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City of Los AngelesCandidate for Mayor

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Yj J. Draiman

Neighborhood Council Boardmember
3,705 votes (0.91%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economy: promoting business and industry to relocate to LA – via tax incentives, reduced bureaucracy, thus employing the unemployed
  • Water and Energy – build ponds to retain rainwater from LA River, rainwater harvesting mandatory, grey water, desalinization plant run on renewable energy. Pipeline to bring water from other parts of the country. Porous concrete and asphalt.
  • Education: Revamp our education system with quality teachers and proper compensation for good educators. Better and greater funding.



Profession:Fourth Term Elected member of Northridge East Neighborhood Council - Dir. of Utilities and Sustainability
Director of Utilities & Sustaunability, Energy Savers 2 (2005–current)
Executive Board member, Northridge East Neighborhood Council — Elected position (2009–current)

Community Activities

Volunteer for a Not for profit organization, YION (2006–current)


YJ Draiman is a fourth term elected member of Northridge East Neighborhood Council, (NENC) Los Angeles in April 2010. 
YJ Draiman who ran in 2009 for councilmen at District 12 in Los Angeles, YJ Draiman ran for Mayor of Los Angeles – March 5, 2013 Primary.

YJ Draiman was elected for a fourth term in March 2016 and who is part of the executive committee of the NENC brings a unique combination of government, business and community leadership experience to the NENC office. YJ is also a member of the Northridge Vision Committee. YJ has over 25 years experience in Energy Efficiency & Utilities. YJ is a former Real Estate developer, YJ has worked extensively in rehabbing neighborhoods. 
YJ background includes a position as a healthcare administrator, managed the building of a 5 star hotel, an Alternative Energy & Efficiency expert, owned and operated a chain of electronic retail stores which included an electronics wholesale division. YJ is currently working on his PHD in Energy Conservation. YJ has been working and implementing his expertise in the Energy and the Utility markets for over 25 years. 
In 1989 YJ was asked to run for a senate seat but declined. YJ worked 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 with his wife of 46 years, Miriam. They have 2 children; a 43 year old son, David who is the lead singer for the musical group Disturbed, and a 40 year old son, Benjamin who is a Psychologist and a clinical researcher for several entities including Columbia University.   9420 Reseda Blvd., Unit 274, Northridge, CA 91324 Office: 818-366-6999 ID#1392197   We need honest government with integrity. “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

Dear Fellow Los Angelinos

Thank you for taking a few moments to learn more about my ideas for building a new Los Angeles.
I appreciate your interest in my campaign and hope my jobs plan will provide you with a better understanding of the type of Mayor I hope to be – one focused on transparency and putting Los Angelinos back to work.

Los Angeles faces one of the most challenging times in our city’s history.
Because of the unfriendly business environment, along with some of the highest tax rates in the nation, families and businesses are being forced to make unthinkable trade-offs, including living the city they love. But I am optimistic about 
Los Angeles future.

I am running for Mayor because I believe everything is still possible in 
Los Angeles. That is why as a Mayor that makes LA attractive to business and will create jobs, will be my priority. It is the only way we are going to clean up the mess in Los Angeles. I have a unique skill set and the detailed plan to get Los Angeles going again.

I have started businesses from the ground up and within a short time revenues exceeded $60 million a year. I have been involved in rehabilitation of whole neighborhoods; I have built a 5 star hotel and implemented energy efficiency for over 20 years. I operated a chain of electronics stores.

I think 
Los Angeles needs a little bit more of a business-like attitude. We have to be honest about our problems, and face them by offering grown-up solutions and put an end to the partisan bickering and hand-wringing that is business as usual.

I can effectively balance the interests of developers, big business and those who are well-situated and I am more concerned about the interests of everyday citizens."

If you do not know and admit that there is a problem, you cannot fix it. Our Pension liability is growing and if its solvency is not addressed, it will put LA into bankruptcy, our infrastructure is deteriorating, our water source is diminished, our utility rates and taxes are climbing. This must not only stop, but it must be reversed.

I am running for Mayor to reinvigorate 
Los Angeles economic potential – it will take time and the effort of all the people of Los Angeles. We shall overcome these economic hardships if we work together as a unified force.

Draiman is determined to bring a new approach to Los Angeles. One that demands we help struggling businesses and attract new businesses that create jobs, increase revenues and lowers taxes. A city government that provides better efficiency and expedited better services. I propose a city government that makes it a priority and commits itself to improving our schools. A city that is committed to improve public transportation and revive our industrial base.

Draiman has a plan to make 
Los Angeles economic vitality flourish.
Make Los Angeles Competitive again, raise the standard of living, grow the tax base and help put an end to the yearly budget problems in 
Los Angeles.

Position Papers

The corruption in LA government must be stopped


Public corruption in LA City Hall "pay-to-play''.

The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect. Nothing real substantive has been enacted by our LA City Hall Government in the past 4 years and more.

The corruption in LA government must be stopped. Public corruption in LA City Hall "pay-to-play''.

The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect. Nothing real substantive has been enacted by our LA City Hall Government in the past 4 years and more.

In order to move forward, we must educate the voters, let them know that the current administration goals are business as usual, there will be no significant changes and the city will be heading into bankruptcy. The escalating costs of pensions and benefits will drain most of the city budget as we head into 2022. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city, many have already left. This again will reduce revenues to the city, thus the city will be forced to increase taxes and fees in LA to compensate for the lost revenues.

The city must initiate an austerity program. Cut salaries and benefits across the board, increase efficiency and performance. The Police Department should utilize civil service employees for clerical work, not Police Officers. The city must tighten its belt and reduce taxes and fees, streamline bureaucracy. Promote the health of existing businesses and actively go after new businesses. Any city employee who is not performing his/her job to standards should be put on suspension without pay or benefits and if such action has not improved the workers performance, the worker/employee should be terminated. The city must utilize its most expensive resource, its employees more efficiently, promote a good work environment and reward exceptional performance. People must realize that if they do not do their job, they will have no job and no means of support. The city must streamline management and reduce management costs. A high administrative cost is not prudent and not sustainable. LA's employee costs are one of the highest in the country. We need a change in attitude, and that starts at the top. As they say in good leadership, "follow me".

The main question is, why LA voters don't care, why they are resigned to accept failure and diminishing LA city services.

Can we not find a leader who will motivate City Hall and initiate hard choices to bring the city to financial health?

City elections should be held on the first Tuesday of November with all the other elections to Federal, County & State.

It will reduce costs and increase voter turnout.

The peoples brigade for honest government

YJ Draiman


"The choice we face in Los Angeles and as a nation is simple: Do we want the clean energy and conservation technologies of tomorrow to be invented in America by American innovators, made by American workers and sold around the world, or do we want to concede those jobs to our competitors?" Asks Energy Specialist YJ Draiman. "We can and must compete for those jobs." In Los Angeles, we have the technology, the climate, the resources and the manpower. Let us proceed with conviction.

YJ Draiman


If you want to bring LA back to economic prosperity - Elect YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA

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— January 9, 2017 Shahla Asheghian from Donye Noor Sattelite TV

Interview of YJ Draiman. LA Mayoral Candidate. Backround, LA problems and outlook for the improvement in the future of Los Angeles

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