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Mayor Calls To Eliminate Defined Benefit Pensions, Streamline City Services

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Aired 11/22/10

Mayor Jerry Sanders released his plan last week for reducing the city's structural deficit by 2012. We talk to Reporter Katie Orr about the key elements of the mayor's budget plan. Why is the mayor backing a ballot initiative to eliminate defined benefit pensions for new hires? What are Mayor Sanders' ideas for streamlining the city's services?

Mayor Jerry Sanders released his plan last week for reducing the city's structural deficit by 2012. We talk to Reporter Katie Orr about the key elements of the mayor's budget plan. Why is the mayor backing a ballot initiative to eliminate defined benefit pensions for new hires? What are Mayor Sanders' ideas for streamlining the city's services?

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Katie Orr, KPBS Metro Reporter

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MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: I'm Maureen Cavanaugh, and You're listening to These Days on KPBS. Proposition D has gone down to defeat, but mayor injury Sanders says he's still determined to fulfill his promise to eliminate San Diego's chronic deficit, his newest plan was introduced late last week, and it introduces a number of restructuring and cost cutting reforms, but the most ambitious cost saving proposal has to do with San Diego's deficit boogie man, city worker pensions. KPBS metro reporter Katie Orr joins us to explain. Good morning Katie.

KATIE ORR: Good morning, Maureen.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: What are the key elements of the mayor's plan to reduce San Diego's structural deficit by the time he leaves office in 2012?

KATIE ORR: Well, we're really dealing with two things here. One, we're dealing with the immediate budget deficit that the city keeps having. Next year's is 73-million dollars. And then as you mentioned, we have a chronic problem that keeps causing those budget shortfalls of the city spends more money than it takes in. So the mayor has it find a way to deal with next year's gap. But he also wants to change the way the city operates, so that it will fix the structural budget deficit. And he's going to be doing that or proposes to do that by reducing government services, streamlining services, and the biggest, getting rid of the pension system, which won't provide any major immediate relief though.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And as you say, these restructuring and especially the changes to guarantees pension benefits for new city hires is a long-term look at the city's finances. What are some of the specific prospects to eliminate the deficit for next year?

KATIE ORR: Well, a lot of it is what we heard all along during the Proposition D debate. The debate over whether or not to increase the city's sales tax measure. There will be cuts to services, reduced hours, parks and libraries, be cuts to public safety, the mayor says he'll still pursue the ten performs that were associated with Prop D. He's putting this budget together now, we we don't have any specifics to point to now, but we'll have a bigger picture in the spring when he comes forward with this budget.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Is it fair to say that what was announced on Friday was more hooking to the future of restructuring the way San Diego spends its money.

KATIE ORR: Yeah, absolutely. A pension is one of San Diego's biggest expenses, it keeps getting bigger, this year, payment is gonna be about $230 million, and that's about a quarter of the city's billion dollar operating budget. You know, and people are angry with this, and the mayor says he doesn't want San Diego to keep having to deal with it. And he says that pensions just don't make cents anymore. And we have a clip from him.

NEW SPEAKER: The notion that all public employees should have a richer retirement benefit than the taxpayers they serve while now also enjoying comparable pay and greater job security is thoroughly outdated.

KATIE ORR: And the mayor does state that his plan to include pensions for new hires would not include public safety employees, that police and fire would still be eligible to receive pension.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Okay. So basically what is this proposal, Katie, that the mayor is making? How would this -- how would the pension for city workers change?

KATIE ORR: What he wants to do is eliminate the pension for all new hires of he's already said you can't touch pensions for current and retired employees. Those are vested benefits, they have been in the Courts, the city has locked -- there are still some court pending -- cases pending. But the mayor believes it's a settled issue. And that's it. So he would change it for all income employees. Basically if you work in the private sector and your. Er contributes to your retirement, they likely do it through something hike a 401 K, the employer says he'll contribute a certain amount, and you contribute a certain amount, and then see how it does in the market. What the city employees have is a defined benefit program, and that means they are guaranteed a monthly payment from their pension, and if the market dips and doesn't cover that, the city has to make up for it. And that's what costs the city a lot of money. So the mayor's plan would get rid of that defined benefit program and implement a defined contribution plan.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Now, do we know, first of all, how does the mayor want this to happen? Does this have to be on the ballot?

