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  • YJ Draiman files papers running for Mayor of Los Angeles - 2013 – Press release 9 comments
    Mar 27, 2011 9:45 PM
    YJ Draiman files papers running for Mayor of Los Angeles - 2013 – Press release
    Motivated by the desire to serve the Los Angeles community and to hold City Hall accountable for it’s actions, I have decided the best way to accomplish my goal is to run for and become the next Mayor of Los Angeles As Mayor, it would be my duty and goal to not just protect the quality of life in Los Angeles, but to improve it.  More importantly, as Mayor I intend to protect and improve the quality of life for ALL the people of Los Angeles, not just a select few. 
    The most consistent complaint I heard from some residents of Los Angeles when I ran for City Council was that no one knows what City Hall is doing anymore. The good of the common people seems to have been lost in the process.  City Hall has become self-serving with little or no accountability, which is why I have adopted and will instill a policy of "transparency and accountability" in City Hall.  A government "for the people" must be held accountable by the people. 
    One of my biggest goals would be to make City Hall account for every single cent spent. Some of my more specific goals are balancing the budget, 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.
    Without question some will raise the issue of my not being a politician.   Quite honestly, I am proud not to be another well-polished, slick-oiled career politician.  At this junction of difficult times for most, I do not believe the people of Los Angeles would best be served by yet another politician.  What is needed is a Mayor who truly understands the needs of the common people.  What is needed is a Mayor willing to put City Hall in a glass building for all to watch while working diligently to serve the interests of the common people and not just the interests of a select few.
    While I am not a politician, I am proud to state I am a family man. I am married to a darling wife for over 40 years, 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 Benjamin Draiman is a Psychologist doing research and playing music.
    Current Elected Member of the Northridge East Community Council 

    I am currently working on my PHD in Energy Conservation.
    A dedicated family man with an extensive business background including but not limited to mechanical engineer, healthcare administrator, real estate developer with neighborhood gentrification, project manager of a major 5 star hotel construction,  operator of a chain of retail electronic stores, reseller of deregulated energy sources,  energy efficiency implementation, utility audits and consulting services.   

    I have over 25 years experience in energy efficiency. I am a strong proponent of Energy Independence.

    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”
    Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles   - www.draimanformayor.net
    “A vote for DRAIMAN is a vote for you”
    Current Elected Member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council
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    Author’s reply » “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
    18 Apr 2011, 12:12 AM Reply Like
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    Author’s reply » Honesty, Responsibility, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Service - how do we develop a workforce that demonstrates these traits?


    So - I think that we all agree that these traits are necessary components for successful performance in the a good environment. At least they are ones that I hope to find in the person looking down at me on the day when I am on my back looking up. Or, when a member of my family needs emergency care.


    How do we develop these traits? Or do we try to "select" for them and not hire people who do not demonstrate them? How?


    Other professions seem to invest energy in varying degrees in teaching, indoctrinating, or whatever, their new members in the core values and expected behaviors of their professions or occupational groups, and in eliminating prospective members who do not possess or adopt the expected behaviors. Businesses and Industry seems not to do that - our educators say that it is not their place; our agencies say that they can't afford to do it and don't know how anyway.


    OK - do we just give up and hope for the best? Or are we missing something?
    10 Jun 2011, 01:23 PM Reply Like
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    YJ Draiman who ran last year for councilmen at District 12 in Los Angeles ,
    Draiman has formally filed paper to run for Mayor of Los Angeles – March 5, 2013.


