Seeking Alpha

jdraiman's  Instablog

jdraiman
Send Message
Yehuda “YJ” Draiman - Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017 YJ Draiman is the lead elected official for the Northridge East Neighborhood Council – NENC, he is also the liaison between the NENC and LADWP. As an Energy Efficiency Advocate YJ Draiman is known for his advancement in implementing... More
My company:
Energy Savers 2
My blog:
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles
My book:
American Energy Independence
  • My Name Is YJ Draiman And I Am Running For Mayor Of Los Angeles 18 comments
    Oct 15, 2012 1:10 PM

    My name is YJ Draiman and I am running for Mayor of Los Angeles

    Our current economic crisis is the number one concern of every American. It is time we exercise our constitutional right.

    It is a government by the people for the people. It makes no difference whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or any other political affiliation, and it is time America's citizens take control of their country starting from the city government to the county, state and the federal government. All elected officials must be accountable to their community and its residents. Our current budget crisis was brought about by the current administration - do you want this to continue and lose city services. I am a soldier in the battle to restore fiscal sanity for our district and our city, improve the economic well being of the district and the welfare of all residents.

    Capitalism has not failed. The people in charge of the economy have failed Capitalism!!!!! Capitalism has been hijacked by career politicians, who disguise themselves as representatives of the people.

    Enough is enough; we need to replace as many incumbents as possible, business as usual must stop here and now, government treasury should not be the personal piggy bank of the politicians.

    We need new representatives in our government, representatives whose allegiance is to the residents of their district, representatives who care about Los Angeles surviving the current economic crisis and becoming better for it.

    We must reduce big government - The bigger the government the less efficient it is.

    Our energy consumption is growing rapidly; we must produce a hundred percent of our energy needs in our own country.

    We have the manpower and technology, let us utilize it.

    We must encourage new businesses, create more jobs and stabilize the economy.

    Government cannot create jobs. Government should be reduced by at least fifty percent, streamline government, enact laws, rules, regulations and taxation that are friendly to small business. Encourage investment in our economy and workforce.

    This economic crisis is a national emergency. People are losing their jobs and homes, and we must establish a mechanism similar to the Manhattan project of World War 2, with an all out genuine national effort to resolve the current economic crisis which threatens to destroy our country.

    Transparency and accountability is my motto

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013

    (March 5, 2013 Election)
    Contact: YJdraimanformayor@yjdraiman.org

Back To jdraiman's Instablog HomePage »

Instablogs are blogs which are instantly set up and networked within the Seeking Alpha community. Instablog posts are not selected, edited or screened by Seeking Alpha editors, in contrast to contributors' articles.

Comments (18)
Track new comments
  • jdraiman
    , contributor
    Comments (202) | Send Message
     
    Author’s reply » Decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world for many generations into the future. Ensuring that decisions being made about our energy, water, and natural resources are sustainable is central to this belief. This also applies to political, economical and financial decisions that affect/obligates current and future generations.
    18 Oct 2010, 04:21 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    About Yj Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles

     

    “A vote for DRAIMAN is a vote for you”

     

    Current Elected Member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council

     

    Yj Draiman wants to be your Mayor for only one reason: to give back to the City where he and his family have lived for many years, and to his Country that has offered him so much for over four decades.

     

    As a successful businessman, Draiman is the only candidate running for Mayor who has a track record of Energy efficiency which creates jobs and develops new businesses, two skills that are greatly needed in Los Angeles today. Draiman has the experience required to cut unnecessary red tape, balance our City’s budget and make sure the public’s money is spent efficiently and effectively. Draiman will help business and jobs by making Los Angeles the most people-friendly and business-friendly city in the world and a more attractive place to do business.

     

    Los Angeles needs a Businessman.
    Not a Politician.

     

    Yj Draiman is the Founder and Chairman of Energy Savers, an Energy efficiency organization that effectively promotes Energy & Water conservation and reduced utility costs.
    16 Mar 2011, 12:04 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Politicians should be paid commissions only – performance based compensation R1

     

    I say that politicians should be paid - compensated on a performance based via commissions only, for example on every tax dollar that they save. Example, if a politician cuts government spending 1 Million dollars, the tax payers would pay him X% of 1 Million.
    If it hits them in the pocket, they are going to be much more cautious how they spend our money.
    A politician running for office should reimburse any matching funds after the election.
    A politician should run the country like any non-profit corporation, with checks and balances, fiscal responsibility and not committing funds that our great grandchildren would have to pay.
    Any politician who violates the oath of office will lose his job and forfeit his benefits and pension.
    It is time we should hold our politicians accountable for their deeds and behavior, any deviation from honesty and ethics will be punished severely.

     

    Honesty, integrity and accountability is the motto.

     

    YJ Draiman, Energy/Utility Auditor

     

    Draiman is a candidate for the Mayor of Los Angeles

     

    PS
    We should not rush to give our money to foreign countries, if we do give, it is a loan and must be repaid; the loans should also be collateralized with real estate and assets of the receiving country.

     

    Value-based Management of the Government
    Value-based management makes an explicit link between a government's strategic and operating decisions and their impact on the country and its citizen’s benefits. It does so in part by aligning politicians incentives with citizens' interests.

     

    Politicians should earn the public trust, which, in turn, is based on openness and accountability. Excessive compensation, self-dealing and hidden agenda’s are detrimental to earning public trust.
    16 Mar 2011, 12:11 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles

     

    “Back to BASICS”

     

    Fiscal responsibility

     

    Family values

     

    Morality

     

    I am not a politician; I am a family man who is fiscally responsible with strong morals

     

    The reason I am not a politician is: because the term politician as defined today stands for – corruption, special interests and pro-government instead of pro-people.

     

    I challenge you today; to do what is good for the people of Los Angeles and than the city.
    16 Mar 2011, 09:35 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    YJ Draiman for L.A. City Council District 12
    (March 8, 2011 Election) web: yjdraiman.org
    Contact: yjdraiman@yjdraiman.org 818-366-6999

     

    “A vote for DRAIMAN is a vote for you”

     

    Current Elected Member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council with the goal of
    active public service to make the Valley a safer and better place to live, work, and raise a family.

