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Phil Matier

Phil Matier

KCBS & Chronicle Insider Phil Matier offers breaking news and analysis from around the Bay Area, the state capitol and beyond. Phil Matier can be heard weekdays at 7:50am and 5:50am
  • Friday, September 4th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Police Department Receiving High Praise

    The Oakland Police Department is being held up as a model for others across the country after years of public scandals and criticism from the community. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses who is giving the department high marks.
  • Friday, September 4th
  • Phil Matier: Dianne Feinstein Eyeing Re-Election Run in 2018

    Many pundits expected four-term Senator Dianne Feinstein to retire from her post in 2018, but she has reportedly organized a fundraiser for a new campaign. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss her potential run and other viable candidates from the California Democratic Party for the seat.
  • Thursday, September 3rd
  • Phil Matier: SF State Campus Police Could Use Tasers Soon

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses a change on CSU campuses that could see campus police using stuns guns.
  • Phil Matier: The Push for a Third Lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge

    Assemblymember Marc Levine is pushing transportation officials to open up a third lane on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge sooner rather than later. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says while Levine wants the lane opened up by the end of the month to ease traffic congestion, Caltrans says it may take significantly longer.
  • Wednesday, September 2nd
  • Phil Matier: Will San Francisco Help Los Angeles Go For The 2024 Olympics

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the expensive price of holding the Olympics, which puts doubts on San Francisco helping Los Angeles with their bid for the 2024 Olympics.
  • Phil Matier: East Bay Assemblywoman Proposes Cocktail Tax

    East Bay Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla is introducing a bill that would slap a 5-cent tax on cocktails served at restaurants and bars. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider says the liquor lobby isn’t happy with the move.
  • Tuesday, September 1st
  • Phil Matier: SFPD Investigating Critical Mass Bike Protest Altercation Without Criminal Complaint Filed

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what the Critical Mass Bike Protest is and past issues with violence between bikers and car drivers.
  • Phil Matier: Most Californians Support Death Penalty in New Survey

    A federal appeals court heard arguments on Monday to decide whether the state's death penalty is unconstitutional. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the news comes as a new survey is out showing the public still supports it.
  • Monday, August 31st
  • Phil Matier: Court to Decide on California Death Penalty

    A federal appeals court will weigh in on whether California’s Death Penalty is unconstitutional because of excessive delays. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what he thinks of the issue.
  • Friday, August 28th
  • Phil Matier: PG&E Wants Less Perks for Homes with Solar Panels

    PG&E and other utility companies in California want to cut back on some of the incentives for homeowners to go solar. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why the company is asking state regulators to levy a surcharge on solar paneled homes.
  • Friday, August 28th
  • Phil Matier: Trump Proving to be a Game-Changer in Political Journalism

    Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been the popular topic in political circles this week, after a confrontation with journalist Jorge Ramos. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how Trump has changed the game for journalists covering politicians.
  • Phil Matier: Two Different Views of the Events in the Kathryn Steinle Case

    The defense in the Kathryn Steinle case said Thursday that the gun was fired accidentally and pointed at the ground when Steinle walked across Pier 14. The prosecution argued Wednesday that the bullet ricocheted off the cement pier before hitting Steinle. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what he thinks of the preliminary hearing so far.
  • Thursday, August 27th
  • Phil Matier: Which High-End SF Restaurants Did The FBI Take Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow To?

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why FBI undercover agents wined and dined Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow in expensive San Francisco restaurants and describes other possible investigations.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Police Officer Had Luck and Circumstance On His Side

    Two suspects were arrested in a shooting of a tourist yesterday. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this incident is a reminder of the daily pressures police officers face.
  • Wednesday, August 26th
  • Phil Matier: Virginia Shooting Highlights Safety Concerns for Journalists

    The killings of a TV journalist and her cameraman in Virginia this morning is sending shock waves in newsrooms nationwide. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the working environment for local journalists here in the Bay Area has been eroding in recent years.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Plans to Sue Graffiti Taggers

    San Francisco city officials have a new tactic in their ongoing fight against graffiti taggers. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the city attorney's office is now going after the pocketbooks of vandals.
  • Tuesday, August 25th
  • Phil Matier: Gov. Brown To Sign A Bill To Suspend The CA High School Exit Exam

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the California High School Exit Exam and the reasons why the exam will be suspended for the year.
  • Phil Matier: Homeless Threaten Plans for “Super Bowl City”

