Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Elect YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2017

Elect YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2017
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Includes 96 Neighborhood Councils

2010 population estimate (rank): 3,744,829 (2)
Land area: 502 sq mi. (1,215 sq km); Alt.: Highest, 5,081 ft.; lowest, sea level
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YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

Get Los Angeles back to the thriving and robust city it should be!
"I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true."
"We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers"

My vision for Los Angeles is to make LA the World Capital of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation.
"Let us take back our city and make Los Angeles governed by the people for the people"

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               Primary Election in LA is: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
YJ Draiman - Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017
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 Energy efficiency, Renewable energy and Water conservation in the Los Angeles Area. YJ Draiman is promoting his platform of Made in America to bring back to the city of Los Angeles a strong industrial base, increase employment, strengthen education, reduce government and implement fiscal responsibility.

YJ Draiman ran for Los Angeles City Council in 2009. He was sworn in as an elected member of NENC, Los Angeles in April 2010 and was re-elected in 2012, 2014 and 2016, he ran for Mayor in 2013. YJ Draiman brings to the NENC Office a unique combination of government, business and community leadership experience. He is also a member of The Northridge Vision Committee.

A recent ambitious goal by YJ Draiman is to create an innovative renewable energy zone approach which will create tens of thousands of new jobs with billions in investments over the next 5-10 years in Los Angeles.

YJ Draiman is a former Real Estate developer with over 25 year’s experience; he has worked extensively in rehabilitating neighborhoods. YJ Draiman has vast experience in the deregulation of Utilities and in implementing energy and water conservation. He is an Energy Efficiency expert with over 25 years experience as well as an Alternative Energy, Water conservation authority and a Telecommunications auditor. YJ Draiman has been working in the Energy and the Utility markets for over 25 years. In January 1996 he was asked to run for U.S. Senate, but he declined. YJ Draiman is currently working on his PHD in energy conservation.

YJ Draiman participated with the Utility Commission in protecting citizens from increased tariffs, where he championed projects offering opportunities for job creation, economic development, and social services for the less fortunate.

YJ Draiman lives in Northridge and is married to Miriam Draiman for over four decades. They have two sons, David, who is a professional singer with a popular rock band “Disturbed” and Benjamin who is a clinical researcher as well as vocalist/musician.
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Vote for YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017 - Check Ballot #33 on March 7, 2017

YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

Dear Los Angelenos;
My name is YJ Draiman and I want to be your Mayor. 
The time has come to put aside our differences and think of all of us collectively as Angelinos willing to unify and move forward in an effort to improve L.A.  Remember, Individually, we are but one drop; Together, we can become an ocean!”

If you want to improve your lives and the lives of your fellow residents of Los Angeles, you must be willing to change the current administration which is a political machine for the present and previous elected officials; a political machine which will fight any attempts to change it; and will fight to make sure no outsiders gain entrance into this politically exclusive club.

Ask yourselves what major change or project that advances the prosperity and vitality of this city has been accomplished in the past 4 years? The answer is a resounding NONE.

For years the administration of the City of Los Angeles has failed the people of Los Angeles. It is time to elect an administration from the working people of Los Angeles, the non-politicians, the ones who owe their allegiance to the people of Los Angeles and to no one else. It is time to put into office a Mayor and administration willing to tell the people the way it is without any sugar coating or hidden agendas.

The City of LA has been going downhill for at least the past 15 years and more. The budget and revenues do not cover the costs of running the city. The past political-machine administrations promised to turn L.A. around and back onto a path of fiscal responsibility. Yet, they failed and continue to fail in keeping those promises. Their promises are as hollow, as the rust is thick on their political machines.

We must operate the city with responsible financial management and complete transparency. We must promote new businesses; fix the infrastructure, and our transportation system. Most importantly, we MUST improve our educational system and in so doing, give our children and grand-children the opportunity to succeed which they so richly deserve.

I ask you to give me the chance to be your Mayor and put into place an administration truly representing the best interests of ALL the citizens of Los Angeles, not just those who are part of and support a political machine. It is time, for your sake and the sake of our city, to elect one of us and push the ineffective, rusted political machine to the curb.

In this spirit of change I am promoting, I gladly reach my hand out to all of the candidates to form a cohesive force willing to work together to improve your lives, and to improve the city of Los Angeles with a relentless, UNIFIED effort to achieve this goal. 

