"I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true."
Monday, January 30, 2017
I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true - YJ Draiman
"I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true."
LA Must Face True Pension Liabilities - YJ Draiman for Mayor 2017
U.S. Governmental Accounting Standards Board, which sets the standards for
state and local governments' financial
statements, changed the rules. Governments must now report how much they owe in
pension promises on their financial statements as a liability. This would be
calculated starting with the total dollar amount that the actuaries have
determined would be needed to fund the pension promises minus the total dollars
that have been put aside. U.S.
You might say, "Of course, this is a no-brainer." But governments are slow to change. We all think governments will be here forever. They don't go out of business. They don't go bankrupt. They don't need the same rules. For these reasons, governments have had special rules when it comes to financial reporting.
Up until now, a government reported a liability on its financial statement as the amount that the actuary says should be paid into the pension for the current year to cover the current year's costs minus the cash that was set aside for the current year. This is based on the government's funding approach and not the real liability. The current method does not take into account certain changes in expectations, changes in benefits and shortfalls in expected returns on investments.
If we look at LA's audited financial statements from June 30, 2016, we see that the net pension promises after subtracting the cash that has been set aside (unfunded actuarial accrued liability) is over $20 billion. This is only reported as a footnote to the financial statements. It is not reported on the balance sheet as a liability.
If we look at what is actually reported on the balance sheet, we see a liability of $1 billion. We are only reporting $2 billion of our actual $18 billion pension shortfall on our balance sheet. We are not reporting $18 billion plus of our pension liabilities. The new accounting rules would correct this and cause us to report the real and larger liability on our balance sheet.
We, the people of
, are concerned about the financial health
of the city and our leaders' long-term plans for addressing and correcting it.
We are concerned that our leaders will look to regulations exempting the city
from the new standard. Although this might make the leaders look better for
today, it hurts us, the citizens. Ignoring the costs does not exempt us from
paying the bill for the promises we have already made. Los Angeles
We are especially concerned because the last time the Governmental Accounting Standards Board came out with a pronouncement that would cause a large liability to be shown on the financial statements, for Other Post Employment Benefits, LA's leaders tried to do just that. Approximately five years ago, the city was required to start reporting the costs of health insurance promises that we had already made to our retirees on the financial statements. Our leaders looked to create city regulations exempting the city from these standards. Fortunately, they were unsuccessful.
We can't let our leaders repeat that maneuver by trying to avoid the new requirement that the amount the city owes in pension promises be reported as a liability on their financial statements. Ignoring the problem doesn't make it go away.
We cannot pretend this problem does not exist. We cannot have leaders making short-term political decisions with long-term consequences for the citizens. We cannot pass these problems on to our children and grandchildren. We must fix our future. We must start today with honest accounting of our liabilities.
We cannot have
city government tax its people with no
limits and increase fees and bureaucracy. This will only chase the people and
businesses away from Los Angeles , which will reduce the city’s revenues even further. Los Angeles
Sunday, January 29, 2017
|Los Angeles Elections 2017|
To Be The Mayor Of Los Angeles
Is A Great Responsibility –
Treat It With Respect!
Los Angeles Elections 2017
The position of a Mayor of the City of Los Angeles is an enormous undertaking and a
great responsibility. It must be assumed with the yoke of great duty and humility; one
must bear the weight of such a revered position and earn the trust and honor to serve
the people of Los Angeles. Only with such state of mind and intent can an individual
honestly lead the Great City of Los Angeles.
The Mayor must serve as an example to his staff and the people in honesty, integrity
and fiscal responsibility. To serve the people of Los Angeles is no easy task and it must
be performed in a manner that projects the Mayor as the leader of all the people of
Los Angeles with no exceptions.
The Mayor of Los Angeles must represent the aspirations and goals of the people he
serves and not the special interests.
The Mayor should revitalize the City of Los Angeles and restore public faith and confidence
in City Hall by taking actions that benefit the people. He should promote business and
streamline bureaucracy, institute a strict financial responsibility, promote and enhance
the education system, devise and implement systems to eliminate corruption and fraud,
rebuild the infrastructure and expand public transportation. The Mayor should unify the
transit system; direct the building of low-cost public housing, public playgrounds and parks;
upgrade the airports; reorganize the police force; defeat the powerful special interests political
machine; and reestablish merit employment in place of patronage jobs.
