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Yehuda “YJ” Draiman - Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017 YJ Draiman is the lead elected official 4th term, 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... More
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  • Draiman's Plan For LA's Fiscal Sustainability 0 comments
    Nov 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    Draiman's Plan for LA's Fiscal Sustainability

    LA faces a chronic budget crisis that threatens critical services and weakens our competitiveness against other major cities. To meet that crisis head on, city government has to be reinvented. It has to deliver better services to residents and businesses and better value to LA taxpayers. Transparency and accountability must be improved, and LA will have to make tough budget choices at the same time that it invests in and plans for the future. Draiman's Government Reinvention and Fiscal Sustainability Agenda details more than $900 million in efficiencies and better use of existing resources to support reinvention and balance LA's budget.


    Immediately Address the City's Fiscal Imbalance

    LA's 2011 budget relied heavily on reserve funds and stimulus money that is no longer available. Delay in addressing the financial crisis won't work, and Draiman will begin immediately to implement reforms and balance the budget when he takes office. Just like households and businesses around the city have to do, having some money left at the end of the year is an important discipline and a sign that the city has started to live within its means.

    $600 million dollar plus proposed budget solution

    Freeze spending and order efficiency measures on day one

    Draiman's budget agenda outlines strategies, from setting and enforcing performance benchmarks to streamlining the bureaucracy that will drive down government spending. Strategies that produce the most immediate savings will be prioritized and implemented on an expedited basis to outperform the 2012 budget targets. Draiman will freeze spending, and department heads will be directed to review all operations and produce a plan within sixty days of taking office to cut city spending by more than $95 million from 2012 budgeted levels.

    Make Performances Measurement Public and Set Targets for Cost Reductions and Service Quality Improvements

    LA's performance measurement program is ineffective, lacks focus, and has two fundamental flaws. First, the program does not establish the unit cost of services or benchmark services against other comparable public and private sector leaders. Second, the program is not subject to public review and regular reporting to the City Council. Draiman will change that.

    Draiman will tie performance measures to a limited number of clearly defined goals for the City. Managers will be held accountable for meeting or beating goals and employee training and evaluation will be driven by continuous improvement of both service quality and efficiency. To support continuous improvement, critical services will be prioritized and benchmarked against other comparable cities and public and private sector top performers for both the quality and cost of service. There will be measurable cost reduction and service improvement targets for each performance measure, they will be reported to the public and City Council, and quarterly progress reports will be issued. The reporting will include an easy to access dashboard and exception report that flags any measure that doesn't meet the target or shows a negative performance trend.

    YJ Draiman


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