     

    YJ Draiman for L.A. City Council District 12

     

    “Transparency and accountability is my motto”

     

    In order to change direction, we must change the leaders and their staff

     

    Decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world for many generations into the future. Ensuring that decisions being made about our energy, water, and natural resources are sustainable is central to this belief. This also applies to political, financial and economic decisions that affect/obligates current and future generations.
    29 Oct 2010, 01:29 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Unauthorized Charges on Your Local Phone - Utility Bill?
    FCC fines Verizon over 'mystery' fees $25 million and $52 million in refunds – 10/28/2010

     

    How to Find Them, Eliminate Them & Get Your Money Back!
    If your business still gets its phone service through the old "AT&T and Verizon, etc" local phone company (as opposed to one of the newer competitive phone providers) then you need to double check your phone bill each and every month for charges you did not authorize. You may not know it but the local phone company allows other companies to bill you through your local phone bill. And while the local phone company allows other businesses to bill you through your local phone bill, the local phone company does not verify that the charges being billed to you by the other company are valid. When these unauthorized charges fraudulently appear on your phone bill it's called "cramming". Unfortunately you as the business owner or manager are the only one that can spot the unauthorized charges and if you don't comb over your bill every month to spot these unauthorized charges - you'll pay for them.
    Why does the local phone company allow other companies to pass charges onto your phone bill? "Third-party billing" is supposedly a great convenience in that you only have to pay one bill instead of separate bills for obvious authorized phone related charges like yellow-page advertising in the "real yellow pages", 411 information calls and long-distance calls from your chosen long distance carrier. Over the years though, some less-than-scrupulous companies have realized that most businesses rarely scrutinize their local-phone bills. To take advantage of this, these companies have come up with elaborate schemes to place
    unauthorized charges on your phone bill that you'll end up paying for without even thinking. Unauthorized charges you can end up paying for include charges for unwanted (and unused) email accounts, web sites, directory information calls, directory advertising in obscure publications, voice mail accounts and other services.
    In theory, before these charges can be placed on your phone bill, the company that is originating the third-party billed charges is supposed to have a verification of the order like a voice recording. In reality though, all the company needs to do to initiate the charge is submit your name and phone number to the billing entity. The verifications are only required to be produced if a complaint is filed.
    To prevent these charges from appearing on you business phone bill it's helpful to understand the four parties that make unauthorized third party phone charges a costly reality. Party number one is any employee who can answer your business phones. The unauthorized charge is rarely random and it usually happens after one of your company employees gets a telemarketing call. Employees should be instructed to document and report any overly aggressive telemarketing calls they receive. Party number two is the telemarketing company that originates the unauthorized charges by trying to get your employee to accept some service for which you'll be billed through your local phone bill. Party number three is the third-party billing company that has billing agreements with your local phone company. The name of the third-party billing is the one that is prominently displayed on your phone bill. After the third-party billing company's name is the name of the company that is originating the unwanted charges. Party number four is your "former Ma Bell" local phone company that collects the unwanted charges (keeps a share for "Ma") and then passes the rest to the third-party billing company (who keeps a big share) and then passes the balance on to the company that initiated the unwanted charge.
    Following are some of the top third-party billing names and unauthorized charge originators you'll find on your phone bill. If you see these names on your phone bill you'll want to call the toll free number listed next to the charge to confirm it's a charge that's been properly authorized to be placed on your bill. Following are actual examples that we've recently found while auditing business phone bills.
    We recommend customers should review any utility bills issued by deregulated utility companies. (In most instances today, consumers are paying higher charges to the deregulated gas and electric supply companies).
    All Utility - Energy, gas, electric and water bills should be reviewed for proper reading and tariff.
    If you suspect that you have been overcharged ask for detailed explanation and or file a complaint with your State Utility Commission.
    YJ Draiman for City Council
    29 Oct 2010, 01:33 AM Reply Like
  • jdraiman
    , contributor
    Comments (202) | Send Message
     
    Author’s reply » Confronting the Challenges of Tomorrow
    While Cherishing Today

     

    Our world today confronts current economic hardship, which represent both a challenge and an opportunity for us to assert our ability to work together for the good of all. Efforts to combat abuse and waste have fallen short. Many countries around the world suffer from the shortage of resources such as water and energy, which threatens their stability and whose capacity and resources disable them from containing the panic, thus necessitating, in such a situation, assistance for those countries in dealing with the crisis. Our world also confronts numerous environmental challenges such as limited and declining natural resources, climate change, drought and desertification, all of which require the redoubling of worldwide efforts to address them in order to safeguard the right of future generations to a secure life. The scarcity of water and energy threatens the eruption of conflicts in different parts of the world, and the nations of the world are therefore called upon to maximize the benefit from, and the proper management of, available water and energy resources while respecting and protecting the acquired rights of nations to utilize and further develop those resources.
    We must work together as a cohesive force to expedite development of natural resources, eliminate the abuse of the environment. Utilize today’s technology to expand the desalinization of water increase and expedite the development of Alternative energy with an environmental balance.
    We must learn to appreciate what we have today while protecting and preserving our natural resources for our sake and for future generations.
    YJ Draiman
    29 Nov 2010, 04:35 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Press release – January 25, 2011

     

    YJ Draiman officially running for mayor of LA - 2013
    "I want to fight for a better future for all the people of Los Angeles, and that's why today I'm announcing my candidacy for mayor," Draiman said.
    I decided to run for Mayor of Los Angeles. Before I could make that commitment, I needed to free up the time required to do the job right. Therefore, I decided to devote full time to the job of Mayor.
    I am motivated by the wish to serve the Los Angeles community and protect our quality of life. I have the skill, experience, long time community involvement and personal commitment to lead the city. I will work hard to preserve residents’ priorities and the city’s coffers, during the difficult financial times ahead. Some of my more specific goals are encouraging economic vitality, preserving and improving the City infrastructure, protecting the quality of our neighborhoods, supporting our open space and bicycle trails programs, working with the Neighborhood Councils and the Chamber to encourage local, innovative green businesses, and proper Urban Planning for Los Angeles, among others.
    I previously ran for City Council in District 12.
    I decided that to do the job right I must run for Mayor.
    I am an Energy/Utility Auditor/Consultant for over 20 years.
    I am married to a darling wife, we have two grown children – my oldest son is David Draiman a famous Rock Star with a Band by the name Disturbed, my younger son is a Psychologist doing research.
    I am looking forward to being elected and serving the people of the City of Los Angeles.
    We must work together as a cohesive force to improve our city.
    “Transparency and accountability is my motto”

     

    YJ Draiman for Mayor – 2013
    WEB: Yjdraimanformayor.org
    25 Jan 2011, 03:18 PM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Want to Increase Your Bottom Line in '2011 and beyond?

