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Phil Matier

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, December 6th
  • Phil Matier: Could The City Of Oakland And Fire Department Prevent The Ghost Ship Warehouse Disaster?

    03:50
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the history behind the Ghost Ship warehouse and the issues with inspecting and regulating other similar warehouses.
  • Monday, December 5th
  • Phil Matier: Lessons from the Ghost Ship Warehouse Fire

    02:15
    The Ghost Ship warehouse was not the only warehouse residence where artists lived in hazardous conditions. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city of Oakland is still learning how best to reach this population.
  • Phil Matier: ‘Ghost Ship’ Warehouse Fire Brings Attention to More Issues in Oakland

    03:13
    Fruitvale residents said that the sight of the ‘Ghost Ship’ warehouse fire has been a problem for years and that the city of Oakland hasn’t done enough to fix it. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what other issues were also brought to attention as a result of the fire.
  • Friday, December 2nd
  • Phil Matier: Effort to make the streets of San Francisco safer

    02:50
    The officials in charge of San Francisco's homeless and health department are backing plans to make the streets safer for those who are addicted to drugs or alcohol. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
  • Phil Matier: Donald Trump’s Victory Lap

    03:40
    Since his historic election victory last month, Donald Trump has been holding celebratory public meetings with his supporters. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss whether these post-election actions by the President-elect are in good taste.
  • Thursday, December 1st
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown Selects Congressman Xavier Becerra as State Attorney General

    03:04
    Governor Jerry Brown has tapped Representative Xavier Becerra to be California’s next attorney general. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier talks about Becerra’s track record in Washington and says the congressman would replace Kamala Harris who won a seat on the U.S. Senate.
  • Phil Matier: SF Police Union Releases Ad Over The Use Of Force Policy At Odds With The Police Commission

    03:16
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the differing opinions of the use of force policy between the San Francisco Police Union and the Police Commission.
  • Wednesday, November 30th
  • Phil Matier: State Agency Launches Investigation Following Golden State Warrior/BART Advertisement

    02:49
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the controversy surrounding a BART ad featuring Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green.  
  • Phil Matier: The Emerging, Hazy Outline to keep Raiders in Oakland

    03:50
    More details are starting to emerge of a possible stadium deal to keep the Raiders in Oakland. But the group behind it and the City are still waiting for the team to come to the table. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Phil Matier: The Emerging, Hazy Outline to keep Raiders in Oakland

    03:50
    More details are starting to emerge of a possible stadium deal to keep the Raiders in Oakland. But the group behind it and the City are still waiting for the team to come to the table. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Tuesday, November 29th
  • Phil Matier: Court Gives Green Light for Warriors Arena in San Francisco

    03:09
    An appeals court has rejected a legal challenge that sought to block the Golden State Warriors from building a stadium in San Francisco. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this clears the way for the team’s move across the bay.
  • Phil Matier: Hacker Tries To Extort Money From Muni

    03:37
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how Muni dealt with a hacker trying to extort money from them and how it affected San Francisco commuters.
  • Monday, November 28th
  • Phil Matier: MUNI Hackers Demand Ransom

    02:52
    Hackers who broke into MUNI’s computer network over the Thanksgiving holiday are threatening to release the personal information of workers and customers unless MUNI pays their ransom. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says MUNI is calling it a bluff.
  • Phil Matier: California Secretary of State Defends State’s Election System

    02:59
    California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is disputing President-elect Donald Trump’s claim of voter fraud in California. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says its rooted in Trump's loss of the popular vote.
  • Tuesday, November 22nd
  • Phil Matier: A Recent Proposal Can Keep the Raiders in Oakland

    03:13
    There is a proposal that needs to be approved by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and Oakland City Council that would keep the Raiders in Oakland. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says Libby Schaaf is trying to put together a proposal in time before Mark Davis seals the deal for a Las Vegas Stadium.        
  • Phil Matier: Californians Petition To Leave The U.S.

    03:00
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the history behind California trying to secede from the United States and the current reasons why pursue it now.
  • Monday, November 21st
  • Phil Matier: Protecting Sanctuary Cities

    03:55
    Former mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom is vowing to fight to protect sanctuary cities. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how this could affect Newsom and the Democrats.  
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco’s Vision Zero Plan

    03:31
    An advocacy group called the San Francico Bay Area Families for Safe Streets is pushing for the Vision Zero plan, which calls for creating safer streets and bringing an end to traffic collision deaths by the year 2024. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why their efforts are being resisted by lawmakers.
  • Friday, November 18th
  • Phil Matier: SF public defender plans to fight possible deportations under Trump presidency

    03:22
    San Francisco's public defender is calling on the city to establish a legal team to fight possible deportations under President-elect Trump's administration. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the issue.
  • Phil Matier: New Leadership for Democrats

