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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ominous Warning to 2013 Los Angeles Mayoral Candidates

Photo from Ya Basta Mayoral Candidate Forum by Enrique Arozqueta..
Enough is Enough!!
Lets give credit to the Ya Basta Community Organization for encapsulating in three words, what should be the major theme of the upcoming 2013 Mayoral Election.
The declared candidates and those doing their best "Hamlet impersonation" (Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Developer Rick Caruso), should be on notice that many citizen groups across the city, are  tire of the corruption and crony capitalism that will define the "Reign of Mayor Antonio Villar". Thus, are seeking a reformer that will return ethical government to 200 N. Spring Street.
For insider candidates such as Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti, your failure to get out and down to the base of the grass roots, may engender a voter backlash, based upon your well-documented contributions to the current state of affairs at City Hall.
In the case of "insider, outsider tweener" City Councilwoman Jan Perry, her chances to grow her support base, rests on the ability to be more candid about her past endeavors and avoid the perception of playing both sides on respective issues.
Then we have the much respected former local Talk Show Host and outsider candidate Kevin James, who one supposed journalist, in a bout of fact-devoid, ignorance,  was label a "non-starter candidate" last week. James on Thursday evening, walked into a mostly Latino gathering of community activists and came away as the overwhelming candidate of choice  (which may surprise the fact-devoid scribe referenced above) and the reason why a candidate like James (who many political observers not would give a thought to his potential outreach in this demographic group), was able to connect with the Ya Basta attendees?
Whether the group is Latino, Korean, Croatian, Armenian or Anglo, James message of reform and riding City Hall of corruption, is resonating in all corners of the city. Thus, the multiple ethnic groups and organizations that have been excluded or exploited, while a exclusive few benefit from the "Reign of Mayor Villar's Crony Capitalistic" excesses, as exampled by  IBEW's Brian D'Arcy, Ari Swiller and the museum garage of Eli Broad, are finding their common ethical "Basta" and joining James in saying "Enough is Enough!".
Kevin James on Corruption.
Kevin James latest on his coverage of the Rape Kit issue .
Your thoughts ..............
Scott Johnson in CD 14 

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Congratulations to YA BASTA Coalition, for taking charge and cutting through red tape to make this possible. Thank you to the Organizers, Art Pullido, Jose Aguilar, Jose Carmonas, George B. and so many others that gave us a hand. Thank you also to the Casa del Mexicano to host the forum, La Casa was created for exactly this type of events, I was suprise that no one from Hollenbeck Police Dept did not show, or the Boyle Heights Chambers, Councilmen Huizar Staff from BH Office did attend, I was not sure if she was there on her own or representing Councilmen Huizar, Thank you Jennifer.

August 18, 2012 7:12 PM  

Blogger g said:

I BELIEVE STRONGLY IN DEBATES, BUT NONE OF THE PEOPLE RUNNING FOR MAYOR HAVE THE TOOLS TO REPAIR WHAT IS WRONG . KNOWING OF CORRUPTION IS JUST PART OF WHAT IS NEEDED. YOU HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO EMPOWER THE AVERAGE VOTER TO CREATE A ORGANIZATION FOR CHANGE AND BUILDING THE PUBLICS CONFIDENCE IN THE PROCESS. THE PROBLEMS IN THIS CITY CANNOT BE DEFINED BY THE ELECTED GOVERNMENT ITSELF. THE PUBLIC,CITY WORKERS SEE THE DAY TO DAY PROBLEMS AND ACTUALLY HAVE A GRASP OF THE SOLUTIONS. IT TAKES WORK TO MAKE THIS PROCESS A SUCCESS BUT IT IS DOABLE.

August 20, 2012 3:47 PM  

Blogger Draiman said:

Are LA voters going to elect a failed elected official as Mayor of Los Angeles?
Current elected officials are not qualified to be the next Mayor of LA!
Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2013?

The current elected officials at LA City Hall, who are running, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance and their contribution to the current state of affairs are reprehensible. They do not deserve to be elected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor of LA.

I hope and trust that the people of LA are not as gullible as the current elected officials presume.

It is time for the voters of LA to elect a person who cares about the people of this great city of Los Angeles, a city with a population of about 4 million people and 429 square miles. The current elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles.

