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Dueling restraining orders for council members

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POSTED July 9, 2012 1:28 a.m.

SAN FERNANDO  (AP) — Two council members of this Los Angeles suburb who admitted to having an affair have taken out restraining orders against each other after an alleged violent spat.

San Fernando Councilman Mario Hernandez and Councilwoman Maribel De La Torre sought the court orders this week following the June 28 incident.

In court papers, both said they argued about a trip he was going on and about an iPad she wanted to get back from him.

A police report states an officer who went to Hernandez’s home found broken glass, a broken red frame and damaged laptop and noticed red marks and scratches on the councilman’s neck.

De La Torre and Hernandez are under court order to stay 100 yards away from each other until court hearings in late July.

De La Torre said in a statement issued Friday that she was “saddened” by the events of the past several days but declined to discuss the matter until potential legal issues are resolved.

“The only thing I will say is I have never raised my hand against her at any time,” Hernandez said in a statement Saturday.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether either plans to attend Tuesday’s council meeting.

Mayor Brenda Esqueda told Los Angeles Daily News said that she believed they could attend the meeting without violating the court orders. She said she didn’t know whether either will show up.

In November, Hernandez, who was the mayor and married at the time, and de la Torre shocked the council when they announced that they were romantically linked. His wife was in the audience.

Both face recall elections in the fall.

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