Phil Willon

Phil Willon covers California politics from the Los Angeles Times’ state capital bureau in Sacramento. Before heading north, Willon roamed Southern California’s mountains and deserts as the paper’s state correspondent in the Inland Empire. He previously covered Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
  • Analysis
As Democratic Party activists reject Sen. Feinstein, which side of the debate is more in touch with voters?

Kevin de Leon landed the California Democratic Party endorsement for Senate, but in a state that has long had weak parties, that may not help much as he seeks a way out the deep hole he's in facing off with Sen. Dianne Feinstein in November. Feinstein has seldom courted party insiders.

In rebuke of Dianne Feinstein, Kevin de León wins endorsement of California Democrats in Senate race

De León’s victory over the longtime senator reflects the increasing strength of the state party’s liberal activist core, which was energized by the election of Republican President Trump.