Valley Councilman Wrote the Book on City Hall
One way to get to know the ins and outs of City Hall politics is to become a City Councilman. And one way to share the insights gained in the process is to write a book. Such is the career path of West Valley-area Councilman Greig Smith (CD 12), who is closing out his term with an "anecdotal" tome published last month called If City Hall's Walls Could Talk, as written up today by Encino Patch.
The anecdotal book is subtitled Strange And Funny Stories From Inside Los Angeles City Hall. Smith says it is an effort to commemorate some of the truly intriguing, funny and downright goofy stories that have helped the City of Angels gain its reputation as an eclectic city often called "La-La Land." He tells stories from recent years as well as some wild, and fascinating tales from its deeper past.
Smith's volume is mostly aimed at pleasing your funny bone mixed in with some history preserved for the ages in print, rather than offering a probing or scathing hard-hitting look at how the city is run. Certainly City Hall's walks could talk a blue streak about some things that never make the news, but Smith's approach seemed to be to tune into the lighter behind-the-scenes stuff. You can take the book for a spin as an ebook or grab a paperback from Amazon, if Smith's stories are up your alley. Could be good for that Orange Line commute or for die-hard local politics buffs.