Mayor Announces Affair With Councilwoman
December 7, 2011 by staff
Mayor Announces Affair With Councilwoman, It was hardly business as usual when San Fernando Mayor Mario Hernandez took to the microphone at a City Council meeting to say he had lost his business, his money and his wife and was having an affair with a councilwoman. His wife, seated in the front row for the Nov. 21 session, stood up and contradicted him about the separation.
Before she could say much, Hernandez ordered police to remove her from the hall for speaking out of turn. He then adjourned the meeting and left with the woman he said was his mistress, Councilwoman Maribel De La Torre.
The San Fernando Sun first reported details of the meeting in the small town in a corner of the San Fernando Valley.
Hernandez also told the meeting that he was filing personal and corporate bankruptcy, and that he had been separated from his wife since June.
Saying political foes had been spreading gossip about his personal life, the mayor said: “And secondly, I’d like to put out there, to squash the rumors, that yes, I have been in a relationship with Councilwoman (Maribel) De La Torre,” according to the newspaper.
De La Torre, in her third term on the council and a former mayor, did not immediately reply to an email message sent Wednesday by The Associated Press.
Anna Hernandez, seated in the front row, stood and while her husband talked, said “I’m his wife … we weren’t separated,” the paper reported.
Councilwoman Sylvia Ballin said she was “so disgusted” that she walked off the dais and gave Mrs. Hernandez a hug.
Mayor Hernandez heads the city’s budget committee and failed to take the city’s mandatory ethics training in February, the newspaper said.
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