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Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Debate - March 1, 2017

Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Debate - March 1, 2017

Los Angeles Mayoral Candidate Debate 

on Wednesday March 1, 2017 - Time 7-9 pm

Doors open 6 pm

Informal after debate meet and greet will be held across the street - at Los Candiles - 2100 Cypress Avenue

Co-sponsors: LANCC, LA River studios, VOX productions

Please submit questions to: LANCC@EMPOWER LA.ORG

at: Sonia Sotomayor Learning Academies  
2050 N. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065

Susan Hirasuna - Award Winning broadcast Journalist
and KTLA FOX 11 Anchor
11 Certified Los Angeles 2017 MAYORAL Candidates      
Paul E. Amori
YJ Draiman
Eric M. Garcetti
Diane Harman
David Raymond Hernandez
Yuval Daniel Kremer
Frantz Pierre
Eric Preven
Dennis Richter
David Saltsburg

Mitchell Schwartz


  1. I YJ Draiman am an independent; I am running for Mayor of Los Angeles. I will continue to vote for the best candidates, who support taking care of the people equally with no favoritism. My loyalty to my city and my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to any party that differs from such mission. I will urge other like-minded people – to follow my lead and quit the current Parties. The parties have left us the people and are consumed with their own agenda.

  2. Los Angeles Mayoral Elections – March 7, 2017

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017 –

    To all the people of Los Angeles -
    After hearing some of the hardships and abuse committed in the name of humanity. I realized that I have a voice; a strong voice; that must be utilized with no limitation; a voice that perhaps I use very often. But this voice would not be taken for granted. I felt that I should become a voice for those that didn't have a voice, for those whose voice can't and won’t be heard by others.

    That's when I decided to pursue a mission; “to voice the people who are not being heard and or ignored, to be a voice for those who need a voice."
    This scenario of listening to the peoples voice, applies to the people of Los Angeles; the one’s who sacrifice and who work everyday, raise a family, have no wealth, and do not have a voice in our government and its decisions that affect their lives, and their voice is not heard or ignored.
    It is time to listen to the people and respond to their needs and demands without equivocations.
    As your elected representative I will represent you the people, the ones who are ignored and overlooked, I will not back down to pressure; I will not capitulate to mounting demands by the money people.
    As your elected representative it is my duty and obligation to represent all the people of Los Angeles equally with no favoritism to any group or special interest.
    Honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability will be my primary goals. Furthermore, I plan on setting up a department which their mission will be to help struggling businesses and help bring back business and industry to Los Angeles by providing incentives. This will create jobs and increase revenues to the City, State and Federal government.

    I am tired of paying for someone else’s lunch.
    Thank you.
    Your humble servant,

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2017

  3. I am a person.
    I won't allow how I feel to be predetermined by how a political party feels.
    George Washington ended his farewell address with, "The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local distinctions." Washington foresaw the destruction of a nation that could be undone by one of two things: political parties that split the nation, or terrorism. He knew that the will of nation could easily be overturned by the will of a party. Washington told the people that unity would provide them with "greater strength, greater resources and greater security from danger".
    George Washington, one of our nation's Founding Fathers, warned against having political parties. What did America do? They did it anyway.
    So now I'm following the advice of an influential forefather and refusing to be defined by a political party. I am not a democrat. I am not a republican. I am not an elephant, nor a donkey. I am not left-wing. I am not a right-wing. I am a person.
    Once we define ourselves by political parties, we divide the nation. Continuing to divide the nation will not solve the same problems it created. In order to solve the problems that have been plaguing America for years, we have to try a solution we have never tried before - unity.
    We've stood with Paris, with Liberia, with other nations in distress, but we have forgotten to stand with America.
    Unity is not everyone feeling the same way about abortion, gay marriage and guns. It is standing together and respecting differences in opinions. It is compromising. It is the halt of attacks on political parties.
    "Republicans are destroying America."
    No more.
    "Democrats are destroying America."
    No more.
    No more political based hate.
    We all want the same thing. We want a better world for our family, our friends and our children.
    You want hungry children to get fed. You want homeless animals to find homes. You want more affordable college for your children. You want the burden of the national debt to go away. You want lower taxes and a higher pay check. You want a phenomenal economy, versus the inflated one. You want to ensure that your son or daughter who is fighting for freedom gets home safe.
    We all want the same things.
    You will never live united with people you call "radicals," "extremists," "morons," "lunatics" and "fools." Stop viewing people as Democrats and Republicans. Start viewing them as people who want to make the world better, just like you.
    When I vote I choose a candidate who agrees with my morals and my heart, not my party.

    Every candidate should be asked!
    How much of your soul and integrity are you willing to sell to get elected to a high public office?
    Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have … The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases.

    In order to change direction, we must change the leaders and their staff

  4. In order to change direction, we must change the leaders and their staff

    The best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

    “Small minds discuss people. Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas.”

    A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.
    "Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
    Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

    Economic prosperity will ease the burden on the peoples of Los Angeles - Let us start by helping struggling businesses and providing incentives and reduced bureaucracy, bringing about new business and industry to Los Angeles.

    The Consent of the Governed: Essential Principles.
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed..."
    Declaration of Independence, United States of America, 1776
    The most fundamental concept of democracy is the idea that government exists to secure the rights of the people and must be based on the consent of the governed. Today, the quote above from the U.S. Declaration of Independence is considered an indisputable maxim of the ideal form of government.
    The essential meaning of consent of the governed can be better understood by examining countries where it is lacking. In 1989, Chinese students who had gathered in Beijing's Tiananmen Square adopted the Statue of Liberty—calling it the Goddess of Liberty—as the symbol of their demands for truth, freedom, and democracy from their government.

    The mega-selling of American democracy is the major political Parties invention, and the political machine of the two major parties are its beneficiaries.
    Moreover, the major losers are the American people.

    A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.

    "A good leader leads the people from above them. A great leader leads the people from within them."

  5. YJ Draiman Los Angeles 23 hours ago
    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.
    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.

    do not 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.

    Thank You!

    YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles in 2017