Greetings from Glendale
I live in the relatively small city of Glendale, California, which is close to Los Angeles. Between my home and the city is Griffith Park, which is one of the largest municipal parks in the world (I think).
Glendale doesn't seem to offer much more than convenient shopping (we have one huge mall with another being built directly across the street from the first), but the pace is a little slower and the streets are a little quieter than in Los Angeles proper. Plus, Glendale is very conveniently poised between LA, the San Fernando Valley (Universal Studios, etc.) and the San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena).
I'm happiest when planning my next trip. My second favorite thing to do is help my friends plan their next adventures.