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Jobs and the Economy – solutions – YJ Draiman for Mayor r6

By: Draiman for Mayor Monday February 4, 2013 10:09 am


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. 

In short, the key to Los Angeles economic recovery is not an increase in taxes and fees.  Rather, true long-term recovery will rely on the increase of efficiency and productivity; the reduction of bureaucracy; and the promotion of businesses and employment.  All of which will instill confidence in our economy, generate greater revenues for the city of Los Angeles and other governmental entities.

American confidence in government is at an all time low. We no longer have the same level of faith in our institutions and leaders that we once had. Consequently, we are seeing a continued erosion of our outlook on the future. This outlook must change by initiating a massive and sound education program that produces innovation and technology.
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  youtube


Poll shows YJ Draiman is one of two viable outsiders in race for Mayor of Los Angeles – April 2012

By: Draiman for Mayor Tuesday April 10, 2012 10:30 am

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.

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. 


YJ Draiman


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

World class renewable energy innovation enterprise zone revealed for Los Angeles – Proposed by YJ Draiman – rev.2

By: Draiman for Mayor Thursday August 4, 2011 3:10 pm

World class renewable energy innovation enterprise zone revealed for Los Angeles – Proposed by YJ Draiman – rev.2

YJ Draiman welcomes an innovative renewable energy zone approach which will create 100,000+ new jobs over the next 10 years.

An ambitious project that will transform the way universities, business and industry collaborate, and establish Los Angeles as a world leader in the research, development and design of next generation renewable energy technology, was announced today, January 31, 2011.  Spearheaded by the Draiman economic development agency, Draiman Enterprise, and National Technology Renewable Energy Zone, will be established in the city of Los Angeles with the Universities of Southern California Technology Innovation Development at its heart.

A large parcel of land will be allocated to set up the renewable energy enterprise zone site, which will be within the boundaries of Los Angeles.  There will be an academic center which will be transformed into a center of excellence for academic research, commercialization and industry collaboration.

The renewable energy zone initiative, which would span further than the confines of the City of Los Angeles and include Southern California, is expected to create 100,000 + new jobs over the next 10 years and give a boost to the Los Angeles economy through further industry academia collaboration and inward investment.

Draiman enterprise Chief Executive YJ Draiman said:  “This new vision of the Renewable energy Technology Innovation Center will be the cornerstone of Los Angeles Technology and Renewable Energy Zone.  YJ Draiman’s vision for The Renewable energy Zone is to provide a breeding ground for ambitious companies to harness cutting-edge research, access the best people and develop the products which will shape the renewable energy industry of tomorrow.

“Southern California has already claimed a place on the renewables map attracting energy heavyweights and pioneers in the solar and wind sector and we believe that by establishing this zone we will help reinforce Los Angeles position as a location of choice for the rapidly expanding renewables industry.”

YJ Draiman said: “The Universities in the Los Angeles area’s Technology and Innovation Center is a transformational project for Los Angeles, building on California’s great tradition of innovating new technologies and developments in fields; including energy and engineering while creating and supporting hundreds of jobs.  Through this collaboration, the aim is to quadruple the scale of research program investment in Los Angeles in areas key to economic growth by up to $10 billion + in ten years.  “And now, as an integral part of Los Angeles Enterprise’s new Technology and Renewable Energy Zone, which aims to establish Los Angeles as a premier location for inward investment into world-leading technology and renewables research and development, we have the potential to deliver huge economic and social benefits, not only in Los Angeles but nationally and beyond.”

YJ Draiman said:  “The Technology and Innovation for renewable energy zone will help transform Los Angeles and Southern California.  By capitalizing on our leading, industry-relevant research, the renewable energy zone will attract billions of dollars of inward investment to the city of Los Angeles, drive global businesses, create jobs, and support the development of our highly-qualified graduates and postgraduates.  “As a leading technological hub of Universities, they are committed to sharing knowledge to address challenges that affect every area of society, including energy, health, manufacturing and economics.  The renewable energy zone will forge new levels of collaboration between researchers, the public and private sectors to accelerate the pace of research and development and deliver benefit to companies, the economy and Southern California.”  The collaborative approach with the Universities, Los Angeles Enterprise and existing pioneering renewable energy leaders means that companies locating in the zone will have access to government support and some of the world’s best industry and academia in the fields of technology, engineering and energy.  The project represents a supportive government and business environment where companies locating in and around the zone may be eligible for additional support for job creation, innovation and staff development, delivered through various California Enterprise schemes.

