LOS ANGELES (CBS) — San Fernando Mayor Mario Hernandez shocked residents attending a city council meeting last week when he admitted he’s having an affair with a councilwoman — all while his wife was sitting in the front row.

“I’d like to put out there, before, and squash the rumors that yes, I have been in a relationship with Councilwoman [Maribel] De La Torre,” said Hernandez, in an audio recording taken at the Nov. 21 meeting.

During his speech, he stated that he and his wife, Anna, had been separated since June.

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According to residents, the mayor’s wife stood up and said they were not separated, prompting the mayor to ask police to usher his wife out.

Hernandez also announced that he had filed for both corporate and personal bankruptcy due to losing his business.

“We’ll go ahead and adjourn the meeting. Adjourn the meeting,” Hernandez said moments later.

“Everyone was left in shock, basically, with their mouths wide open,” said San Fernando resident Julian Ruelas.

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“Everybody knew about it already, it’s just that he was bold enough to do it, and took city time and he put it on city record — which concerns us because, frankly, we look like fools.”

Residents see it as another source of shame for their city after their police chief was placed on leave for having a relationship with a much-younger cadet.

“I can’t believe it,” said San Fernando resident Sandra Wilson. “And that’s not the kind of people I want running our city. We’re such a nice little community and the kind of reputation we’re getting that’s not what we’re all about.”

Neither the mayor nor any of the councilmen would comment about the incident Monday night.

The council plans to meet again in December.

Comments (11)
  1. Sandra Wilson says:

    You said it right former, what does is have to do with anything??? And yes I have lived in San Fernando since 1983. And for the Record, its Sandra Wilson.

  2. orlando says:

    Cochinos! The lot of them! hahaha

  3. M Hernandez says:

    This is what happens when you are ignorant and you blog.

  4. thewiveclub says:

    It is astonshing that a woman of De La Torre’s caliber who is “college educated” and comes from a “strong valued” background is mindless enough to have a relationship with a MARRIED MAN. I also grew up on the streets of San Fernando and as chicana women we should be potraying ourselves proudly and respectfully. For anyone who watched the evening news and heard how the mayor aired your dirty laundry, residents outside the city are probably thinking that San Fernando residents dont know how to act!! You & Mayor Hernandez should be ashamed of yourselves!! and a heads up… THEY NEVER LEAVE THE WIFE!!!

  5. Silly Me says:

    They leave the wife but later regret it….Then they try to clean up what they smeared !! That’s the raza…..Shameful !!

  6. Rubio4u says:

    LOL, oh come on now, let’s not all act as if we are shocked! I worked in civil service for 25 years and it was a known fact and practice for everyone “connected” to be in an affair. Supervisors sleeping with subordinates, subordinates sleeping with supervisors husbands and wives, union officials sleeping with union members spouses, so on and so forth. If this wasn’t so stupid and comical it would not even be worth writing about.

  7. luvpeacejellybean says:

    what do you expect she left her husband while he had cancer

  8. joe rios says:

    I think Maribel De la Torre is mighty fine. Id like to see any MAN reject her if she came on to you. I doubt if anyone will. Stop talking like a bunch of saints. Go Mayor!! At least shez hot.

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