    03:09
    Democrats are looking for new leadership regarding a disappointing after a lack of votes this election. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier along with former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown explains what the deal could mean for current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • Thursday, November 17th
  • Phil Matier: Stadium Deal for the Oakland Athletics

    03:27
    Lew Wolff, the Oakland Athletics owner since 2005, is stepping down. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the team can’t make a business move until the stadium plans for the Oakland Raiders are resolved.    
  • Phil Matier: Gentrification May Be A New Reason To Reject Proposed San Francisco Housing Project

    03:19
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are considering gentrification for a reason not to build a new housing project and the difficulty of providing affordable housing in the Bay Area.
  • Tuesday, November 15th
  • Phil Matier: Gavin Newsom is California’s Favorite for Governor

    03:42
    A new poll finds Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is the frontrunner in the 2018 gubernatorial race. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil says the former San Francisco mayor is trailed by two up-and-coming Republicans.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland City Council Vote On Rewriting Pot Laws After Passing Recreational Use Of The Drug

    02:28
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how the Oakland City Council wants to cash in on legal marijuana.
  • Friday, November 11th
  • Phil Matier: What’s next for President-elect Donald Trump

    04:28
    It's the questions many in the Bay Area have been trying to answer all week: what happened and what now that Donald Trump is the President-elect? KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the issue.
  • Thursday, November 10th
  • Phil Matier: Oaklanders Protest President-Elect Donald Trump

    03:27
    Protestors are out in the streets of Oakland for a third straight night. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains that the city has become a flashpoint for those who oppose far right president-elect Donald Trump.
  • Phil Matier: California’s Predicted Reaction To President-Elect Trump

    03:39
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes how the California government will react to Trump’s agenda.
  • Wednesday, November 9th
  • Phil Matier: Voters Approve Measure RR

    04:20
    The $3.5 billion bond measure to improve BART’s infrastructure passed, and most of the votes came from San Francisco and Alameda County. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why voters in Contra Costa County weren’t as favorable of the measure.
  • Tuesday, November 8th
  • Phil Matier: Propositions Taking Over the Election Ballot

    03:34
    There are too many propositions for the public to handle on this November’s election ballot. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there was an increased dependency on voters.
  • Phil Matier: Propositions Taking Over the Election Ballot

    03:34
    There are too many propositions for the public to handle on this November’s election ballot. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there was an increased dependency on voters.  
  • Phil Matier: Election Day Rundown

    03:16
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the candidates we will be voting for and different propositions effecting the Bay Area.
  • Monday, November 7th
  • Phil Matier: Local Leaders Push for Measure RR

    02:30
    Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf gathered Tuesday to rally for Measure RR. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the lopsided support for the measure to improve BART.
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Raiders Fans Protested During Last Night’s Game

    03:09
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the fans wanted their voices to be heard regarding plans for the team to move to Las Vegas.
  • Friday, November 4th
  • Phil Matier: Mayor Ed Lee downplaying if considered for Hillary Clinton’s cabinet

    02:44
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is downplaying speculation that he's on a short list to become a cabinet member should Hillary Clinton be elected President next Tuesday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what he thinks of the rumors.
  • Phil Matier: The Money Flows in California Elections

    03:51
    All of those campaign commercials you have be hearing on the radio and seeing on TV do not come cheap, to the tune of over half-a-billion dollars being spent this season in California. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses if these traditional ways to reach voters are still the best way to do so.
  • Thursday, November 3rd
  • Phil Matier: City of San Francisco Sues Developer of Millennium Tower

    03:04
    San Francisco’s city attorney has filed a lawsuit against the developer of the Millennium Tower. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city filed the suit after the building was found to be sinking and tilting.
  • Phil Matier: Traffic In Silicon Valley Gets Worse

    02:56
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who the mega commuters are and why they live in far distances.
  • Wednesday, November 2nd
  • Phil Matier: Candidates for San Francisco’s New Police Chief

    03:19
    The San Francisco Police Commission has chosen the top three candidates to become the city’s new police chief to mayor Ed Lee. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why their identities are being kept secret.
  • Phil Matier: San Jose Puts the Brakes on Recreational Marijuana

    02:55
    The San Jose City Council has passed an ordinance restricting non-medical marijuana cultivation. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the new law is in response to a state ballot initiative to legalize pot for recreational use.
  • Tuesday, November 1st
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Cities Consider Controls on Recreational Pot

    03:12
    California voters will have an opportunity to legalize the recreational use of marijuana on Election Day. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that has prompted some Bay Area cities to take action.   
  • Phil Matier: Controversy Over Warriors’ Draymond Green Starring In A Pro-BART Video

    03:04
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the story behind Draymond Green promoting BART and possible campaigning for a bond for the BART.
  • Monday, October 31st
  • Phil Matier: Balancing Sustainability with Social Justice