    Y.J. "Jay" Draiman. - Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles
    Draiman is an Energy Efficiency Advocate and the lead elected official with the goal of Energy Conservation for the Northridge East Neighborhood Council - NENC, from Northridge , California . Draiman is also the liaison between the NENC and LADWP. Draiman is known for his advancement in implementing Energy efficiency, Renewable energy and Water conservation in the Los Angeles Area. Draiman is promoting the theme of Made in America , bringing back Los Angeles 's industrial base, increase employment and reduce government with fiscal responsibility. Draiman ran for Los Angeles City Council in 2010. A recent ambitious goal by Draiman is to create in Los Angeles an innovative renewable energy zone approach which will create 200,000+ new jobs with billions in investments over the next 5-10 years.
    Draiman is a former Real Estate developer with over 20 year’s experience. Draiman has extensive experience in the deregulation of Utilities and implementing energy and water conservation.
    Draiman is currently working on his PHD in energy conservation.
    7 Sep 2011, 06:32 PM Reply Like
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    8 candidates showed up for the Los Angeles Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce Mayoral forum on March 6, 2012. “Who will be the next Mayor of Los Angeles”.


    Jan Perry, Austin Beutner, Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti, YJ Draiman, Kevin James, Addie Miller and Ted Crisell.


    After the Crenshaw Mayoral forum in Los Angeles on March 6, 2012 we have some more information on another up and coming candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles who is YJ Draiman, an elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council, Draiman is an Energy efficiency and Utilities audit expert. Promises a no nonsense approach to government, overhaul the education system, extensive cuts in city government and increased efficiencies. YJ Draiman's vision is to make Los Angeles as the World Capital of Renewable energy and conservation.


    In January 2011 after withdrawing from the race for councilmen of the 12th district, YJ Draiman who is an elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council was advised to run for Mayor of Los Angele. Draiman who has vast experience as a Real estate developer, retail chain operator, and over 20 years in Energy and Utility efficiency, decided it is time for a businessmen to run the City of Los Angeles. YJ Draiman's vision is to make Los Angeles the World Capital of Renewal Energy and Efficiency.
    9 Mar 2012, 09:06 AM Reply Like
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    Generating Energy Storage & A Combination Renewable Energy System


    “It is cheaper to save energy than make energy”


    Any renewable energy system that is installed should have extra capacity and be able to convert water into hydrogen which will be used to power a hydrogen generator as a back-up power source.


    We should install a renewable energy system that utilizes solar & wind, when possible add geothermal to the mix.


    A design is needed for a renewable energy system that can generate electricity and heat water with a step down mixer allowing the system to provide water hot enough for radiant heating and at the same time utilize a step down mixing valve to reduce the water temperature to be able its use for hot water in normal consumption.


    A thermal renewable energy system may be able to provide both.


    Prior to sizing up a renewable energy system, an energy audit should be conducted and energy efficiency recommendations should be implemented, that includes changing habits in utilizing energy and utilities in general.


    Habitual changes can save between 20 to 50% of energy & utility consumption.
    When people are considerate not to waste, they save resources and money.


    PS. Tankless water heaters & Rainwater harvesting conserves our water supply.


    YJ Draiman, Energy/Utility Analyst


    9 Mar 2012, 09:07 AM Reply Like
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    Electric cars are they conserving energy? Rev4


    Ask yourselves what is the real cost of “Electric Car”?


    Note: Electricity is a secondary form of energy derived by utilizing one form of energy to produce electric current.


    Let us look at the facts:


    In order to produce electricity, we need some form of energy to generate electricity, whereby you lose a substantial amount of your original source of energy in the generation process.
    In the process we are losing the efficiency of the initial energy source, since it is not a direct use of the energy.


    Let us take it a step further. To generate electricity we utilize; coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro electric - water, photovoltaic-solar, wind, geothermal, etc. Many electricity generating plants utilize fossil fuel, which creates pollution.


    Do you realize how much of the initial source of energy you lose to get the electricity you need for your electric automobile; you also lose electricity in the transmission lines.


    Why are we jumping to a new technology, without analyzing the economic cost, the effective return and efficiency of such technology; while computing and measuring its affect on the environment?


    Natural gas vehicles are a direct source of energy, where you get the most for your energy source – in efficiency and monetary value. Cost of natural gas to a comparable gallon of gas ranges around $1, it has higher octane and extends the life of your engine, it is also safer than gas.


