(BIVN) – With her remaining days in office dwindling, Puna Councilwoman Jen Ruggles continues to put Hawaiʻi officials on notice.
By this time next week, there will be a new councilperson installed in the District 5 seat. Matt Kanealiʻi-Kleinfelder will take the oath of office on December 3. The same oath that Ruggles says she is following, as she sends letters to Hawaiʻi department heads regarding taxation, warning of “war crimes of pillaging committed against protected persons by the state of Hawaiʻi and its four counties.”
On November 24, Ruggles gave a presentation in Kalapana about her recent actions, part of day-long Lā Kūʻokoʻa educational talks held at Uncle Robert’s.
Ending her presentation to applause, Ruggles added that she has been disappointed by the portrayal of her actions in the news media, especially in the local newspapers.
“I’ve actually been pretty disappointed with the amount of press coverage this has gotten,” Ruggles said. “I’m sure a lot of you have seen it. They’re distorting the issue to be about my paycheck and me not doing my job.”
Ruggles even considered asking Kale Gumapac, the event organizer, to title her talk Why I’m Not Giving Up My Paycheck or Resigning: Prove Me Wrong, she says “because I think you guys have been seeing how the newspaper has been framing it. They’re trying to distract from the issue that there are war crimes being committed in Hawaiʻi and that Corporation Counsel couldn’t dispute that Hawaiʻi is illegally occupied. That’s what they should be focusing on.”
“As you can see I have been doing my job and in accordance with my oath of office. So, again, my letters are on my website, please use them they’re meant to be templates as well for you to help educate your friends or family and start putting people you know on notice,” Ruggles said, pointing attendees towards JenRuggles.com.
The current Hawaiʻi County Council meets for the last time at 9 a.m. on Monday before turning the legislative duties over to the council-elect later that day. Ruggles says she does not plan to attend the final meeting.