    We're less than six months away from the Super Bowl coming to the Bay Area and San Francisco city officials are already making plans for a “Super Bowl City” at the foot of Market Street. But KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that questions remain about what the city plans to do about the increasing number of homeless people setting up camp there.
  • Monday, August 24th
  • Phil Matier: Wealthy Tesla Owners May Get Less Monetary Help from California Government

    The California Legislature is trying to decide how much money Tesla car owners should earn in subsidies for buying the electric cars. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says many have been angered over what they see as handouts to the wealthy.
  • Friday, August 21st
  • Phil Matier: Blueprint For Oakland Coliseum Site Sent To Mayor

    The head of an investor group planning to build the massive Coliseum City project in Oakland submitted his detailed plan to city officials Friday. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses whether he thinks the plan can keep professional sports in the city.
  • Friday, August 21st
  • Phil Matier: Slowing Down the Trump Campaign

    Nationwide opinion polls continue to show a significant lead for Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination in next year’s presidential race. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how the Donald has managed to gain the inside track, and what his rivals can do to close the gap.
  • Phil Matier: Legislation Could Waive Exit Exam for California High School Students

    The California State Assembly has passed emergency legislation that would allow high school students to graduate without passing the exit exam. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Mater says the bill now goes to the senate.
  • Thursday, August 20th
  • Phil Matier: DA’s From SF and LA Say Uber Drivers Fail Background Checks

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the tension between City Hall and the DA’s of San Francisco and Los Angeles with the handling of background checks for Uber drivers.
  • Wednesday, August 19th
  • Phil Matier: Governor Brown’s Ambitious Infrastructure Improvements

    Governor Brown held a press conference today calling for sweeping repairs on the state’s roads, highways, and bridges. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why the Governor is keeping his plans vague.
  • Tuesday, August 18th
  • Phil Matier: 8/18/2015

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why companies like California Institute for Regenerative Medicine moved to Oakland and where other companies are located besides San Francisco. | 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.
  • Friday, August 14th
  • Phil Matier: The Warriors™ Trophy Pays a Visit to the KCBS Studio

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the Warriors’ NBA Finals win.
  • Phil Matier: Mayor Libby Schaaf in Hot Water After Third Officer Involved Shooting

    A few members of the Oakland community are blaming Mayor Libby Schaaf for the third officer involved shooting this year. Police shot and killed a robbery suspect Wednesday after he refused to give up the gun to one of the officers. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses what this could mean for Mayor Schaaf.
  • Thursday, August 13th
  • Phil Matier: Billionaire Activist Tom Steyer Tackles Income Inequality

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses billionaire Tom Steyer’s activism and influence on the Democratic Party.
  • Phil Matier: Fight in Sacramento Over Climate Change Bill

    A bill aimed at cutting California’s gas usage by 50 percent is being hotly debated in Sacramento. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why tensions are so high.
  • Wednesday, August 12th
  • Phil Matier: Ross Mirkarimi Back in the Spotlight

    San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi had his license to drive suspended after failing to report a fender-bender. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this is just the latest incident in a series of missteps for Mirkarimi.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Police Officers at Odds With Mirkarimi

    Many San Francisco police officers are not happy with Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the police union has taken out an ad criticizing the sheriff and his policies.
  • Tuesday, August 11th
  • Phil Matier: National Nurses United Endorse Bernie Sanders

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sander is picking up steam and getting support as a Democratic presidential nominee.
  • Phil Matier: Los Angeles Goes Solo in Olympic Bid

    Los Angeles appears to be pushing forward in its bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says those plans don’t include San Francisco.
  • Phil Matier: UCs Increase Out-of-State Enrollment to Get More Money

    To raise funds for the shrinking University of California budget, administrators have been increasing the amount of foreign and out-of-state students they admit. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how UCs are not the only ones doing this.
  • Friday, August 7th
  • Phil Matier: Carly Fiorina Steals the Show at Second Tier GOP Debate

    Carly Fiorina may not have the name recognition of Donald Trump but KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says her performance at last night’s minor league GOP debate scored points with pundits.
  • Friday, August 7th
  • Phil Matier: GOP Debate Became a Product of Show Business

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss what made them think the debate was designed like a reality TV show.
  • Phil Matier: State Senate Race Cost More Than the Referendum Campaign for Scottish Independence

