Santa Monica resident Kelly Hayes-Raitt plans to join a team of peacemakers who will travel to the Philippines next month to meet with human rights workers, community leaders and government officials in and around the capital of Manila. Hayes-Raitt, who has served as a member of the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, was a candidate for the 41st Assembly District seat in 2006, eventually won by Assemblymember Julia Brownley. Hayes-Raitt and the peacemakers plan to visit the sites of former U.S. military bases at Subic Bay and Clark, where abandoned hazardous wastes still endanger the health of people living in nearby impoverished communities. They will also travel to the southern island of Mindanao, where a decades-long armed conflict between indigenous Muslim groups and the Philippine government continues despite peace negotiations. “The U.S. gives millions of dollars in military funding to the Philippines every year; I hope to find out more about the human rights situation in that country,” said Hayes-Raitt. “During the past few years, there have been hundreds of killings and disappearances of community workers, journalists, and even church leaders. I’d like to better understand why my government is funding such repression.” Hayes-Raitt traveled to Iraq five weeks before the U.S.-led invasion and bombings of Baghdad in 2003, and again 12 weeks after the war began. She addressed more than 200 audiences and briefed Congresswomen...Read More
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Paw PAC, a political action committee concerning animals and Action for Animals, which seeks to protect animals and habitat, endorsed Kelly Hayes-Raitt to succeed outgoing State Assemblywoman Fran Pavley, who represents the 41st District, and will be termed out of office. The primary election will be held Tuesday, June 6th. “Kelly is the first candidate in the state we’ve endorsed this year,” said Virginia Handley, of Paw PAC. “We are impressed with her two decades of leadership in protecting open space and habitat areas as well as with her compassion in opposing inhumane traps such as gill nets that trap dolphins and jaws of death traps that kill wildlife.” Hayes-Raitt is a Santa Monica resident and vice chair of the City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women. The 41st District includes Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Topanga, Encino, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Hidden Hills, Calabasas, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Port Hueneme, and Oxnard. Information,...Read More
Kelly Hayes-Raitt, a candidate seeking to succeed the term-limited Fran Pavley in the California State Assembly District 41 seat, has been endorsed by Clean Water Action Vote Environment. The 41st Assembly District includes Santa Monica. Hayes-Raitt is a Santa Monica resident and vice chair of the City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women. Vote Environment is a political action committee of the national citizens’ advocacy organization Clean Water Action. Hayes-Raitt will seek the Democratic nomination in the assembly district in the Tuesday, June 6th, primary. “Our Vote Environment Committee understands just how important it is to elect a leader when we see one,” said Erich Pfuehler, Clean Water Action California director. “Kelly won’t just be a good vote on our issues, she will lead the fight to protect our environment, preserve our coastline, and fight for safe drinking water.” In the early 1980s, Hayes-Raitt was involved in citizen outreach campaigns in San Francisco and Los Angeles for the California League of Conservation Voters. She also helped found Heal the Bay, an organization that helps protect and clean Santa Monica Bay, organized efforts to preserve the Ballona Wetlands, and fought offshore oil drilling while working with former Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy. “We know protecting our environment is more than just an issue for Kelly, it is a deeply held part of her life,” Pfuehler said. “Our coast...Read More
Santa Monica resident Kelly Hayes-Raitt has won the endorsement of the Ventura County Grassroots Club in her effort to win the Democratic nomination for the State Assembly 41st District seat being vacated by termed-out member Fran Pavley. The 41st Assembly District includes Santa Monica and stretches to Port Hueneme in Ventura County. Hayes-Raitt is vice chair of the City of Santa Monica Commission on the Status of...Read More
Kelly Hayes-Raitt, vice chair of the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, announced her candidacy for the 41st Assembly District seat, currently held by Fran Pavley. Pavley will be termed out of office in 2006. The 41st District stretches northwest from Santa Monica to Oxnard and includes Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, Port Hueneme, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Woodland Hills, Tarzana and Encino. Hayes-Raitt, a Democrat, began her campaign with a fundraising event Monday, December 6th. Another fundraising event is planned Thursday, December 16th. She is a Santa Monica resident, owns a political consulting business and was an environmental aide to former Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy. She claims statewide leadership on environmental, consumer, affordable housing and education policies. Hayes-Raitt was recently honored by the Los Angeles City Council for advocacy on behalf of Iraqi citizens. She visited Iraq twice last year. “I’ve always been a strong advocate of energy efficiency, recycling and coastal protection,” Hayes-Raitt said. “Coming face-to-face with Iraqi children who are literally paying with their lives for my oil consumption has made me even more determined to find ways to make California energy independent,” she said. “California has lost more men and women in the war on Iraq than any other state.” She was also one of several women named by the Los Angeles County Commission on the Status of Women as a Los Angeles County...Read More