     

    YJ Draiman Energy, Utility & Telecom Development Specialist provides expertise in all sectors of the energy and utility industry.
    Over 20 years experience. Specializing in: Energy Audit, Telecom audit, Utility bills audit and review for refunds and/or better rates, Energy procurement, Demand Management, Energy Efficiency review and implementation, Building envelope analysis, Renewable Energy, Lighting Retrofit, Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Geothermal energy, Fuel-Cell, Thermal imaging, Rainwater harvesting, gray water utilization. Energy conservation and Water conservation methods, Energy and telecom audit and procurement, indoor pollution control, etc. commissioning new buildings and mechanical systems
    "Paying for utility costs without using a Utility Auditor and Monitor is like driving a car at night with the lights turned off"
    Much is at stake when policy makers, regulators, and corporate executives face the challenges of evolving energy markets and efficiency.
    I can help you meet that challenge!
    YJ Draiman dba Energy Savers
    Web site: energysavers2.com
    25 Jan 2011, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    3 things that describe the essence of a person, obligation, seriousness, hard work

     

    3 things in life that there value cannot be comprehended, love, Merci-pity-compassion, family & true good friends

     

    3 things a person should not lose hope in accomplishing, hope, peace-tranquility and trust

     

    3 things in life that when they pass – there is no way to recapture them, time, words and opportunity.

     

    3 things that can destroy a person, jealousy, arrogance, unable to forgive

     

    3 things in life you are not sure to accomplish, luck success and dreams
    25 Jan 2011, 03:23 PM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Water Conservation Tips
    25 Ways to Save Hundreds of Gallons of Water Every Week
    Most people aren’t aware of how many gallons of water the average household uses each week. In San Diego, a typical household uses around 14 hundred cubic feet (HCF=750 gal.) of water a month (more in the summer, less in the winter.) One HCF of water is equal to 748 gallons, so a typical household uses about 10,472 gallons a month.
    Here are 24 simple ways to help you save water. Whatever your conservation goal is - 15 percent, 25 percent, or more - the more of these steps you take the more water you’ll save. The more water you save, the more money you’ll save on your water and sewer bill.
    In The Bathroom
    1. While waiting for hot water to come through the pipes, catch the cool, clean, water in a bucket or a watering can. You can use it later to water plants, run your garbage disposer, or pour into the toilet bowl to flush. (Can save up to 50 gallons a week per person.)
    2. Replace your regular showerheads with low-flow showerheads. (Can save up to 230 gallons a week.)
    3. Keep your showers down to five minutes or less using a low-flow showerhead. (Can save up to 75 gallons a week per person.)
    4. Turn the water off while lathering-up in the shower. Then turn the water back on to quickly rinse. (Can save up to 75 gallons a week per person.)
    5. Take shallow baths, no more than 3 inches of water. (Can save up to 100 gallons a week per person.)
    6. Replace your older model toilets with new ultra-low-flush models. (Can save up to 350 gallons a week.)
    7. Check your toilets for leaks. Drop a dye tablet or a teaspoon of food coloring (avoid red) in the tank. If color appears in the bowl after 15 minutes, you probably need to replace the "flapper" valve. (Can save up to 100 gallons a week for each toilet repaired.)
    8. Flush the toilet only when necessary. Never use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket. (Can save up to 50 gallons a week.)
    9. Never let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving. (Can save up to 35 gallons a week per person.)
    In The Kitchen
    10. Hand wash dishes just once a day using the least amount of detergent possible. This will cut down on rinsing. Use a sprayer or short blasts of water to rinse. (Can save up to 100 gallons a week.)
    11. If you have a dishwasher, run it only when you have a full load. (Can save up to 30 gallons a week.)
    12. Scrape food scraps off dishes in the garbage can or rinse them off with very short blasts of water. (Can save up to 60 gallons a week.)
    13. Never use hot, running water to defrost frozen foods. Plan ahead and place frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or use the microwave oven. (Can save up to 50 gallons a week.)
    14. Rinse vegetables and fruits in a sink or a pan filled with water instead of under running water. (Can save up to 30 gallons a week.)
    15. Run your garbage disposer only on alternate days. (Can save up to 25 gallons a week.)
    Around The House
    16. Repair all leaky faucets, fixtures and pipes both inside and outside your home. (Can save more than 150 gallons for each leak.)
    17. When doing the laundry, never wash less than a full load. (Can save up to 100 gallons a week.)
    Outdoors
    18. Set lawn mower blades one notch higher since longer grass reduces evaporation. Leave grass clippings on your grass, this cools the ground and holds in moisture.
    19. Use mulch to cover bare ground in gardens and around trees. (Can save up to 100 gallons or more a week.)
    20. Never hose down your patio or balcony, always use a broom or blower. (Can save up to 100 gallons a week.)
    21. Don’t allow children to play with the hose. (Can save up to 10 gallons a minute.)
    22. If you have a pool, use a cover to cut down evaporation. This will also keep your pool cleaner and reduce the need to add chemicals. (Can save up to 250 gallons a week.)
    23. Take your car to a car wash that recycles its wash water. If washing your car at home, use a bucket of water and sponge. Rinse quickly at the end. Never allow the hose to run continuously. (Can save up to 150 gallons a week.)
    24. Water your lawn and landscaping early in the morning or after the sun sets when there’s less evaporation. Adjust your sprinklers so they don’t spray on sidewalks, driveway or street. (Can save up to 250 gallons a week.)
    25. Install rain sensor for your sprinkler system
    1 Feb 2011, 11:29 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    YJ Draiman officially running for mayor of Los Angeles - 2013

     

    I am motivated by the wish to serve the Los Angeles community and protect our quality of life. I have the skill, experience, long time community involvement and personal commitment to lead the city. I will work hard to preserve residents’ priorities and the city’s coffers, during the difficult financial times ahead. Some of my more specific goals are encouraging economic vitality, preserving and improving the City infrastructure, protecting the quality of our neighborhoods, supporting our open space and bicycle trails programs, working with the Neighborhood Councils and the Chamber to encourage local, innovative green businesses, and proper Urban Planning for Los Angeles, among others.
    I previously ran for City Council in District 12.
    I decided that to do the job right I must run for Mayor.
    I am an Energy/Utility Auditor/Consultant for over 20 years.
    I am planning on completing my PHD in Energy Conservation in 2011
    I am married to a darling wife, we have two grown children – my oldest son is David Draiman a famous Rock Star with a Band by the name Disturbed, my younger son is a Psychologist doing research.
    I am looking forward to being elected and serving the people of the City of Los Angeles.
    We must work together as a cohesive force to improve our city.
    “Transparency and accountability is my motto”

     

    YJ Draiman for Mayor – 2013
    WEB: draimanformayor.org
    2 Feb 2011, 01:58 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Do we need an ethical bailout to go along with the financial one?

