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San Fernando city councilwoman charged with vandalism, battery

Maribel de la Torre

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San Fernando City Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre was charged with vandalism and battery today following a June fight with her boyfriend and former city Councilman Mario Hernandez.

A San Fernando city councilwoman was charged with two misdemeanors today in connection with a June fight she had with her boyfriend – a former city councilman.

Maribel de la Torre was charged with one count of battery and one count of vandalism under $400, according to the District Attorney’s Office. She could be arraigned as soon as Monday.

There was no immediate comment from de la Torre.

The relationship between de la Torre and a married Mario Hernandez was made public last year by Hernandez, who was then San Fernando’s mayor. According to a police report and two restraining orders, de la Torre and Hernandez got into a physical fight June 28.

Hernandez told police that de la Torre stormed into his home, ransacked a bedroom, smashed a glass picture frame on the floor, and destroyed a laptop computer. She then began to choke Hernandez and said, “If I could kill you right now I would,” according to the police report.

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San Fernando scandal continues with surprise resignation of councilmember

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Mayor Pro Tem Antonio Lopez and Councilwoman Sylvia Ballin outside of SF City Hall, where they called for resignation of de la Torre and Esqueda and an investigation into the two plus Mario Hernandez.

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Mario Hernandez, a San Fernando City Councilman facing a recall vote, resigned just hours before Tuesday night's council meeting. 

A few months ago councilman Hernandez publicly announced, in front of his wife, that he was having an affair with another member of the council, Maribel de la Torre, who now also faces a recall vote.

KPCC's Alice Walton obtained a copy of the resignation letter in which Hernandez expresses his sadness and apologizes to the community, saying, "it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the community and the fine men and women of the city."

Hernandez continues in the resignation letter:

"Unfortunately our city became entangled in my personal life back in November and once again faces the same challenge today. I wish to apologize to the community for the inconveniences caused by my personal life. It was never my intent to damage or inconvenience our city. Although I did not let these issues affect the execution of my duties as an elected representative, I feel submitting my resignation will help continue to heal the city." 

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