KATIE ORR: Yeah, the mayor wants it to be on the ballot. He and counsel man Kevin Faulkner said they would lead the initiative to start putting signatures to put it on the ballot. They don't know exactly when that will happen because they're not sure when the next regularly scheduled election is, and the mayor says he doesn't want to hold a special election because it costs so much. So they will wait and see when the next regularly scheduled election comes up, and it will be some time in 2011 or 2012.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Now, do we know how much this could actually save the City of San Diego.

KATIE ORR: We don't know that yet because it would only affect new hires. In the short term, maybe a couple million dollars or so as they hire new people, if this is approved ultimately, but if the approved, it would be decades before the city saw significant savings from this.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: So the mayor seems to be saying that the whole idea of allowing city workers to have these guaranteed pensions because they are paid less than -- private sector employees issue that's outdated. Of but I'm wondering do some people still think that these guaranteed pensions are crucial to maintaining a high quality of city workers?

KATIE ORR: Well, they do. And you know, when you first look at it, people might say, well, I have a 401 K, so what's wrong with the city workers having a 401 K? But the thing that's different about San Diego is that in the 1980s, it opted out of the Social Security system. Meaning if you or I retire with our 401 K, we get a supplement from Social Security. City workers don't get that because they haven't been paying into it. So people like Laurena Gonzalez with the San Diego and Imperial County's labor council says that's the problem, because the city workers don't have the same safety net that you or I might have. Here's a clip from her.

NEW SPEAKER: I can't imagine that anyone would want seniors to live with only a 401K, when we saw during the recession what can happen to individual 401Ks, and if you don't even have the safety net of social security, what that can mean for our seniors.

KATIE ORR: Gonzalez questions whether Sanders' plan is even legal, though the city attorney says he believes it is. And the IRS and city attorney will have to weigh in on the plan at some time too.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: So that as you say is in the long term for San Diego. I think you said it might take decades for us to see exactly how much might be saved for the city. What elements of the recently failed Prop D ballot measure would the mayor still like to see the city pursue and could those reforms actually generate any quicker revenue for the city?

KATIE ORR: Well, the mayor says that he wants to move forward with all of those ten reforms that were associated with Proposition D just because the sales tax increase didn't pass doesn't mean the city can't make those reforms and a lot of people at the city are saying they want to go forward with those too. Things like reducing the retiree healthcare liability, which is a huge expense for the city, outsourcing some city services of the projected savings though is really up in the air, and that was one of the criticisms people had of these reforms during the election. They didn't have any specific dollar value associated with them. So how many departments at the city you can out source, how much they reduce the healthcare liability, those things have an impact on how much money the city will save.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: In looking at some of the reforms that mayor Sanders released on Friday, exploring potential revenue streams by considering franchising operations at golf courses, airports. Do we know what that means.

KATIE ORR: Basically seeing if they can get somebody else to run those services, and seeing then if maybe the city then can strike an agreement with whoever runs these to get some revenue from these golf courses or these airports without having to pay to maintain them. It's just another way for the city to look into different revenue sources. As we say, the structural budget deficit, the city does not mean enough revenue to cover its cost, and this is just another option the city is considering to see if it can increase its rev flew.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And also another topic of these reform measures the mayor introduced is restructuring city government, merging departments, eliminating redundancies, didn't we hear about the time of Prop D that that had already been undertaken by the city, and therefore that's why they needed an additional source of revenue from that extra sales tax?

KATIE ORR: Yes, they have tried to stream line government, they said they have done this, but they're gonna keep doing it hoar more. They're gonna keep stream lining. I asked him this at a news conference, what services he thought maybe the government should be providing. He said in the instance of the city plan update it is right now, the city handles those, and he thought that that's somebody that neighborhood plans objection do. Does the city really need to spend its time and money investing in these community plan updates? He didn't get a lot more specific than that. That was sort of the example, but as they go forth, you know, as he makes his budget, these are things he said, his objective, that he's going to be considering in drafting his budget?

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Well, in the short term, looking at the 73-million dollar deficit that San Diego will be facing next year, what are the chances that public safety will suffer cuts.

