Businesses in Redwood City, Ca., are salivating over the prospect of a media invasion to cover the Scott Peterson trial, which has been moved to their city. The Christian Science Monitor reports on the economic windfall expected with the murder trial of Peterson, the 31-year-old fertilizer salesman accused of killing his wife Laci and their unborn son. The trial is scheduled to begin next Monday. About 500 media personnel are expected in the city of 75,000 this week. Thousands may vie for the 102 theater-style seats in the San Mateo County Courthouse.
“Visitors will see Redwood City on the move upward,” says Larry Buckmaster, president of the city’s Chamber of Commerce. He estimates the take for county businesses will be between $6 million and $12 million. “Did we lobby for the trial? Absolutely not. Is it an opportunity to prove we can accommodate people? Absolutely.”
Says Bob Bryant of Bob’s Courthouse coffee shop: “This is going to be good for downtown. This is where they all come – either for breakfast or lunch or coffee in between,” he says. “Oh, I expect we’ll get some celebrities here. They can’t miss us. We’re the perfect image of a local joint … So when Larry King comes in, you know what I’m going to do? Hand him a menu. Ask him: ‘Medium or rare?'”