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Phil Matier

Breaking news & analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol & beyond. Listen to KCBS & Chronicle Insider Phil Matier's reports LIVE on KCBS All News 740 AM and 106.9 FM Mondays through Fridays at 7:50am and 5:50pm.
  • Tuesday, May 31st
  • Phil Matier: Political Analysis Of The Democratic Presidential Primary Race In California

    03:03
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the logistics behind the democratic presidential primary in California and the battle between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.
  • Friday, May 27th
  • Phil Matier: Lawmakers Getting Rid of Bills Before Memorial Day Weekend

    02:09
    It's the Friday before a long holiday weekend, and what better time for lawmakers in Sacramento to kill off some of the bills they don't like. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a few of the bills.
  • Phil Matier: Hillary in Oakland to Rally California Base

    03:20
    As new poll numbers show a tightening race in California between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has been spending time in the Bay Area to appeal to her supporters. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the state of the race.
  • Thursday, May 26th
  • Phil Matier: Come November CA May Have Its First U.S. Senate Election Without A Republican Candidate

    03:22
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the Californian Democrat candidates vying for a Senate seat.
  • Wednesday, May 25th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Welcomes the Return of Rose Pak

    02:43
    Political powerbroker Rose Pak made her return to San Francisco this week. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says every local leader came out to kiss her ring.
  • Tuesday, May 24th
  • Phil Matier: Car Sales Rise In California

    03:21
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the type of cars that Californians are buying, the reasons for the rise in sales and the role of public transit.
  • Monday, May 23rd
  • Phil Matier: Bernie Sanders Supporters Try to Change Primary Rules

    02:28
    Today is the last day to register to vote in California's June 7th Presidential primary, but a group of Bernie Sanders supporters are hoping to change that. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Friday, May 20th
  • Phil Matier: Environment Becoming a Concern in South Bay Congressional Race

    02:10
    The environment is becoming a huge issue in a South Bay Congressional race. Assemblywoman Nora Campos has received contributions from several oil companies for the District 15 race. Campos is running against state Senator Jim Beall, who is being criticized for legislation he sponsored on renewable energy. Environmentalists are supporting Beall. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses who is in Beall’s corner, and if Campos’ campaign will backfire after taking money from big oil companies.  
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco City Leaders No Longer Support Police Chief Greg Suhr

    04:14
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city leaders supported Police Chief Greg Suhr despite calls for Suhr to resign over some racially charged incidents. This support ended Thursday after officers fatally shot an young, black woman who police were trying to arrest for stealing a car. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the issue.  
  • Thursday, May 19th
  • Phil Matier: Lane Splitting Not Considered for Rise in Motorcycle Fatalities

    03:15
    Motorcycle fatalities rose 10 percent last year, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Some of the reasons for the increase include speeding, alcohol, and warmer weather. The report doesn’t mention lane-splitting, which is one common complaint in the Bay Area.  KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.  
  • Wednesday, May 18th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Defends City Against Donald Trump

    02:14
    Oakland’s mayor had some words for Donald Trump after his recent comments about the city’s safety. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Trump’s not concerned about angering voters in the Bay Area.
  • Monday, May 16th
  • Phil Matier: Lucas Museum Might Come to San Francisco

    02:43
    Producer George Lucas is reportedly considering an offer from San Francisco’s Mayor to open his proposed movie memorabilia museum on Treasure Island. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Friday, May 13th
  • Phil Matier: House Speaker Still Not Ready to Endorse Donald Trump

    03:47
    House Speaker Paul Ryan has not endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss whether Ryan will ever endorse Trump.
  • Thursday, May 12th
  • Phil Matier: Political Gridlock Threatens Bay Area Transportation Improvements

    03:01
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the political problems at the state and local levels in funding for Bay Area transportation improvements.
  • Wednesday, May 11th
  • Phil Matier: More Teenagers at the Ballot Box?

    02:54
    A proposal to lower the voting age to 16 in San Francisco elections has been approved by city supervisors. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it would be naïve to think voting demographics are not at play with such a move.
  • Tuesday, May 10th
  • Phil Matier: Bernie Sanders Visits the Bay Area

    03:07
    Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ visit to the Bay Area included a meeting with the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Sanders’ platform is popular among Californians.  
  • Phil Matier: Pushback From Legalizing Marijuana Due To Difficulties Figuring Out If A Driver Is Too Stoned To Drive

    03:24
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the different factors at play dealing with marijuana users that drive and keeping the public safe.
  • Friday, May 6th
  • Phil Matier: Hillary Clinton Talks About Donald Trump

    03:16
    Hillary Clinton sat down with KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier during her campaign swing through the Bay Area Friday afternoon. Matier discusses what Clinton had to say about Donald Trump.
  • Phil Matier: Clairvoyant Brown Foresaw Trump Nomination

    03:44
    While Trump’s rise to likely GOP presidential nominee might be shocking to some, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown is not among them. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and Brown discuss Trump’s rise to the top, and handicap his chances come November.
  • Thursday, May 5th
  • Phil Matier: UC President Calls for Investigation of UC Davis’ Chancellor

    02:52
    UC President Janet Napolitano wants a former federal prosecutor to investigate UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Katehi was suspended for allegedly violating university policy.
  • Phil Matier: CA Raises Legal Age To Buy Tobacco To 21 And FDA Adds New Regulations For E-Cigs.

