The mayor of Los Angeles isn't the biggest star in Hollywood, but being embroiled in a politically fueled adultery scandal with a TV reporter helps boost your TMZ cred -- big time! Say cheesy!
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hasn't been filmed with his "other woman," suspended Telemundo reporter Mirthala Salinas, until Ivan, a TMZ staffer, encountered the tabloid twosome at a San Fernando Valley mall -- and got the video on his cell phone! Ya nevah know what you'll find at the mall!
Check out how it all went down ... behind the scenes at TMZ in our morning meeting.