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Yehuda “YJ” Draiman - Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013 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
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  • Honor, Honesty and Integrity these are not just words - YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles  3 comments
    Mar 29, 2012 2:57 PM
    YJ Draiman

    Honor, Honesty and Integrity these are not just words

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles

    Honor, Honesty and Integrity these are not just words

    At times we feel maybe justified in violating a part of our own integrity.
    We don't measure the effect that by doing so, the amount of damage
    that it does to others as well as to our own soul.

    We speak of justice; we speak of honesty and doing the right things in
    life. We are sometimes confronted not so much by the violation of
    these principles but by the impact they have on our own spirit.

    Feeling betrayed by those you trust, who have in some way acted in a manner that you may never understand,

    will have an impact on your life. This may only be for a moment or maybe a lifetime;

    each person has their own emotional point of tolerance to transgressions that may have been committed by even the most trusted among you.

    These words are what make's us civilized. They are the fundamentals
    of our own character. We can not be responsible for someone else's
    behavior but we are in total control of our own. Our behavior in any
    setting should be guided by these words.

    We can forgive others, but it is not easy for us to forgive ourselves
    when it is our actions that bring forth circumstances that no one
    wants. I have felt recently that betrayal, that dishonest act that just
    hurts and saddens the soul. Of course, that does not make that person
    bad or evil. It is an act that does not help for the survival of a group.

    I believe in the biblical statement that vengeance is the Lord's it is not
    mine to give. When dealing with anyone in any capacity honesty is the
    guide. Integrity is the path to take. Honor is yours to own. Weep as
    you may for an infraction of another upon you; forgive as that
    transgression will also corrupt your soul to a deeper distrust of all.

    For the transgressor it will be easy to do that which they may feel is
    right, though the action violates all honor or self respect which creates
    havoc and chaos on others. Maybe to be honest will allow one to sleep
    at night. My heart pains, for those who have chosen the path of least
    resistance, which is the path to destruction.

    Integrity doesn't mean that you become some cold, stoic person, and
    vacant of all emotion. Integrity just means to flow with your honest
    feelings and actions ensuring that they are in alignment with propriety.
    If you don't like what you are doing then honor yourself by doing the
    best job anyway. You can always change careers.

    YJ Draiman

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    Author’s reply » "Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is as powerful as hope. With hope, one can think, one can work, one can dream. If you have hope, you have everything."

     

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen my name is YJ Draiman and I am a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles.

     

    My experience has been in Real estate development and Energy – Utility efficiency.

     

    Tonight’s forum is about the issues confronting the people of the city of Los Angeles.
    This is an AMERICAN city with a multitude of culture and a proud history it should be a city with harmonious coexistence and a vibrant economy. We have the blessings of perfect weather, a huge sea port, an enormous international airport and extensive highway to move goods and services.

     

    I am a firm believer in a Self Sufficient - Efficient Democracy and a non-intrusive Republic form of Government by the people for the people, not by special interest groups of people (but for ALL the AMERICAN People)

     

    Today’s economic crisis is of utmost concern for US.

     

    In these hard economic times, the worst since the 1929 depression, we must unify as a cohesive force to address Jobs, housing, food, healthcare and education.

     

    Americans have always put their differences aside, risen above our egos and special interests and addressed the pressing issues with determination and co-operation from the poorest to the wealthiest.
    Our city and our 'citizens' standard of living within the city are at stake.
    Without our co-operative sacrifices ....LA will not continue to be .....'The LA we call Home'
    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. We can produce goods and services at competitive prices and better quality than any Nations people. We must make Los Angeles business friendly by reducing taxes on businesses, cutting city budgeted expenses, reduce duplicative-redundant bureaucracy and streamline regulations.
    By informing all city departments that a new mandate is taking place and that is, it is; every city department’s job to cooperate and promote new businesses and help retain existing businesses. What's good for industry/business in LA is good for the citizens of LA. All city Workers must increase productivity and efficiency.
    It is obvious that each new business and existing business generates employment and revenues, which reduces the burden of individual taxation costs on the citizens of Los Angeles.
    No city service is Free. The taxpaying LA citizens pay for the city services. Don't be fooled into this type of thinking IT'S FREE "nothing is for nothing"

     

    Help me ...to help you....to achieve this tremendous task. It can be accomplished.

     

    We must reduce our city's debts, by reducing our demands of the city...of its services and of it's governance by special interest groups for the few, instead of the majority. The old way of 'divisiveness is Out’...
    We are a United States city ... Not some unknown city.
    Let's get it together... TODAY LA!
    Stop 'pretending' that more Tax Money will solve the problem, only the reality of Practiced Disciplined and Adherence to firm 'Fiscal Economic Policy Structure' will bring a brighter tomorrow for ALL of US Citizens of LA.

     

    Thank you,

     

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
    29 Jan 2012, 12:16 PM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » 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.

     

    YJ Draiman
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    Author’s reply » 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 a 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 systems 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 reestablish 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. The mayor should make the city the model for welfare and public works programs and champion immigrants and ethnic minorities. The mayor will 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 instill 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 raise expectations to the 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 Council’s 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 leave no doubt that he is in charge. He should never lose control; he should utilize 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. The mayor must restore the financial health and break free from the special interests & bankers'. He should 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 with bankruptcy. No juggling the books to pay the city's bills.
    The mayor must restore the economic lifeblood of the City of Los Angeles during these hard economic times and initiate public works programs which would employ thousands of angelinos. The mayor 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 in 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. The people of LA need and demand real action and real results.

     

    In closing The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles for 2013 must have courage, wisdom, honesty, and vision with an added tenacity and perseverance? What we need is a gutsy political leadership and a realistic plan that includes sacrifices by everybody.

     

    YJ Draiman

     

    PS. 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.
    1 Jul 2012, 10:37 AM Reply Like
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