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YJ Draiman
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017
9420 Reseda Blvd. #274
Northridge, CA 91324 - ID # 
1392197
Telephone: (818) 366-6999
ID# 1337783 Email:
http://www.yjdraiman.org/
yjdraiman@yjdraiman.org
DOI: 03/07/2017 

Treasurer: Miriam Draiman
9420 Reseda Blvd. #274
Northridge, CA 91324
Telephone: (818) 366-6999
Email:
yjdraiman@yjdraiman.org

2017 Mayoral Candidates

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Paul  E  Amori

Amori 4 Mayor 2017 
4470 W Sunset Blvd. #269
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Telephone: (818) 928-5469
Email: info@vote4love.com
DOI: DOI Help 08/22/16 

 

Treasurer: Jeffrey  Berman
4470 W Sunset Blvd. #269
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Telephone: (818) 928-5469
Email:
 info@vote4love.com


YJ  Draiman

YJ Draiman for Mayor 2017 (ID: 1392197)

9420 Reseda Blvd., United 274
Northridge, CA 91324
Telephone: (818) 3666999

Email: 
draimanformayor@msn.com
Website: 
www.draimanformayor2017.com
DOI: 
DOI Help
 03/07/15 

 

Treasurer: YJ  Draiman
9420 Reseda Blvd., Unit 274
Northridge, CA 91324
Telephone: (818) 366-6999

Eric  M.  Garcetti

Garcetti for Mayor 2017 (ID:1376009)
777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 4050
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 4526565
Email: jguard@kaufmanlegalgroup.com
Website: ericgarcetti.com
DOI: DOI Help 03/09/15 

 

Treasurer: Eric M.  Garcetti
777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 4050
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 452-6565


Diane  Harman

Harman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017 
12231 Crystal Hills Way
Northridge, CA 91326
Telephone: (424) 332-3633
Email: acting.senior88@gmail.com
DOI: DOI Help 09/14/16 

 

Treasurer: Diane  Harman
12231 Crystal Hills Way
Northridge, CA 91326
Telephone: (424) 332-3633

David  Raymond  Hernandez

David Hernandez for Mayor 2017 (ID:1386845)
5312 Bellingham Ave. #3
Valley Village, CA 91607
Telephone: (818) 448-3403
Email: drhassoc@earthlink.net
DOI: DOI Help 06/29/16 

 

Treasurer: David Raymond  Hernandez
5312 Bellingham Ave., #3
Valley Village, CA 91607
Telephone: (818) 448-3403


Mitchell  Schwartz

Schwartz for Mayor 2017 (ID:1382596)
10940 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Telephone: (310) 576-1233
Email: bpalmer@strumwooch.com 
Website: schwartzformayor.com
DOI: DOI Help 01/28/16 

 

Treasurer: Beverly  Grossman Palmer
10940 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Telephone: (310) 576-1233


David  Saltsburg

Zuma Dogg Saltsburg for Mayor 2017 
950 Superba Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Telephone: (213) 785-7272
Email: info@zumadogg.com
DOI: DOI Help 11/12/16 

 

Treasurer: David  Saltsburg
950 Superba Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
Telephone: (213) 785-7272
Email: zumadogg@gmail.com

Yuval  Daniel  Kremer

Yuval Kremer for LA Mayor 2017 (ID:1392455)
117 1/2 S. Croft Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Telephone: (310) 734-4756
Email: yuvalforlamayor@gmail.com
DOI: DOI Help 11/12/16 

 

Treasurer: Yuval Daniel  Kremer
117 1/2 S. Croft Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Telephone: (310) 734-4756

Frantz  Pierre

Frantz Pierre for Mayor 2017 (ID:1382823)
PO Box 811462
Los Angeles, CA 90081
Telephone: (213) 2453684
Email: frantz4mayor@gmail.com
Website: www.FrantzForMayor.com
DOI: DOI Help 04/30/15 

 

Treasurer: Frantz  Pierre
PO Box 811462
Los Angeles, CA 90081
Telephone: (213) 245-3684
Eric  Preven

