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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.
Legal tiff breaks out over independent committee's ad backing Antonio Villaraigosa for governor

An attorney representing Gavin Newsom’s campaign for governor is demanding that California television stations cease airing an ad by an independent political committee supporting Democratic rival Antonio Villaraigosa.

Governor's race snapshot: Californians are generally upbeat but not focused on the campaign

As California chooses a new governor — one of just a handful in the last 40 years not named Jerry Brown — the state seems to be enjoying something unusual in these tumultuous political times: a feeling of relative contentment.

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