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Oakland mayoral candidate Saied Karamooz on development, jobs, and housing

Oakland businessman Saied Karamooz was a senior executive in the tech industry and worked with Fortune 100 companies. These days he’s running a skin care company with his wife and running for mayor.

"The only obstacle standing between what the people of Oakland deserve and what they currently have is a dysfunctional government."

Karamooz met up with KALW’s Jenee Darden at Lake Merritt. He tells her why he wants to take care of business in the top job at city hall.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.