Eric Preven for Mayor 2017 
3758 Reklaw Drive
Studio City, CA 91604
Telephone: (818) 762-7719
Email: esp3800@aol.com
DOI: DOI Help 11/08/16 

 

Treasurer: Eric  Preven
3758 Reklaw Dr.
Studio City, CA 91604
Telephone: (818) 7627719
Email: esp3800@aol.com
Dennis  Richter

Richter for Mayor 2017 
2826 S. Vermont, Suite 1
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Telephone: (323) 643-4968
Email: swpla@att.net
DOI: DOI Help 11/12/16 

 

Treasurer: Dennis  Richter
2826 S. Vermont, Suite 1
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Telephone: (323) 643-4968



Los Angeles City Ethics Commission - 2013 Municipal and LAUSD Election - Contact Info
Mayoral Candidates of Los Angeles 2013

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YJ Draiman 
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
9420 Reseda Blvd. #274
Northridge, CA 91324 - ID # 
1392197
Telephone: (818) 366-6999
ID# 1337783 Email: 
http://www.yjdraiman.org/
yjdraiman@yjdraiman.org
DOI: 03/07/2017 

Treasurer: Miriam Draiman
9420 Reseda Blvd. #274
Northridge, CA 91324
Telephone: (818) 366-6999
Email: 
yjdraiman@yjdraiman.org

Wendy Greuel 
Wendy Greuel for Mayor 2013 
777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 4050
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Telephone: (213) 452-6565
Email: 
skaufman@kaufmanlegalgroup.com
DOI: 03/05/11 

Treasurer: Wendy Greuel
13619 Valerio St., Unit C
Van Nuys, CA 91405
Telephone: (213) 4526565

Kevin James 
Kevin James for Mayor 2013 (ID:1337250)
110 Pine Ave., #1010
Long Beach, CA 90802
Telephone: (818) 654-5840
Email: 
info@kevinjamesformayor.com
Website: 
www.kevinjamesformayor.com
DOI: 03/15/11 

Treasurer: Gary Crummitt
110 Pine Ave., #1010
Long Beach, CA 90802
Telephone: (562) 983-0815
Email: 
gary@crummittandassociates.com

Malcolm Mays 
Mays for Mayor 2013 
1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 200
Century City, CA 90067
Telephone: (310) 600-4180
DOI: 04/18/11 

Treasurer: Malcolm Mays
1901 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 200
Century City, CA 90067
Telephone: (310) 600-4180

Jan Perry 
Jan Perry for Mayor 2013 
777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 4050
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Telephone: (213) 452-6565
DOI: 03/15/11 

Treasurer: William E Weinberger
555 S. Flower St., 30th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Telephone: (213) 683-6665
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WHO WILL BE THE NEXT MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES 2017?

The Creshaw Chamber of Commerce in asscociation with the Black Business Association, The Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC), Recycling Black Dollars and West Angeles CDC invite you to a forum to decide: Who will be the Next Mayor of Los Angeles.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Holman United Methodist Church

3320 W. Adams Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA

 

RSVP by calling 323. 293.2900 or emailing admin@crenshawchamber.com View event flyer by clicking here.

"Let us take back our city and make it Los Angeles governed by the people for the people"  

Are LA voters angry enough to change the current administration at Los Angeles City Hall???
 
LA voters in the March 2011 Elections voted for incumbents - People do not care, why???
 
Why do we think LA city election on March 7, 2017 will be any different???
 
I would think with the poor performance and dismal track record by the current administration, the voters would demand to change the current administration at LA City Hall.

4 of the current LA Mayoral candidates are mostly recycled LA City Council members who have

are mostly recycled LA City Council members who have proven themselves unworthy by their repeated failure to solve the City’s problems and Council staff members who have demonstrated their loyalty and obedience to their pockets, like well-trained dogs.
 
