Another Television Reporter Girlfriend, Lu Parker, for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?

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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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Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: The Mayor’s “OTHER WOMAN” Mirthala Salinas Moves On

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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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Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Affair with Mirthala Salinas Is OVER

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

It’s OVER.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and television news reporter Mirthala Salinas have ended their romantic relationship, two sources familiar with the situation said Friday.

Months after revelations about the affair damaged the mayor’s political standing and devastated Salinas’ broadcasting career, the two sources said the relationship disintegrated weeks ago.

Shame……

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Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Mirthala Salinas Resigns from Telemundo

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

Salinas Will Not Return To Telemundo-KVEA 52

Newscaster Mirthala Salinas and Spanish-language network Telemundo have “mutually agreed to end” her employment with KVEA, according to a statement from the station.

KVEA management said in a statement: “Telemundo-KVEA 52 and Mirthala Salinas have mutually agreed to end our employment relationship effective October 1, 2007. We are not in a position to make any further comment on our discussions with Ms. Salinas surrounding her departure.”

As Flap predicted earlier, Mirthala whose contract expired in three months would NOT be back.

And why should she? Did she not receive a settlement from her employers?

Now, the question is: how much of a settlement did she receive from NBC-Telemundo?

Or is Mirthala content with playing house with the divorcing Mayor Villaraigosa? The Los Angeles Times reports that the Mayor and Salinas are continuing to see each other.

Stay tuned as this story now turns to Mayor Villaraigosa’s financial relationship with Salinas and Los Angeles City lobbyists.

And what about those documents and e-mails from the Mayor that KNBC demanded back in July?

And a print rendering of this original cartoon by Patrick O’Connor of the Los Angeles Daily News can be purchased by clicking the link here.

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Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Mirthala Salinas Transferred to Riverside

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City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa is interviewed by reporter Mirthala Salinas of Telemundo at Factor’s Famous Deli on May 19, 2005 in Los Angeles

Los 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.

Mayor’s girlfriend being transferred to Riverside

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.

Anybody out there stalking Getty House? Is she living with the Mayor? Or is the Mayor living with her in the Valley at her Los Angeles lobbyist sponsored condo?

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.

Stay tuned……….

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).

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ERSNews had this story an hour before the Los Angeles Times – as usual.
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Reporter Files Claim Against City of Los Angeles

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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?

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