He should lead by example and implement reform politics that are carefully tailored to address
the sentiments of his diverse constituency. He should defeat the corrupt political machine; he is
presiding during an era of extreme economic depression and an era of foreclosures that have
not been seen since the depression era. The mayor should make the city the model for welfare
and public works programs and champion immigrants and ethnic minorities. The mayor will
succeed with the support of the masses. He should secure his place in history as a tough-minded
reform mayor who helped clean out corruption, bring in gifted experts, and instill upon
the city a broad sense of responsibility for its own citizens. His administration should
engage new groups that had been kept out of the political system, give Los Angeles its
modern infrastructure, and raise expectations to the new levels of urban possibility.
He should synthesize the human sympathy of the special interests with the honesty and
efficiency of the good government reformers. The Mayor should embrace the Neighborhood
Council's advice, for they represent the cross-section of all the neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
He should consider adding some voting power to the Neighborhood Councils.
The mayor should be tough on his staffers and leave no doubt that he is in charge.
He should never lose control; he should utilize federal money and grants to the full extent.
He should work with all concerned for the betterment of the people and the city.
According to today's political standards, the people would have to support the Mayor's
vision and actions.
We need to rebuild the infrastructure - highways, bridges and tunnels, transform the
physical landscape of the City Los Angeles. We need to address the wages, pensions
and benefits for teachers, police and city workers without borrowing more and more
until the City of Los Angeles is faced with bankruptcy. No juggling the books to pay the
The mayor must restore the economic lifeblood of the City of Los Angeles during these
hard economic times and initiate public works programs which would employ thousands
of angelinos. The mayor should pursue a relentless lobbying for federal funds to upgrade
and develop LA's economic infrastructure.
There is no time like the present to start investigating in alternative methods of insuring
the financial security of the City of Los Angeles, and in particular the people of
Los Angeles don't deserve procrastination and partisan gotcha politics.
The people of LA need and demand real action and real results.
In closing The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles for 2017 must have courage,
wisdom, honesty, and vision with an added tenacity and perseverance?
What we need is gutsy political leadership and a realistic plan that includes:
sacrifices by everybody.
Honor, Honesty and Integrity these are not just words:
Honor, Honesty and Integrity these are not just words At times we feel maybe justified in violating a part of our own integrity.
We don't measure the effect that by doing so, the amount of damage that it does to others as well as to our own soul.
We speak of justice; we speak of honesty and doing the right things in life.
We are sometimes confronted not so much by the violation of these principles but by the impact they have on our own spirit.
Feeling betrayed by those you trust, who have in some way acted in a manner that you may never understand, will have an impact on your life.
This may only be for a moment or maybe a lifetime; each person has their own emotional point of tolerance to transgressions that may have been committed by even the most trusted among you.
These words are what make's us civilized.
They are the fundamentals of our own character.
We can not be responsible for someone else's behavior but we are in total control of our own.
Our behavior in any setting should be guided by these words.
We can forgive others, but it is not easy for us to forgive ourselves when it is our actions that bring forth circumstances that no one wants. I have felt recently that betrayal, that dishonest act that just hurts and saddens the soul.
Of course, that does not make that person bad or evil.
It is an act that does not help for the survival of a group.
I believe in the biblical statement that vengeance is the Lord's it is not mine to give.
When dealing with anyone in any capacity honesty is the guide. Integrity is the path to take.
Honor is yours to own.
Weep as you may for an infraction of another upon you; forgive as that transgression will also corrupt your soul to a deeper distrust of all.
For the transgressor it will be easy to do that which they may feel is right, though the action violates all honor or self respect which creates havoc and chaos on others.
Maybe to be honest will allow one to sleep at night.
My heart pains, for those who have chosen the path of least resistance, which is the path to destruction.
Integrity doesn't mean that you become some cold, stoic person, and vacant of all emotion. Integrity just means to flow with your honest feelings and actions ensuring that they are in alignment with propriety.