The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect.
In order to move forward, we must educate the voters, let them know that the current administration goals are business as usual, there will be no significant changes and the city will be heading into bankruptcy. The escalating costs of pensions and benefits will drain most of the city budget as we head into 2020. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city. This again will reduce revenues to the city.
The city must initiate an austerity program. Cut salaries and benefits across the board, increase efficiency and performance. The Police Department should utilize civil service employees for clerical work, not Police Officers. The city must tighten its belt and reduce taxes and fees, streamline bureaucracy. Promote the health of existing businesses and actively go after new businesses. Any city employee who is not performing his job to standards should be put on suspension without pay or benefits and if such action has not improved the workers performance, the worker/employee should be terminated. The city must utilize its most expensive resource, its employees more efficiently, promote a good work environment and reward exceptional performance. People must realize that if they do not do their job, they will have no job and no means of support. The city must streamline management and reduce management costs. A high administrative cost is not prudent and not sustainable. LA’s employee costs are one of the highest in the country. We need a change in attitude, and that starts at the top. As they say in good leadership, “follow me”.
The main question is, why LA voters don't care, why they are resigned to accept failure and diminishing LA city services.
 
Can we not find a leader who will motivate City Hall and initiate hard choices to bring the city to financial health?
 
City elections should be held on the first Tuesday of November with all the other elections to Federal, County & State.
It will reduce costs and increase voter turnout.
The peoples brigade for honest government
YJ Draiman
 
 
PS
“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 manpower. Let us proceed with conviction.

YJ Draiman
 
 
Paid for by Draiman for Los Angeles 2013
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.



No clear lead for Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates
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.
 

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.


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.
 
A free America... means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.
 
YJ Draiman
 


Poll shows YJ Draiman is one of two viable outsiders in race for Mayor of Los Angeles – April 2012
 
I have great news - recently released a poll testing voters' mood and attitude towards the major candidates in the race for Mayor of Los Angeles. There are several key results from the poll with the most important being that I performed substantially well in most categories. The poll also showed that the race is largely undecided at this point, with 71% of respondents undecided.
 
The poll acknowledged that I performed "fairly well”.
 
This poll clearly shows that I am one of the only two viable outsiders in the race for Mayor of Los Angeles. If our campaign has the resources, I am confident we will garner enough votes to win on Election Day.
 
Please help us keep up the momentum by contributing whatever amount you can afford. http://www.yjdraimanformayor.com
 
 
Several key points from the poll pertaining to LA’s Mayor's race are:
 
  • 71% of respondents don't know/undecided about the race.
  • No candidate secures double digits in the overall summary number, with no one garnering a number as high as 8%.
  • By Grade for Mayor Villaraigosa - For those that believe the current Mayor has failed (giving him an "F") - I secure 15.47%, earning more votes than Eric Garcetti, Jan Perry and Austin Beutner. Beutner is at a mere 3% clearly demonstrating that voters understand he was the right hand of Villaraigosa and is no outsider.
  • By age - I perform with 32-49 year olds with 12.42% of the vote while Zev Yaroslosky garners 10% and Austin Beutner earns 1%.
  • Even in organized labor households I earn double digits at 11.72%, while Beutner remains at 1%.
I am running for Mayor to turn this city around. My opponents have proven that they are not capable of doing it -- to turn this City around, as their past performance shows. Together we can revive Los Angeles out of its decades of decline. But to do so, we must elect a whole new leadership that is untainted by current City government and has the peoples interests at heart.
 
Thank you again for your continued support.
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
YJ Draiman
 
PS.
Be sure to vote your conscience and not be swayed by money and empty promises.
 
No candidate should be able to buy his office with money and influence, it defeats the Democratic process.
 
"To be successful, representative government assumes that elections will be controlled by the citizenry at large, not by those who give the most money. Electors must believe their vote counts. Elected officials must owe their allegiance to the people, not to their own wealth or to the wealth of interest groups who speak only for the selfish fringes of the whole community."
 
YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA
 

Why We Need Public Funded Elections Now
All average voters should demand public funded elections and a citizens funded elections for city, county, state, federal and all other elections.
 