     

    Let us discuss the need for honesty and integrity as the basic principle of leadership. Defines quality leadership as a process beyond technical competence. Successful leaders continually demonstrate honesty and integrity as an essential element of their professional fabric; a lack of commitment to the principle renders all other skills meaningless. Depicts honesty and integrity as essential elements of human behavior that promote and support quality relationships. Defines honesty and integrity in the context of building trust and maintaining credibility. Provides a sound philosophy that increases the probability for long-term success and professional fulfillment.
    The matter raised "legitimate and genuine concerns", adding: "My concern ... is that without integrity and legitimacy and honesty, and then Government cannot function. This must now be settled, otherwise it saps at the very heart of what is the highest office – and the highest office-holder."
    Is honesty for suckers?
    — A worldwide recession sets in when it turns out that a vast subprime mortgage system was built on a foundation of fraud.
    — Government officials are convicted of fraud and misappropriation of funds and backdoor deals.
    — Cheating is rampant in high schools and colleges.

     

    — And in sports? The same deal. Doping scandals, cheating, chemical and otherwise, pervades football, baseball and other sports.
    — Wall Street is being manipulated by corporate America bilking investors out of billions of dollars.

     

    If so many people are cheating, how can honest people play by the rules and not be at a disadvantage — in school, at work, in sports, in business?
    Do we need an ethical bailout to go along with the financial one?
    Are you a chump if you play by the rules?
    Compiled by: YJ Draiman
    10 Feb 2011, 08:37 AM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Conservation methods - 1. Lighting 2. Refrigerator/Freezer 3. Cooling 4. Heating 5. Laundry 6. Dishwashing 7. Cooking 8. Office/Electronics Equipment 9. Water Heating
    Lighting Tips
    No Cost
    Disconnect or remove lamps in multiple lamp fixtures. Use task lighting where needed. Use up to 50% less in lighting energy.
    Make sure you are getting the best possible light by cleaning fixtures and replacing any yellowed or hazy lenses and diffusers twice a year.
    Open blinds and shades. Turn off lights in unoccupied areas or in spaces with sufficient natural lighting.
    Turn off the lights when not needed. It is a myth that leaving them on uses less energy than turning them off. Turn off signage and other lights not necessary for security and safety.
    Low Cost
    Buy fixtures that have a dimmer, which allow you to manually adjust the intensity of light in a room. Because most lights use less electricity at lower settings, you do not need to pay for more light than you need. Dimmers can be used with incandescent lights, including low-voltage systems, but only with new-screw-based dimmable fluorescent bulbs. Other fluorescent lights must have their own dimmable ballasts.
    Rooms that have several kinds of lights — i.e. overhead and counter lights in a kitchen — should have separate switches for the various types. A three-level switch on table and floor lamps is an easy way to use one fixture for several lighting needs.
    Use task lighting; instead of brightly lighting an entire room, focus the light where you need it. For example, use fluorescent under-cabinet lighting for kitchen sinks and countertops.
    Good Investment
    Before going to buy compact fluorescent lamps (CFL), write down the light output of the standard A-shaped incandescent bulbs you want to replace. Then check the lumens rating on the CFL package and buy lamps that provide approximately the same amount of light. For example, most 60-watt incandescents provide around 800 lumens, so look for ENERGY STAR CFLs that provide 800 lumens or more.
    Consider using 4-Watt mini-fluorescent or electro-luminescent night-lights. Both are much more efficient lights than regular low-wattage night-lights. The luminescent lights are cool to the touch.
    If you have torchiere fixtures with halogen lamps, replace them with ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent torchieres. Halogen lamps generate excessive heat that can create fire hazards. Compact fluorescents are cooler, use 60% to 80% less energy.
    Install ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) in the fixtures you use most frequently. CFLs are most efficient when they operate for two or more hours at a time. CFLs use at least 66% less energy and last 10 times longer than incandescent lights. Replacing four of the most often used incandescent light bulbs with CFLs can save you $35 annually.
    Use ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) in the fixtures that are hard to reach such as ceiling fans, other ceiling fixtures and enclosed outdoor fixtures. Because CFLs last longer, you enjoy the convenience of buying and changing bulbs less frequently.
    Refrigerator Tips
    No Cost
    Adjust the refrigerator temperature settings. Optimum refrigerator range is 37 to 40°F and freezer range is 0 to 5°F. If the temperature control system does not specify degrees, check the manual for corresponding settings.
    Keep the refrigerator full. A full refrigerator retains cold better than an empty one. If the refrigerator is nearly empty, store water-filled containers inside. The mass of cold items will enable the refrigerator to recover more quickly after the door has been opened. On the other hand, don't overfill it, since that will interfere with the circulation of cold air inside.
    Keep your refrigerator away from heat sources, such as an oven, a dishwasher and direct sunlight from a window. A 10°F increase in surrounding temperature can result in 20% higher energy consumption.
    Minimize door openings as much as possible. Every time the refrigerator door is opened, cooled air escapes. The unit must then work harder to replace the air. Try to keep the door open no longer than necessary. Be sure to close the door completely.
    Good Investment
    Choose top-freezer models instead of side-by-side refrigerators, which use approximately 10 to 25% more energy.
    Refrigerators with anti-sweat heaters (which prevent condensation) consume 5 to 10% more energy. Look for models with an "energy saver" switch that lets you turn down — or off — the heaters.
    Select a refrigerator that is the right size for the household's needs. Larger models use more energy, as do refrigerators that are under-utilized or overly full.
    Cooling Tips
    No Cost
    Check the settings on the room air conditioner. Make sure the "fresh air" vent on the air conditioner is closed so you are not cooling outside air.
    Close drapes, blinds and shades to keep sun's rays out of the home during the warmer months, particularly for south-facing windows.
    Move the room air conditioner. If possible, put the air conditioner in a north-facing or shaded window; direct sunlight reduces efficiency. Remove and store the air conditioner during the winter rather than keeping it in the window.
    On hot days, avoid using the oven; cook on the stove, use a microwave oven, or grill outside.
    Open windows at night. If you live in a climate where it cools off at night, turn off your cooling system and open your windows while sleeping. When you wake in the morning, shut the windows and blinds to capture the cool air.
    Turn off fans when you leave the room. Remember that fans cool people, not rooms, by creating a wind chill effect.
    When you shower or take a bath, use the bathroom fan to remove the heat and humidity from your home. Your laundry room might also benefit from spot ventilation. Make sure bathroom and kitchen fans are vented to the outside (not just to the attic).
    Low Cost
    Remove and clean room air conditioner filters monthly. Dirty filters reduce the efficiency of the air conditioner.
    Seal any holes with caulk or spray foam where TV/cable wires, pipes, bathroom plumbing, ductwork, or vents enter or exit your home.
    Use ceiling fans or other circulating fans, (such as table and floor fans) to improve your comfort level and reduce air conditioning costs.
    Good Investment
    Caulk and weather-strip around windows and door frames that leak air. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified models designed for your area, and save $20–$95 each year in energy costs.
