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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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  • Are Hoodwinked Angelenos Electing Failed Leaders In 2013? - Draiman 2 comments
    Dec 25, 2012 5:03 AM

    Are Hoodwinked Angelenos electing failed leaders in 2013? - Draiman

    Candidate for Mayor of LA YJ Draiman (courtesy YJ Draiman)

    Are Hoodwinked Angelenos electing failed leaders in 2013?

    Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2013? - I submit: None of the three current elected officials!

    Any of the current three elected officials at LA City Hall who are running, who have been in LA City Hall for the past 12 years, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance, their contribution to the current state of affairs is reprehensible. Current elected official do not deserve to be reelected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor in the city of Los Angeles. It would be a travesty if they win the election.

    I hope and trust that the people of LA are not gullible as the current three mayoral candidates who are elected officials presume. They are counting on fooling the people again. How many times us Angelenos need to be beaten over the head to declare enough is enough; the corruptions and special favors are over, we are exercising our voting power and are taking our city back.

    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 three elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles, being in city hall for the past 12 years is enough failed governance.

    The current three 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 break down the political machine in LA; No more business as usual; the buck stops on Election Day, March 5, 2013 and May 21, 2013 for those who need the additional boost.

    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 me.

    The masses of peoples in Los Angeles outnumber the special interests groups' voters at least 8-2. If we all register and vote, we can take back our government. If the voters remain apathetic and refrain from voting, the consequences will be the total collapse of LA city and its government; financially and economically.

    Let us elect a new breed of leaders who represent all the people of Los Angeles, not just the select few. We have an opportunity to replace about 70% of LA City Hall.

    Let us unify and vote the current administration out of office.

    I repeat; Power to the people!

    YJ Draiman



    "The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them.

    The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know

    and what is not good for them to know.

    The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created."

    - from the Ralph M. Brown Act, 1953

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    Author’s reply » The challenge of Los Angeles government
    The challenge of Los Angeles government has been to build and sustain
    a city government that will be efficient, effective, and responsive. In 1999,
    Los Angeles voters passed a new city charter that increased the authority of the mayor
    and created new institutions to enhance public participation.
    The new charter has moved Los Angeles forward in the direction of greater participation.
    The city is consolidating and absorbing these major changes.
    But further progress is likely to be needed both within the halls of city
    government and within the community.
    The struggle to build the best possible governance structure for
    Los Angeles will continue well into the 21st century.
    What are the loose ends? What are the reform ideas of tomorrow?
    An effective democracy depends on a well-designed governance
    system and a well-informed and engaged citizenry. The political culture of
    Los Angeles is one of limited political interest, and there are no political
    party organizations to mobilize voters. Neighborhoods are hard to define
    and boundaries are fuzzy. With some notable exceptions, the media provide
    relatively little attention to local public affairs. How can participation
    be increased and how can the connection between residents and their city
    government be enhanced?
    25 Dec 2012, 05:06 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Jobs and the Economy – solutions – YJ Draiman r5
    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.
    25 Dec 2012, 05:07 AM Reply Like
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