Wealthy and corporate donors dominate our elections and the problem is getting worse. In every election since 1999, candidates for public office have raised more money from big donors and political committees and less money from small donors giving $200 or less. In the last 3 years, wealthy interests put in more than $8 for every $1 from small donors. Allowing such distorted campaign funding is counterproductive to Democracy and restricts the honest non-wealthy citizen from running for office and deprives our citizens of the true democratic choice. This is not what our founding fathers had in mind.

The public suffers from the results of this pay-to-play system. Political contributions are investments in our democracy and the elected officials to whom we entrust it. And the more they spend, the more investors expect in return. Wall Street spent over a billion dollars on campaigns and lobbying in Washington and kept Congress and regulators at bay—until it was too late to prevent a market meltdown that destroyed our economy. When Congress reformed health care, the only clear winners were the pharmaceutical companies, which put more than $70 million into the recent elections and more than $900 million into lobbying; during the past 3 years. When we permit such campaign practices, we tie our elected official’s hands from conducting their job for their constituents honestly and efficiently

The American people must strongly support Public Funded and Fair Elections as a way to change pay-to-play in politics.

It is time to get elected officials out of the money chase and let them do the job we elected them to do; tackle tough problems, fiscal responsibility and represent their communities and not the special interests groups.
Thank you,
 
PS
Public Campaign Financing
 
Since the Supreme Court has said that "money" equals "free speech" -- the citizen will always be out spent. Regulating campaign funds is out. To make the difference, we need public campaign financing that is voluntary (the only way to make it with the courts). A system needs to be set up -- in other words legislated. I think legislating “Public Campaign Financing” is the answer, but how do you get the fox away from the hen house? Now that the right has starved our state's budget with its stance against tax reform, our legislators will never choose public campaign finance funding over funding for basic health. The current movements are important because we need to let our elected leaders know that we're fed up with the status quo and to wake up the citizens. How is it possible it has taken this long? People have been out of work for years! In the last few years the situation has turned from bad to worse and it is the voter’s responsibility to make the change. “Vote your conscience” and not what you are instructed to do. Do not be brainwashed by corporate America and its unions.
 
YJ Draiman
 
 
Curing Corruption in California & Los Angeles

Can corruption be cured? Attacking corruption starts with a comprehensive program of mutually reinforcing reforms. These should include a mix of corruption prevention and enforcement measures along with public involvement and education.
To pass these reforms and to implement them requires the development of a broad coalition of support. In this regard a public opinion poll is telling. It shows more than 60% of California residents mention corruption as one of their top concerns (even more than the economy or jobs) and that more than 70% favor specific reforms, such as limiting the campaign money that legislative leaders can contribute to other legislative candidates. These percentages suggest that there is indeed a possibility of building a broad coalition around a much more comprehensive reform program than existed in the past.
Reform efforts are needed at all levels and within all units of government and should move forward quickly while public support -- following the recent conviction and sentencing of public officials -- is at such a high level.
A proposal to allow California citizens to adopt ethics reforms by referendum should be supported and passed.
Additionally, the following reforms should be adopted:
1. Amend the City’s Ethics Ordinance to cover all elected officials and their staff;
2. Give the Inspector General access to all city documents including those held secret by the Corporation Counsel;
3. Ban all gifts to all elected officials and public employees except those from family members;
4. Bar all lobbying of other governmental bodies by elected officials and city employees;
5. Prohibit double dipping, patronage and nepotism with real penalties including firing; and
6. Improve the city’s ethics training and bring it up to at least the State of California level.

