8-2. It seems to be a very powerful and realistic slogan.

The current elected insider candidates for mayor by utilizing visible, powerful,
slight, innocuous but forceful sense – each of his three rivals insiders has
held office and set City Hall policy for more than 12 years, which explains how the insiders contributed to the city’s desperate condition and financial
insolvency. This system will eventually bankrupt the city of LA – Draiman is
systematically breaking down the political machine that is holding Angelenos
hostage he is methodically breaking down their hold on LA city government. 

Draiman has stated that they the insiders made the mess, which should disqualify them from running for any office, especially the mayors, while they are continuing on the road to bankrupt the city of LA. With that kind of record, no wonder Draiman’s claims are not ignored.

Draiman is Different

As one of the two viable unelected candidates – Draiman is building a following that has no allegiance to any political party, when it comes to put the right person for the job of Mayor.  Draiman states that as independent, his loyalty is to the people of Los Angeles and the City, therefore he is the right candidate at the right time, and given the chance, he can bring our city to economic and financial health.

In the past twenty months, Draiman with over 20 years of energy and utility
auditing experience contended that the opposition insiders have contributed to the economic and financial havoc in our city that is why they are not qualified for the office of Mayor. The insiders’ record of accomplishment is littered with poor judgment, they voted for multitude of bills that are detrimental to our city’s health. They have caused many of the problems that now ail Los Angeles.

The insiders, his opponents, have tried to enumerate their debatable
accomplishments in the past 12 years. They keep harping on those questionable accomplishments ignoring all their failures that caused our current disastrous condition.

Draiman has stated that the insiders’ guidance and dubious accomplishments have brought our city to its knees.

Our city is on the verge of bankruptcy, a crumbling infrastructure, schools in
disarray, economy in shambles, businesses and people are leaving the city in
droves, a transportation system and traffic pattern that is highly inadequate
for Los Angeles, no transparency and above all the total loss of trust by

You are the 12 years veterans of our city council contributed to the
catastrophic situation the city of Los Angeles is currently facing, that is what
Mr. Draiman is telling his better-known rivals.

Projecting His Image

Draiman’s repeated charges that insiders’ past poor performance if not negligent performance, is the crux of our city’s problems. Draiman has shown his understanding and devotion to the challenge at hand, which is to start changing the direction our city, is currently heading.

Draiman’s approach is primarily tackling the economy and jobs, he states that
addressing these problems as top priority will reduce or resolve some of the
other issues. He would initiate a program for Made in America products. This
would require certain tax benefits to the manufacturer of products or other new businesses in Los Angeles. Any unemployed person, who returns to the workforce, reduces the dependency for financial and social support by the government. Thus it turns the worker into a revenue generator for the government, while the employee’s earning are spent on goods and services, which boosts the economy further.
Draiman asserts that the city of Los Angeles must make it easy for businesses to thrive. This will create employment and increase revenues to the government and it will create the multiplier effect.
Draiman claims that by increasing the bureaucracy taxes and fees, it depresses the economy, reduces business development, which in turn reduces consumer spending and as a result reduces revenues to the government.

Draiman is supposed to have been a long shot in a field dominated by three City Hall elected officials with name recognition. City Councilman Eric Garcetti, the most favorite for his own so-called accomplishments. City Controller and former Councilperson Wendy Greuel, a close second choice or maybe first choice, and Councilperson Jan Perry, most likely the third on the list.

While Draiman is considerably behind the three leading contenders in the race in fundraising, many claim that such deficiency is hard to overcome. That is why he is not at the top of the list.

Unless those people occupying the seats at the mayoralty discussions, and unless his rivals are pretending to be concerned, ignoring Mr. Draiman could come to haunt them in the end.

We See a Pattern

Those who have witnessed the various mayoral candidates presentations – have noticed, a specific pattern:

Mr. Garcetti, keeps stating how he has authored...”