KATIE ORR: The mayor says they likely will. Public safety spending on police and fire make up half of the general fund billion. So when you're trying to cut $73 million, it would be difficult to do that without cutting public safety. Again, he doesn't know exactly where those cuts will come yet, but the police and fire have given a list of suggested cuts to the mayor's office, and he will be considering those. Of what will be interesting to see is whether or not the council will vote the port tax to members of public safety. There have been council member who have come out and said I will not do that when it comes to public safety, but when it gets down to the nuts and bolts of the budget, actually filling that $73 million gap, it might be difficult to do that without affecting public safety just because it makes up such a large percentage of the budget.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Councilman Carl DeMaio has introduced a budget proposal of his own, are the core elements of this plan, do they and the mayor's just recently announced plan, are there any similarities between the two. ?

KATIE ORR: Had, they both call for pension reform. I asked 34 DeMaio what he thought of the mayor's plan, and he said he liked the idea, but he didn't think it went far enough. 'Cause like I said, the savings won't come for 25, 30 years. Counsel man DeMaio actually wants to lower cost in the short term by reducing employees' pensionable pay. Meaning they would be eligible for a smaller benefit when they retire because their pay has been reduced. He would also like to eliminate the retiree healthcare system which is, you know, a multibillion dollar liability for the city right now. And again, he says he likes the man's idea, he is all for reforming the pensions, but he just doesn't believe it goes far enough.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: So councilman DeMaio's plans would actually take benefits away from people who are presently expecting them.

KATIE ORR: Yes, yes. Reduce their pay and by reducing their pay would reduce the benefit they would receive when they retire.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Now, we have two proposals, not counting counsel man DeMaio's budget right now. We have mayor Sanders proposal right now for this long-term savings plan, and you talked about something coming up in the Spring. Is that one we're going to be able to hear about possible public safety cuts.

KATIE ORR: Yes, that's -- April is when the fiscal year budget for 2012 will be introduced. And that is where we will see the specifics of whether library hours will be reduced, of whether more fire engines will be burned out, if some police officers will be laid off. Everything else, reducing these 401 -- or reducing the pension,y eliminating it, implementing 401Ks, those are long-term projections for the city.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: And as you said, especially the eliminating of the guaranteed perceptions for new city hires, that is gonna go on the ballot in some unidentified time in the future.

KATIE ORR: Right. If they can gather the signatures, yes. It will go -- the voters will see it in the next year or so. But, you know, it's gonna be a fight. I don't believe that the unions are about to let this benefit go away without fighting to keep it.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: Katie, thank you so much for explaining this to us.

KATIE ORR: Thank you, Maureen.

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH: I've been speaking with conscience metro reporter, Katie Orr. And if you have comment, please go on-line, conscience.org/These Days. Of coming up, we'll talk about the challenger future in San Diego as These Days continues here on conscience.

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dpriver | November 22, 2010 at 9:59 a.m. ― 4 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like a good plan, but why should police and firefighters be exempt?

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yjdraiman | February 7, 2011 at 8:12 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA 7 points Statement
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013 Statement
In my humble opinion the biggest problem I see is the Pensions.
It takes a major portion of the City Budget and keeps on growing. This is a problem many Cities and States are facing. A solution has to be found.
The second problem is the Unions.
They are no longer an asset to the public, but a hindrance in solving the budget crisis and very inefficient in work performance and very costly.
The Third item is the need to cut the City staff, reduce spending, eliminate redundancy, consolidate departments, increase efficiency and reward performance.
The Fourth item needing to be addressed is Mayor should appoint one neighborhood council member to each of the city's boards of commissioners including the proprietary departments as well, either through a charter amendment, ordinance or by policy directive.
The Fifth item is to make the city more business friendly to attract businesses, not chase them away and reduce revenues. This takes a multitude of actions. Appoint LADWP ratepayer advocate.
The Sixth item is to improve education and reduce the top heavy LAUSD administration. We need to make our schools an education icon, not a warehousing of students.
The seventh item is to improve public transportation.
People today are concerned about a roof over their head and a Job – this is top priority.
I think this is good for starters. (There are many more items)
Thank you
YJ Draiman for Mayor of Los Angeles 2013
PS. The key is for everyone to work together without any hidden agenda. The only concern should be the current City budget crises and the residents of the community. Everything must be above board and transparent.
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yjdraiman | February 7, 2011 at 8:14 a.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

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 for Mayor of Los Angeles

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YJDraiman | March 7, 2011 at 10:18 a.m. ― 3 years, 9 months ago

YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA - Statement

Dear Fellow Los Angele neon’s

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 Angele eons 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 Mayor creating 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 gentrification of whole neighborhoods; I have built a 5 star hotel and implemented energy efficiency for over 20 years. I am currently working on my PHD in Energy Conservation.