Conclusion
Corruption is not funny and it is not free. It costs the taxpayers of California more than $3 billion per year. Public officials well-publicized corruption antics led to a lowering of the state’s bond rating, which cost the state more than $80 million during its last bond issue. Corruption also takes time and resources away from police and prosecutors. Public officials trials cost tens of millions of dollars to investigate and prosecute, and after many trials and appeals, the taxpayers footed the bill for the public officials attorneys. And so it goes – in a time of deep budget deficits, we are wasting taxpayer money and raising taxes and fees on citizens who can ill afford to pay for corruption any longer.
What has come to be called "The LA Way" or "The California Way" of public corruption has undermined the in voters’ sense of political efficacy. Why apply for a city or state job if you know only patronage employees or politician’s relatives will be hired anyway? Why report corrupt officials, if you know they won’t be punished and they may turn the powers of the government on you? Voters may laugh at times at the antics of public officials, but in the end, they feel powerless, lose their faith in government and vote less often because they believe the "fix is in."
 
Compiled by: YJ Draiman

Are LA voters angry enough to change the current administration at Los Angeles City Hall???
 
LA voters in the March 2011 Elections voted for incumbents - People do not care, why???
 
Why do we think LA city election on March 7, 2017 will be any different???
 
I would think with the poor performance and dismal track record by the current administration, the voters would demand to change the current administration at LA City Hall.
3 of the current LA Mayoral candidates are mostly recycled LA City Council members who have proven themselves unworthy by their repeated failure to solve the City’s problems and Council staff members who have demonstrated their loyalty and obedience to their pockets, like well-trained dogs.
The corruption in LA government must be stopped. Public corruption in LA City Hall “pay-to-play''.
 
The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect.
In order to move forward, we must educate the voters, let them know that the current administration goals are business as usual, there will be no significant changes and the city will be heading into bankruptcy. The escalating costs of pensions and benefits will drain most of the city budget as we head into 2020. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city. This again will reduce revenues to the city.
The city must initiate an austerity program. Cut salaries and benefits across the board, increase efficiency and performance. The Police Department should utilize civil service employees for clerical work, not Police Officers. The city must tighten its belt and reduce taxes and fees, streamline bureaucracy. Promote the health of existing businesses and actively go after new businesses. Any city employee who is not performing his job to standards should be put on suspension without pay or benefits and if such action has not improved the workers performance, the worker/employee should be terminated. The city must utilize its most expensive resource, its employees more efficiently, promote a good work environment and reward exceptional performance. People must realize that if they do not do their job, they will have no job and no means of support. The city must streamline management and reduce management costs. A high administrative cost is not prudent and not sustainable. LA’s employee costs are one of the highest in the country. We need a change in attitude, and that starts at the top. As they say in good leadership, “follow me”.
 
The main question is, why LA voters don't care, why they are resigned to accept failure and diminishing LA city services.
 
Can we not find a leader who will motivate City Hall and initiate hard choices to bring the city to financial health?
 
City elections should be held on the first Tuesday of November with all the other elections to Federal, County & State.
It will reduce costs and increase voter turnout.
The peoples brigade for honest government
 
YJ Draiman
 
 
PS
“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 manpower. Let us proceed with conviction.

YJ Draiman


The Current elected officials are not qualified to be the next Mayor of Los Angeles! rev

A good argument against current administration officials running for mayor is that Wendy Greuel who has been in the city council since 2012 and is "all of a sudden" finding problems as controller and as a now mayoral candidate that she didn't seem to notice as a council member for over 9 years. That Eric Garcetti has been "at the helm of city council for over a decade of decline and deterioration." That Jan Perry is much like the others she has been in office since 2001. That Austin Beutner can't possibly escape blame after having run 13 city departments, with the position of First Deputy Mayor and Chief Executive for Economic and Business Policy, as well as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 1994-1996. None of them have objected or put up an argument while in office against the policies that have brought Los Angeles to the verge of bankruptcy and total economic disaster, the worst in 8 decades.

And that LA’s outgoing Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa makes a strong argument for letting a complete outsider give it a go. An outsider has no allegiance to the political machine. Los Angeles must start with a clean slate at City Hall. From the current list of candidates, I can see only two outsiders that are qualified; YJ Draiman & Kevin James.

We have an opportunity to elect and put in Los Angeles City Hall a new Mayor and 8 out of the 15 Councilmen that are up for election. This could change the face of the administration drastically and bring about a change of operation, where sound decisions and transparency will be the new mandate for LA City Hall.

