She said she and her niece entered the lobby, where they encountered Villaraigosa, who was wearing a dress shirt and slacks, and was carrying bags of takeout food and a bottle of wine.
The two women and Villaraigosa got into the elevator. Rouda said she was certain that Villaraigosa was visiting Salinas because everyone else in the 15-unit complex was “older and Jewish” except for her.
Fernandez was eventually transferred to USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center east of downtown, where a doctor described the mayor as “a model citizen.”Fernandez died Jan. Two days later, Villaraigosa flew to Phoenix to attend weekend memorial services for her at the Greer-Wilson Funeral Home.“He did come for services,” said Eddie Lopez, the funeral home’s general manager.
“I remember him being there.”All along, Villaraigosa and his aides remained silent about the relationship.
Telemundo 52 reporter Mirthala Salinas, top left in red, at a news conference by Villaraigosa outside Gov. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa arrives for a news conference about his relationship with Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas.
Schwarzenegger’s office in Sacramento on June 20, 2006, when the mayor was stumping for a bill that would give him more control over the L. He was at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to attend the swearing-in ceremony for the Los Angeles school board.
“The current relationship grew out of our existing friendship.”Salinas said that although she and the mayor “are both public figures, I hope that everyone can understand and respect my desire to maintain my privacy when it comes to personal relationships.”Villaraigosa’s admission cast a fresh shadow over his own personal conduct: He has two adult daughters born out of wedlock and his wife filed for divorce in 1994 over a separate affair for which he later publicly apologized. It may also have damaged his carefully crafted image as a family man, something he has reinforced over the years by appearing with his family in campaign literature and -- until this week -- on the city’s website.Rouda said that at the time, she chose not to tell anyone about meeting the mayor because she thought it was a private matter.She spoke only after Times reporters contacted her recently.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s admission that he has a relationship with TV anchor Mirthala Salinas came less than a month after he announced his separation from his wife of two decades, Corina Villaraigosa. Two hours later, Telemundo television anchor Mirthala Salinas delivered the story to her Spanish-language viewers on the Friday evening news.“The rumors were true,” she declared of the split after an introduction that described the story as a “political scandal” that had left “many people with their mouth open.”What Salinas, 35, did not say in the newscast was that she was the other woman.She and Villaraigosa, 54, had been in a relationship even though she had previously been the political reporter assigned to cover local politics and the mayor.
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On Tuesday, prompted by a report in the Daily News of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa officially confirmed what had long been whispered around City Hall.“I have a relationship with Ms.