Torrico makes bid for state attorney general

After six years in the Assembly, Alberto Torrico, D-San Francisco, is looking to become state Attorney General so that he can work with the state's neediest residents.

The 41-year-old Torrico, son of a Bolivian father and Japanese mother, considers the California's current distribution of wealth to be inequitable and something he wants to target.

"I want to be Attorney General so I can fight for justice, so that the working class can have access to better opportunities for growth. I want to work with them and not just for the big companies. Unfortunately in California, more importance is given to the corporations than to the families," said Torrico in perfect Spanish.

Torrico's Assembly district includes the cities of Fremont, Newark, Union City and Milpitas, among others on the Bay area's eastside.

Torrico said the government's priority are badly focused now that more funds are spent on prisons than on social help or education.

"Last year, for the first time, we spent more money on the state prison system than on education in the state. This can't continue to happen. The most important thing a government can do is to first take care of the people's well-being and not of groups that seek more power," said Torrico.

Torrico and his wife, Raquel, who is Bolivian, have two children: Mateo, 8, and Amy-Elyzabeth, 4.