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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, January 17th
  • Phil Matier: Who Owns Lefty O’Douls And All The Memorabilia Inside?

    03:12
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes the legal dispute between the building’s owner and bar manager of Lefty O’Douls.
  • Monday, January 16th
  • Phil Matier: Local Leaders Sitting Out Donald Trump’s Inauguration

    02:36
    Some members of Congress representing the Bay Area have said they will sit out President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why, and what comes next.
  • Phil Matier: The Repeal and Replacement of the Affordable Care Act

    03:17
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains what the loss of health care spending money could mean for the state of California.
  • Friday, January 13th
  • Phil Matier: California high speed rail project could cost more than expected

    03:21
    A new federal report shows that the state's high speed rail project could end up costing much more than expected. The Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of a confidential risk analysis put together by the Federal Railroad Administration showing costs could be as much as 50 percent more. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses why the projected price is now higher.
  • Phil Matier: Trump Goes Toe- to-Toe with News Media

    03:16
    During a press conference this week, President-elect Donald Trump refused to take a question from CNN reporter Jim Acosta. He accused the network of producing fake news. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss how this may reflect the feelings of the American public.
  • Thursday, January 12th
  • Phil Matier: Is Saving Water From The Drought Political or Environmental?

    03:12
    The drought is now over in Northern California, but the Bay Area keeps building and creating more situations for future droughts. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how this could affect current and future residents in the new housing developments.
  • Wednesday, January 11th
  • Phil Matier: What Trump’s Upcoming Press Conference Means for the Press

    03:28
    Next hour President-Elect Trump will face questions from reporters for the first time since being elected. Much attention will be paid to his answers. But should as much attention also be paid to the questions themselves?KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at the media’s role in recent allegations that Russia has damaging information about Trump.
  • Monday, January 9th
  • Phil Matier: A New Jewel for Treasure Island

    02:49
    San Francisco is teaming up with several cities in the East Bay in an effort to convince George Lucas to build a museum on Treasure Island. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why Ed Lee is hoping the force is with San Francisco.
  • Friday, January 6th
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco mayor appoints longtime HIV activist as supervisor

    03:19
    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Friday appointed a longtime HIV activist, Jeff Sheehy, to the Board of Supervisors. Sheehy will replace state Senator Scott Wiener in District 8.KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses how Sheehy is the first person to serve on the board who has acknowledged being HIV positive and a long-time survivor.
  • Phil Matier: Donald Trump Ignoring the Golden State?

    03:37
    Donald Trump has ignored the Golden State even though politicians in Sacramento want the publicity. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier along with former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown explain how this could affect California.   
  • Thursday, January 5th
  • Phil Matier: California’s Presidential Primary May Move To “Super Tuesday”

    04:00
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains a bill to move the timing of California’s presidential primary and the reasons why.
  • Wednesday, January 4th
  • Phil Matier: Oakland Police Department Appoints First Woman Police Chief

    03:00
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses the selection process that led to picking newly appointed Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.  
  • Phil Matier: With US Attorney General Pick, California Paints a Blue Line Against Trump

    02:45
    The California Legislature has hired former US Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in any legal fights they might have against the Trump administration. The move could be a prelude of what's to come over the next four years, as California looks to defend its policies. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier has more.
  • Tuesday, January 3rd
  • Phil Matier: Warriors Prepare to Break Ground on New Basketball Arena

    02:45
    After years of legal and regulatory battles, the Golden State Warriors will finally break ground on a new arena in San Francisco.  KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says construction is scheduled to begin in two weeks.
  • Phil Matier: Showdown between San Francisco 49ers and Santa Clara City Council

    03:20
    The San Francisco 49ers is facing problems on and off the field. Santa Clara City Council officials are requesting documents outlining the 49ers spending, but the team has yet to hand them over. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier discusses theissue.
  • Friday, December 23rd, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Parents File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Over Ghost Ship Fire

    03:23
    The parents of a woman who died in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland earlier this month have filed a wrongful death lawsuit. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains who could be held liable.
  • Phil Matier: Too Many Vacation Days?

