Saied Karamooz 
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Re: “Oaklanders Understood Ranked Choice Voting

By all measures, RCV is the most democratic election system. Anyone who opposes it has ulterior political motives that are inconsistent with the best interests of the citizens. I would be happy to discuss its merits in detail, but this article does an excellent job of proving it empirically.

Posted by Saied Karamooz on 11/21/2014 at 10:56 AM

Re: “New Poll Shows Kaplan With 15-Point Lead Over Quan, Schaaf Is a Close Third

As Paul Harvey used to say, let's look at the "Rest Of The Story." Ms. Kaplan won only after elimination of all other candidates. Any more eliminations and she would have been the only one left. That's a sad state of affairs. Plain and simple, our politicians are not serving our community. Our citizens want change.

The other non-incumbent candidates who have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and months campaigning couldn't break past 6%. Is it possible that they don't have a platform that resonates with our voters?

Our citizens deserve better.

I, Saied Karamooz, acknowledge that my campaign did not receive many votes. However, I would assert it's the lack of exposure, not lack of substance.

Unlike all other campaigns, I have published (though arguably not promoted) a clear set of programs and -- more importantly -- PRINCIPLES on the campaign website ( Above all, the People of Oakland deserve to know the moral compass of their elected officials. We know the state of the election today. Let's see how it all ends on November 4th.

With so much time (6 weeks) and so little to do (overcome 14 unwanted candidates), I will redouble my efforts to reach out to as many voters as possible.

Wish me luck.

Saied Karamooz

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Posted by Saied Karamooz on 09/19/2014 at 7:44 AM

Re: “Thank You for Making Dan Siegel a Best of the East Bay 2014 Winner!

Is there a typo in your award. Did you mean to say that Mr. Siegel is the most REgressive candidate?

Bringing armed police into OUSD in 2000 is not PROgressive, is it?

Touting Oakland Public Bank, yet using Wells Fargo for the campaign account is not PROgressive, is it?

Running a conventional campaign that compels him to lend (not donate) $100k to his fund in NOT PROgressive, is it?

Please forgive my unwavering determination to expose the dirt in our politics.

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Posted by Saied Karamooz on 08/13/2014 at 8:57 AM

Re: “Updated: Libby Schaaf Dominates Race for Oakland Mayoral Campaign Cash

Now everyone can see why the Oakland Mayor Movement is in this race. We DON’T have ANY good options! NONE! They all are FOR SALE. They are all the same inside, though each tries to use a different smoke screen (aka message) to have us believe there is a difference. That’s why, regardless who has won the election historically, the results have been more or less the same: mediocre.

So what is it that the Oakland Mayor Movement finds so rotten about their fundraising techniques? Let me offer a sampling:

1. Their actions and their words are incongruent. They all tout their local roots and commitment to local businesses with a straight face. Yet just beneath the surface is a drastically different reality. Not one candidate is using a locally established bank for their campaign account. Among them, we are talking about millions of dollars funneled through the likes of Wells Fargo and Bank of America. 2 of the top 5 foreclosing financial institutions in Oakland. This is rotten – from the core.

2. Lavish events for the deep pockets out of public view. Lavish is a subjective term, so let me be more explicit. When I say lavish, I’m talking about $500 dinners, $100 breakfasts, up to $700 BBQs, and the list goes on with Wine & Cheese socials, House Parties and the like. Folks, it is humanly impossible to hob nob with the big wigs and promise to serve our fellow Oaklanders who cannot afford to attend these events. This is rotten – from the core.

3. Money from outside of Oakland. I really don’t think I need to dwell on this one much. There is no way on God’s green earth that anyone outside of Oakland is giving money to an Oakland mayoral candidate without an ulterior motive or, worse yet, no motive at all. Taking money from outsiders (though technically legal) is patently reprehensible. This is rotten – from the core.

My dear sisters and brothers, I assert that if the actions of these candidates are not rotten, then I don’t know what is. You know why none of them talks about this? Because each one is as guilty as the other. So influenced by their fundraising masters (aka strategists/consultants) that they don’t even see it as such. This disingenuous behavior must call into question their every promise, their every gesture, their every word. You be the judge!

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Posted by Saied Karamooz on 08/05/2014 at 12:49 PM

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