    03:38
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the tobacco regulations in California and how e-cigs are viewed.
  • Wednesday, May 4th
  • Phil Matier: Newsom Says, Regulate It

    03:17
    Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom announced today that a ballot measure he’s backing to legalize the recreational use of marijuana has collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the legalization movement has come a long way.
  • Phil Matier: Smoking Arrests Stoke Racial Profiling Questions

    02:43
    San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi has raised questions regarding racial profiling by the SFPD in recent arrests of individuals smoking near public buildings. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the line between good cop work and profiling can be cloudy.
  • Tuesday, May 3rd
  • Phil Matier: 49ers in Stadium Rent Dispute with City of Santa Clara

    03:46
    The San Francisco 49ers want to pay less to play at Levi’s Stadium. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the team is trying to renegotiate their agreement with the city of Santa Clara.  
  • Phil Matier: SF Renters Sue The City Of Lafayette For More Housing

    03:20
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains logistics behind the need for more affordable housing in the City of Lafayette, and San Francisco renters wanting more high-density housing near Highway 24.
  • Monday, May 2nd
  • Phil Matier: New Survey Reveals Bay Area Residents Are Ready to Pack Their Bags

    02:50
    The Bay Area economy is booming, but according to a new survey by the Bay Area Council one-third of residents say they're ready to leave in the next few years. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Friday, April 22nd
  • Phil Matier: Uber Settles Independent Contractor Suits

    03:13
    A settlement has been reached in two class-action lawsuits against San Francisco-based Uber. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how the move impacts the company, its drivers, and commuters who use the service.
  • Thursday, April 21st
  • Phil Matier: Hunger Strikers Call for San Francisco’s Police Chief to Step Down

    03:12
    A group of activists are going on hunger strike to protest recent fatal shootings by San Francisco police. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the activists want the chief of police to step down.
  • Phil Matier: SF Clean-Up Continues In Hippie Hill After The Weed Holiday 4-20

    03:21
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the problems San Francisco has with cleaning up after 4-20 festivities and the future of possible legalization of marijuana.
  • Wednesday, April 20th
  • Phil Matier: UC President Janet Napolitano Talks About Free Speech on Campuses

    03:19
    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier had a sit down meeting with U-C President Janet Napolitano on Wednesday. In this election year, the topic of free speech has been thrown into the spotlight with several controversial incidents on campuses. Phil tells us what Napolitano had to say.
  • Tuesday, April 19th
  • Phil Matier: SF Supervisor Scott Weiner Proposes New Parcel Tax To Pay For Tree Care

    03:07
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why a new parcel tax would help homeowners in San Francisco care for trees and why there wasn’t money in the past.
  • Monday, April 18th
  • Phil Matier: Former Head of the TransBay Transit Center Project Leaves with Big Benefits

    02:44
    The former head of the TransBay Transit Center project was fired for going over budget and delaying the project. However, she is getting quite the golden parachute. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Friday, April 15th
  • Phil Matier: Hillary Clinton Comes to Bay Area for Fundraiser

    03:30
    Hillary Clinton is visiting San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the presidential candidate is attending a fundraiser hosted by George Clooney.
  • Phil Matier: BART Will Start Fining Seat Hogs

    03:36
    BART police officers will soon start cracking down and handing out tickets to riders hogging seats. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Thursday, April 14th
  • Phil Matier: BART to Fix Escalators at San Francisco Stations

    03:40
    BART has approved funds to fix 12 escalators that frequently break down at San Francisco stations. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the repairs are long overdue.
  • Phil Matier: Recap On SF Town Hall Meeting Over Fatal Officer Involved Shooting

    03:03
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the complaints and issues San Franciscans and politicians have during the town hall meeting headed by Police Chief Greg Suhr over the shooting death of a homeless man.
  • Wednesday, April 13th
  • Phil Matier: GOP Candidates Heading to the Bay Area

    03:10
    Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump will be delivering the keynote speech at the state GOP Convention in Burlingame later this month. Ohio Governor John Kasich will speak at a dinner banquet that night, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz will speak at a lunch banquet the following day. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what he thinks of all these candidates coming to the Bay Area.  
  • Phil Matier: Do Sex Crimes Rise to the Level of Murder?

