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.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells reporters, “I have a relationship with Ms.
(Mirthala) Salinas, and I take full responsibility for my actions.” Salinas was an evening anchor for Telemundo, Channel 52. on June 8, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a terse statement announcing that he and his wife, Corina, were separating after 20 years of marriage.
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.
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.
Salinas, and I take full responsibility for my actions,” he said at a news conference after a swearing-in ceremony for school board members at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown.
On March 20, 2006, Salinas was in New York to cover Villaraigosa, who was visiting Mayor Michael Bloomberg to discuss education reform.
Three months later, she went to Sacramento to cover Villaraigosa as he stumped for legislation to give him some control over Los Angeles’ public schools.
Salinas covered a news conference and appears alongside the mayor in pictures taken by a Times photographer.
One of the photographs was published in the newspaper and caught the attention of Villaraigosa’s staff, who knew of their building relationship and privately worried that word of the affair might leak out.
In November 2005 -- four months after he was sworn into office -- Villaraigosa was seen one evening by a resident of the Sherman Oaks condominium complex where Salinas lived at the time.