    In these hard economic times – I would think, you would want to get the most for your dollar – and not waste resources.


    Another economic impact would be the loss of road tax on fuel, these funds are used to build and maintain the highway infrastructure.


    “It is Cheaper to Save Energy than Make Energy”


    YJ Draiman, Director of Utilities & Sustainability




    Will High Electricity Rates Drive Innovation?
    Escalating costs of OIL will produce innovation!


    YJ Draiman's vision is to make Los Angeles as the World Capital of Renewable energy and conservation.
    9 Mar 2012, 09:08 AM Reply Like
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    The Candidate Forum on March 6, 2012, was hosted by the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, along with the Black Business Association, the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, the Recycling Black Dollars, and the West LA Community Development Corporation.


    No clear lead for Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates


    YJ Draiman, a relatively unknown candidate for Mayor, found himself in a prime position on the lineup with an audience that was his, and he faced that opportunity by driving his point’s home with a forceful presentation that was persuasive in its delivery.


    In a clear demonstration of his compassion for the audience, he capitalized on opportunities to relax and revel in the supportive nature, punching campaign bullet points for the audience, challenging the current administration responsible for standing in the way of success. YJ Draiman’s vision is to make Los Angeles the World Capital of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.


    Kevin James found himself in the unenviable position of addressing a restless audience and he turned it around by wrangling their discontent and rallying them around his observation, “As the sixth speaker, I get to listen to the others talk about what’s wrong with LA and now we get to talk about solutions. Kevin stated numerous times that only Draiman’s speech mirrored many of his points.”


    18 Mar 2012, 01:00 PM Reply Like
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    Los Angeles Economic Development – YJ Draiman


    It is time to remake Los Angeles in the image of our boldest vision – a city of healthy communities with good schools and quality education, innovative companies in new and emerging sectors, quality open space, improved public transportation, a range of mobility and housing options; and above all, a prosperous and productive middle class equipped with the skills and education to create a better future.


    It is time to get serious about designing a real economic development program linked to investments in healthy communities. I recently proposed to make Los Angeles the World Capital of Renewable Energy, Energy and Water Efficiency. We have the climate, the manpower, the resources and technology. We must promote energy and water efficiency in all sectors of LA’s economy. This by itself can save the city billions and bring many jobs and economic growth into Los Angeles. We should promote real estate gentrification, affordable housing, urban infill building, economic development and clean tech sorted through the parts of redevelopment worth retaining and retooling combined with some newer elements of economic development necessary to realize this vision of healthy communities.


    In the past five years many businesses in LA have closed down or moved out. There are many vacant properties (commercial and residential). Many people have moved out of LA. They can not afford the cost of living, the high taxation, the stifling bureaucracy and varied rules and regulations that choke business development.


    We have a dysfunctional leadership in Los Angeles, an inefficient workforce, a demand for entitlement, and crippling budget deficits that are creating an environment of uncertainty for many companies who want to hire people, but are afraid to do so. Capital is stagnant and unattainable, frozen by an over swing of regulation and bureaucracy. We want to get Los Angeles working again, yet many of our wounds are self inflicted, as LA bureaucrats go to work every day piling more regulations and taxes onto the very businesses we ask to grow and create more jobs. This situation must change, or we are doomed.


    It is imperative that we reverse this trend.


    YJ Draiman


    28 Mar 2012, 10:41 AM Reply Like
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    “The choice we face in Los Angeles and as a nation is simple: Do we want the clean energy and conservation technologies of tomorrow to be invented in America by American innovators, made by American workers and sold around the world, or do we want to concede those jobs to our competitors? asks Energy Specialist YJ Draiman. “We can and must compete for those jobs.” In Los Angeles, we have the technology, the climate, the resources and the menpower. Let us proceed with conviction.


    YJ Draiman
    29 Mar 2012, 11:13 AM Reply Like
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