    Consider installing a whole house fan. An attic whole house fan draws cooler air into the home and forces hot air out through attic vents. Use it when the air is cool outside, such as in the early morning. Whole house fans typically use about one-third of the electricity of a central air conditioner.
    Consider installing a whole-house evaporative cooler if you live in a dry climate. An evaporative cooler uses as much as 75% less electricity as an air conditioner, saving approximately $150 a year. For hotter desert climates, the savings can be much more.
    Consider planting trees and shrubs in strategic locations to help reduce the temperature and airflow in your house. Deciduous trees planted on the west and south sides of your home help to keep the house shaded during the season's peak heating times.
    If your old central air conditioner is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR model, which uses 20% less energy than a standard new model. Look for a SEER rating of at least 12.
    If your room air conditioner unit is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR room air conditioner, which uses at least 10% less energy than a standard new model. Select the unit with the highest Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) for greater savings. Ask a trained salesperson for help choosing the size that's right for your needs.
    Install a door sweep on the door to your garage to seal the gap between the bottom of your door and the threshold. This prevents warm air from coming in and cool air from escaping your home.
    Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat away from natural cool and hot spots. An ENERGY STAR thermostat can save as much as $115 per year, provide more flexibility than standard models and perform one or more of the following functions: Save and repeat multiple daily settings, which you can change when needed without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program; store four or more temperature settings a day; and adjust heating or air conditioning turn-on times as the outside temperature changes.
    Install awnings on south- and west-facing windows. Apply sun-control or other reflective films on south-facing windows to reduce solar gain.
    Look for a room air conditioner with a filter that slides out easily for regular cleaning. Clean filters help keep the unit in good working condition.
    When buying an air conditioner, enlist the services of a qualified technician to ensure your unit is properly sized and installed for your home/building. A unit that is too large will not only cost you more up front, but will actually work less efficiently, costing you more to operate over its lifetime.
    Heating Tips
    No Cost
    Close drapes, blinds and shades to help retain heat at night or during unoccupied periods. Keep them open during the day to let light in, particularly for south-facing windows.
    If you have an air conditioner, remove and store it during the winter rather than keeping it in the window.
    In the winter, reverse your ceiling fan motor so that the blades push air up toward the ceiling, where hot air normally rises. The fan will drive the warm air back down around the edges of the room, which can result in more even heating. Better heat circulation will help combat the problem of sweating windows that some homes experience in the wintertime because of condensation on the glass.
    Keep the fireplace damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. Closing the damper prevents up to 8% of furnace-heated air from going up the chimney. If the fireplace is never used, the damper should be sealed with weather-stripping and the chimney stuffed with fiberglass insulation. Remove this material from the chimney before a fire is lit in the fireplace.
    Set the temperature lower in the winter when your home is unoccupied. Use a programmable thermostat to automatically lower and raise the temperature according to your settings.
    Set the thermostat as low as comfortably possible in the winter. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall heating bill will be.
    Low Cost
    Clean furnace filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict airflow and increase energy use. Keep the furnace clean, lubricated and properly adjusted to save up to 5% of heating costs.
    During the winter months use a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet on a frame or tape clear plastic film to the inside of your window frame. Hardware and home improvement stores sell products specifically for this. Remember, the plastic must be sealed tightly to the frame to help reduce infiltration.
    During the winter months, replace your screens with storm windows to provide an extra barrier to the cold outside air. This can reduce heat loss through the windows by 25% to 50%.
    If your home has radiators, place heat-resistant reflectors between radiators and walls. This can even be done by covering a piece of cardboard with tinfoil. Be sure that the reflector does not touch the unit itself. In the winter, this will help heat the room instead of the wall.
    Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat away from natural cool and hot spots. An ENERGY STAR thermostat can save as much as $115 per year, provide more flexibility than standard models and perform one or more of the following functions: Save and repeat multiple daily settings, which you can change when needed without affecting the rest of the daily or weekly program; store four or more temperature settings a day; and adjust heating or air conditioning turn-on times as the outside temperature changes.
    Seal any holes with caulk or spray foam where TV/cable wires, pipes, bathroom plumbing, ductwork, or vents enter or exit your home.
    Good Investment
    Caulk and weather-strip around windows and door frames that leak air. If replacing windows, choose ENERGY STAR qualified models designed for your area, and save $20–$95 each year in energy costs.
    Fireplace inserts or wood stoves are available to fit into an existing fireplace. These inserts are equipped with glass or metal doors, outside combustion air vents, and heat circulation blowers. Fireplace inserts dramatically improve fireplace efficiency by blowing heat from the fire into the room and limiting the amount of heat and conditioned air lost up the chimney. Fireplace inserts are recommended for fireplaces that are regularly used. Before installing a fireplace insert, be sure to check the manufacturer's safety specifications and make sure the fireplace insert is compatible with the existing chimney or vent flue.
    If you use electricity to heat your home, consider installing an energy-efficient heat pump system. Heat pumps are the most efficient form of electric heating in moderate climates, providing up to three times more heating than the equivalent amount of electrical energy it consumes. A heat pump cools your home by collecting the heat inside your house and effectively pumping it outside. A heat pump can trim the amount of electricity you use for heating as much as 30 to 40%.
    If your furnace is more than 15 years old, replace it with an ENERGY STAR qualified furnace, which is 15% more efficient than a conventional furnace. If you have a boiler, consider replacing it with an ENERGY STAR qualified boiler that is 10% more efficient than a new, standard model.
    If your heat pump is more than 10 years old, replace it with an ENERGY STAR heat pump, which uses at least 20% less energy than a standard new model.
    In cold climates, install tight fitting window shades and insulating curtains.
    Install a door sweep on the door to your garage to seal the gap between the bottom of your door and the threshold. This prevents cold air from coming in and warm air from escaping your home.
    Install glass doors on fireplaces, which act as a barrier against warmed air returning up the chimney. Some models of glass doors are equipped with small vents along the bottom or sides to allow a controlled amount of combustion airflow into the fireplace. The glass allows the heat from the fire to radiate into the room. Because glass doors reduce the amount of conditioned air that is drawn up the chimney, they also reduce infiltration of outside air into the home.
    Laundry Tips
    No Cost
    Clean the lint from the clothes dryer after every load. The efficiency of the dryer goes down when lint collects over the dryer filter. Run full loads and use the moisture-sensing setting. Save 5% on your electric bill.
    Dry similar types of fabrics together. For example, put towels together in one load. A lower dryer temperature may be used for certain clothes. See the owner's manual for more information.
