KCRA Chinese Delegates Visit Sacramento — Expanded
A month ago I reported a story KCRA Channel 3 Reports about a delegation of Chinese businessmen and government officials from Funan County in the People’s Republic of China coming to Sacramento to look at a facility for a distribution center for their imports. They make furniture and baskets from bamboo and other products, all green materials.
The location they were visiting was Jon’s Furniture, a 40,000 square foot structure, on Stockton Boulevard. Jon’s has been a family-run business in Sacramento for over 50 years before closing the doors last year due to the economy.
When I first moved to Sacramento and bought a house I bought a sofa and some bookcases from Jon’s.
They’re a very nice family and this was a big event — and I was the only TV news crew there!
Mayor Kevin Johnson attended and there were speeches and exchanges of gifts — very typical of visits from Asian businessmen. Then the family took the Chinese delegates on a tour of the facility — and this is when the story suddenly became exciting — because the businessmen began discovering woven products that were produced in Funan County, China, all over the store. It turns out that Jon’s Furniture had been doing business with Funan County for over twenty years! Something the businessmen had not been aware of. And my single, solitary TV news camera and microphone was there to document all of this.
The original report was a same-day story, which I also reported, and ran one-minute and fifteen-seconds. The first TV news story runs below. However, my first draft script ran for well over two-minutes. Much good material had to be edited down to make the story fit the KCRA 3 Reports at 6 O’Clock, but I save the footage and the script and was able to put the whole, un-edited story together for KCRA’s once-a-month magazine program Common Ground, which I work on with KCRA special projects producer Millicent Ozdaglar.
It’s worth noting that in the May 2012 edition of Common Ground there are six stories featured. Of those, four were produced and reported by KCRA photographers — Mike Rhinehart, Mike Domaloag and myself. I wound up having two stories in the show — this story and another on U.S. Army “Wounded Warriors” practicing Yoga.