Another week, another installment:
Starting the Leftovers from City Hall blog was kind like of opening a really big suggestion box.
You know, the kind where you fill out an anonymous form with either accolades or gripes and then drop it into an old wooden box, hoping that someone will actually read it.
As a result of the blog, people leave, e-mail and phone in comments all the time. Some of them are news tips or tidbits of information we never knew. Others are questions readers would like us to ask.
We got a call last week from a Glendora city employee. She said she was calling on behalf of several Tribune readers.
The woman, who called herself Fran, complained the name “Leftovers from City Hall” left a bad taste in her mouth (no pun intended).
She said in her day, leftovers meant those things on the dinner plate that you didn’t want to eat — the stuff that gets pushed into a napkin and eventually ends up in the trash or the dog bowl.
She argued the blog name implied something similar.
Surprisingly, Fran didn’t comment at all on the content of the blog — but that’s because she said doesn’t read it.
“I just can’t bring myself to read the blog because I am so offended by the title,” Fran said.
The woman suggested we change the name to “Round-Ups from City Hall.”
“Cities already get a bad reputation. We don’t need a negative title making things worse,” she said.
Reporting is essentially a craft, which means we have to take a multitude of information and whittle away until we’ve constructed the most important 15 inches of text readers need to know.
That leaves a lot of leftovers that are relevant, funny, quirky and notable, but just don’t make the final cut for print.
Instead of packing those leftovers up with the rest of the dingy, old notebooks stocked away in our desks, we decided to put it out there.
Judging from the number of comments we get, we know not everyone likes that idea.
But again, judging from the number of comments we get, we know there is a hefty readership out there that enjoys reading about all the ins and outs of local government.
So maybe the leftovers aren’t so bad.
We don’t know about everyone else, but we were always taught to finish everything on our plates.