City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa is interviewed by reporter Mirthala Salinas of Telemundo at Factorâ€™s Famous Deli on May 19, 2005 in Los AngelesLos Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s girlfriend, suspended Telemundo Channel 52 reporter and news anchor will PERHAPS be returning to work next week but NOT in Los Angeles.
Newscaster Mirthala Salinas, who was suspended without pay for two months in August after her affair with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa became public, is scheduled to return to work next Monday. But she won’t be taking up her old job as a fill-in anchor on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for Telemundo KVEA Channel 52, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Instead, Salinas will be sent to the station’s Inland Empire bureau in Riverside as a reporter, sources said, a notable fall for a one-time rising star who has become one of the most recognizable faces in local Spanish-language news.
Which is what a reputable and ethical news organization would have done many months ago – transfer her to a venue where there would be NO conflict of interest.
Mirthala’s contract expires with NBC Telemundo in December and there have been rumors that she may resign and not report to the Inland Empire assignment.
There have also been rumors that her contract will not be renewed in any case.
It is reasonable to believe that Mirthala will stay home and play first lady of Los Angeles – after the Mayor’s nasty divorce is over in a few months.
Villaraigosa and Salinas wait out a pause in filming on the north steps of the state Capitol. Salinas is now a news anchor on Telemundo 52, June 19, 2006 (now on leave).Update:ERSNews had this story an hour before the Los Angeles Times – as usual.Previous:
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Alicia Unger, a reporter for the Spanish-language network Azteca America, has filed a claim against the City of Los Angeles for her rough treatment by the Los Angeles Port Police on August 3rd.
As the reader recalls she was running to obtain comment from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa regarding his affair with Telemundo political reporter Mirthala Salinas.
She seeks damages and the City has 45 days to either accept or reject the claim.
Any bets on a settlement in this one?
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Ana Garcia KNBC Television Reporter
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Flap reported previously on the confrontation of KNBC Channel 4 television reporter Ana Garcia and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last Friday. She asks the Mayor directly to supply his public records which were requested by Garcia and KNBC News weeks ago and which have been blocked by his attorneys.
Now, remember it was Ana Garcia (who previously was Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo’s communication director) who reported a piece for KNBC when the Villar-Salinas scandal first broke. KNBC is owned by the parent company NBC Universal who also owns Telemundo where Mirthala Salinas is a suspended reporter.
Ana Garcia’s first piece is here.
If you recall the first piece was regarding the Mayor shacking up with Mirthala in her Valley condominium prior to Rosa Park’s funeral. In fact, he stayed so long that he had to fly to the funeral via a private jet paid for by a major campaign contributor and former employer, Ameriquest Corporation. Ana Garcia and KNBC requested the Mayor’s calendar and public papers, including e-mails from his Blackberry during this time.
Mirthala Salinasâ€™ condominium in Studio City according to KNBCThe Mayor’s stonewalling and unwillingness to forward KNBC his papers and e-mails set up Friday’s confrontation.
The conventional wisdom initially (at the time of the first Ana Garcia piece) was that KNBC was overcompensating for the fact that “EVERYONE” at KNBC Channel 4 knew Mirthala Salinas (next door at Telemundo) was having an affair with the Los Angeles Mayor. They ignored the story and looked the other way. Now with the scandal breaking they must appear to be an impartial AND ethical news organization – which everyone knows they are NOT.Flap surmised that would be the last peep out of KNBC television and Ana Garcia until last Friday
So, why the continuing FLAP?
It cannot be the Mayor shopping for shoes with Mirthala or the release of his e-mails.
ERSNews says it is because Ana Garcia was SPURNED by the Mayor?
Professionally spurned or does ERSNews know something that they can only report in code?
Ana Garcia is incensed with regards to Mayor Villaraigosa in some way. Could it be the pursuit of the truth? Is she a friend of or supportive of the Mayor’s wife, Corina? Does she just think the Mayor is a liar and a cheating bastard?
Or is there something else?
In an email from Eric Longabardi of ERSNews.com he says Garcia has her first piece wrong:
1. The photo of Mirthala Salinas’ condominium is incorrect
2. Mayor Villaraigosa left Los Angeles for Detroit and Rosa Park’s funeral after midnight and NOT 11:20 or 11:30 PM, according to FAA records which are different than the Mayor’s schedule.
Now, Flap has to ask: Why aren’t Garcia and KNBC checking their facts? Is this why they want the Mayor’s records and e-mails? Or is it sloppy on purpose?
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Screenshot from KNBC Video where Mayor attempts to avoid reporter Ana Garcia
And why not? He will be dogged with questions about his affair with Mirthala Salinas until he supplies the records requested by KNBC and comes clean about the long time affair.
Of course, this will affect his divorce case with wife, Corina.
Between a rock and a hard spot, you say?
Getty House is the official residence of the Mayor of Los Angeles
ERS News reports Mirthala and Mayor Villaraigosa are spending alot of time at Getty House, the Mayor’s official residence.
The Mayor’s wife, Corina, and their children reportedly have moved back to the family Mount Washington residence in East Los Angeles.
The Mayor and Ms. Salinas can do what they like but isn’t this a little quick – especially with the Mayor’s divorce pending?
Shoe shopping is one thing but living at the official City Mansion is well – classless.
