Jay Draiman, Norton Sandler and Addie Miller are also running for L.A. mayor

Feb 2, 2013 Full story: LA Daily News 9

They are the three candidates for mayor of Los Angeles that few people have heard of in the March 5 election.

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YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Feb 3, 2013
Jobs and the Economy – solutions – YJ Draiman for Mayor r6
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.
I would promote the design of a thermal solar system that provides energy, heat and hot water. In addition, I would initiate a new and advanced fuel technology for vehicles such as hydrogen, natural gas and ultra-capacitors for energy storage. Los Angeles wastes an enormous amount of energy and work hours due to traffic congestion. I plan on an expedient advancement of our public transit system and devise systems to reduce traffic congestion.
In urban areas: roads, sidewalks, buildings and other structures prevent rainwater from being absorbed in the ground and replenishing the aquifers. It is time for us to compensate for that loss by collecting the rain runoff into retaining ponds. We need to implement the use of rainwater harvesting, gray water technology, collecting the billions of gallons of rain runoff into retaining ponds, desalinization projects powered totally by renewable energy (solar and wind combo systems) and other methods of conserving natural resources. As such, we would make existing renewable systems more cost effective and more efficient.
The result of my programs would be the increase of jobs, the decrease of energy and operating costs, and a reduction of our reliance on foreign oil. That in turn would result in decreasing the deficit and creating permanent jobs.
YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Feb 3, 2013
Will Los Angeles get the Economic and Political Revolution that it so desperately needs?
Only time will tell. What’s certain for now is that only when the machine and its masters no longer dictate and control L.A.’s fate can this diverse and dynamic region recover and resume its ascent toward greatness.
We as voters are getting exactly what we have reaped because we fail to elect any leaders that actually know whom 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.

“Los Angeles government by the people for the people” Let us take back our city from the corrupt politicians.”
We can do it, if we all vote.
We can overcome the special interests vote and take back our city. We outnumber them by a least 8-2.
Remember, every vote counts, so do not let yours go to waste.
Not voting, is voting by default, it only doubles the influence of the ones who vote.
YJ Draiman for Mayor
http://yjdraiman.org
YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Feb 3, 2013
The Ethics of Governance – YJ Draiman

When we have a set of principles, of values, which we have been learning for many years, we organize our life following this structure, and then we try to apply that frame of mind to practical situations in our life. But often, we find ourselves in a sort of uncomfortable position because the moment we try to apply our values to this very present practical issue, we feel that the situation is not as clear as we would like, that we can not tell very clearly which is the best possible alternative. Often, it is not a choice between good answers and bad answers, good and evil, but maybe between two good things or two bad things. We would like to be much surer about our decisions.
When this happens in government, it is even worse because the whole society and beyond is affected by your decision. You are not dealing with your own life. You are dealing with many millions of lives at the same time. Maybe things will never be the same again in the future because of your decision. Hence, ethical decisions in government are; How do you apply your theoretical values to practical decisions where you do not have pure answers and when the whole life of your society or community will be affected?

You have more or less the same system dealing with the problems in government. You need all the facts. The facts can be the symptoms or the problem. You never know which is it at the instant you start analyzing the problem. Thus, you get the facts, and afterwards you try to make some sense of them. You have some theories or hypothesis of what is causing the symptoms. In addition, you try to implement the course of action. Only after you have consulted with your advisers, you want to have as much input as possible.

You also have to deal with the problem in ethical terms. The ethical approach is the Utilitarian. You have to balance how much good and how much evil you produce with your actions. If the good outweighs the evil, you should do it, as it is a sort of balance. The second is based on the concept of rights. There are some basic human rights that you have to respect. You are not allowed to affect those human rights in order to produce positive affect in your society. The third one is founded, on the concept of justice or fairness. We have at least three different concepts about justice. You can have distributive justice in which you try to distribute all the goods of the society according to the needs of the people. However, you can also have the concept of contribution. In this case, you are not receiving on the base of what you need but on the base of what you are contributing to society. In addition, you have the compensation concept. In this circumstance, you have the right for compensation if you have losses or harm done due to others. The fourth major ethical approach is a foundation on virtues. The question is not what I should do, but what kind of society would I like to have in the future. How are my actions going to contribute to that future? In addition, you have the common good, the concept in which you are doing things that are equally good for everybody in your community.
The sun is an asset to everyone, we have to know how to harness its rays within us and warm the heart.
Should the sun warm only the individual heart, to skip on others, on the community and the nation?