Thank You!
YJ Draiman – For Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017




National Jan 31, 2017 Jarred Schenke, Bisnow, Atlanta - Forbes

If Donald Trump's election proved anything to Peebles Corp founder Don Peebles, it is that Americans value business leadership over political experience. So for someone who has successfully managed a portfolio of billions of dollars in commercial real estate, a city with an $80B budget should be just as easy.

Peebles is still mulling a run for New York City mayor in an attempt to unseat incumbent Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary. He is just one of a handful of commercial real estate executives across the country who are eyeing public service in the wake of Trump's historic win of the U.S. presidency. 

“I think Donald Trump's election as president is a lasting change,” Peebles said, regarding high-level political positions. "No more will a person seeking a political seat have to be a career politician. They will not need to have that experience of the career politician or the career public servant to go and seek America's highest office.” 

Is This The Trump Effect?

This 2017 election season is seeing a handful of current and former real estate executives jumping into the political arena. 

IV Capital's Sidney Torres IV is considering a run for mayor of New Orleans, and, in a Trumpian twist, will be starring in a reality show. 

YJ Draiman, a retired real estate executive, is running for mayor in Los Angeles for a second time. 

LA Mayoral Candidate YJ Draiman and Son David Draiman the frontman for Disturbed

And the biggest names of all are running for mayor in the president's hometown: Peebles, Massey Knakal brokerage co-founder Paul Massey and Abyssinian Development head Calvin Butts. 

Attributing a plethora of political candidates with commercial real estate backgrounds seeking public office to Trump winning the presidency may be overstating things. But a successful Trump administration could certainly have a long-term, inspiring effect of more commercial real estate and other private sector executives pursuing public office, said Loyola Marymount University political science professor Richard Fox.  

“It's way too early to say there's a Trump effect, but yes, there's a potential for that,” Fox said. 

In a study he and American University professor Jennifer Lawless conducted for the National Science Foundation, Fox said there was a measurable uptick on the number of African-American high school and college students who expressed interest in pursuing political roles while Obama was president. Unless Trump crashes and burns, Fox said he would expect a similar effect under Trump. 

The Perception Of Developers Is Changing

                         Miriam Draiman, David Draiman and YJ Draiman 

“There is a negative connotation for being a developer," Draiman, a retired Chicago real estate investor who did hundreds of residential rehabs in Chicago with his former company, Bankers Realty, said. "I've seen a negative effect from various people who I met. They feel, when they see a developer, that it's a no-no." 

Today, Draiman — whose son, David, is the Grammy-nominated frontman for the rock band Disturbed — is hoping to discover the power of politics in his quest for the Los Angeles mayoral seat in the March primary. He also ran for mayor in 2013, and in a 2011 interview with L.A. Weekly, he was making many of the same cases for himself Trump made in the presidential campaign. 

"Some politicians were basically coerced, if you want to call it, to support a developer," he told the publication. "And remember, I was a developer myself, so I know where it's going to and where it's coming from."  

This time, he is running on the platform of pushing for economic development and for pushing for smarter growth and development with developers in the city. Much of his rhetoric is similar; after all, it worked for Trump. 

“The public as a whole feels that large, wealthy developers, since they contribute so heavily … to various other elected officials, they have an in, if you want to call it,” Draiman said. "They get by with certain benefits that the little guy doesn't get. And it's true. I won't deny it. I've seen it with my own eyes." 

Terranova Corp founder Stephen Bittel takes exception to the idea that any real estate executive who jumps into the political arena does it because of Trump's success. For Bittel — who recently was elected as Florida Democratic Committee chairman — the longtime Democratic Party donor and activist was mulling an ascent long before Trump announced his candidacy. 

“American history is replete with successful business leaders getting involved in the leadership of our country,” Bittel said. “I think Donald Trump, what he did for a living, has nothing to do with this. And to suggest that might even encourage people not to seek careers in public service. I don't think that the electorate cares about how you made your money, I think they care about how you lived your life.” 

If You Can Build It, The Votes Will Come 
Courtesy: Avison Young Kirk Rich 

Atlanta native Kirk Rich has been enmeshed in the commercial real estate industry for decades. He is president of the Georgia Chapter of the Certified Commercial Investment Member organization; a board member of Invest Atlanta — the city's economic development arm; and a member of Georgia State University's real estate board. 

He recently sold his boutique Atlanta third-party leasing and management firm to Avison Young, and has been tapped to head that firm's third-party platform. 

Rich has also thrown his hat into the ring for Atlanta City Council's 6th District seat, which covers a wide swath of Atlanta's most prestigious neighborhoods, including Morningside-Lenox Park, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland, Piedmont Heights, portions of Midtown; the nexus of growth since the last recession. 

