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KCET’s Life & Times Transcript of Kitchen-table Conversation, October 2, 2007


Val Zavala>> And now for this Life and Times story update on Mirthala Salinas. Salinas was the reporter and part-time anchor for Telemundo News, but when a romantic relationship between Salinas and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa became public, Salinas was suspended.

Last week, Telemundo announced that Salinas would be re-assigned to their Riverside bureau, but Salinas didn't show up. Telemundo then announced that Salinas was quitting her job. No word on what will be next for the anchor reporter who was considered a rising star. But what about Mayor Villaraigosa? Will he have to pay a price for his indiscretion?

For a discussion of politicians and personal ethics, we brought three people together at our Kitchen Table; Bob Stern with the Center for Governmental Studies; Bill Boyarsky with the City Ethics Commission; and the moderator is Joe Hicks of CommUnity Advocates.

Joe Hicks>> Well, guys, I think there's a new video that's out called "Politicians Going Wild" (laughter) and we've got some interesting kinds of things going on here with, well, our good city attorney Rocky Delgadillo and the mayor and his affair with Mirthala Salinas. I guess the question is, who cares? Does character count for anything?

Bill Boyarsky>> Well, I think it depends on the offense. I mean, is adultery indicative of bad character in the view of most people? A couple of years ago, I asked one of my USC classes about the adultery question when one of these things had come out. The class was about half divided. Some said that it was bad and disqualified the person from public office. About half said that it didn't.

Joe Hicks>> Has something changed the country in terms of our attitudes about perhaps behavior that's inappropriate or did we just not know? Was the press not covering some of this?

Bob Stern>> The press clearly wasn't covering. I mean, President Kennedy had a series of affairs. They actually affected national policy because he was dating women who were involved with the mob, and we didn't know about it. Now we know everything. Politicians are fouled all the time and everything comes out. But I don't think we can legislate morality in terms of sex. We can legislate conflicts of interest. We can legislate misuse of public property and we should do that.

Joe Hicks>> But it's clear that Delgadillo and Villaraigosa have been sort of wounded at least temporarily. Do these kind of public revelations really hurt or harm their ability to actually do the job that they were elected to do?

Bob Boyarsky>> Well, in the case of the mayor, I think it hurts him even though the governor's election is a few years away because he has built his political persona around his private life, around his climb from, you know, East Los Angeles up to where he is today.

He has made his family part of that. His family until recently was on his website and was part of the campaign, so that's part of his story. If you make that part of your story and then that part of the story isn't true, that is not going to help.

Bob Stern>> I disagree with Bill on that. I think that the Delgadillo and Alarcon situations are much worse because they involve public policy. They involve the office. For instance, I think Delgadillo is going to have a real tough time even going anywhere.

Now the mayor, I think, has enough time to resurrect himself. I think that he'll probably be re-elected for mayor if he runs again clearly. In 2010, he'll have some competition that he might not have had without this, but I think by 2010, as long as nothing more comes out, I think he's in good shape.

Joe Hicks>> But I don't remember the mayor sort of campaigning on sort of family values issues. But talk about hypocrisy, there have been a number of what have been described as right wing Republican figures that have gotten busted particularly on some sexual scandals related to their behavior, and these were all guys related to other men. People sort of went, "That's a little bit hypocritical." But if hypocrisy isn't involved, do you think people are in a more sort of forgiving mood about this?

Bob Stern>> Well, I think the right wing is less forgiving probably than the rest. But the Larry Craig situation, the senator from Idaho who had campaigned against gay issues, possibly being gay. David Vitter, the senator from Louisiana involved with a prostitute and campaigning on family values. I think they have more problems with their constituency probably than the liberal.

Bill Clinton had problems, but today Bill Clinton probably is one of the most popular ex-presidents. If he were running, he probably would do better than his wife in running for president. So it really depends, I think, more on how you deliver. I mean, Clinton delivered in terms of economics. We had a real boom economy. If Villaraigosa can deliver in terms of Los Angeles doing well in the next couple of years, I think he's going to be okay.

Joe Hicks>> But what about the other figures, say, the good city attorney who apparently had larger ambitions politically? Are we going to remember that at the ballot box?

Bill Boyarsky>> The city attorney is the chief law enforcement officer, the judicial law enforcement officer of the city, not the police. What he did was, he didn't report things. He didn't register. He didn't pay fines. I mean, he was negligent on a lot of things that they all seemed to be the kind of "I'll take care of this. I'll just put it in my top drawer and get to it next week" and then you forget.

I mean, it wasn't a pattern of venality or anything that would make him rich, but it was a pattern of sort of forgetfulness and incompetence. That's what people would remember because everyone has to do all these things and everyone worries about taking care of these small things. I think that hurt him especially because of the nature of his job.

Bob Stern>> I think that's right. The Los Angeles Times has called for his resignation. But probably people remember more of Villaraigosa because it was more flamboyant, in a sense, what he was doing than Delgadillo and probably people would remember that more. But I think Delgadillo's future is in much worse shape than Villaraigosa's.

Bill Boyarsky>> You know, there is a journalistic ethical question. The woman involved, his friend. I only have three ethics rules that I teach my students at USC and, if they follow these rules, they'll never get in trouble. Don't steal, don't lie and don't sleep with your news sources.

Joe Hicks>> But there also is a question of, you know, not that we're going to get too deep into it, of the issue of Villaraigosa being involved with this big development that Universal is involved with. He may be in deciding position on that big project. So, again, there may be some large questions of ethics involving that.

Bob Stern>> When I write ethics laws, it's very difficult because you can write ethics laws that are very objective saying that it's either black or white whether you violate it or not, or you can write ethics laws that are very subjective.

I write laws that are objective. Even though something may look bad, it may not be against the law. That's the probably the case in what you're talking about with Villaraigosa. It may look bad, but there's nothing against the law.

Joe Hicks>> But bottom line, should we care? Should there be a character question that all of us are concerned about at this point about politicians? Is that something we just say it doesn't matter or we sort of issue-by-issue decide whether or not it's a problem? Should character be something that we should demand out of our political figures?

Bill Boyarsky>> Well, I think character is important. It's not all-important, but it's an important factor. If somebody lives a profligate, private life and drinks and adultery and is out all the time, I mean, it's an indication of what kind of a person he is. It should be factored in.

Now it may not be definitive in making your judgment, but it's part of this person's story. One of the ways that journalism has changed, and I think for the good, is that journalism does consider these things important.

Joe Hicks>> Well, I think we're just about flat out of time, so we've got to let it stop right there. Guys, thanks for coming in and talking about this today. Appreciate it.

 

 
   
 
 
   

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