Without going into too much detail because the LA Times does a great job of it here, I thought that I would briefly comment on Mayor Villar and his new novia. It seems that despite being branded a “failure” in both his recent political activities and even in his personal life with his yet to be finalized divorce from wife Corina Villaraigosa, Villar does not have trouble hooking it up on the dating scene. That’s fine. We shouldn’t begrudge him of that, but it is odd how he finds company with women who can compromise their jobs and ethical standards in reporting on him. The news director at KTLA, where new girlfriend Lu Parker works, said that she will no longer be covering local politics. I wish the Mayor and his new significant other the best. May this relationship last longer than the one with Mirthala Salinas.
But in the end, I do think that politicians, especially elected officials, should try to avoid becoming romantically involved with someone who would raise conflict of interest issues.