“I don't think Trump has affected people in real estate wanting to run for office,” Rich said, noting he did not support Trump for president. “But I think people are tired of politicians, and they're looking for people from the private sector. And Trump is about as private sector as it gets.” In Atlanta, the issues trumping voters' priorities in city council races are about growth and development, and the stress associated with it on traffic and infrastructure. And that's where Rich said real estate executives can be effective in public office. 

“That opens the door for people who understand commercial real estate development to get involved,”  he said. "And they need to get involved, because with the challenges we have I don't think they've been at the table enough already." 

While voters might find appeal with a business person running government, at least in New York City, where Hillary Clinton snagged 80% of voters, “I'm not necessarily sure being in the real estate business, especially in light of President Trump, is an advantage,” Peebles said. In fact, he added, it could be a double-edged sword. 

What being a commercial real estate executive does, Peebles said, is give him the ability to manage city issues and delegate authority. After all, one of the biggest issues facing New Yorkers is right in a developer's wheelhouse: housing affordability. 

“Real estate developers, by and large, don't have a very specific technical skill set. They have broad vision and leadership skills to be able to lead a team and be able to execute,” he said. 

But Peebles is also taking some cues from executives cum politicians like Trump and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (whom Peebles credits for blazing a trail with New York voters to accept a private sector executive in high public office): he vows to largely self-fund his campaign, if he runs. Peebles also said he will instruct the executives running Peebles Corp not to do any real estate deals in New York City while he's mayor to avoid conflicts of interest. His firm also has projects in Charlotte, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Miami and Boston. 

Bittel is taking a similar tactic during his four-year stint as the Democratic chair: He will not draw a salary, nor will he seek expense reimbursements, he said. 

“I'm doing this for all the right reasons,” he said. 

Private World, Public Business 
Courtesy: Jennifer Lawless 

Lawless said it's not uncommon for politicians to have come from the private sector. Typically, a third of Congressional members have backgrounds in Corporate America or business ownership. The other common paths are from law, education and career political activism. Those ratios were consistent with congresses in 2001, 2008 and 2011, Lawless said, with Republicans substantially more likely to have a business background. 

“When you think about local office, I'm not surprised by the real estate background [of candidates], because they really know the community,” she said. 

Lawless said it is too early to tell if President Trump will inspire more real estate executives to enter politics, especially on a national level. That will come to bear in the 2018 election, perhaps. 

“We know generally speaking when somebody becomes president of the United States," she said, "that that person's qualifications and background automatically become legitimate” in the eyes of the voters.

Rich said his experience in the industry is a plus on a city council that, essentially, is all about urban planning. If you run on the idea of smarter development that doesn't affect traffic negatively, “you'll win,” Rich said. 

See Also: BGC Partners Is Taking NGKF Public Related Topics: Chicago, New Orleans, American University, Atlanta City Council, Don Peebles, Kirk Rich, Abyssinian Development Corp, Loyola Marymount University, Paul Massey, President Donald Trump, Trump Effect, YJ Draiman, Bankers Realty Capital, Jennifer Lawless, Richard Fox, Calvin Butts, Bakersfield, Kyle Carter, Carter Realty , Sidney Torres IV, IV Capital, Boise, Tommy Ahlquist, David Draiman , Disturbed

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Dear Candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles:Forum pictures 3.15.2017 - YJ Draiman for Mayor

Dear Candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles:

On behalf of all eight Neighborhood Councils listed below, THANK YOU all for participating in our Forum on Wednesday evening. It was truly a very productive and informative event and all the attendees expressed their gratitude for your very enthusiast participation. 

We wish you all luck in your campaigns for the next few weeks ahead. You have given us all a lot to think about, as did the no shows. 

We  hope our stakeholders will get out the vote!

Thank you again and remember to support your Neighborhood Councils!



Anastasia Mann
HHWNC President

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Hollywood, CA 90028


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Friday, February 10, 2017

The meaning of the word “CANDIDATE” is being candid, forthright, honest and truthful - YJ Draiman

The meaning of the word “CANDIDATE” is being candid, forthright, honest and truthful. If you do not practice these traits you are not qualified to be a Candidate.

