Civil Beat: Rising cost of milk, UH Admin. resume concernUPDATED 7:20 AM HST Oct 07, 2013Video Transcript
Milk prices rising and the investigation of a University of Hawaii administrator accused of lying about her resume. Joining us in studio this morning to tell us about those stories and more is CIVIL-BEAT- DOT-COM reporter, Gene Park. 1. It costs $3.29 for the generic brand at Whole Foods in New York City, but you shell out $6.29 for a gallon of Meadow Gold at Foodland on Oahu. Milk's always been an economic indicator, mostly because of how famously expensive it is. In our Living Hawaii series, we examine why the cost of living in Hawaii is so expensive. Like many other goods, the price of milk is determined by transportation. Thirty years ago, Hawaii had dozens of dairy farms, as opposed to only two. But even if there were more farms, Hawaii cows would need feed that can only come from the mainland, because there is no feed mill in the state. Local milk is also subject to state pricing requirements that are meant to ensure farmers can stay in business. 2. Today the Civil Beat Law Center is asking the Hawaii Supreme Court to make it clear that a judge can't close a criminal trial or hear arguments in secret unless the press and public are first given a chance to object. This comes as a result of a conference call Circuit Court Judge Karen Ahn held with attorneys during the murder trial of Christopher Deedy. The courtroom was closed to the public before any of the media and members of the public were allowed to object. According to Civil Beat Law Center executive director Brian Black, Hawaii has never affirmatively acknowledged the public's constitutional right to attend judicial proceedings, and clarification is needed. The law center's action is filed as an additional brief supporting legal action by other media organizations to release transcripts of the closed-door discussions. 3. In mid-September Civil Beat's Alia Wong reported that a University of Hawaii administrator was under investigation for allegedly lying that she was a CPA on her resume, back in 2008. Civil Beat recently found out that Karen Ehrhorn, director of administrative services for the UH Institute for Astronomy, is still on the job, and that the investigation concluded. UH administrators would not tell us why she's still on the job, or what the investigation concluded. Ehrhorn had no comment.