The mayor of the city of Los Angeles must be a leader like no other leader, he must be an exceptional administrator and trustworthy. He must have top notch advisers to advice him in bringing LA to economic health. A city of Los Angeles with about 4 million people and spans an area of 465 square miles that has an economic engine that by far surpasses many countries; it is an enormous responsibility and must be managed properly.

If LA keeps taxing its people to death there will be nobody left in the city to collect taxes from. Many people and businesses are leaving the city in droves.


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.
 


A message from YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017
 
Dear Los Angelinos,
 
Los Angeles should be the most wonderful city in the world. We have great weather, a multitude of people with a varied background, an unrivaled enterprise and culture, a gateway to the Far East with major ports for business and industry. The LA leadership performance has been failing for many years. The corruption is running rampant. Los Angeles is on the verge of bankruptcy. We must replace the current leadership if we are to survive the current financial disaster and mishandling of city revenues and assets. We must restore fiscal responsibility to LA City Hall or we are doomed.
 
The City Hall insiders have been bought and paid for by the special interests and have totally ignored the average residents/stakeholders and their concerns and hardships over and over. It is imperative that we stop this culture of corruption and favoritism.
 
This is the twenty fourth hour. Time is running out and we must begin to create a better future for Los Angeles. I care about Los Angeles, a wonderful and thriving city. I strongly believe that we need a strong and determined leader that can bring people together to solve difficult challenges with innovative solutions. With my track record as Neighborhood rejuvenator and being an advocate for neighborhood councils and residents/stakeholders all over this City, I believe I am the only choice to put Los Angeles back on the road to economic health and confidence in its leadership. As a unified and cohesive force we can revive and bring back Los Angeles to its deserved fame and status.
 
Join me in our campaign to rebuild Los Angeles and create a sustainable future for the residents/stakeholders and our families.
 
"Let us take back our city and make it Los Angeles governed by the people for the people"
 
YJ Draiman

Current elected officials are not qualified to be the next Mayor of LA!
Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2017?
 
The current elected officials at LA City Hall who are running, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance and their contribution to the current state of affairs are reprehensible. They do not deserve to be elected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor of LA.
 
I hope and trust that the people of LA are not as gullible as the current elected officials presume.
 
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 481 square miles. The current elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles.
 
The current 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 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 them?
 
When we support current elected officials in their quest to become the Mayor of Los Angeles, we consent to their poor performance and induce them to continue to destroy our city.
 
We must change the status quo of business as usual; the current administration has abused its position and trust. Otherwise we as the people of LA will pay a heavy price for such negligence.
 
This is the message we should be sending to people who seek public office. A candidate must have honesty and integrity as a primary character trait and above all the public’s trust.
 
 
YJ Draiman
 
PS.
 
A question to the people of Los Angeles
 
Do you have confidence in your current elected officials in Los Angeles City Hall?
Are they doing a good job?
 
No, why?
 
Yes, why?
 
 
 
Who is qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles 2017?
Where there is discord, the mayor will bring harmony. Where there is error, the mayor will bring truth. Where there is doubt, the mayor will bring faith. And where there is despair, the mayor will bring hope. The mayor will unite the city and promote economic prosperity successfully. A person who can do these things is the one qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles in 2017.