    03:11
    San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority was hit with too many sick calls from workers earlier this week. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains how this could impact the transit service.
  • Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Environmental Report Gives Green Light to Delta Tunnels

    03:26
    The state of California has released an environmental impact report supporting Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build tunnels that would bring water to Southern California. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the project has many more hurdles to jump before construction can begin.
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Faces Criticism After Naming New Police Chief

    03:22
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains why Mayor Ed Lee is facing opposition from members of the San Francisco Police Officers Association after naming William Scott as the new San Francisco Police Chief.
  • Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
  • Phil Matier: DMV Revokes Registration for Self-Driving Uber Cars

    02:57
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says this comes after Uber started testing the new self-driving cars without warning local officials.
  • Phil Matier: Should San Francisco Police be able to Shoot Moving Vehicles?

    02:34
    The recent Berlin Christmas market attack has left some wondering if the San Francisco police commission really should ban officers from firing at moving vehicles as planned. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it might seem like common sense that officers can shoot if there's a public safety threat, but setting department policy is often different than legal definitions of right and wrong.
  • Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Who Will Be The New SF Chief Of Police?

    03:29
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier highlights the qualifications of the new San Francisco Chief of Police, LAPD Deputy Chief William Scott.
  • Monday, December 19th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Academy of Art Paying Hefty Fines to San Francisco

    03:39
    The Academy of Arts has settled a lawsuit filed by the city of San Francisco which alleges that the school violated building codes. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says it was a case of asking for forgiveness, not permission.
  • Friday, December 16th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: San Francisco Officials Face the Downside of Rapid Economic Growth

    02:46
    A new report from the San Francisco Controller’s office reveals that city officials are concerned about where the city’s rapid growth will lead. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says they’re trying to end San Francisco’s boom and bust cycle.
  • Thursday, December 15th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: NFL’s Thoughts On Whether The Raiders Should Stay Or Leave Oakland.

    03:29
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the issues the NFL has with the proposed deal for keeping the Raiders in Oakland.
  • Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Governor Jerry Brown Vows to Fight Against Climate Change

    03:28
    Governor Jerry Brown gave a speech to thousands of scientists in San Francisco today vowing to fight against climate change, no matter what the Trump administration may have in mind. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says one of the big questions is going to be funding.
  • Phil Matier: Why isn’t Oakland Sending Inspectors to Prevent Another Fire?

    03:14
    Officials in Oakland are taking a bigger picture approach when it comes to recommendations to make sure another Ghost Ship fire doesn't happen again. But one thing they aren't doing is sending inspectors out to find buildings like the Ghost Ship. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Mater explains.
  • Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: What Are The Chances Of Ronnie Lott’s Proposal For A New Stadium For The Raiders Being Approved?

    03:28
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier explains the logistics behind the latest proposal led by Ronnie Lott to build the Raiders a new stadium in Oakland and how the vote will turn out from the City of Oakland and Alameda County.
  • Monday, December 12th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: California Democrats Want to Build a Blue Wall

    03:02
    Democrats in the state legislature say they plan on using their supermajority to oppose the Trump administration. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says on some issues, that supermajority could fall apart.
  • Phil Matier: Tensions Continue to Grow Following Oakland Warehouse Fire

    00:56
    The ongoing dispute between Oakland’s fire chief and the city’s firefighters union has gotten even wider in the days since the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says the chief is also under pressure from the mayor because of the lack of inspections throughout Oakland.
  • Friday, December 9th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: A financial Plan is Set to Keep the Raiders in Oakland

    02:04
    The City of Oakland, Alameda County leaders, and Ronnie Lott developed a financial plan with the support of a hedge fund to keep the Raiders in Oakland. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said this group needs to stay unified in order to formally present a viable alternative to a Vegas stadium.  
  • Phil Matier: Building inspections questioned following deadly Oakland warehouse fire

    03:39
    Investigations into the history of the doomed Oakland warehouse destroyed in last weekend's deadly fire have brought to light a system of deficient inspections. KCBS, KPIX 5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown discuss the issue.
  • Thursday, December 8th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Revelations On The Lack Inspections At The Ghost Ship Warehouse

    03:52
    KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier describes what Oakland will do in the future for the safety for live-work warehouses and the politics on implementing policy.
  • Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Oakland’s Troubling Fire Inspection History

    03:26
    In 2014, an Alameda County civil grand jury report found deficiencies with building inspects. Since then, the city has done little to correct the problem. KCBS, KPIX-5, and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier says there have been budget problems in Oakland, but the city could still do more to address fire hazards.  
  • Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
  • Phil Matier: Mayor Schaaf’s Response to the Oakland Warehouse Fire

    03:17
    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was shouted down by a crowd at a vigil for victims of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire. KCBS, KPIX-5 and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier takes a look at how the mayor is handling the tragedy.
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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, 2016
  • 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.

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