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KCBS & Chronicle Insider Phil Matier offers breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. On air: weekdays at 7:50am and 5:50pm.
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Phil Matier: Cal Osha Fines BART for Worker Deaths

April 18, 2014
Cal Osha has fined BART $210 thousand following an investigation into the deaths of two workers killed while inspecting the tracks in Walnut Creek last October, and KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that the agency has since changed its safety procedures.
Phil Matier: Cal Osha Fines BART for Worker Deaths
April 18, 2014
Cal Osha has fined BART $210 thousand following an investigation into the deaths of two workers killed while inspecting the tracks in Walnut Creek last October, and KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that the agency has since changed its safety procedures.
Phil Matier: Poll Shows Californians Ready To Change Proposition 13
April 17, 2014
Almost forty years ago, Californians embraced property tax limits that over time have created big differences in how the value of similar homes in the same neighborhood get assessed. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at what has stymied previous efforts to overturn Prop 13.
Phil Matier: Does Sacramento’s Mayor Have Wider Political Ambition?
April 17, 2014
KPIX, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that after being named President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson may be looking to step into the national spotlight.
Phil Matier: A’s to Remain in Oakland, For Now..
April 16, 2014
After a series of short term leases and several attempts to move the Oakland A’s to either Fremont or San Jose, it looks like they will be holding up in the Coliseum for the foreseeable future. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how the Oakland A’s have quite the hype around themselves as they currently have the best record in MLB despi
Phil Matier: Protesting Big Tech
April 16, 2014
Protestors marked tax day in San Francisco by holding a demonstration against the big breaks given to tech companies in the City. KCBS, KPIX 5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who’s behind the protest.
Phil Matier: Naming Rights Considered To Fund Oakland’s Recreational Parks
April 15, 2014
Oakland is struggling to come up with funding to maintain their recreational parks. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how it may be possible for residents and businesses to sponsor the parks by making a charitable donation.
Phil Matier: AC Transit CFO Arrested for Embezzlement
April 15, 2014
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that AC Transit CFO Lewis Clinton was arrested for allegedly embezzling more than a half-million dollars from religious organizations.
Phil Matier: Paul McCartney May Ditch The Stick And Play At Opening Concert At Levi’s Stadium
April 14, 2014
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is trying to lure Sir Paul McCartney to play at Candlestick, but he may now play at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
Phil Matier: More Charges for Yee, Shrimp Boy and Others?
April 12, 2014
KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier looks at whether the feds will add more charges to the case against suspended state Senator Leland Yee and 28 other defendants.
Phil Matier: Former Mayor Willie Brown Recalls SF Civil Rights Protests
April 11, 2014
On the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Auto Row demonstrations, during the larger Civil Rights Movement, former Mayor Willie Brown joins the KCBS, KPIX, and Chronicle Insider, recalling his own participation in the car dealership protests on Van Ness Ave. that turned blacks away.
Phil Matier: Shrimp Boy’s Lawyer Tony Serra
April 11, 2014
KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that even though the trial has not started, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s attorney Tony Serra is wasting no time attacking the government's case against his client.
Phil Matier: San Francisco Wants It Both Ways For Metered Parking On Sundays
April 10, 2014
The dispute between free Sunday parking and enforced meter regulations in San Francisco is heating up. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that Mayor Ed Lee has called for free parking on Sundays but that his own hand-picked head of the SFMTA doesn’t want to give up funds for public transportation generated from the meters.
Phil Matier: Toll Lanes For Highway 101 Appear To Be Just Down The Road
April 10, 2014
KPIX, KCBS, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Transit officials in the South Bay are considering a proposal for toll lanes on 101 in Santa Clara County to speed up commute times, but the catch is that it will cost those drivers who are in a hurry.
Phil Matier: Governor Brown Seeks Another Term
April 9, 2014
With elections in California quickly approaching, it is looking more and more likely that Governor Jerry Brown will be re-elected. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the differences between “hiring” elections and “firing” elections, and right now, both Democrats and Republicans don’t feel the need to fire Jerry Brown.
Phil Matier: High-Profile Attorney To Defend ‘Shrimp Boy’ In State Sen. Yee Case
April 8, 2014
High-profile attorney, J. Tony Serra, joins Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s defense team. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that no matter how powerful the legal-defense team is, the ruling still may not turn out in their favor due to overwhelming amount of evidence that undercover FBI agents were able to turn up.
Phil Matier: Technology Boom Impacting Housing Prices in the East Bay
April 8, 2014
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that the technology boom increasing rents in San Francisco is making its mark on housing prices in Oakland and the East Bay.
Phil Matier: Despite Tuition Freeze, CSU Students May End Up Paying More With New Fees
April 7, 2014
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the rising “Student Success Fees” that college students are saddled with by state schools after Gov. Jerry Brown said tuition amounts would be held.
Phil Matier: First Debate for Oakland Mayoral Candidates
April 5, 2014
KPIX, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that there are nine candidates running to become the next Mayor of Oakland, but there were no clear winners in their first debate.
Phil Matier: Connecting The Contribution Dots In The Yee Corruption Case
April 4, 2014
Beleaguered state Sen. Leland Yee is still awaiting a federal indictment. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the possible links between Yee’s voting record and contributions made to his campaigns.
Phil Matier: Key Player in Yee Scandal Granted Bail
April 4, 2014
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier reports that one of the key players in the scandal involving State Senator Leland Yee, Keith Jackson, was granted bail today; and talks about Jackson’s role in the situation.
Phil Matier: Oakland Abruptly Loses Another City Administrator
April 3, 2014
The man hired after Deanna Santana’s sudden departure has himself resigned to head a leading Bay Area philanthropy. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Oakland’s economy has suffered because of all the turnover under Mayor Jean Quan.
Phil Matier: San Bruno Wants PG&E Fined Maximum Amount
April 3, 2014
KPIX, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that San Bruno city leaders are unhappy with PG&E’s handling of the deadly pipeline explosion that killed eight people in 2010. Now, one day after the utility was handed down a federal indictment, they want the maximum penalty allowed.
Phil Matier: The Role of Keith Jackson in the Yee Corruption Case
April 2, 2014
Just how did a high-ranking politician get involved with a alleged, notorious gangster? KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Keith Jackson’s involvement in the Leland Yee corruption case will prove pivotal as he is believed to be the one to introduce Yee to Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow.
Phil Matier: State Democrats Cancel Golf Fundraiser Over Scandals
April 2, 2014
KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how Democrats in the state senate plan on raising campaign contributions with the recent cancellation of a high-profile fundraiser due to recent political scandals.
Phil Matier: Campaign Contributions Flow Freely As Usual In Sacramento Post Yee
April 1, 2014
Campaign finance reform has long been considered a rather mundane topic in the world of politics. However Leland Yee’s recent corruption scandal is bringing it back in the spotlight. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that despite Lee’s gun-trafficking for campaign money, lawmakers in Sacramento are continuing to generate funding from va