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San Fernando mayor announces he's in relationship with councilwoman

November 28, 2011 |  2:59 pm

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The mayor of San Fernando apparently wanted to get a few things off his chest.

First off, Mayor Mario Hernandez told colleagues and audience members during last Monday’s council meeting, he had filed for both corporate and personal bankruptcy, the San Fernando Sun reported. And he'd also lost his business.

Oh, and one other thing, the mayor added:

"I'd like to put out there, to squash the rumors, that yes, I have been in a relationship with Councilwoman (Maribel) De La Torre," he said, according to a city tape of the Nov. 21 council meeting.

Apparently stunned, the audience was initially quiet.

The newspaper reported that the mayor’s wife was sitting in the front row when he made his disclosure. He  reminded the audience that he and his wife have been separated since June and that his political foes had been spreading gossip about his personal life.

"That's why I'm here," the mayor’s wife said, standing as Hernandez continued to talk.

"I'm his wife ... we weren't separated," she added.

The meeting was then quickly adjourned and the newspaper reported that the mayor and the councilwoman left together.

Several people couldn’t resist a few parting shots.

“Ghetto,” proclaimed Councilwoman Sylvia Ballin.

"You're a joke,” added Sev Aszkenazy, publisher of the Sun. “Everyone knows you're a joke, so just be a joke."

The council meets again in December.

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Photo: San Fernando Mayor Mario Hernandez and Councilwoman Maribel De La Torre.

Credit: City of San Fernando website

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