Sagum, a former deputy planner for Kauai County turned developer, represented the 16th District from 2007-2011, when he lost to Dee Morikawa by a nearly two-to-one margin in the Democratic primary. Sagum's contributions in the Legislature included opposing civil unions and introducing a resolution expounding on the cultural virtues of cock fighting. Ironically, he just finished a five-year stint on Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council.
Lealiki Koli, a rock wall builder, is also charged with second degree theft and criminal property damage.
It seems Prosecutor Justin Kollar has been sending an OPA representative to neighborhood meetings, where Koloa residents offered information about the alleged theft, which led to the arrests.
Speaking of rocks, and the prosecutor's office, I was fascinated to read Councilman Ross Kagawa's comments regarding the transfer of money previously allocated for Keiki POHAKU to the Teen Court instead. As The Garden Island reports:
What [Kagawa] has heard from the teens is that the consequences of Teen Court were quite easy, he said, and if the consequences are not severe enough, they look at it as joke and are not worried about going through the program again.
And that made me think of how Ross was let off so easy, as in full on free ride, back when he was managing the Convention Hall and caught doing something he shouldn't. So was this his way of saying he took it all as a joke, because he really didn't have to suffer any consequences? Or is he saying the youth should be held more accountable than he?
Or is he just pandering to a certain constituency, like when he talks stink about the endangered Newell's shearwater, blaming the birds for turning off the lights on the night games, when it was really due to the county's stumbling and bumbling? Yup, Ross made it clear in a recent ocean users meeting that he's a “buck the firds” kinda guy.
Which would be a little easier to swallow if he weren't a lawmaker, sworn to uphold the laws. Not to mention a teacher, who really should be setting a better example about respecting and protecting imperiled species that are endemic to Hawaii — as in found no where else on Earth.