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Mayor who admitted affair faces wrath of San Fernando residents

December 6, 2011 |  7:29 am

The mayor of San Fernando, who recently admitted publicly to an affair with a fellow council member while his wife was in the audience, came under harsh criticism by residents at a council meeting Monday.

"I'm sorry I voted for you," Dee Akemon told the council.

"You ain't got no shame at all," added Samuel Beltran, 77.

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It was the first council meeting after Mayor Mario Hernandez announced last month that he was separated from his wife and in a relationship with fellow Council Member Maribel de la Torre.

Many residents said they are furious that as the city faces a crushing budget deficit and a showdown with its police union in contract negotiations, San Fernando has instead become notorious for an affair between City Council members.

The city has also been sued by a police cadet who claimed she was sexually harassed by the police chief during a relationship she claimed included sexual acts in a city car, among other places.

Hernandez attended the meeting, but De La Torre did not.

"You have your personal life, that's fine," but it has no place on the City Council, said Patty Lopez.

At the start of the meeting, Hernandez told council members that he had taken "the extraordinary step of revealing information about my personal life" but that he had "always remained honest" about his life.

That prompted a retort of "Yeah right" from the audience.

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-- Jessica Garrison in San Fernando

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