If you don't like what you are doing then honor yourself by doing the best job anyway. You can always change careers.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
“A vote for DRAIMAN is a vote for you”
Jobs and the Economy – solutions – YJ Draiman r7
As Mayor of LA, how would I create jobs? We have a tremendous amount of natural resources here in
, which we need to
develop. To put it succinctly, "You can not drill for American oil and
natural gas in Los Angeles , China or anyplace else
other than Saudi Arabia ." 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. I have some solution to alleviate the water shortage in our City via ponds along the LA River to catch the rainwater, incorporate rainwater harvesting methods, porous concrete and asphalt, etc. As I stated many times; “Those who control the energy supply control whole continents”; “Those who control the water sources control life”; “Those who control the food supply controls the people”; “Those who control money and resources control the world”. “It is cheaper to save energy than make energy.”
Americans should demand products made in the
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 advanced 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, which creates pollution. 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, water pipelines from other regions, drought tolerant plants (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 and greater revenue for the city.
In short, the key to
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. These will instill the confidence
in our economy, and generate greater revenues for the city of Los Angeles and other
governmental entities. Los Angeles
American confidence in government is at an all time low. People are reluctant to vote. 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 with better compensation for our qualified teachers, which produces innovation and advanced 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.
We must take advantage of our great weather and promote our great city of LA in a fashion that will increase tourism without increasing costs and provide a cost effective program to entice the average family to visit LA.
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 that 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 and counterproductive.
In today’s fast moving technologies, government as well as companies must learn to adjust and maneuver quickly to keep pace with changes, or they will be out of business or incur deteriorating revenues and infrastructure. We must learn how stay competitive and resourceful in order to survive and thrive economically.
I submit: Leadership by example. I plan to give the people complete transparency, 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. City services and resources will be distributed equally to all the people in LA. In addition, we have to use the Neighborhood Council’s more effectively; they are the eyes and ears of all the communities in
. These are hard
economic times; we must all put our shoulder to the task. Los Angeles
We must put all our differences aside and work together in harmony for the good of the people and the city of
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"Let us take back our city and make it
governed by the people
for the people" Los Angeles
“A vote for DRAIMAN is a vote for you”
we know and love is
full of rich diversity and limitless opportunity, and it is not a thing of the
past. The message of my campaign is about working together restoring trust and
integrity, and to rebuild the City of Los Angeles we love by restoring a
robust economy, creating jobs, fiscal responsibility and ending failed
government policies, and this is the overwhelmingly positive message of our
message to the people of Los Angeles . Los Angeles
I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people's politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.
YJ Draiman for Mayor of
in 2017 Los Angeles
I, YJ Draiman, Candidate for mayor of the City of Los Angeles, I come to you not just to be present at City Hall, I am here to listen to you concerns and act accordingly, I am here to produce results that will improve the lives of all the people in Los Angeles.
The responsibility assumed by the Mayer of
is enormous and must be
handled accordingly. Los Angeles
I propose a joint effort to fix our city and re-establish
as one of the most
vibrant, productive and progressive cities in Los Angeles . America
In order to achieve this goal it will require you the people of
and me, as Mayor, to roll up our sleeves and work
elbow-to-elbow together, or it won’t be done. What has to be done has to be
I am not asking for you to give something to your city, rather, I am asking you to join me in doing something with, and for your city.
I am not asking for your gifts, but for your assistance, because hand-in-hand, united in our common cause, we will NOT fail.
I believe there is no greater force than the will and spirit of the people of
if we choose to unite and work together. Los Angeles
The American ideal is not that we all agree with each other, or even like each other, every minute of the day. It is rather that we will respect each other's rights, especially the right to be different, and that, at the end of the day, we will understand that we are one people, one country, and one community, and that our well-being is inextricably bound up with the well-being of each and every one of our fellow citizens.
YJ Draiman believes in principles and integrity over profit and personal gain
The Committee to elect
YJ Draiman for Mayor of
in 2017 Los Angeles
Northridge East Neighborhood Council will hold a
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to be held on
February 15, 2017,
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