THE INFAMOUS FOUNTAIN IN WALNUT CREEK
Destination for Demographic Heaven: White couples in their 30's; the occasional American-born Asian; African-American and people with 850 credit scores.
*When it's hot Live Shot nirvana for TV/Radio reporters to ask various schlums: "Bet you wanted to beat the heat!" (Brilliant conclusion)
*When it's hot at night, get shots of little kids eating ice cream. Always more quaint than the other standby: the shots of the other little kids playing at the community pool.
*The fountain borders Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus which is ground zero for MOS interviews.
*The reason why the news crews from KTVU and KNTV didn't make a big deal about their scary misadventure? Probably didn't want to take emphasis off the real crime that took place the night before: the really cruel murder of Kate Steinli and we applaud them for that even while sharing concern about their safety and well-being.
*Speaking of News Crew safety it's this simple: there really is no solution. Security is costly and too cumbersome. Plus, even with security, the bad guy bandits haven't stopped from attacking various reporters and photographers. And yes, the mayhem doesn't only happen in Oakland.
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