The current elected officials at LA city hall should get a verbal lynching for their performance. The City of Los Angeles is in its worst condition in this century. The cause of this despicable condition is the product of the current administration.

It is time to elect officials who truly care about the people and the city of LA. Officials who exercise their elected position for the good of the people of LA, not what is in it for them?

When we support current elected officials in their quest to become the Mayor of Los Angeles, we consent to their poor performance and induce them to continue to destroy our city.

We must change the status quo of business as usual; the current administration has abused its position and trust. Otherwise we as the people of LA will pay a heavy price for such negligence.

This is the message we should be sending to people who seek public office. A candidate must have honesty and integrity as a primary character trait and above all the public’s trust.


YJ Draiman

PS.

A question to the people of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is fantasizing that there has been an improvement, just look at the dysfunctional Los Angeles City Hall under his leadership for 8 years. Things could not be worse

Do you have confidence in your current elected officials in Los Angeles City Hall?
Are they doing a good job?

No, why?

Yes, why?


Who is qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles 2013?
Where there is discord, the mayor will bring harmony. Where there is error, the mayor will bring truth. Where there is doubt, the mayor will bring faith. And where there is despair, the mayor will bring hope. The mayor will unite the city and promote economic prosperity successfully. A person who can do these things is the one qualified to be the mayor of Los Angeles in 2013.

www.yjdraimanformayor.org

DraimanForMayor
The City of Los Angeles is on verge of bankruptcy “The City’s financial crisis is dire … worse than you are being told … and the Mayor and the LA City Council is in denial.”
Is this a way to run a City?
You be the judge! Voice you opinion ...at Election Day March 5, 2013 by voting for a new leadership in Los Angeles City Hall!
Help in saving the City of Los Angeles from Bankruptcy and replace the dysfunctional and corrupt LA City Hall.
Therefore, if you want to save the City of Los Angeles from bankruptcy and replace a corrupt and dysfunctional LA City Hall – you must vote for an outsider, the insiders have allegiance to the special interests groups that have funded their campaigns and not to the people of Los Angeles who toil daily in Los Angeles.

YJ Draiman
http://yjdraimanformayor.org

October 23, 2012 9:05 PM  

Blogger Draiman said:

"When will "ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?"

We keep electing our political leaders from the same parasitic pool of privileged families. I challenge anyone to name the congressperson, or senator in Washington, or your state that was brought up in a middle income, middle class family, or had to work a real job to pay the bills. I'm not talking about attorneys, or corporate top level managers. These people are not what I consider workers! Show me the person in our government that has had to borrow money to send his kids to college, or take out an "inflated interest" loan to buy a house! Do any of them really care that we are mortgaging our children's future to China? How many of them have had to go to war, or serve in the military other than be an officer with the elitist mindset that permeates our armed forces? We as voters are getting exactly what we have reaped because we fail to elect any leaders that actually know who 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. The feds threw stimulus money at California which simultaneously cut its EDD staff precisely when the unemployed needed their help the most. Sacramento sent bailout money to local municipalities like Los Angeles, which used the money to save high paying government jobs only to subsequently eliminate those same jobs as part of the city’s cost saving measures. The state and federal government layered on large amounts of unemployment benefits that made people out of work feel good but did nothing to help them get back to work. The benefits have now run out and the unemployment recipients have been thrust back into the ranks of job seekers with no new work skills and no new job prospects. We have spent trillions of dollars and have nothing to show for it. What we need is a disaster plan and disaster response, which requires identifying those in need of critical attention from those who need minimal retooling of skills to reenter the job market. Is the consortium of people and foundations that we wrote about the answer to our critical need? Who knows but if they don’t address the critical steps needed to getting people back to work it will all be a waste of time. Regardless of our own personal beliefs and values; we must join together and address this unemployment issue before our great nation is permanently damaged. This is perhaps due to the greed and pettiness of some of our leaders; but now is not the time to be pointing fingers. We have a duty to help our fellow citizens. It is easy to point out what is wrong; harder to develop and implement solutions to problems and issues. I agree that working together in a spirit of cooperation and collaboration; we can address and resolve any challenge.
I support and look forward to contributing and getting our country contributing solutions, ideas, approaches, and resources to our communities, our country and our world.

http://yjdraiman.org

October 23, 2012 10:51 PM  

Blogger Draiman Draiman said:

Will Angelenos fight to save LA? – Draiman

Mayoral and City Council races for Los Angeles are around the corner, Angelenos who wonder how and if any of the mayoral contenders are able to save our city and can keep the city of Los Angeles out of bankruptcy.

