Los Angeles, California - Police responded to the Los Angeles Mayor's mansion in the early morning predawn hours today to a 911-phone call from neighbors complaining of raised voices, and the sound of shattering glass. Police arrived to find the Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, and his new girlfriend, Mirthala Salinas, in a bitter lovers' spat. No one was arrested but according to the police incident report, the Mayor told the police the couple was fighting over changing his last name again.
However, according to what some neighbors overheard the argument started over another women, that Latina reporter that a L.A. port policeman roughed up earlier in the day. Apparently, Salina is worried that she has competition from a fellow Spanish TV contemporary and demanded the Mayor merge his name with hers like he did with his soon to be ex-wife, Corina Raigosa.
Everyone, at least by now, should be familiar with the romantic story of the how L.A. Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, got his unusual last name by merging it with his wife's last name, Raigosa, with his last name, Villar, to form a new name, Villaraigosa.
Well, now that he has left his wife of nearly 20 years for Mirthala Salinas, a local Spanish TV news reporter, it appears she is putting pressure on the Mayor to merge his last name again but this time with her last name, "Villaraigosasalinas," possibly?
In addition, the impending divorce has family law lawyers speculating that the couple may battle over the traditional division over property and custody rights but also the rights over the couple's unusual last name.
"Usually, it is up to the unmarried woman to decide weather she's going to keep her married name or revert back to her madden name," said Scott Miller, Los Angeles Superior Court deputy county clerk.
So far, it is too early to tell if that will become an issue, but it is something the Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is seriously putting some consideration into having been known for the better part of his political career as Villaraigosa.
"If he changes his name," say political consultants, "He suffers the same fate as famous rock musician, 'Prince', when he changed his name to 'The Symbol'. He did not do as well. Eventually, he reverted to his original stage name, Prince."
Of course, there was that famous case between Tina Turner and her ex-husband, Mike Turner. In that case, she had to go to Court to keep her last name as her professional name.
In either situation, both Tina Turner and Prince found it more lucrative to their careers to keep their professional names.
The Mayor's soon to be ex-wife may hold the future of his political career, depending on if she decides to make an issue out of it. Even if her attempts to mount one are legally unsuccessful, the controversy will be sure to follow the Mayor's political career wherever he goes next.
As the people, especially scorned women, once touched by his romantic name conversion, will no doubtable say, "Look. There goes L.A. Mayor, 'Villaraigosasalinas,' formally known as Villaraigosa."