Ana Garcia of KNBC Channel 4 Los Angeles has a piece on tonight’s news. She asks the Mayor directly to supply his public records which were requested by Garcia and KNBC News weeks ago and which have been blocked by his attorneys.
Is that Anita Moreno in his security detail attempting to block Ana Garcia from asking the Mayor questions? Or who is it?
City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa is interviewed by reporter Mirthala Salinas of Telemundo at Factorâ€™s Famous Deli on May 19, 2005 in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mirthala Salinas
TMZ and CBS have picked up on a Mayor Villar-Salinas sighting.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and suspended Telemundo anchorwoman Mirthala Salinas were seen spending some quality time shoe-shopping together at San Fernando Valley’s Fashion Square Mall, according to celebrity Web site TMZ.com.
According to TMZ, the Mayor made no objections to being photographed with Salinas at the mall, but he did ask to approve the photo.
What a laugh. The Mayor wants to approve the photos when he is out in public with his new lady?
He is definitely shorter than Mirthala, now isn’t he? Or is it the perspective of the video?
During the course of a television interview on June 19, 2006, Villaraigosa walks with Salinas outside the state Capitol.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, left, takes questions with Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster during a news conference at the port of Los Angeles in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles, Friday, Aug. 3, 2007. Villaraigosa was to talk about clean-fuel trucks but instead was peppered with questions about the suspension of his girlfriend Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas.The Los Angeles Times has a piece this morning exposing Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other City of Los Angeles officials as HEAVY water users.
Why is this a surprise?
Mayor Villar needs to shower often to wash off the “stink” of corruption from his scandalous sexual affairs, including the latest one with Telemundo political reporter Mirthala Salinas.
Kevin faults the City Attorney, Rocky Delgadillo for NOT paying his water bill.Â This is easily explainable:
Graphic Courtesy of ERS NewsTelemundo on their nationally televised newscast tonight announced the results of their three week ethics investigation regarding Mirthala Salinas and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The disciplinary action for Salinas will be a two month unpaid leave.
At the end of 2006, KVEA management and the station’s political reporter mutually agreed that she should be reassigned to a beat that would not involve reporting on the Mayor of Los Angeles or city politics,” Telemundo network president Don Browne wrote in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “This decision, consistent with our guidelines, was made on the basis of a friendship that had developed between the reporter and the mayor. In April 2007, she was given the role of temporary news anchor and read lead-ins and other materials involving stories on the mayor and politics. This decision conflicted with our guidelines and with management’s prior decision.
“Her reading of copy during newscasts on June 8 and June 11 regarding the mayor’s separation from his wife was a flagrant violation of these guidelines. The failure to respond appropriately in the following weeks further compounded these errors.”
The complete statement of Don Browne, Telemundo President is here.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells reporters, â€œI have a relationship with Ms. (Mirthala) Salinas, and I take full responsibility for my actions.â€ Salinas is an evening anchor for Telemundo, Channel 52.Two other Telemundo employees will also be disciplined:
- Telemundo 52 President and General Manager Manuel Abud has been reassigned from his position.
- President of the Telemundo Television Stations Division, Ebra Morales, was reprimanded.
Well, the result is pretty much how Flap called it, now isn’t it?
Ok, Flap said a paid leave and/or settlement. So, they slapped Mirthala’s hand a little harder.
And, besides, she can now hang out with the Mayor at Getty House while his divorce proceeds through the courts.
Mirthala keeps her job and dignity, while Mayor Villar is placated that his girl friend is not summarily fired and humiliated.
Sounds like a win-win for the Mayor and Mirthala.
NBC Universal, the parent company of Tlemundo, also keeps on the good side of the Mayor whom they need for their massive Universal City development project.
A win for NBC.
Flap continues to believe there will be a Los Angeles County Grand Jury investigation over this entire scandal.
Eric Longabardi is going to report on ERSnews.com that the investigation covered the time from late 2005 to July 5. Thatâ€™s all. It didnâ€™t cover Salinas and Fabian Nunez. It didnâ€™t cover Salinas and Alex Padilla. It didnâ€™t cover Salinas and other powerful men, including those at Telemundo.
Telemundo has a book of standards and practices. Salinas clearly violated the conflict of interest provision.
The Poynter Institute was used unpaid to advise on the case and therefore wonâ€™t comment about it.
As for the comment about this damaging Telemundo credibility, who says Telemundo has credibility in the first place?
Agreed Luke, but NBC had to keep the Mayor and his planning department happy.
Corina will exact her pound of flesh and make life miserable for Villar. In fact, the divorce is the beginning of the end of his political career.
Los Angeles Pols are lining up to take a shot at Vilaraigosa.
Mirthala is not doing so well in the LA Times poll:
Telemundo 52 reporter Mirthala Salinas, top left in red, at a news conference by Villaraigosa outside Gov. Schwarzeneggerâ€™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.A. Unified School District.
So, who was the source of Luke Ford’s post about the Mayor no longer wearing his wedding ring and not being seen with his wife, Corina, for months?
Why, it was Daily News reporter Tony Castro, who couldn’t get his piece published in the newspaper.
The role of blogs – to boldly publish, where no one has published before.
The Dog Days of Summer and everyone continues to wait for NBC Telemundo to decide the television fate of Mirthala Salinas.
Didn’t the Los Angeles Times post that LAST Monday was to be the announcement day?
So, we wait…….