Ms. Greuel’s performance is similar. Ms. Perry has somewhat of a milder

Mr. Draiman, has, continually addressed the critical issues with logical
solutions, which puts his opponents on notice that they must respond

Rebuilding Trust in Our Government ()

One of Americas statesmen stated “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” His presidency ushered in an era of disdain for government and a widespread cynicism that government could be effective in addressing our challenges.
Today, as we confront a crisis that has shaken confidence in our financial system and economy, we have an opportunity to restore public trust and confidence in the legitimate role of government. Indeed, to effectively tackle our economic challenges and to implement the reforms we need in our healthcare, education, energy, and environmental policies, our government will need to garner strong public support.
However, rebuilding public trust will not happen in the face of a pervasive perception that government is not transparent and accountable, cronyism is rampant, and public officials are more interested in helping themselves than in serving the public good.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
Create a Task Force on Public Integrity with a mission to develop a comprehensive proposal for ethics and lobbying reform in our city and state. Which addresses reforms in three areas: (1) strengthening enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws; (2) strengthening civil and criminal penalties for abuses; and (3) improving awareness and education for public officials.
Reinforce honesty, integrity and transparency by government officials as the core requirement to be and stay in office, any violations of these core tenets will cause the removal of the public official and the loss of "all benefits" retroactive. I think we should consider putting public official on a base salary plus commission based on performance.
While the many of our elected officials and government employees are honest, dedicated public servants, the actions of a few create a dark cloud over all.
Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address these abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
"The benchmark of a civilized society is the quality of its justice"

YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA - 2017
We need honest government with integrity.
“Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.

In today’s modern society several factors have changed, unions are more of an economic hindrance than a beneficial big brother
In today’s modern society several factors have changed, unions are more of an economic hindrance than a beneficial big brother. The typical working conditions have improved dramatically, business competition is fiercer than ever, and technological innovation is continually evolving. Unions sought their highest level of activity in the 1950’s, however, today it is less than nine percent. There is one factor that stands between businesses employers and union agents that has not changed, and that factor is the economic forces of supply and demand in the labor market.
Labor supply must equal labor demand; hence the equilibrium wage created within the labor market shouldn’t be artificially inflated by means of union negotiation. That means if someone makes $10 per hour, there are supply and demand factors already in place that have determined that wage, such as the level of education and skills deemed necessary for the job. In this case, supply could be the number of people able and qualified to do the job, if there are many the wage will be low. If the job itself is in high demand, then the pay will be higher than one that is in low demand. Seems like common sense, right? For union members bargaining for higher wages, this concept is nonexistent.
When labor unions negotiate higher wages, it may be considered a victory for the employees, but what really happens when money is redistributed through raises and promotions? The money distributed as a pay increase comes from a company’s contribution margin. This is the cash a company has left over after its expenses are paid from its gross revenue. Let’s take a look with real numbers. If a company makes a total of $100M, it may pay $90M in expenses like salaries, wages, taxes, etc. This leaves the company with $10M profit margin, which is typically reinvested in projects to grow the company or partially paid out in the form of dividends if the company is publicly traded. This typically leads to stores raising the price of their goods to keep up with the extra “costs” associated with being unionized. The money given for raises to benefit the few almost always comes from the pockets of the consumers.
A union representative might argue that the company should give the money it spends on projects back to its workers in the form of a raise. New projects in R&D lead to more innovative products and keep a company on the edge of the competition; such was the lesson learned by Detroit auto manufacturers. The UAW coaxed the Detroit auto manufacturers into giving profits to be used toward their R&D investments to the UAW members in the form of raises. The resulting action was Detroit lagging far behind the competition in the “green movement” towards more fuel efficient cars, which may have been designed using the money that was given to unions. This led to several UAW workers losing their jobs, defeating one of the union’s primary objectives.
People simply don’t need representatives in today’s work place. Although labor unions hold a place in America’s history, they are not necessary for the future success of our country. The economic forces of the market place should be free to determine the proper pay for work to be done. Unions cap wages, they do not recognize the achievements of individuals, they ignore skill level, reduce capital for businesses, and raise prices for consumers. These union externalities counteract with the values embedded in the American Dream. The people of this country are hard-working, free spirited, and ingenuous and should be praised for their efforts, not withheld from their full potential by a union contract.

