Oral Histories

Interview of James A. Hayes

California assembly member from 1967 to 1972. County supervisor for the 4th district of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1972 to 1979.
James A. Hayes
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Biographical Note:
California assembly member from 1967 to 1972. County supervisor for the 4th district of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1972 to 1979.
Vasquez, Carlos
Hayes, James A.
Persons Present:
Hayes and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Hayes's office in Rolling Hills, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Carlos Vasquez, Director, UCLA State Government Interview Series, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Political Science, UCLA; M.A., Political Science, Stanford University; Ph.D. candidate, History, UCLA.There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
Lisa White checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings, and with editor David Gist edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spellings, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editors are bracketed. The interviewer prepared the introductory materials.Hayes reviewed the edited transcript and returned it with only minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Background and early years in Fowler, California; education through law school; early employment in radio broadcasting; service on Long Beach City Council; elected to represent the Thirty-ninth Assembly District; service on numerous committees; chairs the Committee on the Judiciary; authors legislation reforming California's divorce laws; sponsors legislation creating a consumer protection agency and a coastal management body; elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; chairing the board of supervisors in 1975; serving as member of the California Coastal Zone Conservation Commission and president of the Southern California Association of Governments; law practice; governmental consultant in Rolling Hills, California.