Updated: Jan 6
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2021
Contact: Marcos Rodriguez Maciel
LOS ANGELES, CA –Marina A. Torres, an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California and candidate for Los Angeles City Attorney, today released the following statement condemning the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Torres is calling for accountability after a court-ordered report uncovered a sham lawsuit filed against DWP by attorneys within the LA City Attorney’s office where they ultimately controlled the outcome of the lawsuit.
“The findings from the independent report ordered by Judge Berle into the fraudulent lawsuit scheme concocted by the City Attorney's Office and a private law firm are abhorrent. $19 million dollars in tax-payer funds -- gone up in smoke. The actions by those city attorneys shake the very confidence and trust that the public places in our public servants. I am calling on our City Attorney Mike Feuer to publicly explain to the people of Los Angeles what the hell happened, who he is holding accountable … and when they are getting fired. We don’t need more silence; we need true leadership.”
Torres is the daughter of undocumented parents who, like many others, came from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. She was born in Los Angeles County before her parents moved to a struggling neighborhood in the Inland Empire. Her father worked at the Sunkist Factory in Ontario until he passed away when Torres was just two-and-a-half years old. Her single mother worked a variety of jobs to keep the family afloat. As the oldest of three, she helped look after her younger brothers while her mother was at work. Growing up, the fear of her mother's deportation was never too far away.
Although English was her second language, Torres understood that education was the only way to help her family and community move forward. While working as a cashier at Burger King to afford the fees for her Advanced Placement tests, she graduated near the top of her high school class and was admitted to the University of California, Berkeley when she was just 16 years old. Torres juggled a full class schedule, many student government activities and a 20-hour work week to send money home to help support her family. She graduated in 2004 with a double major in Political Science and Rhetoric, a minor in Ethnic Studies, and with honors.
After college, Torres served as an AmeriCorps Fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, travelling across Illinois to provide litigation aid to migrant farmworkers who were victimized by recruiters and employers. She returned to California to attend Stanford Law School, where she served on the executive board of the Stanford Law Review and was co-president of the Stanford Latino Law Students’ Association. After being appointed by President Obama to work in the Department of Homeland Security, Torres became a federal prosecutor at the United States Department of Justice under President Obama and now under President Joe Biden.
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For more information, please visit www.MarinaTorres.com.
Paid for by Marina Torres for LA City Attorney 2022, FPPC ID# 1425772. 1787 Tribute Road, Suite K, Sacramento, CA 95815
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