His name is YJ Draiman, and he wants to be your next Mayor.
He’s agreed to let me use his campaign material to introduce him to the readers of this column. He’s aware this is not an endorsement—that other candidates may ask for the same courtesy. He’s OK with that.
The son of European immigrants, YJ Draiman was born in 1949. He was reared in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from High School, he studied Engineering in New York City. In 1971, he got married and went to work as a Mechanical Engineer in the printing industry.
In 1975, YJ moved to Chicago where he initially worked as an Administrator in a Healthcare facility. But for most of his adult life, YJ has been a businessman. He rehabilitated apartment buildings, he owned a Real Estate Office, he partnered in a Natural Gas Exploration venture and operated a chain of electronic stores. And in 1984, he started marketing Deregulated natural gas, natural gas futures hedging and Efficiency in Energy, Water, Telecom and Utility Services. He’s been active in this business ever since. He’s been recognized by the Illinois State Commerce Commission as a Utilities Expert.
In 2005, YJ came to Los Angeles. He resides in Northridge and has lived there ever since. As a resident of Northridge, he developed an interest in the Northridge East Neighborhood Council (NENC). In 2010 he was elected as a Member of the Council’s Board of Directors. Today, he’s the Secretary and he serves on both the Executive and Finance Committees. Moreover, YJ also represents the NENC on the Northridge Vision Organization. In 2010 YJ was a candidate for Councilman in District 12th. YJ is currently working on his PHD in Energy conservation.
YJ Draiman wants to be your Mayor! He feels his successful business experience has given him the skills, abilities and insights needed to balance the interests of the City’s very diverse communities. In the end, YJ believes all Angelinos (himself included) expect City government to be effective and efficient—to provide excellent services at an affordable price.
To achieve those goals, YJ is committed to an ambitious jobs program: he’ll bring back those businesses that were forced—by the City’s high tax rate—to leave Los Angeles. Moreover, he’ll actively support the creation of new businesses in renewable energy and energy conservation.
YJ reminds Angelinos, “Don’t forget that our City normally gets more sunlight than any other city in America. That fact must be used to our advantage. We will determine if it’s feasible to call Los Angeles The Solar City. We will explore the possibility of turning the whole City into “The World Capital of Renewable Energy’. That would attract billions of investment dollars to Los Angeles. It would facilitate the start-up of many small, energy-related businesses. It would create jobs and generate tax revenues.”
But Los Angeles has several problems that demand immediate attention. YJ agrees that the City’s civil service system does not appear to be well-managed. One thing is clear: The people of Los Angeles should not be expected to sit and watch while their leaders spend 60 percent of the City budget to support an under-utilized workforce. And asking budgetary departments to manage themselves—without effective accountability—doesn’t serve the public interest.
Recently, questions have been raised about the City’s tax collection procedure. It’s speculated that the City regularly fails to collect all the taxes it’s owed. Cynics ask if there’s a connection between City Hall’s annual budget gap and the chronic failure to collect all the taxes owed. YJ doesn’t share that cynicism, but he does think an independent audit may be useful.
YJ is a family man. He and his wife, Miriam, have two adult sons, David 39 a lead singer for Disturbed and Benjamin, 36 a psychologist. He’s at a point in his life where he feels he can give something back to the country that has treated his family so well. He’d welcome comments/question from those who read this column, and can be reached by phone at: (818) 366-6999, or with an e-mail yjdraiman@yjdraiman.org. r11

My name is YJ Draiman and I am running for mayor of Los Angeles 2017

How can you have patience for people who claim they love America & Los Angeles, but clearly can't stand Americans or Los Angelinos? Los Angeles is a City that needs clear and coherent thinking to address the budget, the economy, city services. It needs a responsible attentive government, address unemployment and make Los Angeles business friendly with streamlined rules and regulations and reduced bureaucracy. We've got serious problems, and we need serious people, with no hidden agenda just represent the interests of the people of Los Angeles.

My name is YJ Draiman and I am running for Mayor of Los Angeles.

PS. We need a city that enforces the current laws, promotes good education, respects the constitution, protects its citizens and make the city conducive to new business and employment - not milk its citizens with additional taxes and fees. Peoples concern today is: FSJHE – Food, Shelter, Jobs, Healthcare and Education.

Los Angeles is a dynamic city and it needs a dynamic leader. Someone who can knock heads at City Hall, take on the union bosses over pensions and sound off in public from time to time, whether a lazy Legislature needs a scold or a Good Samaritan needs a cheer.



"When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?"

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.


Do you want LA to continue to deteriorate and a possible bankruptcy or do you want to elect a leader who cares and serves all the people equally.



YJ Draiman and wife Miriam


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