    03:53
    A state Senate community recently approved a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for sex crimes. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what the arguments are against this.
  • Tuesday, April 12th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Supervisors Under Fire for Using App that Deletes Messages

    03:56
    Several San Francisco supervisors are using an app called Telegram. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why advocates of open government are up in arms.
  • Phil Matier: BART Employees Reaches Tentative Deal For Pay Increase

    03:34
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the tentative deal that BART workers will get a 10.8 percent increase over four years starting in mid-2017 and how this plays into BART asking for a bond measure.
  • Monday, April 11th
  • Phil Matier: $260 Million Bailout Might Help Out Troubled Transbay Transit Center Project

    03:35
    The Transbay Transit Center project is running out of money, and the Board of Supervisors will be presented with a plan this week calling for a $260 million emergency bailout. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how people have already been complaining about how much is being spent on the project.
  • Friday, April 8th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Police Fatally Shoot Homeless Man Who Reportedly Had a Knife

    02:36
    The San Francisco Police Department and others had a deadly confrontation with a homeless man Thursday when they were originally called to the scene when a team of social workers were reportedly threatened with a knife. KCBS, KPIX, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what training and protections the police have when dealing with the homeless.
  • Thursday, April 7th
  • Phil Matier: Officer Involved Shooting Reignites Taser Debate in San Francisco

    03:22
    San Francisco police fatally shot a homeless man who was allegedly wielding a knife. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says incidents like these are fueling a debate over whether officers should be armed with tasers.
  • Phil Matier: Donald Trump And Ted Cruz Search For Californian GOP Delegates

    03:08
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the logistics behind the delegates selecting the next Republican presidential candidate
  • Wednesday, April 6th
  • Phil Matier: California Will Play Key Role in the Presidential Race

    03:47
    For the first time in quite a long time, it looks like California will play a key role in the presidential race after both front-runners lost by double-digits in Wisconsin on Tuesday. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses some of the delegate numbers.
  • Tuesday, April 5th
  • Phil Matier: SF Board Of Supervisors Vote On Fully Paid Leave For Parents

    03:02
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the chances of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voting for or against fully paid leave for parents and the logistics on who would pay for paid leave.
  • Friday, April 1st
  • Phil Matier: Bill and Chelsea Clinton Expected to Speak in Berkeley

    02:41
    Former President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea will speak at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University in Berkeley. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how the event has nothing to do with the 2016 election, and how it is a coincidence that the Clintons are in California right now.
  • Thursday, March 31st
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Police Officers Involved in Another Text Message Scandal

    03:28
    As we've been reporting on KCBS, the San Francisco Police Department is embroiled in another scandal involving racist and homophobic text messages sent by a number of police officers. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how this is not good news for a department that has already been under fire for questionable texts in the past.  
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Bans Chewing Tobacco At Ballparks

    03:07
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the war against tobacco in California baseball parks and the history behind tobacco in the dugout.
  • Wednesday, March 30th
  • Phil Matier: California One Step Closer to Raising Minimum Wage

    03:23
    An Assembly committee Wednesday approved a piece of legislation that would increase California's minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour by 2022. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who this will affect most.
  • Tuesday, March 29th
  • Phil Matier: State Auditor Slams University of California for Enrollment Numbers

    03:40
    The state auditor issued a report that found the number of out-of-state students is on the rise at the University of California. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the auditor is recommending a number of changes.
  • Phil Matier: Civil Suit Against Two Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputies Due To Tape Of Beating A Suspect

    03:40
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the details behind two Alameda County sheriff’s deputies beating of a suspect in San Francisco and how the civil suit will go.
  • Monday, March 28th
  • Phil Matier: California Plans to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

    03:21
    California lawmakers and labor unions have struck a tentative deal to gradually raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour. The movement had already gained plenty of traction in cities across the state, including the Bay Area. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Friday, March 25th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco’s History of Boycotts

    03:48
    The city of San Francisco has joined several tech companies in restricting business travel to North Carolina after the state legislature there rolled back a transgender rights bill. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how this compares to the city's past boycott efforts.
  • Phil Matier: Getting the Stones on Stage at Pac Bell

    03:42
    The date: November 8th, 2002. The place: Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. The weather: Less-than-ideal for a Rolling Stones concert. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown reminisce about the efforts it took to pull off the event.
  • Thursday, March 24th
  • Phil Matier: Full Family Leave Proposed in San Francisco

    03:44
    San Francisco Supervisors are considering a plan that would provide some employees in the city with full family leave. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at the impact on workers and employers.
  • Phil Matier: Republicans Unhappy With Donald Trump Leading In New Poll

    02:54
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the numbers behind Donald Trump’s popularity and the dissatisfaction with the Republican party.
  • Wednesday, March 23rd
  • Phil Matier: Democrats Focus in on California’s 16th District

    03:35
    Democrats are looking to unseat a vulnerable Republican State Assemblywoman in the upcoming election. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that while Democrats have the advantage in that district, this race presents many potential stumbling blocks.
  • Phil Matier: Bonuses Coming for BART Employees

    03:33
    BART employees are set to receive a $1,000 bonus as ridership numbers are on track to exceed previous expectations. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the plan has its fair share of vocal critics including State Senator Steve Glazer.
  • Tuesday, March 22nd
  • Phil Matier: Heightened Security in Bay Area after Bombings in Belgium

    02:58
    Officials say there is no credible threat of a terrorist attack in the Bay Area. However, KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the bombings in Belgium have prompted a heightened police presence on local transit systems and at airports.

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