When the need arises we will establish facilities within the existing Zone that offer temporary accommodation for prospective tenants until construction of the research center is complete or, if required, a purpose-built industry engagement building is created within the Zone.

Renewable energy Zone is designed to draw on Southern California’s existing competitive advantage by providing the right business environment for the renewables industry to continue to grow and further develop.  Recent announcements from industry leaders have reinforced Southern California’s position as a world leading city in solar, wind research and development.  A leader in energy innovation with unrivalled human and natural resources in renewable energy, Southern California is building on its rich history of oil and gas exploration and developing an infrastructure to cement its position as a world class location for international companies looking to invest in renewable energy and Energy efficiency.

YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles



Draiman – My quest to restore Leadership, Experience and Integrity to City Hall

By: Draiman for Mayor Friday April 8, 2011 10:22 am

Draiman – My quest to restore Leadership, Experience and Integrity to City Hall

YJ Draiman

Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles (2013)

I’m not a politician. You won’t get politically correct doublespeak from me, just the plain facts. The plain facts are often disturbing and as a NC Board Member I’ve never been shy from revealing the sometimes ugly truth about the way the City functions.

Career politicians like the current have no interest in serving the public; rather, they use public office to serve their own interests and those of the small but wealthy cadre of greedy “special interests” who fund their campaigns in return for favors when decisions over controversial matters such as billboards and development have to be made by elected officials.

All too often, the City Council’s actions support the special interests at the expense of the interests of the ordinary people like you and me.

When common sense dictates that our already over-congested streets should not be further burdened by more high-density luxury condominium developments, current elected official’s side with the developers and contractors who funnel campaign contributions to further their interests. We need a Los Angeles with Financial Sustainability that is my goal.

My pledge is for a “City of Los Angeles for the people” not for the politicians and special interests.

 ”To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity.  We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way.  We can never let up.”

YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles – 2013

Accountability and Ethical Bankruptcy in a Financial Meltdown

By: Draiman for Mayor Friday April 8, 2011 10:19 am

Accountability and Ethical Bankruptcy in a Financial Meltdown

Economic pressures, fear of an uncertain economic future, keeping up with the Joneses, entitlement attitudes, and pure unadulterated greed are some of the excuses that have made the workplace more vulnerable to theft. As a result of the worsening American economy, The Wall Street Journal recently reported a surge in employee embezzlement and theft. Paper clips, copiers, office furniture, and billions of dollars taken are samples of the many and varied items employees feel compelled to take for personal use or resale. An accountant, recently embezzled $180,000 from a furniture company. When asked why, was quoted as having said, “To give my children what they wanted.” A municipal court worker took $131,000 over about a six-year period “to pay bills.”

The mind’s power to rationalize convinces us to believe what we want overriding our moral conscience. To tell oneself often enough and long enough that we need, deserve, have been cheated out of, victimized, are owed, each marginalizes our emotional and moral intelligence. Moral decisions should not be made in a vacuum. In other words, moral dilemmas ought to be made with critical thought and reflection. We are tempted to shut out the voice of conscience when our desires for gratification appeal. When faced with strong temptations of unethical behavior, I have heard the voices of my parents and grandparents say, “Joe, you be a good boy now, you hear.” Long deceased, their voices are still clear in the moral conscience of this 1960′s teenager.

Within any business, governmental, and non-profit organizations, there ought to be a voice to remind people of their moral responsibility. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (for public companies) and Federal Sentencing Guidelines (for ALL other organizations) call for an ethical culture. This places an imperative for ethics education and training for all in organizations. Obviously, organizational leadership has to first to step up to the plate to make this happen. Being reminded of the consequences of ethical misconduct affirms expectations and multiple costs. What are some ways to increase moral awareness?

