This guy is a political appointee in SF, part of the far-left, and for the last couple of weeks he's been trolling me and other parents for supporting the SFUSD school board recall. One smear after another. But also, pointing out he sends his kids to private is a "threat".
Here's the whole thread. He starts by asking me to forward a message to two friends of mine who have blocked him - why he thinks I work for him - or for them, for that matter - is beyond me. And then it goes from there.
Now, why does this matter? Not because John Hamasaki matters - he doesn't. A bureaucrat appointee in SF with an opinion. But what is important here is that the SF far left believes that trolling *actual* public school parents who just want accountability is noble. It's righteous!
Private schools in SF - like his - were open even as public school moms - like me - juggled work while homeschooling, yet he thinks he is more righteous, his opinion on the school board recall is somehow more important, or more correct, than those who actually got screwed.
Anyway, since I find him annoying, I'm going to go donate money to the recall while thinking of him. And If you're an SFUSD parent and John Hamasaki trolls you, please reply here with his comment. If you're inspired to donate against it, please let me know and I'll match.

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