    02:42
    California officials are making changes to laws that offer rebates to people buying electric cars. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says they’re trying to reach a different segment of the car-buying market.
  • Friday, October 28th
  • Phil Matier: Bay Bridge traffic gridlock could affect measures on November ballot

    03:03
    Whatever your commute was like Friday evening, the driving conditions were almost certainly worse in the morning because of a jackknifed big rig on the Bay Bridge. The gridlock lasted for a long time. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether the memory of it will remain when voters consider the transportation measures on this November's ballot.  
  • Phil Matier: How the Presidential Race Impacts the Rest of the Ballot

    03:04
    A particularly polarizing presidential campaign has the potential to impact other races on Election Day according to political experts. KCBS, KPIX 5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how the war of words between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may influence local elections.
  • Thursday, October 27th
  • Phil Matier: Critics Questions Tax Breaks For Twitter Amidst Layoffs

    03:15
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the complications with Twitter and other tech companies with tax breaks, commuting and housing.
  • Wednesday, October 26th
  • Phil Matier: Measure RR

    03:32
    One of the measures that voters will be deciding on this upcoming election is a $3.5 billion bond to fund BART. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what the opponents and proponents of the measure had to say.
  • Phil Matier: Keeping Teams in Town Not a Top Priority for Oakland Voters

    02:59
    A new poll finds keeping the Raiders and the A’s in town is not at the top of Oakland voters’ priority list. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city’s residents have other things on their minds with the upcoming election. 
  • Tuesday, October 25th
  • Phil Matier: Tech Taxes

    03:05
    Twitter’s workforce is about to be cut by 8 percent.  KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what this means for tech companies and workers. 
  • Phil Matier: Money Comes From Both Directions To Help Pass Or Defeat Sugar Taxes In The Bay Area

    02:49
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes who’s paying for the ads for or against the propositions for sugar taxes.
  • Monday, October 24th
  • Phil Matier: State Lawmakers Criticize the Pentagon

    02:50
    Congressman John Garamendi joined other lawmakers in criticizing the Pentagon's attempt to recoup bonus money paid to soldier's to sign up for the California National Guard.  KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how it went on for so long. 
  • Phil Matier: A New Group Tries To Keep Raiders In Oakland

    02:57
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes a new group, who may be the last hope for keeping the Raiders in Oakland and the challenges they face.
  • Friday, October 21st
  • Phil Matier: Senator Bernie Sanders tells opponents of soda tax to stop putting him in ads

    03:02
    Senator Bernie Sanders is speaking out against an ad being run in the Bay Area against soda tax measures on the November ballot in San Francisco and Oakland. The ad uses a video of him speaking against a similar measure that was proposed in Philadelphia earlier this year. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what Sanders is saying now.
  • Phil Matier: “I Will Look at it at the Time”

    03:39
    Is accepting a loss in an election a foundation of American democracy? Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is putting that question to the test, after refusing to say he would accept a loss to rival Hillary Clinton come November. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the impact of his comments, and Brown’s views on a graceful concession.
  • Thursday, October 20th
  • Phil Matier: Record $450 Million Spent on California Ballot Measures

    03:30
    A record $450 million has been spent so far on ballot initiatives in California for the upcoming election.  KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains where the money is going.  
  • Phil Matier: How Are The Developers Of The Leaning Millennium Tower Changing With Building Their New High Rise?

    03:15
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains construction down to the bedrock for a new high rise in San Francisco and who should inspect future buildings.
  • Wednesday, October 19th
  • Phil Matier: In Show of Defeat, Oakland Spruces up Homeless Encampments

    03:43
    The city of Oakland is providing portable toilets, hand washing stations, and garbage and recycling cans for the homeless Shanty Towns that have popped up in Downtown Oakland. KCBS, KPIX 5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it’s apparent Oakland is not equipped to respond to homeless encampments.
  • Tuesday, October 18th
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown Endorses East Bay Democrat Running for State Assembly

    03:28
    Governor Jerry Brown is backing former Pleasanton City Council member Cheryl Cook-Kallio who is challenging a Republican incumbent for a seat on the state Assembly. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why the governor has taken the unusual step of endorsing a candidate in a legislative race.
  • Phil Matier: California Pro And Con Ads For Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    03:37
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who is for and against legalizing recreational marijuana in California.
  • Monday, October 17th
  • Phil Matier: Plans to Build a Vallejo Casino in Contention

    02:56
    The city of Vallejo, a Native American tribe, and Senator Dianne Feinstein are in dispute over plans to build a casino. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the ultimate decision is up to the federal government.
  • Phil Matier: Bay Bridge Expansion

    03:01
    The new Yerba Buena and Treasure Island freeway ramps will be open this weekend, but KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there is still more work to be done, such as including a safe bike path.

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