1. Compliment associates on good character traits exemplified in their work.
2. Openly discuss ethical dilemmas.
3. Develop and conduct regular training on ethics.
4. Have associates to take turns teaching the ethics learning session.
5. Openly discuss ethical misconduct incidents. This alleviates the much of the gossip and rumor mill, which prolongs disruption.
6. Create an atmosphere of transparency.

7. Practice Accountability, Honesty and Integrity.

No one is one 100% ethical 100% percent of the time. However, it is prudent to be cognizant of behavioral patterns of ethical misconduct. As in a sitcom show it was stated to Law enforcement officer, in TV Show,” “John, you better nip it the bud right now.” These recommendations and other measures help to mitigate the costs of ethical misconduct for organizations, associates, and families, which can be substantial. The costs of ongoing ethics education are an investment in the ethical culture of your organization.


It is interesting that your first three points all deal with actions that, I have observed, are NOT taking place in our society. One of the largest items not being discussed in the wake of our economic downturns are the immoral and unethical decisions that were made that led to the mess we are in. It seems if we were all more willing to engage in your point #2, openly discuss ethical dilemmas, then we as a society would be more willing to engage unethical behavior when we see it. We must not only discuss ethics, but practice it on a daily basis. There is no such thing as entitlement, everything and anything has to be earned. We have to insist on a higher level of morality.

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YJ Draiman files papers running for Mayor of Los Angeles – 2013 – Press release

By: Draiman for Mayor Wednesday March 23, 2011 11:33 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   -

“A vote for DRAIMAN is a vote for you”

Current Elected Member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council

Unconditional Trust is Our Response to Unconditional Love

By: Draiman for Mayor Sunday February 13, 2011 6:55 am

Unconditional Trust is our response to Unconditional Love

It is by Faith we are Saved.
The Just shall live by Faith.
By Faith Abraham obeyed.
By Faith Sarah conceived.

What is that stuff, Faith?

We say we have faith in our leaders. Or we have faith in our automobiles. Or we have faith in the American economy. But what does it mean?
It is, simply put, Trust.

Trust: reliance on another person or entity. Having faith in others and believing them.

We trust that when we sit in a chair, it will hold us up (in spite of the extra pounds I can’t lose). That’s pretty simple, right? We trust that the cash money in our hands is worth something.

Some trust that their investments will pay off someday. Some trust that the insurance policy they have paid into will be there when they need it.

We trust some fairly uncertain things.

But we struggle with trusting God.
We become like Gideon and lay out fleeces for God.
Gideon laid out a fleece and said ‘if it is God’s Word, then the fleece will be wet and the land dry and then if the land is wet and the fleece is dry’ then God had spoken.

That is Conditional Trust.

‘I’ll follow God as long as things are going good’.
‘I’ll serve Him if He gives me…….(fill in the blank)’

Job had a different approach, though.
“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” Job 13:15


The Greek word pistis is the root word in the NT translated ‘Faith’
It is also translated ‘trust’ and ‘believe’. It carries the idea of trusting without condition. Believing without doubt. Faith.

The Greek word agape is the root for how God loves us. Unconditionally.
You’ve heard it, I’m sure. We are to strive to achieve that kind of love, right?
I Corinthians 13 talks about agape. It does not boast, it is long suffering, does not think evil, it is not easily provoked, it hopes all things, endures all things, etc….


Unconditional Love.

That is what God saved us with. Without Conditions.

But one.


The pistis.
is translated ‘believe’.
Those who ‘believe’ in Him.
Those who have Unconditional Trust.

That’s it. Unconditional Trust is our response to Unconditional Love.

What has He asked of you?

Abram packed up and moved, without knowing his destination.
We must come to Him like a child……they trust without condition.

Respond to Him.
Unconditional Trust.

He cannot fail.

A Polluted Society

By: Draiman for Mayor Sunday February 13, 2011 6:45 am

A polluted society

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time;

We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.

We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space.

We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.

We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less.

We plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait.

We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships.

These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just ignore it.