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Salinas may be a "romantic" but she had no love for the Inland Empire

April 10, 2008 |  9:48 am

SalinasYes, Mirthala Salinas had an affair with Antonio Villaraigosa. And yes, the former Spanish-language TV news anchor was dating the Los Angeles mayor when she reported on Villaraigosa's breakup with his wife, raising questions about her journalistic ethics. But there are some things that Salinas will apparently never, ever do. Like work in Riverside.

That was a county line the Valley resident refused to cross when her Telemundo bosses reassigned her to their Inland Empire bureau in the wake of the Villaraigosa scandal.

“It was a matter of dignity,” she told Los Angeles Magazine. “They wanted me to go to Riverside. I wasn’t going to Riverside.”

She quit instead. But really, would you rather have dignity or the opportunity to shop at Ontario Mills?

-- Jesus Sanchez

Photo: Robert Durell / Los Angeles Times