Are LA voters angry enough to change LA City Hall Administration?
LA voters in the March 2011 Elections voted for incumbents - People do not care, why?
Why do we think LA city election on March 5, 2013 will be any different?
I would think with the poor performance and dismal track record by the current administration, the voters would demand to change the current administration at LA City Hall.
The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect.
In order to move forward, we must educate the voters, let them know that the current administration goals are business as usual, there will be no significant changes and the city will be heading into bankruptcy.  The escalating costs of pensions and benefits will drain most of the city budget as we head into 2020. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city. This again will reduce revenues to the city.
The city must initiate an austerity program. Cut salaries and benefits across the board, increase efficiency and performance. The Police Department should utilize civil service employees for clerical work, not Police Officers. The city must tighten its belt and reduce taxes and fees, streamline bureaucracy. Promote the health of existing businesses and actively go after new businesses. Any city employee who is not performing his job to standards should be put on suspension without pay or benefits and if such action has not improved the workers performance, the worker/employee should be terminated. The city must utilize its most expensive resource, its employees more efficiently, promote a good work environment and reward exceptional performance. People must realize that if they do not do their job, they will have no job and no means of support. The city must streamline management and reduce management costs. A high administrative cost is not prudent and not sustainable. LA’s employee costs are one of the highest in the country. We need a change in attitude, and that starts at the top. As the say in good leadership, “follow me”.
The main question is, why LA voters don't care, why they are resigned to accept failure and diminishing LA city services.
Can we not find a leader who will motivate City Hall and initiate hard choices to bring the city to financial health?
City elections should be held on the first Tuesday of November with all the other elections to Federal, County & State.
It will reduce costs and increase voter turnout.
YJ Draiman

Los Angeles 2017

To be the Mayor of Los Angeles is a great responsibility – treat it with respect!

The position of a Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is an enormous undertaking and a great responsibility. It must be assumed with the yoke of great duty and humility; one must bear the weight of such revered position and earn the trust and honor to serve the people of Los Angeles. Only with such state of mind and intent can an individual honestly lead the Great City of Los Angeles.
The Mayor must serve as an example to his staff and the people in honesty, integrity and fiscal responsibility. To serve the people of Los Angeles is no easy task and it must be performed in a manner that projects the Mayor as the leader of all the people of Los Angeles with no exceptions. The Mayor of Los Angeles must represent the aspirations and goals of the people he serves and not the special interests.
The Mayor should revitalize the City of Los Angeles and restore public faith and confidence in City Hall, by taking actions that benefit the people. He should promote business and streamline bureaucracy, institute a strict financial responsibility, promote and enhance the education system, devise and implement system to eliminate corruption and fraud, rebuild the infrastructure and expand public transportation. The Mayor should unify the transit system; direct the building of low-cost public housing, public playgrounds, and parks; upgrade the airports; reorganize the police force; defeat the powerful special interests political machine; and reestablished merit employment in place of patronage jobs.
He should lead by example and implement reform politics that are carefully tailored to address the sentiments of his diverse constituency. He should defeat the corrupt political machine; he is presiding during an era of extreme economic depression and an era of foreclosures that have not been seen, since the depression era, he should make the city the model for welfare and public works programs, and champion immigrants and ethnic minorities. He should succeed with the support of the masses. He should secure his place in history as a tough-minded reform mayor who helped clean out corruption, bring in gifted experts, and fix upon the city a broad sense of responsibility for its own citizens. His administration should engage new groups that had been kept out of the political system, give Los Angeles its modern infrastructure, and raised expectations of new levels of urban possibility. He should synthesize the human sympathy of the special interests with the honesty and efficiency of the good government reformers. The Mayor should embrace the Neighborhood Councils Advice for they represent the cross-section of all the neighborhoods in Los Angeles, he should consider adding some voting power to the Neighborhood Councils.
The mayor should be tough on his staffers and live no doubt that he is in charge. He should never lose control; he should utilize the federal money and grants to the full extent. "He should work with all concerned for the betterment of the people and the city. According to today’s political standards. The people would have to support the Mayor’s vision and actions.
  • Restore the financial health and break free from the special interests & bankers'
  • Implement and overhaul of our educational system
  • Expand the federally funded work relief program for the unemployed
  • Develop and implement an atmosphere of a business friendly city
  • End corruption in government and racketeering in key sectors of the economy
  • Replace patronage with a merit-based civil service, with high prestige
  • Modernize the infrastructure, especially roads, transportation and parks
We need to rebuild the infrastructure - highways, bridges and tunnels, transform the physical landscape of the City Los Angeles. We need to address the wages, pensions and benefits for teachers, police and city workers without borrowing more and more until the City of Los Angeles is faced bankruptcy. No juggling the books to pay the city's bills.
Restore the economic lifeblood of the City of Los Angeles during these hard economic times, initiate public works programs which would employ thousands of voters. The mayor's should pursue a relentless lobbying for federal funds to upgrade and develop LA’s economic infrastructure.
There is no time like the present to start investigating alternative methods of insuring the financial security of the City of Los Angeles, and in particular the people of Los Angeles don’t deserve procrastination and partisan gotcha politics. We need and we demand real action and real results.
In closing The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles for 2017 must have courage, wisdom, honesty, and vision with an added tenacity and perseverance? What we need is gutsy political leadership and a realistic plan that includes sacrifices by everybody.
YJ Draiman
If Los Angeles is to avoid the potential of Bankruptcy, like N.Y. in 1975.
The Mayor of Los Angeles must pull the stakeholders together and forced them to make sacrifices -- unions, banks, legislators, debt holders, community groups. The obstacle to that seemed to be the politics of getting everyone to make reciprocal concessions.
The Mayor of LA has to come up with a plan that looks realistic. This includes sacrifices from everybody. Which maintains the economic viability of the city because you can also tax yourself out of existence, LA already has high taxes and fees? Which probably puts in a control structure that oversees budgets? You just have a big economic plan that stretches out between six and 10 years that will be acceptable to the markets and not be destructive to the economy.