    Keep the clothes dryer's outside exhaust clean. A clogged exhaust lengthens drying time and increases energy use.
    Line-dry clothes whenever possible. This can save up to 5% of your energy costs.
    Presoak or use the soak cycle when washing heavily soiled garments. You will avoid two washings and save energy.
    Good Investment
    Buy an ENERGY STAR clothes washer, which uses 50% less energy and 40% less water per load than a conventional machine. Save as much as $113 annually.
    Choose a clothes washer with a "mini-basket." A mini-basket is a small tub that fits over the agitator, allowing you to wash very small loads.
    Choose the right size clothes washer for your needs. ENERGY STAR clothes washers are available in many sizes, ranging in capacity from 1.6 to 3.8 cubic feet.
    Install high-efficiency commercial washers, including but not limited to front-loading machines, which can cut energy costs up to 50% and use about 30% less water (18 to 25 gallons of water per load, compared to 40 gallons used by a standard machine). Energy-efficient and front-loading commercial clothes washers also last five to 10 years longer than standard, top-loading machines.
    Select a gas clothes dryer if possible. Gas dryers cost on average 15 to 20 cents per load to operate, while electric dryers cost on average 30 to 40 cents per load.
    When shopping for energy-efficient appliances, don't be misled by labels such as "Energy Miser," "Energy Saver" and "Fuel Saver." The best way to determine energy efficiency of appliances is to compare information provided by EnergyGuide labels.
    Dishwasher Tips
    No Cost
    Avoid using the "rinse hold" setting on your dishwasher. "Rinse hold" uses three to seven gallons of hot water for each use, and heating water takes extra energy. Never use "rinse hold" for just a few dirty dishes.
    Check and clean the dishwasher drain as necessary. Solid pieces of food waste can build up over the dishwasher drain and cause the dishwasher to work harder.
    If your dishwasher has an air-dry setting, use it instead of the heat-dry setting. You will cut the dishwasher's energy use 15 to 50%. If there is no air-dry setting, turn the dishwasher off after its final rinse and open the door. The dishes will dry without using extra electricity.
    Load dishes in their proper locations to ensure maximum cleaning efficiency. See the dishwasher owner's manual for instructions on proper loading.
    Reduce hot water temperature. Set the water heater to the "normal" setting or 120°F, unless the owner's manual for the dishwasher requires a higher setting. Savings are 7 to 11% of water heating costs.
    Run the dishwasher only when fully loaded. If necessary, scrape dirty dishes (with cold rather than hot water) and store them in the dishwasher until you have a full load.
    Run your dishwasher after 7 p.m. Wash only full loads and use the shortest possible cycle.
    Scrape don't rinse dishes before loading the dishwasher. Pre-rinsing can use up to 20 gallons of water.
    Good Investment
    Buy an ENERGY STAR dishwasher with energy-saving settings, such as partial load setting (which uses less hot water) and energy-efficient drying cycles.
    Choose a dishwasher that gives you the option of air-drying the dishes, instead of heat-drying, which consumes more energy.
    Switching from hand washing to an ENERGY STAR dishwasher could potentially result in substantial water and energy savings. If you leave the water running when washing dishes by hand, you can use up to 24 gallons of water. ENERGY STAR dishwasher uses roughly 7 gallons of water. You can also save energy by reducing the need to heat water.
    Cooking Tips
    No Cost
    Cook during temperate hours. Avoid preparing meals that require you to use the range or oven extensively on hot days. This helps to reduce the load on your air conditioner and makes you feel more comfortable in your home.
    Cook with a full oven. Prepare dishes together when possible. If you have three dishes to be cooked in the oven at slightly different temperatures (325°F, 350°F and 375°F, for example), pick the average temperature (350°F in this case) to cook all three.
    Don't peek. Every time you open the oven door to look at the food, the oven temperature is lowered by 25°F to 75°F. Use a timer if the oven door does not have a window.
    Keep oven and burners clean and kitchen ventilated. A clean oven uses energy more efficiently.
    Minimize or eliminate preheating. Don't preheat the oven if the food requires more than one hour of cooking time.
    Use cooking time wisely. Turn off the electric range two to three minutes before the task is done and allow the residual heat to finish the job.
    Use leftover heat as a food warmer. Turn off oven immediately when finished cooking. Ovens retain heat for up to 30 minutes after they have been turned off.
    Use microwave ovens to save energy. Microwave ovens are about 33% more efficient than convection ovens and 66% more efficient than conventional ovens.
    Use the broiler when possible. The broiler uses less energy, and preheating is not required.
    Use the right sized pot on stove burners. A 6" pot on an 8" burner wastes over 40% of the burner's heat. Also, cover pots and pans to keep heat in.
    Low Cost
    Double your recipe — and freeze half for later. Reheating uses less energy.
    Good Investment
    Choose a stove range with burners that fit a variety of pan sizes. Energy is wasted if you use a small pan on a large burner.
    Electric ranges containing ceramic, halogen or induction range elements are more efficient than the type containing electric coils. They are also easier to clean and allow for greater temperature control.
    Select a self-cleaning oven. It's better insulated than other models, so they are more energy-efficient when used appropriately.
    Select ovens with windows. This allows you to check food without opening the door. Look for self-cleaning features (ensures additional insulation) and electronic or programmable models with timers (for a more precise use of cooking energy).
    Use convection units in combination with conventional ovens. This combination cooks faster at lower temperatures.
    Office Equipment Tips
    No Cost
    Configure your computer to sleep mode. For ideal savings, set your power management to turn off your monitor after 10 minutes and your hard disks after 20 minutes.
    Do not leave equipment in sleep mode overnight because it will continue to draw a small amount of power. Turn off all equipment every night — especially monitors and printers. Monitors usually consume twice the electricity as CPUs.
    Turn off your screen savers. There is a common misconception that screen savers reduce energy use by monitors; they do not. Today's screen savers actually waste power by keeping your computer active.
    Unplug chargers and other office electronics or plug them into a power strip which can be turned off with the flick of a switch. Laptop and other plug-in chargers continue to draw power even when they are not in use.
    Good Investment
    Look for energy-saving ENERGY STAR labeled home electronics, including computers. An ENERGY STAR labeled computer uses 70% less electricity than computers without this designation.
    Save energy and space with an ENERGY STAR qualified multi-function device that combines several capabilities (print, fax, copy, scan). Make sure power management features are enabled for additional savings.
    Use laptop computers. Laptops use up to 90% less energy than a desktop computer.
    Water Heater Tips
    No Cost
    Like dishwashers, up to 90% of the cost of operating washing machines is associated with the energy needed to heat the water. Reduce the amount of hot water used by washing clothes in cold water, instead of hot or warm water. You can save up to 10% on water heating costs by washing and rinsing your clothes in cold water. Select a laundry detergent formulated to clean effectively in cold water. Washing only full loads will also reduce hot-water consumption.
    Reduce the amount of hot water used by turning the hot-water faucet off while shaving or brushing your teeth.
    Use off-peak power to heat water. For those who have an electric water heater, this usage contributes to the electric utility company's "peak load," or the largest amount of power demand that they have to meet on a daily basis.
    Some utilities are required to offer their customers "time of use" rates that vary according to the demand on their system. Lower rates may be charged at "off-peak" times and higher rates at "on-peak" times.

