San Fernando mayor announces he's in relationship with councilwoman
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.
"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.
-- Steve Marble
Photo: San Fernando Mayor Mario Hernandez and Councilwoman Maribel De La Torre.
Credit: City of San Fernando website