The Current elected officials are not qualified to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles! rev



A good argument against current administration officials running for mayor is that Wendy Greuel who has been in the city council since 2012 and is "all of a sudden" finding problems as controller and as a now mayoral candidate that she didn't seem to notice as a council member for over 9 years. That Eric Garcetti has been "at the helm of city council for over a decade of decline and deterioration." That Jan Perry is much like the others she has been in office since 2001. That Austin Beutner can't possibly escape blame after having run 13 city departments, with the position of First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy, as well as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 1994-1996. None of them have objected or put up an argument while in office against the policies that have brought Los Angeles to the verge of bankruptcy and total economic disaster, the worst in 8 decades.


And that LA’s outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa makes a strong argument for letting a complete outsider give it a go. An outsider has no allegiance to the political machine.  Los Angeles must start with a clean slate at City Hall. From the current list of candidates, I can see only two outsiders that are qualified; YJ Draiman & Kevin James.


We have an opportunity to elect and put in Los Angeles City Hall a new Mayor and 8 out of the 15 Councilmen that are up for election. This could change the face of the administration drastically and bring about a change of operation, where sound decisions and transparency will be the new mandate for LA City Hall.


The mayor of the city of Los Angeles must be a leader like no other leader, he must be an exceptional administrator and trustworthy. He must have top notch advisers to advice him in bringing LA to economic health. A city of Los Angeles with about 4 million people and spans an area of 465 square miles that has an economic engine that by far surpasses many countries; it is an enormous responsibility and must be managed properly.


If LA keeps taxing its people to death there will be nobody left in the city to collect taxes from. Many people and businesses are leaving the city in droves.

Current elected officials are not qualified to be the next Mayor of LA!
Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2013?

The current elected officials at LA City Hall who are running, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance and their contribution to the current state of affairs are reprehensible. They do not deserve to be elected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor of LA.
I hope and trust that the people of LA are not as gullible as the current elected officials presume.
It is time for the voters of LA to elect a person who cares about the people of this great city of Los Angeles, a city with a population of about 4 million people and 465 square miles. The current elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles.
The current elected officials at LA city hall should get a verbal lynching for their performance. The City of Los Angeles is in its worst condition in this century. The cause of this despicable condition is the product of the current administration.
It is time to elect officials who truly care about the people and the city of LA. Officials who exercise their elected position for the good of the people of LA, not what is in it for them?
When we support current elected officials in their quest to become the Mayor of Los Angeles, we consent to their poor performance and induce them to continue to destroy our city.
We must change the status quo of business as usual; the current administration has abused its position and trust. Otherwise we as the people of LA will pay a heavy price for such negligence.
This is the message we should be sending to people who seek public office. A candidate must have honesty and integrity as a primary character trait and above all the public’s trust.
YJ Draiman
A question to the people of Los Angeles
Do you have confidence in your current elected officials in Los Angeles City Hall?
Are they doing a good job?
No, why?
Yes, why?
Who is qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles 2017?
Where there is discord, the mayor will bring harmony. Where there is error, the mayor will bring truth. Where there is doubt, the mayor will bring faith. And where there is despair, the mayor will bring hope. The mayor will unite the city and promote economic prosperity successfully. A person who can do these things is the one qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles in 2017.

YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles - 2017

Los Angeles 2017

YJ Draiman believes in principles and integrity over profit and personal gain


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