     

    Check with your local electric utility to find out if it offers time-of-use rates for residential customers. Some utilities even offer incentives for customers who allow their utility to install control devices that shut off electric water heaters during peak demand periods.

     

    When you plan to be away from home for three or more days, turn the water heater thermostat down to the lowest setting, or turn the heater off completely. Be sure you know how to relight the pilot light on the gas heater before you turn it off.
    Low Cost
    For electric water heaters, install a timer that can automatically turn the heater off at night and on in the morning. A simple timer can pay for itself in energy saved in about one year. More expensive, multisetting timers are also available.
    Timers for gas water heaters are not as useful or cost effective as those designed for electric water heaters. This is because the pilot light supplies some heat during the night, offsetting some of the energy savings achieved by using the timer.

     

    Add "heat traps" to the water heater, if not already installed. Heat traps, also called one-way valves, allow water to flow into the tank and prevent unwanted hot-water flow out of the tank. Heat traps may require professional installation, which could be expensive. But if it is installed at the same time as a new water heater, heat traps are much more cost effective. Most new water heaters have factory installed traps, saving you the time and expense of installing one yourself.

     

    Insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.
    Insulate your hot-water storage tank, but be careful not to cover the thermostat. For natural gas or oil heaters, also be careful not to cover the heater's top, bottom, or burner compartment. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations; when in doubt, get professional help.
    Reduce the amount of hot water used by installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
    Older showerheads deliver four to five gallons of water per minute. A new, two-and-a-half-gallon-... showerhead will reduce your water consumption by one-third to one-half. A typical bathtub holds about 60 gallons. A top-quality, low-flow showerhead will cost $10 to $20 and pay for itself in energy saved within four months.

     

    For bathroom faucets, aerators that deliver 0.5 to 1 gallon of water per minute may be sufficient. Kitchen faucets may require a higher flow rate of 2 to 4 gallons per minute if you regularly fill the sink for washing dishes. On the other hand, if you tend to let the water run when washing dishes, the lower flow rate of 0.5 to 1 gallon per minute may be more appropriate. Some aerators come with shut-off valves that allow you to stop the flow of water without affecting the temperature.
    21 Feb 2011, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    Draiman's Plan for LA’s Energy Efficiency - Part 1& 2

     

    ----------------------...

     

    Investments in weatherization and efficiency upgrades create jobs, lower household utility bills, make LA businesses more competitive and lessen our impact on the environment. Reducing LA’s energy demand also keeps money in people’s pockets and in the region’s economy.

     

    Nearly 9,000 LA buildings underwent significant retrofits in 2010. Draiman wants to triple that number by creating a $20 million fund that allows current programs to be significantly scaled and expanded. The city’s investment is projected to leverage an additional $120 million in outside resources from LADWP, The Southern California Gas Co., and various governmental and lending institutions. The plan is estimated to create more than 700 good-paying jobs and reduce harmful carbon emissions by more than 7,000 tons – the equivalent of cutting our gas consumption by 818,000 gallons annually.

     

    Draiman’s plan begins by designating a two dozen Energy Efficiency Target Zones in areas that are shown to be least energy efficient, and selects an anchor organization in each area to act as a one-stop-shop to significantly increase efficiency projects. He then creates a $20 million fund to support efforts in each zone so that local building owners can leverage an additional $200 million in private and public funds. Finally, the plan sets a firm deadline to complete an online one-stop-shop so that every Los Angelinos can easily navigate the funding options to make efficiency improvements in their own homes and businesses.

     

    www.draimanformayor.net

     

    Designate a dozen Energy Efficiency Target Zones
    Certain parts of the city are particularly ripe for energy and water efficiency investments. They range from residential neighborhoods with older building stock to local business strips that have not been effectively reached by existing efficiency programs. Draiman will task the Department of Housing and Economic Development, working with the Department of Environment, to locate twelve Energy Efficiency Target Zones that are shown to offer the most ability to perform efficiency upgrades, offer real cost and energy savings, and create jobs in the process.

     

    Select anchor organizations to manage the implementation of the retrofits in each zone
    Each zone will have a designated anchor organization that has a demonstrated ability to bring together the diverse business and residential constituents in their neighborhood. The organization will set clear targets for energy savings and jobs created and will help building owners to access funding and workers. They will be responsible for managing the retrofit process and reporting regularly to the city.

     

    Draiman’s Plan for LA’s Economic Prosperity

     

    ----------------------...

     

    Draiman believes that businesses – not government – are the chief engine of job creation and economic growth in LA. With a particular focus on small and innovative businesses, Draiman will focus on creating an environment that helps businesses to thrive by ending redundant regulations, simplifying the way small businesses interact with City government, and opening City contracts to the best qualified rather than the best connected.

     

    LA’s strength and economic vitality are directly tied to the health and livability of its neighborhoods – communities where people can live, work and stay. Creating healthy communities and neighborhood jobs and investments, require careful planning and systematic implementation. Draiman’s plan will make sure planning efforts are coordinated and backed by sufficient resources to deliver results.

     

    www.draimanformayor.net
    11 Mar 2011, 08:06 PM Reply Like
  • Jay Draiman
    , contributor
    Comments (38) | Send Message
     
    YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA - Statement

     

    Dear Fellow Los Angele neon’s

     

    Thank you for taking a few moments to learn more about my ideas for building a new Los Angeles.
    I appreciate your interest in my campaign and hope my jobs plan will provide you with a better understanding of the type of Mayor I hope to be – one focused on transparency and putting Los Angele eons back to work.

     

    Los Angeles faces one of the most challenging times in our city’s history.
    Because of the unfriendly business environment, along with some of the highest tax rates in the nation, families and businesses are being forced to make unthinkable trade-offs, including living the city they love. But I am optimistic about Los Angeles future.

     

    I am running for Mayor because I believe everything is still possible in Los Angeles. That is why as Mayor creating jobs will be my priority. It is the only way we are going to clean up the mess in Los Angeles. I have a unique skill set and the detailed plan to get Los Angeles going again.