Why would anyone with a sound mind elect any of the insiders; they have been in LA City Hall for over ten years and have brought the city of LA to its current crisis, they have failed the people, they do not deserve a chance to destroy our city further.
Angelenos have a chance to replace about seventy percent of the current elected officials at LA City Hall. Let us take advantage and elect a new breed of leaders with fresh ideas and no allegiance to the political machine or the special interests groups.

During elections, there are many words spoken that usually fail to produce action, and after elections the need to see action is by far more important than mere words. But the challenges and hopes, and the failures, established by the lackluster eight years of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa cannot be ignored. The City of Los Angeles is now in its worst economic and financial condition since the 1930’s.
Many people and businesses are leaving the city. The people of LA have lost their trust in the government and the various special interests groups that are milking the city
Los Angeles needs a strong innovative leader who can unify the various factions in the city, and form a unified cohesive force to overcome the current crisis and dissention. Every faction must be willing to compromise or we are doomed.
We must put all our differences aside and it is imperative that we all work together for the betterment of the city and its population. We have a saleable product; let us promote it, market it and sell it.
After all it is a government by the people for the people.

YJ Draiman
http://www.yjdraimanformayor.com/

November 07, 2012 6:31 PM  

Anonymous Juan Valdez said:

In the Los Angeles City Mayoral elections, Carlton Dole is a candidate to watch in this election as Carlton Dole offers simple solutions to stimulate the economy from the bottom up and is not another indentured city official filled with empty rhetoric. Check out candidate Carlton Dole's website and his simple six plank platform to promptly and to make affordable improvements to the lives of everyday Angelenos www.mayorcarltondole.com It is time to stop the old regime like Wendy Gruel, Eric Garcetti, and Jan Perry The City of Los Angeles is in dire need of change and Carlton Dole's six plank platform is feasible start to solving some of LA's problematic issues. Carlton Dole is an underdog who has refused to take money from special interests, he is a man of the people and will not be influenced by financial contributions

November 11, 2012 1:57 PM  

Blogger YJ Draiman said:

Are Hoodwinked Angelenos electing failed leaders in 2013? - Draiman
Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2013? – I submit: None of the current officials!
Any of the current elected officials at LA City Hall who are running, who have been in LA City Hall for the past 12 years, do not qualify to be the Mayor of LA. Their past poor performance, their contribution to the current state of affairs is reprehensible. Current elected official do not deserve to be reelected again for any position in LA City Hall and especially to the position of Mayor in the city of Los Angeles. It would be a travesty if they win the election.
I hope and trust that the people of LA are not gullible as the current elected officials presume. They are counting on fooling the people again. How many times us Angelenos need to beat over the head to declare enough is enough; the corruptions and special favors are over, we are taking our city back.
It is time for the voters of LA to elect a person who cares about the people of this great city of Los Angeles (a city with a population of about 4 million people and 429 square miles). The current elected officials at city hall have abused their position; they have failed the people of Los Angeles, being in city hall for the past 12 years is enough.
The current elected officials at LA city hall should get a verbal lynching for their performance. The City of Los Angeles is in its worst condition in this century. The cause of this despicable condition is the product of the current administration.
It is time to break down the political machine in LA; No more business as usual; the buck stops on Election Day, March 5, 2013 and May 21, 2013 for those who need the additional boost.
It is time to elect officials who truly care about the people and the city of LA, officials who exercise their elected position for the good of the people of LA, not what is in it for me.
The masses of peoples in Los Angeles outnumber the special interests groups’ voters at least 8-2. If we all register and vote, we can take back our government. If the voters remain apathetic and refrain from voting, the consequences will be the total collapse of LA city and its government; financially and economically.
Let us elect a new breed of leaders who represent all the people of Los Angeles, not just the select few. We have an opportunity to replace about 70% of LA City Hall.
Let us unify and vote the current administration out of office.
I repeat; Power to the people!

The peoples brigade for honest government

YJ Draiman
http://draimanformayor2013.com

December 29, 2012 11:11 PM  

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