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).

Update:
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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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Lower Public Profile for Mayor?

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Screenshot from KNBC Video where Mayor attempts to avoid reporter Ana Garcia

Is the Mayor attending fewer public events?

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?

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Water Conservation – Setting an Example

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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.

Enough said.

Update:

Kevin faults the City Attorney, Rocky Delgadillo for NOT paying his water bill.  This is easily explainable:

He delegated it to his wife.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: Telemundo Suspends Mirthala Salinas

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Telemundo 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, “I have a relationship with Ms. (Mirthala) Salinas, and I take full responsibility for my actions.” 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.

A WIN-WIN-WIN.

Flap continues to believe there will be a Los Angeles County Grand Jury investigation over this entire scandal.

Stay tuned…….

Update #1

Luke Ford has more:

Eric Longabardi is going to report on ERSnews.com that the investigation covered the time from late 2005 to July 5. That’s all. It didn’t cover Salinas and Fabian Nunez. It didn’t cover Salinas and Alex Padilla. It didn’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 won’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.

Update #2

Check out the commenting at the Los Angeles Times and over at Mayor Sam’s.

Update #3

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. 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.A. Unified School District.

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