The Mayor and the city council must represent all the people with honesty and integrity. We are going from bad to worse; the people do not trust the government. Don’t you think it’s about time our elected officials face reality and represent the people honestly and truthfully and treat with disdain the politically correct mantra? The LA Times in the past year has rated the LA government with an “F” rating. Does a person running for office must buy his political position? That is not the way our system was set-up by our founding fathers. We have strayed greatly with our original purpose and it is detrimental to our future. Pension liability and benefits is in the billions per year and increasing. All laws must be enforced equally with no exceptions. I collected many of the signatures to be put on the ballot. I spoke to thousands of LA citizens and listened to what is bothering them, the distrust in government, the loss of businesses, the high cost of living and taxation and the deteriorating infrastructure, sub-par education, poor transportation – private and public. The bureaucracy is overwhelming Many have stated that voting is meaningless, the politicians do what they want to do anyway, about 3 out of 10 have stated that they are moving out of LA and out of the State of California, they stated taxes are high and cost of living is exorbitant. YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

Right to left - YJ Draiman Mayoral Candidate his son David Draiman from Disturbed - Sound of Silence and his lovely wife Miriam Draiman

Can any of LA’s Mayoral Candidates face the challenge! Transformational Leadership - YJ Draiman

Can any of LA’s Mayoral Candidates face the challenge!

Transformational Leadership

People will follow a person who inspires them.
A person with vision and passion can achieve great things.
The way to get things done is by infusing enthusiasm, motivation and energy.
The style
Working for a Transformational Leader can be a wonderful and uplifting experience. They put passion, determination and energy into everything. They care about you and want you and the project to succeed.
Developing the vision
Transformational Leadership starts with the development of a vision, a view of the future that will excite and convert potential followers. This vision may be developed by the leader, by the senior team or may emerge from a broad series of discussions. The important factor is the leader initiates it or buys into it, completely.
Selling the vision
The next step, which in fact never stops, is to consistently sell the vision. This takes energy, determination and commitment, as few people will immediately buy into a radical vision, and some will join the goal much more slowly than others will. The Transformational Leader thus takes every opportunity and will use whatever works to convince and persuade others to climb on board the bandwagon.
In order to create followers, the Transformational Leader has to be very careful in creating trust, and their personal integrity is a critical part of the package that they are promoting. In effect, they are selling themselves as well as the vision.
Finding the way forwards
In parallel with the selling activity is seeking the way forward. Some Transformational Leaders know the way, and simply want others to follow them. Others do not have a ready strategy, but will happily lead the exploration of possible routes to the Promised Land and the ultimate success.
The path forwards may not be obvious and may not be outlined in details, but with a clear vision, the direction will always be known. Thus finding the way forward can be an ongoing process of course correction and the Transformational Leader will accept that there will be impediments and blind canyons along the way. As long as they feel progress is being made, they will be happy.
Leading the charge
The final stage is to remain transparent and up-front during the action. Transformational Leaders are always visible and will stand up to be counted rather than hide behind their subordinates and their staff. They show by their attitudes and actions how everyone else should behave (lead by example). They also make continued efforts to motivate and rally their followers, constantly doing the rounds, listening, soothing and promoting enthusiasm among their staff.
It is their unswerving commitment and determination as much as anything else that keeps people going, particularly through the darker times when some may question whether the vision can ever be achieved. If the people do not believe that they can succeed, then their efforts will diminish. The Transformational Leader seeks to inspire and motivate their followers with a high level of commitment and determination to the vision. 
One of the methods the Transformational Leader uses to sustain motivation is in the use of complements, ceremonies, rituals and other cultural symbolism. Small changes get big hurrahs, pumping up their significance as indicators of real progress.
Overall, the leaders balance their attention between action that creates progress and the mental state of their followers. Perhaps more than other approaches, they are people-oriented, believe that success comes first, and last through deep determination and sustained commitment.
Whilst the Transformational Leader seeks overtly to transform the organization, there is also a tacit promise to followers that they also will be transformed in some way, perhaps to be more like this amazing leader. In some respects, then, the followers are the product of the transformation. When leadership and the organization is successful, everyone benefits.
Transformational Leaders are often charismatic, but are not as narcissistic as pure Charismatic Leaders, who succeed through a belief in themselves rather than a belief in others, they believe in a team effort.
One of the traps of Transformational Leadership is that passion and confidence can easily be mistaken for truth and reality. Whilst it is true that great things have been achieved through enthusiastic leadership, it is also true that many passionate people have led the charge right over the cliff and into a bottomless chasm. Just because someone believes, they are right; it does not mean they are right. They must have a realistic vision and have the perseverance and knowhow to stimulate harmony.
Paradoxically, the energy that gets people going can also cause them to give up. Transformational Leaders often have large amounts of enthusiasm, which, if relentlessly applied, can wear out their followers. The leaders must occasionally inspire and elevate the morale of their staff.
Transformational Leaders also tend to see the big picture, but not the details, where the problems often lurk. If they do not have people to take care of this level of information, then they are usually doomed to fail. The leaders must have staff to handle the details.
Finally, Transformational Leaders, by definition, seek to transform. When the organization does not need transforming and people are happy as they are, then such a leader will focus on how to improve the organization. Crisis time leaders (like our situation today in the city of
Los Angeles), however, given the right situation they come into their own and can be personally responsible for saving entire organizations, companies or governmental agencies and cities.