     

    I have started businesses from the ground up and within a short time revenues exceeded $60 million a year. I have been involved in gentrification of whole neighborhoods; I have built a 5 star hotel and implemented energy efficiency for over 20 years. I am currently working on my PHD in Energy Conservation.

     

    I think Los Angeles needs a little bit more of a business-like attitude. We have to be honest about our problems, offer grown-up solutions and put an end to the partisan bickering and hand-wringing that is business as usual.

     

    If you do not know and admit that there is a problem, you can not fix it.

     

    I am running to reinvigorate Los Angeles economic potential – it will take time and the effort of all the people of Los Angeles. We shall overcome there economic hardships if we work together as a unified force.

     

    If you have any suggestions on how we can move Los Angeles forward, please contact our campaign. We will listen. We want this campaign to be special, one that addresses your concerns and speaks to your hopes for what a new Los Angeles can be.

     

    Together, we can put Los Angeles back to work and make our City great again and call it the city that works.

     

    Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles

     

    www.draimanformayor.net
    11 Mar 2011, 08:10 PM Reply Like
  • jdraiman
    , contributor
    Comments (202) | Send Message
     
    Author’s reply » My name is YJ Draiman and I am running for mayor of Los Angeles

     

    Draiman - My quest to restore Leadership, Experience and Integrity to City Hall

     

    YJ Draiman
    Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles (2013)

     

    I’m not a politician. You won’t get politically correct doublespeak from me, just the plain facts. The plain facts are often disturbing and as a NC Board Member I’ve never been shy from revealing the sometimes ugly truth about the way the City functions.

     

    Career politicians like the current have no interest in serving the public; rather, they use public office to serve their own interests and those of the small but wealthy cadre of greedy “special interests” who fund their campaigns in return for favors when decisions over controversial matters such as billboards and development have to be made by elected officials.

     

    All too often, the City Council’s actions support the special interests at the expense of the interests of the ordinary people like you and me.

     

    When common sense dictates that our already over-congested streets should not be further burdened by more high-density luxury condominium developments, current elected official’s side with the developers and contractors who funnel campaign contributions to further their interests. We need a Los Angeles with Financial Sustainability that is my goal.

     

    My pledge is for a “City of Los Angeles for the people” not for the politicians and special interests.

     

    Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
    21 Aug 2011, 11:14 AM Reply Like
  • jdraiman
    , contributor
    Comments (202) | Send Message
     
    Author’s reply » Good evening ladies and gentlemen my name is YJ Draiman and I am a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles.

     

    I am not a politician. My experience has been in Real estate development, energy conservation - sustainability and utility efficiency.

     

    Tonight’s forum should not be about politics or who is a better politician. This forum should be about the many critical issues confronting the good people of Los Angeles, and how to resolve those issues.

     

    I believe in Democracy, and in a government by the people, FOR the people. The present administration DOES NOT serve the best interest of the people of Los Angeles. I am running for Mayor because now is the time for change; now is the time to stop letting career politicians use the city of Los Angeles as a stepping-stone to further their careers. It is time to restore honesty, integrity, accountability and transparency in government. It is time to put our differences aside, and put an end to special interests which only serve the few. It is time for city hall to serve the best interests of the people of this once great city.

     

    Today’s economic crisis is of utmost concern for all Americans. In these hard economic times, we must unify as a cohesive force to address the need for more jobs, better housing, a healthcare system which works for all; and most importantly, to stop the deterioration of the educational system which is depriving our children of the necessary tools for their, and our future.

     

    Education will rebuild Los Angeles economic sustainability!

     

    I have three words to say to you. EDCATION... EDUCATION... EDUCATION... You want to get ahead in life, you must have education. You want to compete in today’s economy you must have education. You want to provide for you family you must have education.

     

    Education, vocational/trade schools and energy efficiency will be the spearhead to our economic recovery and economic sustainability.
    Education will lead to economic progress, bring about innovation and technology, trade schools will help people earn a living, Energy efficiency and Renewable energy will create jobs, save money and resources and make LA energy independent. We all know no society can survive without water and energy. Water & energy conservation used effectively will save the city of LA billions of dollars every year.
    Those saved dollars will be used to build and enhance LA’s economic vitality. My profession & expertise for the past 20 years has been in implementing Energy & utility efficiency.
    As mayor one of my goals is to utilize my expertise and implement Energy & utility efficiency for the city of LA, while rebuilding our educational system. I will set-up an independent citizen oversight committee on government with members replaced every 2 years.

     

    LA Politicians Stop playing politics

     

    You are dealing with the life and soul and the economic vitality of the city of Los Angeles.
    If you are not passionate about your goals to bring back the City of LA to economic prosperity you do not belong in city government. We must be willing to put 110% plus effort to bring about a reversal in LA’ economic fortune. We must bring back confidence in its leadership. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Practice what you say.
    This is no time for grandstanding or empty promises, this is a time to stand up and be counted as one of those who are willing to make personal sacrifices for the city of LA. We have serious issues, we need serious people.

     

    All LA City services and resources including education must be distributed equally throughout the city without preferential treatment to any neighborhood.
    http://bit.ly/zFzIjw

     

    When Elected as Mayor. It is my intent to rejuvenate the City of Los Angeles as a center of innovation and productivity, a city where we are rebuilding the manufacturing infrastructure. I plan on implementing Energy & utility efficiency. We can produce goods and services at competitive prices and better quality. We must make Los Angeles business friendly, reduce taxes, cut expenses, reduce bureaucracy, streamline regulations, inform all city departments that a new mandate is taking place and that is, it is the city department’s job to cooperate and promote new businesses and help retain existing businesses. All city Workers must increase productivity and efficiency.
    Each new business generates employment and revenues, which reduces the burden on the people of Los Angeles.
    It will take the full cooperation of the people, businesses, unions and government to achieve this tremendous task.
    "Let us take back our city and make it Los Angeles governed by the people for the people"
    So let us take off the suits and ties, roll-up our sleeves and get to work.
    Thank you, for giving me the opportunity to share my vision of Los Angeles with you.
    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
    Web: http://bit.ly/zFzIjw Email: yjdraimanformayor@yjdr...

     

    http://bit.ly/w2akSo
    9 Mar 2012, 09:24 AM Reply Like
Full index of posts »
Latest Followers

StockTalks

  • YJ Draiman For Mayor Of Los Angeles 2017 http://seekingalpha.com/p/1ph0p
    Apr 27, 2014
  • Common Sense - An Obituary - Interesting and sadly rather true Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has
    Dec 1, 2011
More »
Posts by Themes
Instablogs are Seeking Alpha's free blogging platform customized for finance, with instant set up and exposure to millions of readers interested in the financial markets. Publish your own instablog in minutes.