It is predicated on the individual’s personality, the compassion, the treatment of his fellow person, to the community and the nation.

YJ Draiman
http://draimanformayor2013.com
YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Feb 3, 2013
Jobs and the Economy – solutions – YJ Draiman for Mayor - Part 2

We have an opportunity to jumpstart our economy, protect our environment and put our city on the path toward energy security through greater use of our domestic energy production such as natural gas. Our domestic energy production can serve as a foundation for our energy and economic independence. This path will enable us to develop the required innovation and production of other forms of energy sources.

To realize a course toward energy and economic security we must do what is necessary to instill confidence in the responsible development of our energy sources. We can use natural gas as a solid foundation on which to develop extensive R&D in renewable energy sources, and the efficient means to operate and maintain the mechanisms needed for such use.

Improving our educational system is the key to our economic survival. In a global, knowledge-driven economy, there is a direct correlation between engineering education and innovative progress. Our success or failure as a city will be measured by how well we do in providing the needed educational tools to promote innovation in all fields.

Leadership is not a birthright. Despite what many Americans believe, our city does not possess an innate knack for greatness. Greatness must be worked for and won by each new generation. Right now that is not happening. However, we still have time. If we place the emphasis we should on education, research and innovation, we can lead the world in the decades to come. Nevertheless, the only way to ensure we remain great tomorrow is to increase our investment in science and engineering today. In addition, we must invest in trade schools to train our future workers in the new and old technology.

We have to learn how to balance the need of the people vs. the need to protect the environment. Any extreme to either side is not good.

In today’s fast moving technologies, government as well as companies must learn to adjust and maneuver quickly to keep pace, or they will be out of business or incur deteriorating revenues and infrastructure. We must learn how to stay competitive and resourceful to survive and thrive economically.

I submit: Leadership by example. I plan to cut waste, maximize productivity, reduce bureaucracy, increase efficiency and conservation in all city departments and assets, eliminate duplicating tasks and reward excellent performance and innovative methods of job performance. In addition, we have to use the Neighborhood Council’s more effectively; they are the eyes and ears of all the communities in Los Angeles. These are hard economic times; we must all put our shoulder to the task.

We must put all our differences aside and work together in harmony for the good of the people and the city of Los Angeles. Your vote for me will be one more step in this positive direction and it will be a win for all the people in LA.

YJ Draiman
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"In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now."

“Voter apathy was, and will remain the greatest threat to democracy.”
legacy

Upper Marlboro, MD

#5 Feb 26, 2013
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YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#6 Mar 4, 2013
8 Vie for Los Angeles Mayor in Upcoming City Primary - Yehuda YJ Draiman

Decision 2013


Information about candidates and issues in the March 5 Southern California elections
8 Vie for Los Angeles Mayor in Upcoming City Primary
The eight candidates are competing for a seat to be left vacant by termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
By Jason Kandel
| Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 | Updated 11:34 AM PST
In alphabetical order (Top row from left): YJ Draiman, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James. Bottom row from left: Addie Miller, Jan Perry, Emanuel Pleitez, Norton Sandler.


Eight candidates are vying for mayor of Los Angeles in the city's primary nominating election to be held on Tuesday.

In order for a candidate to win the seat outright in the primary, the candidate must earn 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, the top two candidates from March 5 face off in a General Municipal Election on May 21.