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

If you do not know and admit that there is a problem, you can not fix it.

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

If you have any suggestions on how we can move Los Angeles forward, please contact our campaign. We will listen. We want this campaign to be special, one that addresses your concerns and speaks to your hopes for what a new Los Angeles can be.

Together, we can put Los Angeles back to work and make our City great again and call it the city that works.

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YJDraiman | April 20, 2012 at 5:18 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Are LA voters angry enough to change the current administration at Los Angeles City Hall???

LA voters in the March 2011 Elections voted for incumbents - People do not care, why???

Why do we think LA city election on March 5, 2013 will be any different???

I would think with the poor performance and dismal track record by the current administration, the voters would demand to change the current administration at LA City Hall.
4 of the current LA Mayoral candidates are mostly recycled LA City Council members who have proven themselves unworthy by their repeated failure to solve the City’s problems and Council staff members who have demonstrated their loyalty and obedience to their pockets, like well-trained dogs.

The performance of the current administrations borders on criminal neglect.
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 2020. The increased taxes and fees on residents and businesses will push people and businesses to leave the city. This again will reduce revenues to the city.
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 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
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YJDraiman | April 20, 2012 at 5:18 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

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“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

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YJDraiman | April 20, 2012 at 5:20 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

Who is qualified to be the next mayor of Los Angeles 2013?

Any of 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 281 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

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A question to the people of Los Angeles

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.

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YJDraiman | April 20, 2012 at 5:20 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

The Pension Crisis – YJ Draiman

Pension reform plan must be devised and put into affect as soon as possible. Every day we wait is an economic drain and an ultimate cause for the failure of government fiscal responsibility, it also increase the potential for bankruptcy. It is an economic suicide and a dereliction of duty for officials not to devise and implement a viable Pension reform, with a short term plan and a long term plan, allowing for modification when necessary.
We have to make an equitable Pension reform plan that all parties can live with. It is in the best interest of everyone, we all have to compromise.
A legal battle will only exasperate the financial situation and will have a disastrous affect on the financial sustainability of the government and the people.
Stop bickering among yourselves and jockeying for position; you are playing with people’s livelihood. Do the jobs you were elected to do or else resign.
Politicians all too often think about the next election. Statesmen think about the next generation.

YJ Draiman

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I look forward to the day when only statesmen will run for office.

A statesman is a servant leader who is not concerned about his political future, but in what is best for the people. A statesman is open-minded, logical, intelligent and compassionate. A statesman reconciles conflict and looks into the future.

Unfortunately, many elected officials are not statesmen or even leaders. They are in office to make themselves feel important, to gain power and sometimes to get money. This kind of elected official is caustic, negative and hateful who stirs up messes, acts self-righteous, gets personal and calls other people names, and is the first to claim he is not a "politician" and that he "is working for the people." Some think success is getting their picture in the paper handing out a check. Some elected officials think their job is to be against the chief and other elected officials regardless of the issue.

Please think about the kind of people we need in public office to make good decisions for the present and the future. We don't need gainers; we don't need self-serving politicians. We need positive leaders and statesmen. Talk to those in office and those running against them. Look at their service history and decide for yourself if they are true statesmen.

This type of elected official is not a statesman. A statesman does not buy votes with "quick fix" hand-outs. A statesman makes the tough decisions. He considers all his constituents. He has a vision and a long-term plan.

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YJDraiman | April 20, 2012 at 5:27 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

World class renewable energy innovation enterprise zone revealed for Los Angeles – Proposed by YJ Draiman – rev.6 - part 1

YJ Draiman welcomes innovative renewable energy zone approach which will create 200,000 + new jobs over the next 5-10 years.

An ambitious project that will transform the way universities, business and industry collaborate, and establish Los Angeles as a world leader in the research, development and design of next generation renewable energy technology, was announced today, January 2, 2011. Spearheaded by YJ Draiman and the Economic development agency, Draiman Enterprise, and National Technology Renewable Energy Zone, will be established in the city of Los Angeles with the Universities of Southern California Technology Innovation Development at its heart.

A large parcel of land will be allocated to set up the renewable energy enterprise zone site, which will be within the boundaries of Los Angeles. There will be an academic center which will be transformed into a center of excellence for academic research, commercialization and industry collaboration.

