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Why was troubled Toronto mayor Rob Ford at LA City Hall today?

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is in town for an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and he's spending his first trip to Los Angeles like many other tourists — visiting City Hall. 

The Toronto mayor gained international attention last year when he was investigated in a substance abuse scandal. He admitted to drug use and public drunkenness, and later told reporters he used crack cocaine "probably in one of my drunken stupors." He is up for reelection in October. 

But this week, he's in Los Angeles to do an appearance with late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. Ford made a brief appearance on Sunday's Oscars special and is scheduled to appear this evening with The Great Gonzo (from The Muppets) and Fitz and the Tantrums. 

Rob Ford at City Hall

"Every time I travel somewhere, I always make sure to go to their City Hall. It's a beautiful, beautiful building," Ford told reporters in the Spring Street Forecourt.

And what are his impressions of the City of Angels?

"It's a beautiful city, clean. Very impressed. People are very friendly and gracious, and I want to thank them for their hospitality," Ford said.

"It's the atmosphere. It's very similar to Toronto. When you go somewhere, it's very multicultural like Toronto is. I've met people from across the world, and it's the whole atmosphere. It's vibrant. It's a booming city — just like Toronto is."

Toronto's top city official won't get to meet with Mayor Eric Garcetti on this trip, as the L.A. mayor is on a trade mission to Mexico. But, Ford said, "I'm going to go in and hopefully meet some of the councilors if they're around."

Here's hoping Councilman Tom LaBonge has an extra loaf of pumpkin bread in his office. 

Ford at City Hall

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