Below are bios of the candidates, in alphabetical order:

Yehuda "YJ" Draiman

Job Title: Neighborhood council secretary
Age: 63
Background: Energy consultant; Active on the Northridge East Neighborhood Council; He lives with his wife, Miriam, in Northridge. They have two adult sons.
Website: www.yjdraimanformayor.org

Eric Garcetti

Job Title: Los Angeles City Councilman
Age: 42
Education: Bachelor of arts and master's of arts from Columbia University
Background: Grew up in the San Fernando Valley; Lives in Silver Lake with his wife and 1-year-old daughter.
Website: www.ericgarcetti.com
YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Mar 4, 2013
Decision 2013


Information about candidates and issues in the March 5 Southern California elections
8 Vie for Los Angeles Mayor in Upcoming City Primary
The eight candidates are competing for a seat to be left vacant by termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
By Jason Kandel
| Saturday, Mar 2, 2013 | Updated 11:34 AM PST
In alphabetical order (Top row from left): YJ Draiman, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James. Bottom row from left: Addie Miller, Jan Perry, Emanuel Pleitez, Norton Sandler.


Eight candidates are vying for mayor of Los Angeles in the city's primary nominating election to be held on Tuesday.

In order for a candidate to win the seat outright in the primary, the candidate must earn 50 percent of the vote. Otherwise, the top two candidates from March 5 face off in a General Municipal Election on May 21.

Below are bios of the candidates, in alphabetical order:

Yehuda "YJ" Draiman

Job Title: Neighborhood council secretary
Age: 63
Background: Energy consultant; Active on the Northridge East Neighborhood Council; He lives with his wife, Miriam, in Northridge. They have two adult sons.
Website: www.yjdraimanformayor.org

Eric Garcetti

Job Title: Los Angeles City Councilman
Age: 42
Education: Bachelor of arts and master's of arts from Columbia University
Background: Grew up in the San Fernando Valley; Lives in Silver Lake with his wife and 1-year-old daughter.
Website: www.ericgarcetti.com
YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Mar 4, 2013
Do you want LA to follow Detroit? Be carful whom you vote for as the next mayor of Los Angeles – by YJ Draiman

When millions of dollars are spent by Unions to support a specific Mayoral Candidate in LA, it is time to question the candidate’s loyalty to the people.

Our city is in dire financial crisis, our economy is in shambles, businesses and people are leaving the city in droves. Sounds familiar?– This is what is happening in Detroit. Do you want the same to be repeated in Los Angeles?

The Odor of Favoritism, Monopoly and Union Pressure is raising a Stink in LA politics.

Candidates courting Union money for their campaign coffers are costing taxpayers jobs and higher rates for city services. Let us address what is rotten in Los Angeles politics when many of the office-seeking candidates raised campaign funds through backroom politics and cronyism rather than looking out for their constituency.

We want to get the word out that the public trust is being manipulated, and this will be another cause in advancing the city of Los Angeles to Municipal Bankruptcy and total economic collapse.

Let the people vote for the independent candidate whose allegiance is to the people of Los Angeles and not the special interests.

It is government by the people for the people.

Let us all vote and take back our government.

YJ Draiman for Mayor 2013

http://yjdraimanformayor.org
YJ Draiman for Mayor LA

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Mar 4, 2013
YJ Draiman for Mayor 2013

http://yjdraimanformayor.org

In the new century, Los Angeles has begun to fade, and it cannot blame its sorry condition on the recent recession. The unemployment rate is one of the highest among the nation’s largest urban areas. Streets are potholed. Businesses and residents are fleeing. In virtually every category of urban success, from migration of educated workers to growth of airport travel, Los Angeles lags behind not only such fast-growth regions as Dallas, Houston, and Raleigh-Durham, but also historical rivals like New York.
Perhaps worst of all is the perception, both here and elsewhere, that Los Angeles no longer matters as much as it once did. There was once a great mystique about L.A., but it is gone. Moreover, look at the leadership, and it is gone. No one much cares.”
Such pessimism, commonly heard these days, is an unwelcome development in a city that once epitomized the promise of twentieth-century America. L.A.’s greatness stemmed from its willingness to be different.

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