YJ Draiman
Leadership and what it entails

Ethics on leadership involves authority on self and others to help the organization uphold values that are important to the set up. Society’s need for common good and peaceful interaction and interrelationships are based on honesty, service to others and moral courage. After all, ethics is the branch of philosophy concerned with the intent, means, and consequences of moral behaviors.

Moral issues such as; equality, safety, properties, respect, human relationships; to name a few, are social consciences to be considered when it comes to our day-to-day interaction with all creatures here on earth. Even though our behaviors and personality has common relation with our culture from where we have established our early environment, as a person, being human, we have distinctive characteristics that are unique that has more and higher significance with those of other creatures in the planet. Simply because; we possess the moral sense and we have a conscience to distinguish our actions and decisions based on our judgments between right and wrong.

When we are aware of the limits of our actions to deliberate our thoughts to actualization, we then are conscious of all the consequences of them. Moreover, this is the turning point of ones ability to choose what decision to make based on the ethics that society have imposed. We are also all influenced from three formations in our growing years; that is, by association, through books we read, and in our own self-concepts. As we grow with reason, we can know what we can act and cannot, based upon our consciousness of the cultural issues of morality, which determine our peer’s trust and respect on us.

Ethics as we all know is just as important as values. Some act on their ethical judgments based on self-defined morals as influenced in their growing years’ environment, and from association with our peers, authority, and self-convictions as well as the values we hold. As a leader, it is important to determine our own moral principles and decide ethical conducts in the light of the meaning that it attaches with our own lives; from our own cultures, education, and purposes in life.

Ethics embrace values and morality as an important factor and full partner in the quest for an outstanding performance, not only in leadership but also in a person’s daily actuation. Ethics in work and leadership is important more than anything. The work rules, the codes of conducts in the workplace are the determining factors what the organization strive and live for. Reputation and Success are synonymous without question. Everything that is happening inside the operation of the organization reflects the ethical ideals of the ownerships the members hold within their beliefs and values. Then what is transported to the outside world of their circle that determines reciprocity of public trust and loyalty.

We are not born with values, but we become what we are as influenced from our own cultures and societies where we grow and when become aware of them as children. We adopt what is being promoted to us; and from it, thus our own values are born. The more we understand our values deep within us, the clearer we can be with what we want to do with our lives, how we want to live our lives. We have a good picture of our self-identity and we become more confident with our actions and actuation in our day-to-day existence. When we developed good character traits from the values we hold, we then possess qualities of great leadership.

Leadership requires competence; to be caring, having value-based convictions, and must be committed to certain ideals and goals that achieve the group’s vision and mission. As ethics in leaderships are required, leaders will have to have the instinct of higher ideals, possess values, and strive to be just, to serve all for the common good. Commitment to the basic values such as honesty, responsibility, charity, excellence, and persistence are necessary for building trust. In addition, trust must be attained because it is the bedrock of the organizational survival and its growth over the long term.

People will forgive the leader who fails to manage by objectives or in its inefficiency in the use of time, and sometimes when a leader fails to achieve the smoothest human relations; but, they cannot forgive and it is difficult for anyone in society to forgive the leader who are immoral and unprincipled. This is the reason why leaderships must not only be a visionary, but also know the importance and exercise good judgments of actions and decisions based on the principles of right and wrong. Moreover, mostly, embrace the ethics of values and morality as full partners in the quest for its performance. To test their actions and decisions for the good of all that they serve and the society is by asking; is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better relationships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned. Then and only then, can higher ethical climate is obtained. Moreover, when it is, profits of the company operations will be better, as it reflects trust to the stakeholders and shareholders; cultivate loyalty to the staffs, employees, and customers.

YJ Draiman

The meaning of the word “CANDIDATE” is being candid, forthright, honest and truthful. If you do not practice these traits you are not qualified to be a Candidate.