Mayor Villaraigosa and his people are getting pricklier about his, um, situation. Out at the Port of L.A. today, the mayor tried to give a press conference about the environment, but he was hit with questions about yesterday's suspension of Mirthala Salinas and some of the Telemundo executives who let her go on the air to report on her boyfriend. He danced:
"I am not going to comment or speculate on the decision of Telemundo or their investigation," Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than a dozen reporters and news cameras. "It's time to move on and move and we will.
"Now that Telemundo's review has reached a conclusion, it's my hope that we can all move forward. I intend to do that by working as hard as I can every single day."
Afterward, things got a bit nasty. When the news conference ended,port police formed a line to keep reporters from Villaraigosa, who often stops and mingles informally with the media. In the ensuing scramble, Azetca America reporter Alicia Unger was shoved hard into a cargo container by plainclothes Sgt. Kevin McCloskey, who was led away while reporters demanded an explanation. Unger was pissed but not hurt. A port spokesman said the incident was under investigation. Video at NBC 4, plus LAT, DN
Also: The mayor was spotted in Westwood Village yesterday and TJ Sullivan invites you to caption his picture.