    Steve Glazer, Susan Bonilla and Joan Buchanan spent $12 million on their race for an East Bay State Senate seat. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains where the money came from.
  • Thursday, August 6th
  • Phil Matier: Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow's Lawyers Accuse SF Mayor Ed Lee Of Taking Bribes

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who may investigate the accusations made by Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow's lawyers of San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee for taking illegal political contributions.
  • Phil Matier: Governor Jerry Brown Challenges GOP Candidates

    Jerry Brown sent a letter to the Republican presidential candidates asking them how they plan to deal with climate change. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the meaning behind the Governor’s message.
  • Wednesday, August 5th
  • Phil Matier: Former SF Supervisor David Chiu Wore A Wire For The FBI

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains more details behind the story “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s allegations of threats against former San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu.
  • Phil Matier: ”˜Shrimp Boy’ Accuses Government Officials of Corruption

    Attorney's representing Raymond 'Shrimp Boy' Chow filed documents in federal court today. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says those documents accuse San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city and state officials of corruption.
  • Tuesday, August 4th
  • Phil Matier: Airnb Raises $300,000 To Oppose New Rules On The November Ballot

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why Airbnb and other share technology companies are feeling threatened by rules and regulations.
  • Phil Matier: California Drivers Can Buy Lotto Tickets at the Pump

    State lottery officials are going after drivers by letting motorists buy tickets while they fill up. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the first Bay Area station taking part in the plan is in Campbell.
  • Friday, July 31st
  • Phil Matier: Turmoil at the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department

    The San Francisco Sheriff’s Department is under scrutiny. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses an inmate suicide and deputies’ alleged facilitation of gladiator-style fights between inmates.
  • Friday, July 31st
  • Phil Matier: Impending GOP Debate

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the GOP candidate debate that will air next Thursday.
  • Phil Matier: Family of Jahi McMath Wants the State to Rescind Her Death Certificate

    In December 2013, doctors declared 13-year-old Jahi McMath brain dead after she suffering complications from surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the family wants her death certificate thrown out.
  • Thursday, July 30th
  • Phil Matier: Bike Riders Protest By Following The Law And Stopping

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how cyclists in the Haight protested by stopping at all the stop signs, but they support yielding instead.
  • Phil Matier: Alameda County Hopes to Sell Share of Coliseum

    Alameda County officials say they want out of the sports business. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier broke the news, which could impact the negotiations to keep professional sports in Oakland.
  • Wednesday, July 29th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Could Team Up With Los Angeles To Host The 2024 Olympic Games

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains Giants’ CEO Larry Baer might be interested in working with Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympic Games and the possible move of the Oakland Raiders.
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  • Tuesday, July 28th
  • Phil Matier: Should San Francisco Try Again To Host The 2024 Olympic Games?

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the reasons why San Francisco probably won’t host the 2024 Olympic games due to costs, but Los Angeles might be in the running.
  • Phil Matier: UCSF Throws Support Behind Warriors Arena

    UCSF officials are throwing their support behind a new arena for the Warriors in San Francisco Mission Bay. But KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says that deal is contingent on officials coming up with a plan to deal with traffic.
  • Phil Matier: Carpoolers Not Getting Relief

    Cal Trans has found Bay Area drivers are getting little relief when using carpool lanes. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says more than half of the region’s carpool lanes fail to meet federal performance standards.
  • Phil Matier: Bay Area Carpool Lanes

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil discusses the current issues with carpool lanes and some possible solutions.
  • Friday, July 24th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco to Beef Up Park Patrol

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses San Francisco’s plan to hire eleven new park rangers.
  • Friday, July 24th
  • Phil Matier: Donald Trump Trumped by Protestors at the Mexican Border

    Donald Trump stopped by the US-Mexico border near Laredo, Texas Thursday wearing a hat reading "Make America Great Again". KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how competing demonstrations were ready to meet him with chants of "Dump Trump".
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Goes after Public Urination

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses San Francisco’s new tactic to combat public urination.
  • Thursday, July 23rd
  • Phil Matier: More San Franciscans Support Warriors Arena Being Built In The City

    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains after the Warriors won the NBA championship more San Franciscans want the Warriors to move to their city, but there is push back from UCSF Medical Center because of traffic concerns.
  • Phil Matier: Ed Lee to Be Challenged… In the Supervisor’s Race

    One of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s rivals is getting ready to run for the Board of Supervisors. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why this is such a headache for Lee.
  • Phil Matier: Competing Marijuana Initiatives

    KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy.