Here are some of the candidates expected to run for statewide office next year: Governor: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is seeking re-election and is not expected to face a substantial challenge in the Republican primary. The leading Democratic candidates are state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Controller Steve Westly, a co-founder of eBay. Lieutenant Governor: Democratic Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi wants to make this his next office, as do three state senators: Democrats Liz Figueroa of Sunol and Jackie Speier of Daly City, and Republican Tom McClintock of Northridge. Secretary of State: Republican Bruce McPherson was appointed secretary of state in 2005 after Democrat Kevin Shelley resigned and says he will seek re-election. Democratic state senators Debra Bowen of Redondo Beach and Deborah Ortiz of Sacramento are considering a challenge. Controller: This represents another battle of ambitious state legislators. Democrats include Sen. Joe Dunn of Garden Grove and Assemblyman Dario Frommer of Los Angeles. Republicans include Sen. Abel Maldonado of Santa Maria and former Assemblyman Tony Strickland of Thousand Oaks. Democratic Board of Equalization chairman John Chiang also is running. Treasurer: Termed-out Attorney General Bill Lockyer considered running for governor before settling on treasurer. State Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Culver City; Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Chatsworth; Republican Board of Equalization member Claude Parrish; and Democratic Los Angeles County Treasurer Mark J. Saladino also have filed papers. Attorney General: Oakland mayor and former Gov. Jerry Brown is the most prominent candidate. He will be challenged in the Democratic primary by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. State Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno seeks the GOP nomination. Insurance Commissioner: Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante would like this post next. So would Republican newcomers Phil Kurzner, Gary S. Mendoza and Steve Poizner. Superintendent of Public Instruction: Jack O’Connell will seek re-election. Termed-out Republican Assemblyman Tim Leslie of Tahoe City is eyeing a challenge, as is political newcomer Michael M. Agbaba. State Senate: Twenty seats are up for election, 12 of them open seats. Yet the primary election will determine the outcome in most cases: 11 districts are considered safely Democrat and five safely Republican. That leaves just four seats up for grabs, three of which lean Democrat and one leaning Republican. State Assembly: All 80 Assembly seats will be on the ballot, but much of the activity is in the primary election. Of the 80 seats, 28 districts are solidly Republican and 38 strongly Democratic. There are 34 open Assembly seats but only four are in swing districts. Each of those districts leans Democratic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Sweeping federal labour reforms come into force today, but the government is still figuring out who will be exempt from key provisions.Thousands of workers and employers are facing uncertainty after airlines, truck companies and telecoms asked Ottawa for exemptions or delays to rules they say would kneecap their operations.The changes require federally regulated employers to give staff a 24-hour heads-up on shift changes and four days’ notice for schedules. A 30-minute break every five hours and an eight-hour rest period between shifts are also mandated.Employment Minister Patty Hajdu says some companies and employees will be exempt from those regulations until further tweaks can be made after the October election — but just which companies and employees will be on the exemption list remains up in the air.Industry representatives say the changes would delay shipments, cancel flights and hurt Canada’s economy, while labour groups say they are asking for reasonable benefits from companies that are trying to skimp on workers.The contested amendments are part of an overhaul — three years in the making — to the Canada Labour Code, which hasn’t seen a major update since the 1960s.The Canadian Press