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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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  • YJ Draiman My Bid To Be Elected As Mayor Of Los Angeles - 2013

    YJ Draiman my bid to be elected as mayor of Los Angeles - 2013

    Truer facts were never posted. Peace, justice and liberty through musical expression.

    Today turns into tomorrow and then the future is in your face. Make it happen, now is the time.

    YJ Draiman wrote an article for the Los Angeles time's summer 2011 issue.

    My name is YJ Draiman and I want to be your Mayor. And here's why.

    Los Angeles is a City at a crossroads. It is where we raise our families, have our businesses and our homes. But every week shops close and we hear more complaints about parking, crime and taxes. Development ideas that have the potential to improve tax revenue, foot traffic and downtown charm with little risk to taxpayers require much attention before anything can move forward. There is discussion about making Los Angeles a greener healthier place to live, yet nothing changes. Our low-income population continues to struggle. In short, we are a place in need of attention, a place that needs its Mayor to be more than just a legislative figurehead.

    A Mayor must be a leader, a person full of ideas for our future and an ability to make these ideas a reality. Los Angeles needs a Mayor who works and delegates. Our City Department's job is to keep our municipality running smoothly and efficiently. They do not set the direction of our community. That is the job of the Mayor and the City council.

    That direction must be accompanied by vision that will help the Los Angeles we love become the Los Angeles we imagine.

    As an elected Board member, I have begun to tackle the problems we have by-working with my peers, merchants, residents and law enforcement to combat nighttime noise, litter and crime, resulting in reduction of crime in Los Angeles;

    -working to fill empty storefronts and solve parking problems by improving signage, communication and parking stock;
    -working with state, local and federal officials to create jobs and funding;
    -working to improve recreation by spearheading the building of basketball courts, a new rowing dock and creating a boxing program for youth;
    -working to get clinics in our schools and our neighborhoods to serve seniors and those
    who struggle with medical care;
    -working to replace our unsuccessful affordable housing law with a program that will help the poor and elderly.
    My fellow Board members support me in my bid for Mayor because we share a vision. But someone must lead the charge. Our work must be advanced. We must have a beautiful green waterfront with plenty of healthy activity; we must find a way to reduce taxes and fees, encourage smart growth and lose our dependence on access revenue. We must see business flourish.
    This election is a choice between moving forward and standing still. If you believe that
    Los Angeles can do better, then I am the right choice for your Mayor

    People, who know how to employ themselves, always find leisure moments, while those who do nothing are forever in a hurry.

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA

    Oct 24 4:06 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Los Angeles Mayor And City Council Fail To Admit The Extent Of LA's Financial Crisis

    Los Angeles Mayor and City Council fail to admit the extent of LA's financial crisis

    Politicians must admit that they have a problem and the extent of the problem in order to attempt to solve the problem.

    Los Angeles City Hall from the Mayor down to the City Council is not willing to admit to the extent of the City's budget deficit (which is over a Billion dollars). Therefore they will not solve the deficit problem, they will only make it worse (they are in the state of denial). When will our elected officials wake-up and have the courage to face the current financial realities and address them in the proper context and take appropriate actions to solve this budget crisis before the city of LA has to declare Bankruptcy like other cities in California. It seems that our current elected officials do not have the guts, knowledge or expertise to address these problems, therefore they must resign and allow more qualified individuals to step in and help resolve LA's financial crisis.

    They say the first step is to admit that you have a problem. But when it comes to politics, it's never quite that straightforward.

    "The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it's so rare."

    YJ Draiman

    Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution. This quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it. What is the most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem and the extent of the problem in the first place!

    Oct 24 3:59 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • "When Will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?"

    "When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?"

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    We keep electing our political leaders from the same parasitic pool of privileged families.

    I challenge anyone to name the congressperson, or senator in Washington, or your state that was brought up in a middle income, middle class family, or had to work a real job to pay the bills. I'm not talking about attorneys, or corporate top level managers. These people are not what I consider workers! Show me the person in our government that has had to borrow money to send his kids to college, or take out an "inflated interest" loan to buy a house! Do any of them really care that we are mortgaging our children's future to China? How many of them have had to go to war, or serve in the military other than be an officer with the elitist mindset that permeates our armed forces? We as voters are getting exactly what we have reaped because we fail to elect any leaders that actually know who we are, and what we think.

    Our salvation can only come from our votes, and we should vote the man, not the party! Vote for the person that has proven his way from a humble beginning, and succeeded...oh yeah! That's right! You won't find any such person because unless they sell out to a special interest group with money, fat chance they will be able to afford to compete in the arena of the privileged elite! Money actually buys our leaders even before they are elected!

    The current job down turn was badly handles from the beginning and the government's response to the crisis has, in some instances, made matters worse. The feds threw stimulus money at California which simultaneously cut its EDD staff precisely when the unemployed needed their help the most. Sacramento sent bailout money to local municipalities like Los Angeles, which used the money to save high paying government jobs only to subsequently eliminate those same jobs as part of the city's cost saving measures.

    The state and federal government layered on large amounts of unemployment benefits that made people out of work feel good but did nothing to help them get back to work. The benefits have now run out and the unemployment recipients have been thrust back into the ranks of job seekers with no new work skills and no new job prospects.

    We have spent trillions of dollars and have nothing to show for it. What we need is a disaster plan and disaster response, which requires identifying those in need of critical attention from those who need minimal retooling of skills to reenter the job market.

    Is the consortium of people and foundations that we wrote about the answer to our critical need? Who knows but if they don't address the critical steps needed to getting people back to work it will all be a waste of time.

    Regardless of our own personal beliefs and values; we must join together and address this unemployment issue before our great nation is permanently damaged. This is perhaps due to the greed and pettiness of some of our leaders; but now is not the time to be pointing fingers.

    We have a duty to help our fellow citizens.

    It is easy to point out what is wrong; harder to develop and implement solutions to problems and issues.

    I agree that working together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration; we can address and resolve any challenge.

    I support and look forward to contributing and getting our country contributing solutions, ideas, approaches, and resources to our communities, our country and our world.

    Oct 24 3:56 AM | Link | 1 Comment
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