The renewable energy zone initiative, which would span further than the confines of the City of Los Angeles and include Southern California, is expected to create 200,000 + new jobs over the next 5-10 years and give a boost to the Los Angeles economy through further industry academia collaboration and inward investment.

The developer said: “This new vision of the Renewable energy Technology Innovation Center will be the cornerstone of Los Angeles Technology and Renewable Energy Zone. The developer’s vision for The Renewable energy Zone is to provide a breeding ground for ambitious companies to harness cutting-edge research, access the best people and develop the products which will shape the renewable energy industry of tomorrow.

“Good leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion” -
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YJDraiman | April 20, 2012 at 5:29 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

World class renewable energy innovation enterprise zone revealed for Los Angeles – Proposed by YJ Draiman – rev.6 - part 2

“Southern California has already claimed a place on the renewables map attracting energy heavyweights and pioneers in the solar and wind sector and we believe that by establishing this zone we will help reinforce Los Angeles position as a location of choice for the rapidly expanding renewables industry.”
Developer said: “The Universities in the Los Angeles area’s Technology and Innovation Center is a transformational project for Los Angeles, building on California’s great tradition of innovating new technologies and developments in fields; including energy and engineering while creating and supporting hundreds of jobs. Through this collaboration, the aim is to quadruple the scale of research program investment in Los Angeles in areas key to economic growth by up to $10 billion + in five to ten years. “And now, as an integral part of Los Angeles Enterprise’s new Technology and Renewable Energy Zone, which aims to establish Los Angeles as a premier location for inward investment into world-leading technology and renewables research and development, we have the potential to deliver huge economic and social benefits, not only in Los Angeles but nationally and beyond.”

YJ Draiman’s vision for Los Angeles is to make LA the World Capital of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency & Water Conservation.

The developer said: “The Technology and Innovation for renewable energy zone will help transform Los Angeles and Southern California. By capitalizing on our leading, industry-relevant research, the renewable energy zone will attract billions of dollars of inward investment to the city of Los Angeles, drive global businesses, create jobs, and support the development of our highly-qualified graduates and postgraduates. “As a leading technological hub of Universities, they are committed to sharing knowledge to address challenges that affect every area of society, including energy, health, manufacturing and economics. The renewable energy zone will forge new levels of collaboration between researchers, the public and private sectors to accelerate the pace of research and development and deliver benefit to companies, the economy and Southern California.” The collaborative approach with the Universities, Los Angeles Enterprise and existing pioneering renewable energy leaders means that companies locating in the zone will have access to government support and some of the world’s best industry and academia in the fields of technology, engineering and energy. The project represents a supportive government and business environment where companies locating in and around the zone may be eligible for additional support for job creation, innovation and staff development, delivered through various California Enterprise schemes.

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YJDraiman | April 20, 2012 at 5:31 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

World class renewable energy innovation enterprise zone revealed for Los Angeles – Proposed by YJ Draiman – rev.6 - part 3

When the need arises we will establish facilities within the existing Zone that offer temporary accommodation for prospective tenants until construction of the research center is complete or, if required, a purpose-built industry engagement building is created within the Zone.
Renewable energy Zone is designed to draw on Southern California’s existing competitive advantage by providing the right business environment for the renewables industry to continue to grow and further develop. Recent announcements from industry leaders have reinforced Southern California’s position as a world leading city in solar, wind research and development. A leader in energy innovation with unrivalled human and natural resources in renewable energy, Southern California is building on its rich history of oil and gas exploration and developing an infrastructure to cement its position as a world class location for international companies looking to invest in renewable energy and Energy efficiency.

In addition to this theme, I would also set up a department to handle water conservation, rainwater harvesting and greywater.
Implement an infrastructure collection of runoff water and filtering it for useable purposes.

Modify building codes to implement better insulation and efficiency, better energy efficient windows, renewable energy system (photovoltaic and wind combo systems), high efficiency rating HVAC systems, Geothermal systems, envelope exterior that is insulated from the sun’s heat, landscape design for proper shading and drought resistant, rainwater harvesting, greywater systems.
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Studying_Nomad | April 20, 2012 at 6:24 p.m. ― 2 years, 8 months ago

1. We don't vote in LA here.

2. Yeah, why are police and firefighters exempt?

3. How is really like the private sector if we don't pay into Social Security and 401k? Take out the obnoxious talking heads, I can't image the street cleaners are making millions that are going to still be available if the market tanks.

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