Sal Torres (born Gonzalo R. Torres on October 13, 1960) is an American politician from California. He has been elected to the city council of Daly City, California five times. He has served as Daly City Mayor and Vice Mayor five times.
Torres was part of a city council that brought Fortune 500 and 1000 companies to do business within the city. He led an effort to remodel one of America's oldest shopping centers, Westlake Shopping Center, collaborated with the Serramonte Shopping Center mall owners to revamp that center, and also single-handedly helped attract and secure Century Theaters (now Cinemark) into building one of the first all-stadium seats theaters in California.
In 2000, flood waters and torrential rains wiped away huge sections of Daly City's coast line and threatening homeowners. Torres was instrumental in coordinating federal assistance from then Congressman Tom Lantos to help Daly City and its affected residents recover. In his five terms on the city council, Torres helped balance a city budget each year and ushered in a new era of intelligent politics that balanced well the needs of its workers and residents against the growing fiscal challenges of a major city.
Torres graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983, where he was also awarded Chancellor's Marshall Honors. After a few years of working for the City of Los Angeles under then Mayor Tom Bradley, Torres attended and graduated from the University of San Francisco, Kendrick Hall School of Law in 1988. He received two distinctions at graduation: the Student Bar Association Award, bestowed by the graduates to the student deemed to have contributed the most to the graduating class, and the Judge Harold Haley Award, on the basis of his exceptional distinction in scholarship, character and activities.
While practicing law as a partner with boutique law firm in San Francisco, Torres also became the host of El Amanecer ("Daybreak"), an English language television show airing Saturday mornings on Channel 44 (now the CW) in San Francisco. Some of his guests included the popular blues recording artist Tommy Castro Band, Executive Producer Moctezuma Esparza (Selena), and an up-and-coming Latino comedian named George Lopez.
After leaving his law partnership where he represented such companies as General Motors, Toyota and Bank of America, MTorres joined Arysta LifeScience as its Assistant General Counsel in 2000. In 2006, Torres became Division Counsel at LSI Logic (now, Avago) but soon moved to a larger semiconductor company in Silicon Valley, Marvell Technology Group, where he served as its Director of Commercial Transactions and Managing Corporate Counsel. In 2013, Torres joined the global legal team at Equinix, Inc., the world's leading colocation and data center business. At Equinix, Torres is the Senior Director of the Americas Commercial Transactions team and manages 17 people supporting all of North and South America's sales teams.
In his spare time, Torres runs a resume writing service, is a soccer and basketball coach, and chairs a school athletic board.
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