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A screencap of KTLA Anchor/Reporter Lu Parker reporting last Sunday of Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s prospects for a 2010 run for California Governor

And, to whom?

After all, KTLA anchor/reporter has been removed from the local political beat which according to some journalists was not so much in any case.

Not that this is much of a demand, as it seems Ms. Parker — a former Miss South Carolina, a former Miss USA, a former model, actress, “avid golfer” and amateur skeet-shooter has petty much spent all of her adult life recusing herself from reporting seriously on anything. I base this harsh judgment on her official station bio and not from any personal knowledge.

Let’s get real folks. She’s a great-looking, emmy-winning  READER of news and I congratulate my friend the Mayor for his fine taste in fine-looking women. But what’s the big ethical issue here? I, for one, am absolutely confident that Ms. Parker has never done any real reporting on the Mayor and never will. She very well migh read or introduce the stories that others do on him, but that’s about it.

And, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was recently re-elected to another four year term, apparently will not run for California Governor next year and is getting divorced anyway.

Sounds like Mayor Villaraigosa is yesterday’s news.

The pattern is interesting. You know, the dark-haired, beauty queen, local news reporter, TV personality – just like the last one, Mirthala Salinas.

Maybe Steve Lopez is right.

This entire matter is MOST important to Ms. Parker.

Lu, have that lunch with Mirthala.

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A screencap of KTLA Anchor/Reporter Lu Parker reporting last Sunday of Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa’s prospects for a 2010 run for California Governor

Continuing Deja Vu – All over again for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a Los Angeles area television reporter.
A Los Angeles television reporter is dating Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, about two years after his extramarital affair with another local newscaster led to the breakup of his 20-year marriage.

KTLA-TV Channel 5 reporter Lu Parker, a former Miss U.S.A., has been dating Villaraigosa since March, station officials confirmed Monday. On Sunday, while working as a weekend anchor, Parker announced a story about the likelihood of Villaraigosa running for governor in 2010.

“Now that we’re aware of the relationship, she will no longer be covering local politics,” said KTLA-TV news director Jason Ball, who defended the journalist’s ethics but declined to elaborate. “I have the utmost faith in Lu Parker’s abilities.”

You would think that Lu Parker would have learned from the lessons of Mirthala Salinas, no?

What do they say about love being blind?

By the way, Parker won’t have to worry about her boyfriend running for California Governor next year. The Mayor’s divorce is not final and he has not yet been sworn in for a second term as Los Angeles Mayor. Tony will allow his personal life to sort out and let Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown beat themselves senseless next year in a contested California Democrat Party Primary election .

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KTLA-TV Channel 5 anchor/reporter Lu Parker and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Remember the summer of love of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Telemundo Channel 52 anchor/reporter Mirthala Salinas a couple of years ago?

Well, it is Deja Vu all over again – now with Lu Parker and said Los Angeles Mayor Villar (except this time he is single).

Over the weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was spotted perusing the merchandise in a Larchmont bookstore with a local television reporter who is also a former Miss USA. 

Earlier today, NBC Channel 4’s L.A. news website posted a story about the sighting, including a snapshot of the two together inside Chevalier’s bookstore with the mayor casually dressed, wearing shades and having a laugh. The woman, Lu Parker of KTLA Channel 5, is a general assignment news reporter and weekend anchor for the station.

And that made it newsworthy, given that the mayor’s prior relationship with a different TV reporter coincided with the widely publicized breakup of his marriage.

“Witnesses say they did not hold hands or kiss, but appeared very chummy,” the NBC Channel 4 story said. “Parker was seen touching the mayor’s chest and stomach while they spoke. She was also seen looking at a book about Kenya and overheard saying to Villaraigosa, ‘We should buy it for our trip.’ “

And, Parker has already told her bosses at KTLA that she and the Mayor are dating.

Flap wonders if the Mayor’s new squeeze is the reason he seems disinterested in the 2010 California Governor’s race and recently passed on the California Democratic Party Convention, where he was conspicuous by his absence.

Mayor Villar appears to be busy.

Watch Lu Parker interview the Mayor on election night in November here.

Good luck Tony, you will probably need it, knowing your track record.

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Telemundo Channel 52 Political Reporter Mirthala Salinas announces “on air” her boyfriend, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s separation from his wife.

Mirthala Salinas has moved on from her romantic relationship with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In an interview in Los Angeles Magazine she explains and apologizes.

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Read the entire interview here.

Key Graphs:

  • Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez: By 2001, she had become a reporter and weekend anchor at Channel 52. Two years later, she began dang Assemblyman Fabian Núñez, who would soon become speaker. Núñez, she says, “had been divorced for eight or ten years.” Their relationship posed no ethical conflict with her work, she says, because she was not a political reporter, never interviewed him, and did no stories about issues in which he was involved. She says she told her supervisors about the relationship. “It was never a big deal.”
  • She says that she and Núñez were serious. “I mean, we met families. But I think the timing…he was in Sacramento, I was here. He was busy, I was working weekends. It was just hard.” After six or eight months, she says, they broke up. Núñez eventually remarried his former wife. Before the breakup, however, Salinas became a friend of his good friend Villaraigosa.
  • Senator Alex Padilla: Alex Padilla? Where, Salinas wondered, had that name come from? She says—and a Padilla aide confirms—that she and Padilla had never done anything more than attend a couple of public events as friends. Indeed, almost comically old-fashioned, Salinas says she has been in love fewer than a half dozen times in her adult life.
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: “I trusted him, and I know he trusted me.” They didn’t talk about marriage, she says. But “he was so protective of me once the relationship became public, I know he loved me.”
  • In October, Mirthala Salinas’s affair with Antonio Villaraigosa came to an end.“I think it just got to the point where we both realized that it wasn’t working out as that kind of a relationship,” she says. “I don’t know what it was, I don’t know if it was being on everybody’s mouth, under the scrutiny of everybody. When I talk to my friends, they think that’s what it was.”

And, now Salinas has a new job at W Radio (690 AM) and a new boyfriend (actually a retread) who she plans to marry.

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From the Mirthala Salinas – Yanni Raz website

Flap ALMOST feels sorry for Mayor Villar. He was PLAYED a FOOL and serves up a valuable lesson for politicians (and others) who think with their extremities instead of their head.

Oh, and good luck Yanni, you will NEED IT.

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Mirthala Salinas and husband to be Yanni Raz, a 32-year-old Israeli-born real estate agent

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