ADI is On Trial, Not John Drayman

Posted by on Jan 6th, 2011 and filed under Viewpoints. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

There’s a witch-hunt on in Glendale with a small group of City Council gadflies and the Glendale News-Press hoping to lead an angry mob. Unfortunately, the man they’d like to burn at the stake is CV’s own John Drayman. It seems to be an American pastime to knock heroes off their pedestals, even when they don’t deserve it. In this case, it would be a huge mistake, as Drayman has been a good thing for Glendale.

Ever since John first entered the arena of city politics he has been a positive force. In Montrose he got us the historic streetlights, landscaping and new sidewalks, created the popular Montrose Harvest Market, brokered the Rockhaven purchase as well as the new Trader Joe’s. His presence on City Council has ensured that the Montrose and La Crescenta portions of Glendale finally have a voice, and are no longer the step-child to Glendale they used to be.

For the first time in decades, the Glendale portion of Foothill Boulevard is getting some long overdue attention. On a city-wide level, he has helped to calm the formerly contentious Council meetings, embarrassing circuses punctuated by temper tantrums and dominated by gadflies who drew power from the constant controversy.

Thanks to John the Museum of Neon Art is about to open on Brand Boulevard. He has ushered in a new era of public participation in the city planning process, and we now benefit from evening Design Review meetings, better notification of upcoming projects and story poles for additions. In fact, he is responsible for a complete reform of our city’s Design Review process. Drayman has a special place in his heart for our history, and we now have historic districts and Montrose as Glendale’s official Old Town.

I have known John personally since high school, and I consider him a good friend. Like any good friend, I know his quirks and failings, and believe me they’re minor. I trust him, and I believe he doesn’t have a corrupt bone in his body. He loves this city, and would never do anything on purpose to harm its reputation.

We all now know what happened with ADI, and how they scammed not just Glendale but also the cities of Long Beach, Sacramento, San Diego, Anaheim, Fresno and Los Angeles.  They fooled professional politicians who have been in this game their whole lives, not just our group of citizen councilmen who are paid less than minimum wage for their service to Glendale.

Drayman got caught up further in the mess when his Montrose condo was flooded by broken pipes in 2009 and he hired a contractor who in turn hired sub-contractors (all long-standing Glendale companies) to do the repairs who had, at one time or another, done some work for ADI. None of this adds up to anything done wrong. People all over the state were fooled by these unscrupulous businessmen. It happens all the time. You learn and move on.

But all this has been a Godsend for that ever-complaining group of gadflies we suffer through at every City Council meeting. They feed off of negativity, and with Drayman in office their particularly ugly brand of politics has been blunted. They’d like him out. There are many unsavory characters waiting in the wings to take Drayman’s spot on Council, and not one of them cares an iota for our valley.

And the News-Press? They’re here to sell newspapers and stirring the muck sells newspapers. They would love to make a mountain out of this molehill. Remember, the News-Press is controlled by the L.A. Times, who this year did very well with their expose of the City of Bell. I’m sure the News-Press would like to emulate their big brother’s success.

John Drayman has been for us a very effective representative, this valley’s first native ever elected to the Glendale City Council. Shall we let a hysterical mob run him out? I think not. It’s time to support him, as he has supported us all these years.

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3 Responses for “ADI is On Trial, Not John Drayman”

  1. Politicians should be paid commissions only – performance based compensation R1

    I say that politicians should be paid – compensated on a performance based via commissions only, for example on every tax dollar that they save. Example, if a politician cuts government spending 1 Million dollars, the tax payers would pay him X% of 1 Million.
    If it hits them in the pocket, they are going to be much more cautious how they spend our money.
    A politician running for office should reimburse any matching funds after the election.
    A politician should run the country like any non-profit corporation, with checks and balances, fiscal responsibility and not committing funds that our great grandchildren would have to pay.
    Any politician who violates the oath of office will lose his job and forfeit his benefits and pension.
    It is time we should hold our politicians accountable for their deeds and behavior, any deviation from honesty and ethics will be punished severely.

    Honesty, integrity and accountability is the motto.

    YJ Draiman, Energy/Utility Auditor

    Draiman is a candidate for the Mayor of Los Angeles

    We should not rush to give our money to foreign countries, if we do give, it is a loan and must be repaid; the loans should also be collateralized with real estate and assets of the receiving country.

    Value-based Management of the Government
    Value-based management makes an explicit link between a government’s strategic and operating decisions and their impact on the country and its citizen’s benefits. It does so in part by aligning politicians incentives with citizens’ interests.

    Politicians should earn the public trust, which, in turn, is based on openness and accountability. Excessive compensation, self-dealing and hidden agenda’s are detrimental to earning public trust.

  2. We need honest government with integrity.
    “Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”

    Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.
    As citizens of this democracy, you are the rulers and the ruled, the law-givers and the law-abiding, the beginning and the end.

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full-time job.

    Action speaks louder than words.

    YJ Draiman

  3. Rebuilding Trust in Our Government (R)
    One of Americas statesmen stated “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” His presidency ushered in an era of disdain for government and a widespread cynicism that government could be effective in addressing our challenges.
    Today, as we confront a crisis that has shaken confidence in our financial system and economy, we have an opportunity to restore public trust and confidence in the legitimate role of government. Indeed, to effectively tackle our economic challenges and to implement the reforms we need in our healthcare, education, energy, and environmental policies, our government will need to garner strong public support.
    However, rebuilding public trust will not happen in the face of a pervasive perception that government is not transparent and accountable, cronyism is rampant, and public officials are more interested in helping themselves than in serving the public good.
    Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
    Create a Task Force on Public Integrity with a mission to develop a comprehensive proposal for ethics and lobbying reform in our city and state. Which addresses reforms in three areas: (1) strengthening enforcement of ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying laws; (2) strengthening civil and criminal penalties for abuses; and (3) improving awareness and education for public officials.
    Reinforce honesty, integrity and transparency by government officials as the core requirement to be and stay in office, any violations of these core tenets will cause the removal of the public official and the loss of “all benefits” retroactive. I think we should consider putting public official on a base salary plus commission based on performance.
    While the many of our elected officials and government employees are honest, dedicated public servants, the actions of a few create a dark cloud over all.
    Taking strong, swift, and decisive action to address these abuses and begin to rebuild public trust should be the first priority for our city, state and federal government in the new legislative session.
    “The benchmark of a civilized society is the quality of its justice”
    Compiled by: YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA – 2013

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